Not jus­ti­fied

Waipa Post - - News -

Re­gard­less of whether the ma­jor­ity of Waipa¯ ratepay­ers dis­agree with Waipa¯ Dis­trict Coun­cil mak­ing a $150,000 do­na­tion to France for a com­mem­o­ra­tion, the elected coun­cil­lors will not lis­ten to those who elected them.

They will carry on with their agenda, which has proved to be the case with too many projects in re­cent times.

I per­son­ally don’t re­mem­ber this sub­ject be­ing men­tioned in the 10-Year Plan.

$150,000 would go a long way to get­ting our own memo­rial foun­tain back in work­ing or­der.

To sug­gest that a lot of peo­ple will visit a memo­rial in France is pie in the sky men­tal­ity as it is be­com­ing a strug­gle for ratepay­ers to keep up with increasing rates, wa­ter bills, en­vi­ron­ment rates, rub­bish dis­posal costs and day-to-day liv­ing costs.

Many more peo­ple will visit our parks than will ever ven­ture to France. Charity be­gins at home.

FLORENCE STEVEN­SON

Te Awa­mutu

Edi­tor’s note: The do­na­tion to a memo­rial war mu­seum to be built in Le Ques­noy, France wasn’t in­cluded in the draft 10-Year Plan doc­u­ment.

It was raised in a sub­mis­sion dur­ing the 10-Year Plan con­sul­ta­tion process in March and dis­cussed by Coun­cil­lors dur­ing de­lib­er­a­tions in June.

The pos­si­bil­ity of the $150,000 con­tri­bu­tion was part of an ar­ti­cle in this pub­li­ca­tion on June 12 this year headed

Coun­cil­lors may add an ex­tra $2.56m to 10-year plan bud­get.

On July 3, un­der the head­ing 10-year plan sets dis­trict’s fu­ture the out­come of the de­lib­er­a­tions were re­ported — in­clud­ing Coun­cil­lors agree­ing to con­trib­ute $150,000 for a memo­rial war mu­seum in Le Ques­noy, France, con­tin­gent upon fundrais­ing tar­gets be­ing met and the project be­ing con­firmed and ap­proved by French au­thor­i­ties.

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