Youth urged to reach out for help

South Waikato News - - OPINION -

I am a mem­ber of Stop Youth Sui­cide South Waikato. I would like to send a mes­sage to all of you out there in the com­mu­nity.

Times are go­ing to be hard with Carter Holt Har­vey lay­ing off work­ers, which means it will be a stink Christ­mas for a lot of fam­i­lies.

Kids, your par­ents will be find­ing it hard as well; you might not get what you want for Christ­mas.

All I ask ev­ery­one is please let’s make this a sui­cide-free Christ­mas and New Year.

It you are feel­ing down and you need help look up the SYS web­site and you will find dif­fer­ent peo­ple or groups who can help you. Do not think that just be­cause it is Christ­mas they will be on hol­i­day, they will not be. Please reach out and find help if needed. You are not alone even though at times it may feel like it. Re­mem­ber once you take your life that for those of us who are left our pain goes on and some­times gets big­ger. Re­mem­ber kia kaha .

Les Pinker­ton Stop Youth Sui­cide South

Waikato what coun­cil legally had to do, maybe the storm wouldn’t have hap­pened.

With the sad demise of Cr Her­lihy, the coun­cil unan­i­mously (Cr Cor­ban in­cluded) de­cided not to ap­point any­one to re­place him. We were told at that time, the re­main­der in the pool had to be dis­trib­uted among other coun­cil­lors (not the mayor).

Mr Smit did the cal­cu­la­tions ready for the Re­mu­ner­a­tion Author­ity, the le­gal body that de­ter­mines coun­cil­lors’ salaries.

It was not what coun­cil­lors wanted; we would much pre­fer to still have Bar­rie with us.

At the next meet­ing Cr Cor­ban made her grand stand. She de­clined to have it given to a char­ity of her choice. Where it would go she didn’t say.

Maybe be­cause of the ex­tra work­load the other coun­cil­lors would have to do to take up Bar­rie’s work load she wanted it to go to them?

To dou­ble check, Mr Smit con­tacted Re­mu­ner­a­tion Author­ity deputy chair­woman An­gela Foulkes and the re­ply was, ‘‘all coun­cil­lors will be re­quired to ac­cept the in­crease. The coun­cil­lor who wishes to de­cline the in­crease can­not legally do so. The coun­cil­lor would ob­vi­ously have the right to do­nate the in­crease (af­ter tax) ei­ther to the lo­cal author­ity or to a char­ity of their per­sonal choos­ing’’.

Bar­rie was a hard-work­ing coun­cil­lor who at­tended nearly all the 30-odd work­shops, com­mit­tee meet­ings, waste man­age­ment task force meet­ings and coun­cil meet­ings as Cr Cor­ban, a coun­cil­lor of eight years well knows. The Bar­rie I knew would cringe if he knew the crass na­ture of the talk about money.

Cr Cor­ban makes play about lunch and not so­cial­is­ing with other coun­cil­lors.

Lunch with staff, meet­ing as a group with se­nior staff for Christ­mas, hav­ing a glass of wine to­gether af­ter the meet­ings are all part of de­vel­op­ing a team cul­ture. Un­for­tu­nately the odd per­son doesn’t want to be part of a team; a team that has done so much in the past eight years and has so much more to de­liver in the next few months.

Cr Cor­ban, the in­vi­ta­tion is still open for you to come and see the Sport and Events Cen­tre. While you may not be, the rest of us are proud of what has been built on the park with help from coun­cil­lors, coun­cil staff, ded­i­cated com­mu­nity peo­ple on the com­mit­tees over the years and a vast num­ber of other con­trib­u­tors.

The RAL con­tract case is still be­fore the court and hopefully we will win the case but coun­cil­lors have al­ready put pro­cesses in place so that this sort of thing never hap­pens again.

You are right Mr Ed­meades, coun­cil­lors must look at the ten­der­ing process and look at both the com­po­si­tion and com­pe­tence of the ten­der’s board in deal­ing with tech­ni­cal ten­ders.

I wish you all a very Merry Christ­mas and we can look for­ward to an ex­cit­ing, if chal­leng­ing New Year.

Neil Sin­clair South Waikato District Mayor

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