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Well I guess peo­ple do read my edi­to­ri­als!

I wrote last week about Al­bertE­den Lo­cal Board’s de­ci­sion to plow $6000 into a com­mu­nity news site. I got a fair bit of flak for not know­ing who Peter Haynes, the chair­man of the lo­cal bard, was.

But I think my orig­i­nal point stands. I do not be­lieve this is good value for ratepay­ers. Do we not al­ready bankroll Auck­land Coun­cil’s site, Shape Auck­land and its pub­li­ca­tion, pay for nu­mer­ous com­mu­ni­ca­tions staff and each coun­cil-con­trolled or­gan­i­sa­tion also seems to have a pla­toon of public re­la­tions staff?

So why do we ratepay­ers need to pay for this too? Not every per­ceived prob­lem needs a few grand chucked at it. I want to see coun­cil­lors and lo­cal boards come up with so­lu­tions that don’t cost me money.

Peo­ple around this city, who pay rates, are in real need. Six grand for a news site is the last thing I want to see your money be spent on. What do you think?

- Re­becca

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