A happy ten­ant’s good for ev­ery­one

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In ref­er­ence to last weeks KapiMana News story ‘‘Pen­sioner’s choice: Cat or flat’’, re­gard­ing Robyn Nielsen.

This case con­cerns Welling­ton City Coun­cil’s ‘No pets’ pol­icy, forc­ing the ten­ant to choose be­tween keep­ing her pet or los­ing her flat at Moana Court.

The pen­sioner lives in a block of flats along with other ten­ants, who them­selves have pets and who no doubt pro­vide some form of com­pan­ion­ship and well­be­ing to their own­ers.

Shouldn’t the el­derly have more need of pets to ad­dress iso­la­tion and com­pan­ion­ship, than the not-so-old?

A happy ten­ant is good for all: neigh­bours, land­lord and com­mu­nity.

To force any ten­ant to give up their beloved pet for a roof over their head will surely re­sult in di­min­ished health, de­pres­sion and pos­si­bly their be­com­ing with­drawn – for both cat and ten­ant.

I would like the coun­cil to con­firm that, based on their de­ci­sion, own­ing a fam­ily pet does not di­rectly con­trib­ute to­wards the well­be­ing of that per­son (ten­ant or res­i­dent), and the rea­sons why, cit­ing fac­tual ref­er­ences.


On Mon­day night there was some kind of se­ri­ous event at the Path­way Fa­cil­ity – this was clear due to the ar­rival of nine emer­gency ve­hi­cles at the fa­cil­ity at 22 Ex­plo­ration Way.

For the next two days there have been in­dus­trial clean­ers and plum­bers on site.

Do you re­ally need four po­lice cars, a fire crew, two rapid re­sponse ve­hi­cles and two am­bu­lances to help a low risk pa­tient? The DHB has said this is a ‘‘per­sonal health is­sue’’, but that beg­gars be­lief, and is an­other ex­am­ple of min­imis­ing se­ri­ous is­sues at the fa­cil­ity.

It has been seven-and-a-half months since a Path­way pa­tient tried to abduct a small child from the Whitby Lakes walk­way and still the con­cerned neigh­bours have not seen the promised re­port.

This fa­cil­ity is not be­ing run as a group home. Over 1500 pa­tients have passed through this fa­cil­ity. Pa­tients do not live there – they are only there for a short stay. The DHB and Path­ways made it clear that many of the pa­tients have sig­nif­i­cant men­tal health is­sues

How can this be classed as res­i­den­tial use? Porirua City Coun­cil have said that, since the pur­pose is sleep­ing over, it meets the def­i­ni­tion of a res­i­dence. What is the pur­pose of res­i­den­tial zon­ing if a busi­ness (a men­tal health fa­cil­ity), with a re­volv­ing door of pa­tients, care staff, med­i­cal pro­fes­sion­als and clean­ers is con­sid­ered res­i­den­tial?

This is not an ex­am­ple of a good com­mu­nity-based pro­gramme. In­stead it ap­pears to be an ex­am­ple of the DHB con­tract­ing out of needed acute beds in or­der to save money, and when will the ques­tion ‘‘Is it ap­pro­pri­ate for high risk pa­tients to be right be­side a school walk­way’’ be an­swered?

Dave Rob­bie



The coun­cil is wrong to cut fund­ing for Porirua Cit­i­zens Ad­vice Bureau. The coun­cil says the money is to be redi­rected to ser­vices for chil­dren and young peo­ple, but they are part of the fam­i­lies and com­mu­ni­ties that CAB serves.

CAB pro­vides in­for­ma­tion and ad­vice to any­one who asks for it, at no cost. These ser­vices are fre­quently used by fam­i­lies strug­gling to feed their chil­dren, fam­i­lies whose chil­dren are in trou­ble at school, or par­ents who want to know about child cus­tody.


Do you feel strongly about an is­sue in your com­mu­nity or have some­thing to say about our city? Con­tact us at ed­i­tor@kmananews.co.nz or via Neigh­bourly. Please in­clude your full name, ad­dress and con­tact num­ber. No anony­mous let­ters will be ac­cepted. Let­ters are pub­lished at the ed­i­tor’s dis­cre­tion.

Work and In­come uses com­puter tech­nol­ogy to dis­tance them­selves from those who need as­sis­tance. And peo­ple who can’t af­ford in­ter­net ac­cess prob­a­bly can’t af­ford the charges the coun­cil im­poses to use Porirua li­brary’s com­put­ers. So fam­i­lies go to CAB for the in­for­ma­tion they need.

We all want the best pos­si­ble sup­port for chil­dren and young peo­ple. But if the coun­cil’s pro­gramme hinges on the mod­est fund­ing sup­port for Porirua CAB, while putting at risk a much­needed com­mu­nity ser­vice, there’s some­thing very wrong.

Anne Good­man

Ti­tahi Bay

Robyn Nielsen has been given no­tice to get rid of her cat or she could lose the flat she rents from Welling­ton City Coun­cil.

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