By the Editor, Alan Tristram
A new group — Kapiti Concerned Citizens (KCC) — has been formed to campaign for more democracy in local government on the Kāpiti Coast.
And former Councillor Lyndy McIntyre told its first meeting of her experiences of democracy being ‘railroaded’ while she was serving on the Kāpiti Coast District Council.
More than 60 people attended the first public meeting of the group last night.
Those attending included several present or former local body representatives.
Ms McIntyre talked about the Paraparaumu Airport development plans, a golden handshake for the previous CEO, and the Kapiti Expressway as examples of KCDC ‘trampling over democratic principles. ‘
KCC spokesperson Sam Buchanan says: “The KCC is a new group working to prevent user-pays water schemes being instituted in Kapiti and campaigning for increased democracy in Kapiti’s local government.
‘Real need for watchdog’
“Events over the last few years have demonstrated a real need for a long-term group to act as a council watchdog.” .
“People in Kapiti have seen the council develop an increasing disdain for the views of residents – they take resident’s rates but reject resident’s opinions.”
“Unfortunately, this has led to a widespread feeling that there’s no point engaging with local issues. The KCC will provide a focus for local people to raise concerns and apply pressure to those who refuse to represent us,” Mr Buchanan says.
Jackie Elliott chairs the society. — and the committee members are: Sam Buchanan, Jenny Cronin, Jeffrey Kendall, Lynda Reynolds, John Livesey, Steve Mitchell, Jean Kahui and Terry Bellamak.