Youth coun­cil­lors didn’t fail

South Waikato News - - OPINION -

Well done to the youth coun­cil­lors who took the ini­tia­tive to de­fend them­selves against Mayor Sin­clair’s com­ments in the South Waikato News. I am a mother of one of the youth coun­cil­lors and can also add com­ments to what has been said.

My son re­ceived three let­ters from the coun­cil re­gard­ing his role as a youth coun­cil­lor. The first (af­ter mul­ti­ple calls be­cause there had been no feed­back for more than a month) was to con­grat­u­late him on his suc­cess­ful ap­pli­ca­tion to be a youth coun­cil­lor. The next, to let him know of their first meet­ing and the last was from the mayor say­ing if he did not show up to a meet­ing, it would in­di­cate that he isn’t in­ter­ested in be­ing a youth coun­cil­lor.

The coun­cil should be hu­mil­i­ated by cut­ting costs to such an im­por­tant group and then ap­prov­ing thou­sands of dol­lars to be spent on try­ing to kill a dog.

What has this coun­cil come to? Where do its pri­or­i­ties lie when it comes to our fu­ture?

The youth needed di­rec­tion and a sense of pur­pose. They needed to be guided and told what their re­spon­si­bil­i­ties were.

Yes, money may have helped with or­gan­is­ing strate­gies and ini­tia­tives but it wasn’t the pri­or­ity.

My son ap­plied to be a youth coun­cil­lor so he could try to make a dif­fer­ence in this community for kids, not spend ratepayer money on in­signif­i­cant projects or fin­ger-food at a meet­ing.

These poor kids, they take the ini­tia­tive to be in­volved in their community, to be a part of some­thing pos­i­tive, to show other kids that adults do have faith in their abil­i­ties to be­come lead­ers and that adults can en­trust them with higher re­spon­si­bil­i­ties but are now con­demned for be­ing a part of yet an­other failed project of this coun­cil.

I tend to be­lieve that the mayor was try­ing to take the fo­cus off the dread­ful jobs that he and his coun­cil­lors are do­ing as ratepayer rep­re­sen­ta­tives.

Shame on you coun­cil­lors, mak­ing our kids feel like they failed when it was you who failed them.

Don’t you dare show up at youth events and say you care about them.

It is not too late to change this. A Matekohi

Toko­roa community with real needs where that money could be bet­ter spent but our coun­cil is hav­ing a grand time wast­ing our money by over­spend­ing its bud­gets and fight­ing over dogs. I’ll be fum­ing if the dog case reaches $100k and the roads are still not fixed. R Eru­toe Toko­roa next day the con­trac­tor would be back to com­plete the job. Had I not done this some­one in the coun­cil would be sign­ing off pay­ment for work claimed to have been done. This would be tan­ta­mount to fraud. The mayor ad­vised me that the coun­cil has one con­trac­tor who is used for all their gen­eral main­te­nance work.

Fi­nally, if any­one feels there is im­plied criticism of the mayor in my com­ments, that cer­tainly isn’t my in­ten­tion. I’ve found him to be en­thu­si­as­tic about the dis­trict, very con­cerned about po­ten­tial changes we face through pos­si­ble amal­ga­ma­tion, will­ing to lis­ten to ratepayer con­cerns, while be­ing loyal and sup­port­ive to coun­cil staff. Very hu­man and hence fal­li­ble. F Law­ton Toko­roa ex­pense. Stop be­ing thought­less and heart­less. Stop wast­ing more ratepay­ers’ money and let Jimbo go, coun­cil. M Scott Toko­roa

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