Rowan defends meter move

'Clear support for macron'

Mayor tells Local Govt. Minister everything’s OK in Kāpiti despite complaints

From the KCDC Media Team
Kāpiti Mayor Jenny Rowan says she is unperturbed that former mayoral candidate Chris Turver has written to Minister of Local government, David Carter.

Mayor Rowan says she is ‘absolutely confident’ Council has followed due process in making a decision to introduce water meters to the District.

“We have debated the issue of water supply and quality long and hard.  Our processes have been open and transparent allowing for considerable opportunity for debate and consultation.

She says: “We believe the majority if Kapiti ratepayers want progress on this much vexed issue and it is time we moved past the debate to guaranteeing a sustainable water supply for present and future generations.”

Mayor Rowan says Mr Turver appears to be ‘confused’ about many of the facts in his letter and she will be addressing the issues he has raised directly with the Minister.

 

Agree with Robert, and others, we need to put rates money into trust account, either one run by a volunteer with the means and ability to administer one, or to put money into our own separate accounts, say even an online account as many banks provide free for customers.
If the council does not have money to pay for running the district then it will have to consider protests seriously. It is obvious that Jenny Rowan knows she has absolute power to do what she wants during her mayoral term. This is not leadership.
And what about the council lending over a million dollars to the Pritchard Group for 9 years I think it is. This private company is using ratepayers money and the council is acting as a bank lending to them. If their project is commercially viable then they could borrow from a bank.
What experience does the council have as an invester? What return will we be getting and will council make a profit on the Prichard loan? or is it a deal so Jenny’s council can claim to be even greener than they already do?
I find the idea of a green technology park amusing. The best way to be clean and green is go live in a cave, not cover yet more land in concrete and buildings.
Council can’t get even keep its own projects within budget, even the council “refit” is $76,000 over budget because they had to move something across the road that hadn’t been taken into consideration.
Go for it Mr Turver, I’m right behind you on going to government on all the issues of the council expenditure. In fact I will be writing to the minister as well, and urge others to do the same.
It is only united action and fearlessness that will stop Jenny’s council’s spending spree and excess.

Jenny Rowan has really shown her true colours The outcome was obvious right from the start with this bloody-minded council. The soul is being ripped out of the Kapiti Coast with this corrupt council with Corporate Greed, and manipulation taking priority over the welfare of it’s citizens. I hope this is enough to biff this pathetic Mayer and her cohorts out on the street in next year’s by-election.

This has caused me to seriously consider my future as far as living on the Kapiti Coast is concerned.

I have never considered civil disobedience before, until now. It’s time for a rates strike to show our so-called “elected representatives” that ignoring your community comes with a price.

Open a trust account, pay your rates into it, and get others to do so also, then you will see how many people are willing to protest, your deposit slip will be your proof, of who’s money is who’s, when you finally settle the account.?

“We believe the majority if Kapiti ratepayers want progress on this much vexed issue and it is time we moved past the debate to guaranteeing a sustainable water supply for present and future generations.”

So water meters guarantees water supply, and here was me thinking it just guarantees a huge amount of money. You live and learn don’t you?

I don’t trust Turver anymore than Rowan, but it seems when anyone has a thought of their own, Jenny thinks they are confused. This absolutely negative council is very confused if they think they represent any majority about anything, let alone meters. Let battle commence!

The process has been transparent – transparentaly disregarding the repeated voice of the community: twice in public submssions overwhelmingly opposed, in an unprecendently strongly supported petition, a majority opposition in the council’s own push poll run by UMR, 80% opposed to compulsory meters and volumetric charging in Paekakariki’s community board poll. I’d say it’s pretty transparent alright – a transparent demolition of democratic rights.

“We believe the majority if Kapiti ratepayers want progress on this much vexed issue and it is time we moved past the debate to guaranteeing a sustainable water supply for present and future generations.”

Good idea. So why don’t you get on with putting a sustainable supply in place instead of spending all this time and money campaigning for a user-pays charging regime?

I thought chris turvers commens were right on the mark !
Here is a question for the Mayor – what would the people of the kapiti coast need to do to express to her that they do not support water meters or the starting of the implementation of water meters AT THIS TIME.
Seems to date she is still wearing blinkers/blinders, therefor in a state of denial, again.