Clear view from the Hutt

Kapi-Mana News - - OPINION -

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.

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