Clear view from the Hutt
I read Hutt City councillor Max Shierlaw’s letter with interest.
If a Hutt City councillor can work out the reasons for Porirua’s high rates and high annual increases are unnecessary spending, poor quality decision making and ineffective governance, why can’t Porirua’s city councillors and senior managers?
Rather than Porirua residents paying close to $1000 per person (adults and children) to amalgamate into a super-city, with no annual cost savings, why can’t we have a big clearout at the next local elections?
Could Max Shierlaw be persuaded to move to Porirua? councillor survey (March 31) if he had displayed a different attitude towards me and other voters when I was on Porirua City Council.
He recently stated that I was giving only half the evidence on an issue I was raising relating to the cost of running the council.
I didn’t respond then because I accept that I have never attempted to say I was giving the full picture. I don’t think it’s possible. It’s my perspective and other people will have different perspectives.
I respected John when he was mayor and travelled with me to North Korea with some young eastern Porirua musicians belonging to the Whitereia performing arts group. No other mayor had the courage to do that.
However, I don’t respect him for sitting on various committees promoting the liquor and gaming industries. To me, that undermined the work he did elsewhere.
John states that he has been a good councillor in representing eastern Porirua. To my mind he has sold eastern Porirua down the tubes.