Call to save ‘his­toric gem’

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Porirua City Coun­cil is cur­rently call­ing for sub­mis­sions for its 2017/2018 an­nual plan. It is hoped that this plan will pro­vide fund­ing for the 2018 Wai­tangi Day cel­e­bra­tions at Te Rau­paraha Park in Porirua, an an­nual event which at­tracts around 35,000 sup­port­ers each year, a blaz­ing jewel in the na­tion’s Wai­tangi Day cel­e­bra­tory crown, a jewel the city can not af­ford to lose.

Porirua City has an­other his­toric gem re­quir­ing ur­gent fund­ing, the old World War II Marines Hall, in Ti­tahi Bay, used by the Amer­i­cans while in New Zealand dur­ing the war - the only New Zealand hall of this kind from this pe­riod still stand­ing. Porirua City Coun­cil needs to plan to keep the city’s jewels safe and sound, ready to be used and en­joyed for many decades to come.

Rose Hud­son



We are fac­ing the sec­ond largest sin­gle event in the cre­ation of a racially di­vided coun­try. The first was 1975, when a bo­gus English ver­sion of Te Tir­iti o Wai­tangi was cre­ated at law. The sec­ond is the up­com­ing rash of ‘‘Cus­tom­ary Rights’’ ap­pli­ca­tions be­fore the courts and di­rectly with the Crown.

Maori are claim­ing huge tracts of New Zealand coast­line out to 12 nau­ti­cal miles, ex­tend­ing to the 200 mile Eco­nomic Zone. These claims are the con­se­quences of the Marine and Coastal Act (Taku­tai Moana). There are two av­enues for claimants. The High Court, and di­rect Crown en­gage­ment.

High Court claims can be op­posed, but there is no public ob­jec­tion process for claims to the Crown. It is no sur­prise to find that 381 claims are for ‘‘di­rect ne­go­ti­a­tions with the Crown’’ (read So­lic­i­tor Gen­eral Treaty Min­is­ter, Chris Fin­layson) with no abil­ity for claims to be op­posed. The Crown process could be seen to be a ‘‘dis­grace­ful con­flict of in­ter­est’’. A hun­dred and seventy claims to date have ap­plied to go to the High Court.

Mau­reen J An­der­son



Re­gard­ing pro­posed rate in­creases for Porirua City Coun­cil. Most of the re­spon­si­bil­ity for up­com­ing in­creases rests not with the cur­rent mayor or newly voted coun­cil­lors, but with de­ci­sions made by the pre­vi­ous coun­cil - ex Mayor Leggett and coun­cil­lors (some of whom are still on this coun­cil) - who have com­mit­ted this coun­cil with the multi-year fund­ing com­mit­ments they have ‘‘locked in’’ in pre­vi­ous years. This has left Mayor Mike and cur­rent coun­cil­lors with lit­tle room to move on new ini­tia­tives.

I value the so­cial ser­vices like li­braries and rub­bish and re­cy­cling col­lec­tions, so don’t want them cut. And we should make a com­mit­ment to start giv­ing coun­cil em­ploy­ees and con­trac­tors a liv­ing wage, and plan for that to be ex­tended in fu­ture years. How to fund? Well shar­ing the rates more fairly be­tween com­mer­cial and res­i­den­tial. Rais­ing the rates but keep­ing the rise mod­est. And I wish we could get out of that fool­ish de­ci­sion of the pre­vi­ous coun­cil to fund Splash Pad.

David We­in­stein



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Rose Hud­son from Karori wants to pro­tect Ti­tahi Bay’s Marines Hall.

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