Pub­lic ser­vice a calling

Kapi-Mana News - - OUT & ABOUT -

Ken Douglas will miss the hus­tle and bus­tle of be­ing a city coun­cil­lor, but says there will al­ways be some­thing for him to do.

‘‘My time has been in­flu­enced by, largely, good peo­ple who are serv­ing their com­mu­ni­ties. I’ve al­ways be­lieved in pub­lic ser­vice and Porirua has been good to me and my fam­ily.

‘‘You learn prac­ti­cal skills over the years, and it’s good to be able to put them to use,’’ he said.

Golf, rugby and Porirua City Coun­cil were mas­sive parts of Douglas’ life in the city, where he has lived since 1961.

‘‘Porirua – and Ti­tahi Bay – are fan­tas­tic places to live in. It’s taken a while for peo­ple to dis­cover that.’’

The feed­back he re­ceived about the coun­cil, and his own role within it, was cease­less over 18 years.

‘‘You of­ten mea­sure how you’re do­ing by how peo­ple re­spond to you and if some­one stops you and thanks you for sort­ing a drainage prob­lem or a foot­path, then it’s worth it.

‘‘I re­mem­ber a few years ago help­ing an older lady, who was in a wheel­chair – I talked to [coun­cil man­ager] Peter Bai­ley and we fixed a gut­ter so she could get from Mana Ave to the White­house Rd shops. She told me it brought joy into her life.’’

Douglas said he was con­fi­dent in the di­rec­tion the city was head­ing and wanted to stay in­volved on some level.

‘‘I’m not go­ing to be yes­ter­day’s ex­pert and com­plain about the coun­cil.

‘‘I want to be a pos­i­tive con­trib­u­tor to things that are hap­pen­ing.’’

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