Marines Hall de­ci­sion sad but log­i­cal

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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.

Richard John­son

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.

Christo­pher Watson

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.

Tony Jack­man

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 ed­i­ Let­ters are pub­lished at the ed­i­tor’s dis­cre­tion.

Plim­mer­ton Farm, the city’s next sub­urb.

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