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Cathedral Cove walking access, where to have the Boating Club, dust on and in the houses opposite Allied Concrete on South Highway, Operational Refuse Transfer Station for Mercury Bay; Wahi Tukurua (recycling centre) being more than a name; clearing the ponds at Cooks Beach, Buffalo Beach and Taputapuatea Stream; Water storage plan and a timeline for it, Coastal Protection Project turned into specific plans for specific areas; rubbish bin collection methods that work for the residents.

All require work and a change of culture regarding relationships and possibilities between local Government elected members, the staff they employ and the ratepayers and residents who elected them to serve the community.

Policies must result in operational efficiency and kindness, serving the community. Local people give their time as well as pay their rates. They believe in their communities and they work to resolve issues. They are often leaders.

They know a few things and they are not the enemy. It is overdue for our local government elected members and staff to listen to them and work with them as partners, not keeping them at a distance or being defensive. The future cannot afford the current culture, economically or emotionally.

 |  Pauline Stewart  | 
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Cathedral Cove walking access, where to have the Boating Club, dust on and in the houses opposite Allied Concrete on South Highway, Operational Refuse Transfer Station for Mercury Bay; Wahi Tukurua (recycling centre) being more than a name; clearing the ponds at Cooks Beach, Buffalo Beach and Taputapuatea Stream; Water storage plan and a timeline for it, Coastal Protection Project turned into specific plans for specific areas; rubbish bin collection methods that work for the residents.

All require work and a change of culture regarding relationships and possibilities between local Government elected members, the staff they employ and the ratepayers and residents who elected them to serve the community.

Policies must result in operational efficiency and kindness, serving the community. Local people give their time as well as pay their rates. They believe in their communities and they work to resolve issues. They are often leaders.

They know a few things and they are not the enemy. It is overdue for our local government elected members and staff to listen to them and work with them as partners, not keeping them at a distance or being defensive. The future cannot afford the current culture, economically or emotionally.