Praise for Anita Baker

Kapi-Mana News - - OPINION -

I noted your coun­cil­lor rat­ings story (March 17).

I prob­a­bly speak for many peo­ple who live in one part of Porirua City and don’t get ex­posed to the whole coun­cil.

As a Whitby res­i­dent, the only coun­cil­lor on the ground in my sub­urb con­sis­tently is Anita

Baker. She works in the vil­lage and is al­ways avail­able in work hours to see res­i­dents or busi­nesses about their con­cerns or ques­tions about coun­cil busi­ness.

While mostly it’s not flashy, me­dia-wor­thy stuff she sorts out, I know I speak for many Whitby peo­ple to say we value her proac­tive prob­lem solv­ing.

When it comes to get­ting paths fixed, sup­port for com­mu­nity groups or putting us in touch with the right per­son to speak to, Anita is putting in the hard work.

It’s hard to recog­nise the above pos­i­tives in your sur­vey, but I’m guess­ing that she and other com­mu­nity-based coun­cil­lors like Litea Ah Hoi of­ten go un­recog­nised for the hard yards they put in.

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