Better Kapiti says amalgamation offers significant benefits for Kapiti residents
"Many Kapiti residents and businesses will welcome an informed and rational debate on restructuring the Wellington Region as was recommended in the report of the Local Government Commission released yesterday," the chair of Better Kapiti, Guy Weaver, said.
"This week's report of roading priorities underscores the value of a region-wide decision-making process. Sadly though, the other 'biggie', water services, won't enjoy the same advantages under the current fractured and siloed structure. Until Kapiti joins with the rest of the region our water services will continue to be a problem, despite recent efforts to resolve the ongoing issues," he said.
"Kapiti is too small and does not have the critical mass to properly achieve its potential. Until we partner in a formal and non-partisan way with our neighbors, Coast residents will continue to suffer second rate services and decisions - such as the LIM coastal erosion fiasco, mismanaged cost over-runs, like the aquatic centre, questionable environmental decisions, like the Waikanae River recharge, multii-million edifice construction under the guise of repairs and upgrade and heavy-handed treatment of residents innocently trimming a few trees on their properties," he said.
Guy Weaver said Better Kapiti supports reforms that allow greater transparency and accountability to ratepayers.
"This is a once in a generation opportunity to explore the potential of cooperation and inclusiveness. Better Kapiti urges residents to participate in the debate about the shape of our governance with open minds. We know the instinct is to preserve the status quo because it feels safe and familiar.
"Better Kapiti says the status quo is not delivering the best quality we deserve or expect. Therefore, we ask the community to consider thinking outside the square and exploring the possible. We are a growing community and we need to utilise the best cost-effective brains, to ensure Kapiti maximises its opportunities and strengths and becomes the best place to live, work and play in our region." Guy Weaver said.
One reason for this formation was for the people of Paraparaumu and Paekakariki to have more say, and to see that their rates money was being used in the area that they lived in..
Graeme, Kapiti resident
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