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Regional council applauded
I refer to your timely article of last week re the Hawke s
Bay Regional Council committee meeting acknowledging
the need for an independent report of our region and a
possible re-evaluation of the current approach of
governance of Hawke s Bay.
This week it just got a whole lot better with the
regional council voting unanimously to not only
contribute $40,000 to this vital report but to also include
our rapidly growing group of concerned citizens to be a
party to assist with the setting of the terms of reference.
At last to guarantee the report covers all the areas
necessary to ensure a positive future for the Bay.
Unbelievably, at the same time the Napier City Council
is continuing to waste ratepayers money by initiating
another poll with Napier citizens as to whether they
favour amalgamation with other councils.
The question has to be asked, how can they be so
irresponsible with our money when no-one, least of all our
highly paid part-time councillors, have a clue as to the
ramifications and savings of such action?
Most responsible people require to have all the
pertinent facts and figures before them prior to making
an informed decision on such an important issue.
Apparently not so with our employees in the council
It is nothing more than another expensive and
pointless exercise in a vain attempt to
demonstrate that the majority are against any
form of regional governance reform for the better.
I would be appalled if anyone would approve of
amalgamation without all of the pertinent facts
available before them.
Regrettably, the NCC is rapidly nullifying its
position of representing the ratepayers and their
best interests in favour of other more enlightened
councils who govern our region. The report will
proceed with or without their input.
The ball is now in their court to acknowledge
their failure to take a lead as the rest of us have
done who create jobs and opportunities for our
children and grandchildren thus ensuring a better
future for all our citizens.
John J Harrison
We all do!
I continue to be intrigued by the series of full page
advertisements a small group of wealthy
individuals is funding, in the local press.
This question is put: We want a better
performing Hawke s Bay -- do you? This is then
followed by photos and the names of a number of
people -- some of whom are well known and
What are these people trying to tell us? That
they are somehow different than the rest of us --
that somehow they have aspirations that us mere
peasants don t have?
I don t know a single citizen of Hawke s Bay who
doesn t want the province to perform better.
And some of us are grafting away, day after day
to ensure that happens.
Re the advertisement in last week s paper written
by John J Harrison. The Emperor Has No Clothes!
At last someone has the intestinal fortitude to
say out loud what we have known for some time.
We support the views stated.
His comments on falling visitor numbers didn t
go far enough.
We lament the waste of our rates dollars
squandered on repeated regional tourism
An open examination of the way this wonderful
region we all love is governed is long overdue.
Self-interested officials protecting their small
ponds, perks, junkets and cocktail parties
notwithstanding, it is time.
Robert Simon and Wendy Bevan
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