Survey re­sult dis­puted


A sat­is­fac­tion survey to se­cure fund­ing for Pride in Pu­taruru has been ques­tioned by South Waikato Dis­trict coun­cil­lors.

As part of the fund­ing deal be­tween the South Waikato Dis­trict Coun­cil the or­gan­i­sa­tion has to gain 85 per cent sat­is­fac­tion from re­spon­dents.

The survey was pre­vi­ously hand de­liv­ered to busi­nesses and land­lords in the CBD by the or­gan­i­sa­tion man­ager.

How­ever, com­mu­nity de­vel­op­ment man­ager Amanda Hema said a res­i­dent ques­tioned whether or not it was a con­flict of in­ter­est.

Deputy mayor Jenny Shat­tock was also scep­ti­cal about re­sponse num­bers as well.

She asked coun­cil­lors whether it is right to ac­cept 85 per cent sat­is­fac­tion for 20 re­spon­dents.

‘‘If it is hand de­liv­ered and peo­ple choose not to an­swer then they have had their chance,’’ coun­cil­lor Her­man Van Rooi­jen said.

The or­gan­i­sa­tion re­ceives over $60,000 through tar­geted rates.

But Pride in Pu­taruru re­quested a 15 per cent in­crease which was in­cluded in the orig­i­nal survey.

‘‘I would be con­cerned with the ratepay­ers that are go­ing to get an in­crease be­cause 20 business peo­ple want it,’’ Shat­tock said.

Coun­cil­lors de­cided to al­ter the survey and leave out the ques­tion about the in­crease.

The ques­tion will be de­liv­ered to busi­nesses and land­lords sep­a­rately and the sat­is­fac­tion survey will be de­liv­ered and col­lected by coun­cil staff be­fore the end of the year.

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