Our com­mu­nity’s view

What should a new coun­cil do?

The Tribune (NZ) - - FRONT PAGE -

Lo­cal gov­ern­ment elec­tions are com­ing up so re­porter Richard Mays took to the streets to find out what is­sues are im­por­tant to our com­mu­nity and what they’d like to see ad­dressed by our new coun­cil.

Shaun Kay, Cen­tral: Go back to the draw­ing board on Broad­way, and go with the pub­lic view of the street as a night venue, and re­view other ar­eas of the city Lit­tle Cuba and Ge­orge St where peo­ple visit and gather. Be­lieves the mayor’s open chat ses­sions are work­ing well. Danielle Speller: ‘‘I have very young chil­dren, 1 , 2 and 3, and I find a lot of the play­grounds are for five plus. It would be very use­ful if we could have some­thing. They’re not old enough to climb some of the things but also a lot of it is quite high for a one-year-old and they get quite scared.’’ Steph Milne, Fitzher­bert: Hous­ing prob­lems, home­less peo­ple, sta­tus and sup­port for refugees. Wants to see more lead­er­ship and vis­i­bil­ity from the mayor re­gard­ing key so­cial is­sues. Pa­trick Malone, Awa­puni: Coun­cil could learn from what works well in other cen­tres. Would like to know how in­de­pen­dent ‘‘in­de­pen­dent’’ can­di­dates re­ally are. Kirsty Porter, Roslyn: Coun­cil needs to sup­port lo­cal busi­nesses over big multi­na­tion­als, and en­cour­age ‘‘real en­vi­ron­men­tal sus­tain­abil­ity’’.

Neil Rowe, Kelvin Grove: So­cial hous­ing, road­ing and in­fra­struc­ture, rates rises, cre­at­ing em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties, es­pe­cially for younger and older peo­ple. Party af­fil­i­a­tions are OK so long as it’s pos­i­tive for the city.

Robyn Bar­nett, Hokowhitu: A short­age of so­cial hous­ing, a short­age of em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties for women, not enough bus shel­ters or mo­bil­ity aware­ness — coun­cil build­ings in­cluded.

Wil­liam Ben­nett, Takaro: The city coun­cil and re­gional coun­cil are ‘‘do­ing an ap­palling/neg­li­gent job of manag­ing agri­cul­tural prac­tices’’. Coun­cil(s) should cre­ate pub­lic dis­cus­sion around these is­sues.’’

Ken Thomas, Takaro: Fu­ture em­ploy­ment, more events to draw peo­ple into the city, coun­cil needs to sup­port lo­cal em­ploy­ers not big cor­po­rates, beg­gars and the par­lous state of foot­paths.

Chantelle Sey­mour-East: ‘‘There is not re­ally things to do with kids. Some of the play­grounds are not fenced off and some fam­i­lies don’t re­ally like tak­ing their kids there.’’

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