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DON’T STOP MAKING SENSE

I recently took my family to the remastered Talking Heads movie, 40 years on it is still most entertaining. As were a few of the contributors to the Informer edition of Nov 21. I’m really enjoying Malcolm Campbell’s items. To me they make total sense. Letter to the editor, “When will the madness stop” from Peter McGillan also brings to mind important environmental & economic issues with humour. When we try to examine local, regional & central government edits they seem totally nonsensical. War for instance & pouring tonnes of imported, inorganic, toxic chemicals into our water, air & onto the land destroying biodiversity. Spending millions on consents for moving sand & rocks on our foreshore & when it doesn’t work they do it again? Allowing the caging of wild animals to swim around and around glassy eyed while pouring antibiotics on them. Policies that destroy small businesses such as not fi xing the Cathedral cove track & not letting the community fi x it ourselves. If you are self-employed try getting a bank loan… It doesn’t make any sense unless you are aware that a few corporations want to own EVERYTHING & now they control most of our western governments. Left or right makes no

difference. The madness won’t stop until most of us wake up to this and invest authentically in our communities (which is where true wealth resides anyway.) And never ever stop, making sense….

Roger Harwood

Squandering Continues

Malcolm Campbell (Informer Nov 14) reminds us of the unconscionable poisoning of our waterways by the un-managed spread of herbicides along our roadsides. There was a time when this ‘road maintenance’ was carried out by council staff. Practically all of council’s maintenance work was once carried out by a council-run department. These departments still exist in “Air-Conditioned Offices” but today all the actual work is contracted out. The roadsides are getting sprayed by a contractor who comes from as far away as Rotorua. The rubbish is now being managed by a contractor based in Australia! The cost to the rate-payer increases as the actual ‘workers’ come from further and further away. The 1080 poison business grew in a similar manner. Environment Waikato staff used to manage the 1080 drops in our area but more money could be made by a contractor so two of the council staff set up their own contracting businesses and today they manage all the 1080 drops on behalf of councils and DOC and OSPRI and TB-Free and Predator Free and ZIP and all the other agencies now spreading wild animal poisons. It is hard to imagine our rates and taxes being more wastefully squandered.

John Veysey

Coromandel

FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY REQUIRED FROM MAYOR AND CEO

With spending decisions based on rigorous cost benefit analysis to ensue taxpayer money is treated with respect and recognising the need to get public books back in order by reducing the overall fiscal impact of government.

This apply’s equally to Local Government, where their first and foremost responsibility is infrastructure, and we need to see a return to this focus.

For example: – TCDC is not here to compete with the Education Dept., in running career initiatives for students. Our schools have teaching staff who have the qualifications to take their pupil thru this area of their education and are funded accordingly. First and foremost, rates are paid to cover infrastructure, – roads, footpaths, sewage, water etc., which in some areas are sadly lacking.

For example – Simpsons Beach has no sewage, no water, no safe footpaths along a very narrow State Highway, and is now subject to SH25 being regularly cut off by flooding from extreme pressure on the Tohetea Stream thru the Wharekaho Subdivision.

Yesterday I watched 3 very young children, just off the school bus, jump down into the ditch and climb out the other side as they heard a large truck coming behind them. Our first request for a footpath was documented 35 years ago. We pay exorbitant rates which TCDC seems more than happy to spend, amongst other things, employing numerous additional staff members. There were 17 jobs advertised last January and there has been a steady offering of jobs since. To the point they are now stating that, if they do not have a job for you – “please feel free to come and put your name down with an expression of interest so we can offer you a job as soon as we have, (or create?) one that suits. Cadetships are not what we pay rates for. Every additional staff member takes funding from our infrastructure. We would like clarification of just how many jobs have been ‘created’ by TCDC over and above the existing staff members when the current regime took office. They are not a Health Dept to offer counselling – they are not here to put sports facilities and town beautification ahead of basic infrastructure which affects the health and well-being of rate paying residents. And – they are not a cadet training facility at ratepayer’s expense.

They are not a publishing/tourist company that needs to employ staff to create an annual magazine covering the Peninsula. The editor of the Informer does an excellent job of that and TCDC needs only to supply them with the few pages that relate to visitors and rubbish collections etc., each year. A permanent staff member, paid for by our rates, to produce a magazine in direct competition with a local business is both unnecessary and unconscionable. TCDC when approached by the Informer advised that they had no funding this year for a magazine and no funding to advertise information in the Informer. So please tell me where the 65-page glossy magazine that was posted out last week to all none resident ratepayers came from? And how do they explain their comments to the Informer?

A change to fiscal responsibility over frivolous spending needs urgent priority. And a good hard look at a return to democratic truth, transparency, and communication.

