Where should the $38,000 be spent?

Kapi-Mana News - - CONVERSATIONS -

Two sub­urbs in east­ern Porirua and one in the west need their res­i­dents to stand up and have their say.

As cliche as that might sound, Porirua City Coun­cil’s award­win­ning vil­lage plan­ning pro­gramme needs some guid­ance.

Els­don, Wai­tan­girua and Can­nons Creek have been al­lo­cated $38,000 to use in the next 12 months - not on pipes or roads or street light­ing, but things that en­hance the neigh­bour­hood and help in­stil a sense of com­mu­nity.

It might be bet­ter seat­ing, a ‘‘wel­come to’’ sign, a com­mu­nity gar­den - it’s up to the res­i­dents to de­cide.

Those three sub­urbs, how­ever, do not have for­mal re­la­tion­ships with the coun­cil by way of a res­i­dents as­so­ci­a­tion or other recog­nised means in or­der to de­cide how that vil­lage plan­ning al­lo­ca­tion is spent.

Els­don, Wai­tan­girua and Can­nons Creek res­i­dents need to come to­gether. Porirua City Coun­cil said the $38,000 will not be ‘‘lost’’ or re-al­lo­cated else­where, but the clock is tick­ing to­wards the end of June. Projects must be iden­ti­fied and moved for­ward in the next 11 months.

The coun­cil needs to get more proac­tive and if it’s not through a for­mal or­gan­i­sa­tion like a res­i­dents group, then pub­lic meet­ings or other con­tact must be made to hear the res­i­dents’ wishes.

The nom­i­na­tions are in and the race for the may­oralty and coun­cil seats in Porirua is wide open.

It is fan­tas­tic to see that 37 peo­ple have put their hands up for 10 coun­cil seats and six names will be gun­ning for the may­oral chains. There will be a min­i­mum of five new faces around the coun­cil ta­ble and Porirua will crown its fifth mayor since 1965 on Oc­to­ber 8.

The num­bers were look­ing a bit thin last week but, as ex­pected, there was a late surge to­wards Fri­day.

Euon Mur­rell’s one-horse race for the may­oralty ended up a pipe dream, thank­fully. Three of the six - Mur­rell, Liz Kelly and Mike Dun­can - have run for the Porirua may­oralty be­fore, while Mike Tana, pres­i­dent of the Pub­lic Ser­vice As­so­ci­a­tion rep­re­sents a strong op­tion for vot­ers.

Look­ing at the 43 can­di­dates - and this does not in­clude those run­ning for Porirua Com­mu­nity Trust and Hutt Mana Char­i­ta­ble Trust - there is a cross-sec­tion of age, ex­pe­ri­ence, eth­nic­ity, po­lit­i­cal views and com­mu­nity ties.

Long live democ­racy.

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