A happy tenant’s good for everyone
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beloved pet for a roof over their head will surely result in diminished health, depression and possibly their becoming withdrawn – for both cat and tenant.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.
David Dahya ON THE WRONG PATHWAY
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?
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.
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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.
Robyn Nielsen has been given notice to get rid of her cat or she could lose the flat she rents from Wellington City Council.