Marines Hall decision sad but logical
Well finally Porirua City Council made a decision about this hall (‘‘Marines Hall battle lost’’, May 29). And a logical and understandable decision too.
I submitted several times with my views on its future but total silence in reply from the council. The Titahi Bay community deserve more than an old legacy building that has done so well to last this long.
The village centre needs improvement and whatever is chosen for this site could be pivotal in setting the tone and style for the next 75 years. And for those with memories, treasure them, but that is not enough to justify ratepayer money being shelled out for never-ending maintenance.
I too have memories of my long gone local rural hall, but sadly there is no marker for my memories. I hope the council will do something appropriate to mark this site ... it deserves at least that.
Titahi Bay freedom-of-association issue. Muslims are pressuring councillors to ban men from using ratepayer-funded swimming pools during normal opening hours in compliance with Islam’s doctrine of separate bathing for men and women.
Whilst tickling our ears with claims of doing women a favour, this is the thin edge of a wedge installing into our society the religious politics of Islam, a religion with a proven track record of oppressing women and outlawing any opinion not its own. Sharia law’s not welcome here – be it in local government or elsewhere.
We will be accused of ‘‘Islamophobia’’ – a blatant attempt to shame, silence and outlaw anyone criticising Islam – but we must not shrink from protecting our free speech and freedom of association. Muslims are welcome to properly assimilate into our society but not to despise and undermine our nation’s treasured freedoms.
Councillors – please find the strength of conviction to resist. Ratepayers – let your councillors know where you stand on this important issue.
Porirua Re ‘‘Porirua’s next suburb’’ is to be Plimmerton Estate ( Kapi Mana News, June 5). With a new planning and management regime within Porirua city, I wonder whether all the public submissions made over the past 30 years on that 368 hectares will be heeded, let alone even be known, such has been the cleanout at the council.
The only thing I have seen mentioned at local level is an intention to progress the protection of Porirua’s hill backdrops.
As I have frequently argued with that stream of nowdeparted CEOs and planners, the visual landscape assessment should be done using the computer-assisted method of ‘‘prominence’’, which is the frequency with which land and waters are seen within the total space, as opposed to contour.
Such would assist planners, elected councillors and the public to make decisions, and it only needs to be done once. Although the suggestion was dismissed by previous planners as being too costly, I argue that is sheer ignorance given Greater Wellington has a one-metre digital base we ratepayers have already paid for but now sits rotting.
‘‘Prominence’’ would also shake up landform-flattening developers. Think Aotea, east above the CBD.
Pukerua Bay [abridged] In last week’s Kapi-Mana News we ran a letter from Margot Stuart which said her mother, Ellinore Ginn, was one of the founders of Porirua Little theatre then called Titahi Bay Little Theatre in 1950. In fact she was the sole founder. Letters to the on issues that affect you and your community are welcome. Please make sure they are no longer than 200 words and email them to email@example.com. Letters are published at the editor’s discretion.
Plimmerton Farm, the city’s next suburb.