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QUESTION WHETHER THE EARTH HAS MOVED

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Some ink has been spread across the written page since the correspondence between us and I had imagined, I would have an answer to my second question in the Letters to the Ed pages in the last two Informer issues  …but no.

Considering the earth has moved concerning the article (front page The Informer, ‘Unified and Strong Message from residents and ratepayers” and changes have taken place, could there please be an update in print in 11 June 2024 issue that names the Ratepayers organisations that come under the umbrella of the Alliance which appears to primarily  be covering the eastern seaboard of the Peninsula……my neighbourhood.

John Freer on RNZ interview claimed 12 of 19 were still on board the alliance (small letters  it seems with shrinking numbers). It would be helpful if  the local community media, as is  The Informer, gives the latest and correct information rather than misinformation on who is in the shade of of this collective.

Isabel Gilbert Palmer.

Kuaotunu 

Response: The Editor may not know anymore than Isabel who seems to be inferring that the editor is smearing ink over information. No one was more dismayed at the news that there isn’t unity.  It was a great day when more than one report to The Informer  glowed about the unity of the Residents and Ratepayers Alliance  expressed in their combined voice to TCDC.

There’s also seems to be some sensitivity over why it is that the four main points that a decent portion of the Associations were in strong agreement with, were published. At the time, The Informer was in receipt of information that said unity was across the board. In terms of the four  points, they were never a secret and they have been expressed again and again in different ways through many public submissions. They are not new. But now it is known Kuaotunu and others are not in agreement.

Isabel would do well to stay with John Freer’s more recent announcement that 12 of 19 are in agreement. That in itself should have a capital ‘A’ and not the small ‘a’ Isabel suggests for Alliance. That’s decent and still a powerful voice.in or out of the Alliance, ratepayers need to check with their local association as to where they stand.  What is important is that locally, people are involved. Associations cannot possibly represent everyone in their local area – unity is hard or impossible to get anywhere. To ask our Council to prioritise essential core services before anything else,  and to heed carefully the evidence-based research, preparation  and experience that local voters often represent, is for this Editor, a basic yardstick of local government practice.

Some ink has been spread across the written page since the correspondence between us and I had imagined, I would have an answer to my second question in the Letters to the Ed pages in the last two Informer issues  …but no.

Considering the earth has moved concerning the article (front page The Informer, ‘Unified and Strong Message from residents and ratepayers” and changes have taken place, could there please be an update in print in 11 June 2024 issue that names the Ratepayers organisations that come under the umbrella of the Alliance which appears to primarily  be covering the eastern seaboard of the Peninsula……my neighbourhood.

John Freer on RNZ interview claimed 12 of 19 were still on board the alliance (small letters  it seems with shrinking numbers). It would be helpful if  the local community media, as is  The Informer, gives the latest and correct information rather than misinformation on who is in the shade of of this collective.

Isabel Gilbert Palmer.

Kuaotunu 

Response: The Editor may not know anymore than Isabel who seems to be inferring that the editor is smearing ink over information. No one was more dismayed at the news that there isn’t unity.  It was a great day when more than one report to The Informer  glowed about the unity of the Residents and Ratepayers Alliance  expressed in their combined voice to TCDC.

There’s also seems to be some sensitivity over why it is that the four main points that a decent portion of the Associations were in strong agreement with, were published. At the time, The Informer was in receipt of information that said unity was across the board. In terms of the four  points, they were never a secret and they have been expressed again and again in different ways through many public submissions. They are not new. But now it is known Kuaotunu and others are not in agreement.

Isabel would do well to stay with John Freer’s more recent announcement that 12 of 19 are in agreement. That in itself should have a capital ‘A’ and not the small ‘a’ Isabel suggests for Alliance. That’s decent and still a powerful voice.in or out of the Alliance, ratepayers need to check with their local association as to where they stand.  What is important is that locally, people are involved. Associations cannot possibly represent everyone in their local area – unity is hard or impossible to get anywhere. To ask our Council to prioritise essential core services before anything else,  and to heed carefully the evidence-based research, preparation  and experience that local voters often represent, is for this Editor, a basic yardstick of local government practice.


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