Dog owner seeks explanation over fees
IN THE DOGBOX
For responsible dog owners in Porirua, the council costs are even worse than outlined in your article. ( Kapi-Mana News, June 27) A responsible owner of a desexed dog in Porirua has to pay $94 for registration while our counterparts in Wellington City pay only $61.50; those in Upper Hutt and Kapiti pay $65 and those in Hutt City $75. Your Porirua City Council spokesman doesn’t even begin to explain why we have to pay 50 per cent more than our neighbours.The chief executive owes us a proper reply.
FEE NOT JUST REGO
As soon as I started to read that the annual fee for dog registration in Porirua is $126 ( Kapi-Mana News, June 27), my first thought was, how on Earth can they do it for as little as that? And it soon became apparent that, with Christchurch the lowest at $80, the range of registration fees is not really very wide. But it is noticeable that Porirua’s fee covers a lot more than just registration, as it ‘‘goes towards’’ services related to managing and caring for the city’s dogs. Presumably other council sources take care of any shortfalls as needed.
Paying a lower registration fee, and taking a chance on being charged on a ‘‘user pay’’ basis for other costs, which can often be unexpected, could well end up costing more than Porirua’s current annual fee. In this context the lower annual fees charged by other councils may, for many, be only a small part of their dogrelated revenue.
So $126 per year, at just under $2.42 per week, seems to me an amazingly small price to pay for having the ongoing companionship of a dog, and a council to call on for help when needed.
The fate of the United States Marines Community Hall in Titahi Bay has been hitting the headlines lately due to the fact that this historic building, R & R base for American marines stationed in Titahi Bay during World War II, is closed and about to be demolished unless funds can be found to repair and restore it.
The hall was gifted to the local community after the marines departed. Neither Porirua City Council, nor the local theatre group have been able to raise enough restoration money to avoid the wrecker’s hammer. Over the years groups of exmarines have returned to Titahi Bay for reunions in their old home, the local community hall, and there has always been an evening of 1940s war-time musical theatre on tap.
Has anyone considered approaching patriotic America for funding? American marines made Titahi Bay their home, during World War II. Why not offer the US president a positive battle to fight and hopefully win - the restoration of the United States Marines’ Historic WWII 1940s military base, the Titahi Bay Community Hall. A small victory for President Donald Trump and his trumped up mates perhaps, but a huge victory for the Porirua/Titahi Bay community.
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Porirua’s fee covers a lot more than just registration, believes Daphne Tobin.