Youth coun­cil­lors re­ply

South Waikato News - - OPINION -

In an edition of the South Waikato News, an ar­ti­cle was printed that out­lined the so-called ‘‘sack­ing’’ of youth coun­cil­lors from the South Waikato Dis­trict Youth Coun­cil. The ar­ti­cle con­demned youth coun­cil­lors for their lack of at­ten­dance and com­mit­ment to the youth coun­cil.

We would like to present the other side. We be­lieve there was a lack of com­mu­ni­ca­tion be­tween dis­trict and youth coun­cil­lors. At times we felt there was a lack of di­rec­tion and did not fully un­der­stand the obli­ga­tions and pur­pose of the youth coun­cil. Yes, there were reg­u­lar meet­ings – if you con­sider that six weeks is reg­u­lar.

These meet­ings were sup­posed to be held ev­ery three weeks but due to bud­get cuts these were changed to be­ing held ev­ery six weeks. For these meet­ings there was no agenda pre­pared and there­fore dis­cus­sions were quite frankly, just a waste of time. On pa­per it did look like we were work­ing to ‘‘raise the pro­file’’ – of what we are still un­sure.

There was also con­sid­er­able dis­or­gan­i­sa­tion and con­fu­sion over the meet­ing sched­ule. In par­tic­u­lar, in one in­stance youth coun­cil­lors were no­ti­fied about a meet­ing on the day of the meet­ing.

In an­other in­stance, a meet­ing was sched­uled and coun­cil­lors were given the wrong venue.

If youth coun­cil­lors were dis­grun­tled, con­fused and frus­trated af­ter this dis­or­gan­i­sa­tion, we’re sure peo­ple can un­der­stand why.

Af­ter these two in­stances, youth coun­cil­lors were told that if we failed to at­tend three con­sec­u­tive meet­ings with­out rea­son we would be dis­carded from the youth coun­cil.

As well as this, all mem­bers re­ceived a let­ter of con­cern re­gard­ing the com­mit­ment and ex­pec­ta­tions of youth coun­cil­lors. The let­ter was from Mayor Neil Sin­clair. In this let­ter he said he would be at the next meet­ing. It also said that those youth coun­cil­lors who did not at­tend would be re­placed. Iron­i­cally, Mayor Sin­clair did not at­tend the meet­ing.

We un­der­stand that be­ing part of the South Waikato Youth Coun­cil is a great priv­i­lege and re­spon­si­bil­ity. But if the ex­pec­ta­tion on us is to be com­mit­ted, then those in charge of the youth coun­cil should act ac­cord­ingly as well. We want to be part of an or­gan­i­sa­tion that is pro­fes­sional and driven by lead­ers who are or­gan­ised. We want to be able to have faith in our lead­ers, just as they ex­pect to have faith in us. In this sit­u­a­tion, we feel that we have been let down. J Tonge, H Ale, J Riki-Ha­mana, T Paul-Kaponga, R Matekohi, T

Mcken­zie, T Le­vao. For­mer South Waikato Youth Coun­cil­lors

Toko­roa (RYH Con­trac­tors) have done an awe­some job with the gar­den.

I have no­ticed a lot of peo­ple like to write in and com­plain about the job they do. I think they do a great job. It’s not very of­ten peo­ple like to praise them. So well done RYH Con­tract­ing. Keep up the great work. C McCarthy

Pu­taruru whom she had will­ingly sur­ren­dered her an­i­mal. But how she could be held re­spon­si­ble for that dog when con­trol had been legally wrested from her by a legally ap­pointed body is to­tally be­yond my un­der­stand­ing.

Ms King is well within her rights to ap­peal a con­vic­tion on a charge that has proven to be legally un­sus­tain­able.

It would seem that there are a few peo­ple in our le­gal sys­tem who need a closer ap­praisal of their suit­abil­ity for the job they do if this case is any­thing to go by. JC Sim­cock

Toko­roa which you coun­cil­lors ac­cepted and passed.

With all due re­spect Cr Bell, the num­ber of mis­takes you lot have made to date gives me two in­di­ca­tions.

One, you wouldn’t know a good de­ci­sion if it jumped up at you and, two, with all the money this coun­cil has lost one would think it is time to shop around for a new le­gal team.

But who am I to sug­gest that. It doesn’t mat­ter what we the res­i­dents think but we will re­mem­ber that next year when elec­tions are due.

And fi­nally Cr Bell, you ask if I am fa­mil­iar with the word ‘‘defama­tion’’. Yes, I know that word and it sad­dens me that for some­one who is sup­posed to rep­re­sent the in­ter­ests of the ratepay­ers you don’t take into con­sid­er­a­tion the mean­ing of ‘‘opin­ion’’ and what we want.

I would like Cr Bell to take back to the coun­cil­lors a sim­ple word that can eas­ily be googled for its mean­ing – no need to pay for this one guys, it’s a free­bie from me to you and some­thing you coun­cil­lors should put into ac­tion for the ben­e­fit of this community.

The spe­cial word to­day folks is ‘‘re­sign’’. S Jones Toko­roa

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