Dog owner seeks ex­pla­na­tion over fees

Kapi-Mana News - - CON­VER­SA­TIONS -


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.

Tim Shep­pard



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.


Daphne Tobin



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.


Rose Hud­son



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Porirua’s fee cov­ers a lot more than just reg­is­tra­tion, be­lieves Daphne Tobin.

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