Leggett could have backed a reactionary Tory policy.
Their championing of the supercity was unprincipled. They did not have a mandate for their position.
Now the project has come to grief against the good sense of the public, they have egg on their faces. organisations. The Porirua council could freeze rates for two or three years by halting non-core spending, sell land and buildings bought for the CBD redevelopment, and sell other non-core land, buildings and assets.
Mayor Nick Leggett has said ‘‘we will continue to amble along’’ and ‘‘won’t be competing’’.
News flash Mr Mayor: If you want to attract people and businesses to Porirua, get council spending and infrastructure maintenance under control, and require the council to collaborate with businesses and residents, so we can boast nationally competitive rates, good core infrastructure and an attitude of ‘‘how can we assist?’’
Every ratepayer dollar spent on the CBD redevelopment, is one less dollar to spend on roads, footpaths, sewerage, drains, libraries, parks and playing fields.
Tracy Johnson, Chamber of Commerce executive director, is quoted as saying, ‘‘Our members believe . . . the current local government model must change to support improved local representation and better quality leadership.’’
Didn’t our councillors do the opposite in supporting amalgamation?