Guy Burns, Deputy Chair of the Paraparaumu Raumati Community Board, asks why the Kāpiti Coast Council has doubled its public relations staff in the last five years.
He says the Kāpiti Coast PR team now totals eight, with three staff on $80,000-$120,000, and one on $120,000plus.
Read the background at: (https://www.rnz.co.nz/news/in-depth/399918/councils-public-relations-spending-jumps-latest-figures-show)
‘Cold truths’ needed
“Public Relations staff are perceived as spin-doctors; whose job is to manipulate public opinion away from the cold truth of reality,” he says.
“They can be a barrier between the public’s access to truth and transparency.”
Mr Burns says Kāpiti faces rapidly rising rates, sky rocketing staff numbers and an ‘appalling high’ debt burden.
“The very fact that our Council has doubled its number of PR staff, in a short time, is extremely worrying,” he says.
KCDC should be improving its website access to Council documents so people can form their own opinions on the information available; rather than relying on spin-doctors’ manipulation of the facts.