He made the com­mu­nity a bet­ter place

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I felt great sad­ness on read­ing of the pass­ing of Aporo Joyce (Kapi Mana 26/7/2017).

I had the good for­tune of work­ing with Aporo over the last few years in his vol­un­teer ‘‘ca­reer in re­tire­ment’’ help­ing com­mu­ni­ties to help them­selves.

Aporo put a lot of time and work into re-es­tab­lish­ing the Can­nons Creek Res­i­dents As­so­ci­a­tion and the sub­se­quent de­vel­op­ment of the Can­nons Creek Vil­lage Plan.

He proved a com­mu­nity does have the good sense and the power to make a bet­ter place. He also helped with guid­ance to other com­mu­nity groups, re­sult­ing in ma­jor im­prove­ments in the Wai­tan­girua and Ranui vil­lages.

He was a good man who never gave up on peo­ple, but al­ways ex­pected re­spect in both directions. Aporo de­served to have a longer re­tire­ment.

Ian Bar­low [abridged] DOG FEES HURT

In re­gards to Daphne Tobin’s let­ter (July 4) won­der­ing ‘‘how on earth can they do it for as lit­tle as that?’’, it’s be­cause there are over 4900 reg­is­tered dogs which equates to $519,400 per year.

For the own­ers that isn’t a mas­sive amount to pay as she says, if you are only reg­is­ter­ing one dog to en­joy their com­pan­ion­ship, but when you dig deep to find out what this amount ac­tu­ally cov­ers, then yes, it does hurt.

Af­ter mem­bers from the Dog Lovers of Porirua Face­book page did some in­ves­ti­gat­ing we were told our fees ba­si­cally cover the cost of dogs that are not reg­is­tered. Does this seem fair?

The Porirua City Coun­cil does not pro­vide any pub­lic dog parks; the one at Ngati Toa Do­main is pri­vately owned.

We have fa­cil­i­ties for moun­tain­bik­ers, skate parks, pro­posed splash pad etc that not ev­ery ratepayer will use so when will we start cater­ing for our furry friends?

Natalie McCarthy [abridged] THE COUN­CIL RE­SPONDS:

Your let­ter writer sug­gests that dog reg­is­tra­tion fees go to­wards the cost of con­trol­ling un­reg­is­tered dogs.

In fact, 70 per cent of the dogs our an­i­mal con­trol team pick up are reg­is­tered and the ma­jor­ity of com­plaints about nui­sance dogs we at­tend are for reg­is­tered dogs. Reg­is­tra­tion fees cover 70 per cent of our dog con­trol ser­vice while rates cover the re­main­ing 30 per cent – so costs are borne by the whole com­mu­nity.

While we don’t have a fenced dog ex­er­cise area in Porirua, we are ask­ing our com­mu­nity if we need one and who should pay.

The re­view of our Dog Con­trol Pol­icy and Dog Con­trol By­law runs un­til 14 July.

Man­ager En­vi­ron­men­tal Stan­dards Jim Sut­ton [abridged] MAK­ING ENDS MEET

With all the talk about what a great bud­get we have re­ceived, I am ap­palled to hear pen­sion­ers are still get­ting the short end of the stick.

Does the Gov­ern­ment not re­alise there are still those who do not turn on their heaters?

These are the peo­ple who have worked all their life un­der the mis­guided be­lief the Gov­ern­ment will re­ward their dili­gence by look­ing af­ter them in old age.

Yes, we all know now when it is too late that we should have planned bet­ter for our twi­light years. There are many fac­tors to be con­sid­ered when point­ing the finger at those who haven’t put away a lit­tle bit for a rainy day.

Some of us were on ba­sic in­comes that cov­ered the bare ne­ces­si­ties and maybe the odd ex­tras while bring­ing up our fam­i­lies and oth­ers just had a change in cir­cum­stances.

Wasn’t the Gov­ern­ment sup­posed to look af­ter us in our old age?

There are peo­ple dying through lack of food, heat­ing, med­i­cal care and the ba­sic stan­dard of liv­ing most of us are taking for granted.

While the Gov­ern­ment pat them­selves on the back, oth­ers are in de­spair wor­ry­ing about what else they can cut back on.

Please tell us how they are sup­posed to make ends meet when oth­ers keep mov­ing the ends.

D Carmicheal [abridged] WRITE TO US

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PHOTO: ROSS GIBLIN/STUFF

A let­ter writer wants coun­cil­pro­vided fa­cil­i­ties for dogs.

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