Su­per-city case not made

Kapi-Mana News - - OPINION -

I note (March 17) your story ‘‘Busi­nesses favour su­per-city’’.

It is in­cred­i­ble how strong the re­ac­tion against the pro­posed re­gional amal­ga­ma­tion has been among or­di­nary cit­i­zens. Yet some groups, such as Welling­ton Re­gional Coun­cil, Porirua City Coun­cil and now the var­i­ous Cham­bers of Com­merce and other busi­ness groups, are adamant that a su­per-city model would be a good idea.

Are most of us are miss­ing some­thing that is blind­ingly ob­vi­ous to our civic lead­ers and some busi­ness peo­ple? If so, then the case for a su­per-city has sim­ply not been made clearly.

It has never been sat­is­fac­to­rily ex­plained, be­yond a few plat­i­tudes about cost sav­ings and ef­fi­cien­cies, what the ad­van­tages would be. As things stand, it seems the su­per-city pro­posal is dead in the wa­ter.

That may be fine. If, how­ever, there is truly a com­pelling case for hav­ing re­gional amal­ga­ma­tion, I wish one of our en­light­ened lead­ers would make it, and in plain English so ev­ery­one can un­der­stand it.

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