KCDC is a pain in the neck to famous physiotherapist
Robin McKenzie, the world-renowned authority on the treatment of back and neck pain, has delivered a scathing diagnosis on the condition of the Kāpiti Coast District Council.
Mr McKenzie, (OBE; Companion, NZ Order of Merit) lives in Raumati. He is founder of the McKenzie Institute International, with 27 branches throughout the world promulgating the McKenzie Method to physiotherapists.
He has been voted one of the most influential people in orthopaedic physical therapy in the USA and has an impressive list of honours.
But he is not impressed by the work of his local council, and has told them so in a personal submission to the Long-Term Plan…
Submission to KCDCBy Robin McKenzie
Like so many living in the district of Kapiti, I believe this Council to be irresponsible. That irresponsibility is clearly demonstrable. You have chosen to give priority to the nice-to-have items instead of providing the community with the most essential element of all, water.
A dam has been considered, but it is proposed to begin construction in thirty or forty years from now. It has been estimated that a dam would cost thirty to forty million dollars.
Like many of the flawed estimates that haunt this Council, that cost in forty years time will be ten or twenty times that amount. In the meantime a haphazard fall-back plan has been proposed that will not save one litre of water of the billions that flow into the sea every year.
Prudent organisations stopped wasting money
Since 2007 when the world economy first showed itself in decline, prudent organisations stopped spending money on expensive items, restricted spending to essential items and pruned staff to the minimum.
Many companies and businesses adopted this philosophy. Those who did not were liquidated or bankrupted. This Council is in that same position but unfortunately liquidation is still one year away.
By 2008 and 2009 it was patently obvious that the world economy was likely to continue this downward slide.
The current central Government recognised the seriousness of the problem and cut expenditure and significantly reduced the number of public servants. It was irresponsible for this Council not to follow suit.
‘Continued extravagant spending’
In the face of the collapse which by 2009 was in full swing you continued the extravagant spending on so many expensive projects. There is no need for me to recount all the items.
It is this extravagance that has led to the district debt, the inexorable rate increases, and the promise that there is more to come.
Why did you not defer the Aquatic Centre, the rebuild of the Council chambers the Mayoral and CEO salary increases until the world economy recovered?
The situation has been exacerbated by your continued approval of infill and large housing projects such as that in north Waikanae. Without a dam this unending expansion will create a perpetual water shortage. From where else will the water come from?
The Mayor campaigned against water metering before her election to Council. The Council voted against installing water meters in 2010.
‘Metering against wishes of a large percentage’
Now, in 2012, the council has decided to install metering, against the wishes of a large percentage of the population. Why? The only conclusion that explains this extraordinary reversal of policy is that it has finally dawned on you that you are living beyond your means and you need to raise more money.
Councils never have to worry about where the money is coming from. Ratepayers will have to bear the burden regardless.
The Council propaganda machine has been in full swing for the past several months. We have been told that there are dire financial consequences if a metering system is not installed.
The projections published in the Long Term Plan are guesses and poor guesses at that. If Treasury get it so wrong almost every quarter, what are the chances of this Council doing better?
I say you are irresponsible because, despite the repeated Mayoral statements that Council is very aware that it is causing hardship to many, you are rebuilding a monument for yourselves and an Aquatic Centre, and are paying the CEO an indecent $44,000 salary increase.
The combined total of your unnecessary spending in the past five years would have seen a dam well near its completion.
We are continually reminded that you keep us fully informed and your processes are transparent yet today I have heard a rumour that you have already asked for tenders for purchase of meters. If this is true you would have committed another breach of good faith with your community. Another deception. It makes a mockery of this whole consultation process.
You have failed your community. You have been collectively irresponsible and secretive. Shame on you.