Ady Cole-Ewen

Wharekaho

DON’T STOP MAKING SENSE

I recently took my family to the remastered Talking Heads movie, 40 years on it is still most entertaining. As were a few of the contributors to the Informer edition of Nov 21. I’m really enjoying Malcolm Campbell’s items. To me they make total sense. Letter to the editor, “When will the madness stop” from Peter McGillan also brings to mind important environmental & economic issues with humour. When we try to examine local, regional & central government edits they seem totally nonsensical. War for instance & pouring tonnes of imported, inorganic, toxic chemicals into our water, air & onto the land destroying biodiversity. Spending millions on consents for moving sand & rocks on our foreshore & when it doesn’t work they do it again? Allowing the caging of wild animals to swim around and around glassy eyed while pouring antibiotics on them. Policies that destroy small businesses such as not fi xing the Cathedral cove track & not letting the community fi x it ourselves. If you are self-employed try getting a bank loan… It doesn’t make any sense unless you are aware that a few corporations want to own EVERYTHING & now they control most of our western governments. Left or right makes no

difference. The madness won’t stop until most of us wake up to this and invest authentically in our communities (which is where true wealth resides anyway.) And never ever stop, making sense….

Roger Harwood

Squandering Continues

Malcolm Campbell (Informer Nov 14) reminds us of the unconscionable poisoning of our waterways by the un-managed spread of herbicides along our roadsides. There was a time when this ‘road maintenance’ was carried out by council staff. Practically all of council’s maintenance work was once carried out by a council-run department. These departments still exist in “Air-Conditioned Offices” but today all the actual work is contracted out. The roadsides are getting sprayed by a contractor who comes from as far away as Rotorua. The rubbish is now being managed by a contractor based in Australia! The cost to the rate-payer increases as the actual ‘workers’ come from further and further away. The 1080 poison business grew in a similar manner. Environment Waikato staff used to manage the 1080 drops in our area but more money could be made by a contractor so two of the council staff set up their own contracting businesses and today they manage all the 1080 drops on behalf of councils and DOC and OSPRI and TB-Free and Predator Free and ZIP and all the other agencies now spreading wild animal poisons. It is hard to imagine our rates and taxes being more wastefully squandered.

John Veysey

Coromandel

FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY REQUIRED FROM MAYOR AND CEO

With spending decisions based on rigorous cost benefit analysis to ensue taxpayer money is treated with respect and recognising the need to get public books back in order by reducing the overall fiscal impact of government.

This apply’s equally to Local Government, where their first and foremost responsibility is infrastructure, and we need to see a return to this focus.

For example: – TCDC is not here to compete with the Education Dept., in running career initiatives for students. Our schools have teaching staff who have the qualifications to take their pupil thru this area of their education and are funded accordingly. First and foremost, rates are paid to cover infrastructure, – roads, footpaths, sewage, water etc., which in some areas are sadly lacking.

For example – Simpsons Beach has no sewage, no water, no safe footpaths along a very narrow State Highway, and is now subject to SH25 being regularly cut off by flooding from extreme pressure on the Tohetea Stream thru the Wharekaho Subdivision.

Yesterday I watched 3 very young children, just off the school bus, jump down into the ditch and climb out the other side as they heard a large truck coming behind them. Our first request for a footpath was documented 35 years ago. We pay exorbitant rates which TCDC seems more than happy to spend, amongst other things, employing numerous additional staff members. There were 17 jobs advertised last January and there has been a steady offering of jobs since. To the point they are now stating that, if they do not have a job for you – “please feel free to come and put your name down with an expression of interest so we can offer you a job as soon as we have, (or create?) one that suits. Cadetships are not what we pay rates for. Every additional staff member takes funding from our infrastructure. We would like clarification of just how many jobs have been ‘created’ by TCDC over and above the existing staff members when the current regime took office. They are not a Health Dept to offer counselling – they are not here to put sports facilities and town beautification ahead of basic infrastructure which affects the health and well-being of rate paying residents. And – they are not a cadet training facility at ratepayer’s expense.

They are not a publishing/tourist company that needs to employ staff to create an annual magazine covering the Peninsula. The editor of the Informer does an excellent job of that and TCDC needs only to supply them with the few pages that relate to visitors and rubbish collections etc., each year. A permanent staff member, paid for by our rates, to produce a magazine in direct competition with a local business is both unnecessary and unconscionable. TCDC when approached by the Informer advised that they had no funding this year for a magazine and no funding to advertise information in the Informer. So please tell me where the 65-page glossy magazine that was posted out last week to all none resident ratepayers came from? And how do they explain their comments to the Informer?

A change to fiscal responsibility over frivolous spending needs urgent priority. And a good hard look at a return to democratic truth, transparency, and communication.

Ady Cole-Ewen

Wharekaho


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