Youth councillors reply
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