Our community’s view
What should a new council do?
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.’’