Shuffling deckchairs — ignoring icebergs

LETTER

So the bright sparks who came up with the idea of Tairawhiti Roads are now going to pursue a new “model”, after admitting “the outcome hasn’t been as successful as we hoped”.

What weasel words! Successful?! It was a failure — an out-and-out failure, a mistake.

Don’t try to disguise it by saying things like “some benefits have been realised”; “some benefits have been delivered”; “not always met the high expectations”; “staff worked hard”; “a good idea on paper”.

Quite simply the council tried to fix something that wasn’t broken, and made a mess of things.

An unnecessary re-organisation of roading akin to that instituted within council in recent years, with staff and functions regrouped, obscure new job designations issued, and other changes across the organisation.

It all amounts to shuffling the deckchairs on the ship while ignoring the icebergs.

May I ask why we should now trust the “brains” and their new model for roading?

And may I also ask the relevant question (not revealed as yet) of how much all of this has cost ratepayers?

That is the financial loss — never mind the appalling state of the district and city roads.

Roger Handford

Footnote from Gisborne District Council: The intent of the change is to achieve better roading outcomes. The changes will allow for the council to have greater control over the management and resourcing of our local roads. It will mean that we can directly appoint and manage the contractors ourselves and utilise resources in the right way. We will also have direct oversight of budgets and work programmes and accountability for these. The costs to disestablish Tairawhiti Roads and re-establish the roading function within council will be managed within the existing budgets.

So the bright sparks who came up with the idea of Tairawhiti Roads are now going to pursue a new “model”, after admitting “the outcome hasn’t been as successful as we hoped”.

What weasel words! Successful?! It was a failure — an out-and-out failure, a mistake.

Don’t try to disguise it by saying things like “some benefits have been realised”; “some benefits have been delivered”; “not always met the high expectations”; “staff worked hard”; “a good idea on paper”.

Quite simply the council tried to fix something that wasn’t broken, and made a mess of things.

An unnecessary re-organisation of roading akin to that instituted within council in recent years, with staff and functions regrouped, obscure new job designations issued, and other changes across the organisation.

It all amounts to shuffling the deckchairs on the ship while ignoring the icebergs.

May I ask why we should now trust the “brains” and their new model for roading?

And may I also ask the relevant question (not revealed as yet) of how much all of this has cost ratepayers?

That is the financial loss — never mind the appalling state of the district and city roads.

Roger Handford

Footnote from Gisborne District Council: The intent of the change is to achieve better roading outcomes. The changes will allow for the council to have greater control over the management and resourcing of our local roads. It will mean that we can directly appoint and manage the contractors ourselves and utilise resources in the right way. We will also have direct oversight of budgets and work programmes and accountability for these. The costs to disestablish Tairawhiti Roads and re-establish the roading function within council will be managed within the existing budgets.

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G R Webb - 2 months ago
This is the usual council brush off we have come to expect. Never mind that the district and its peoples endured four years of failure, the council knows best and you all just suck it up while we rate you more than ever to cover up for our lack of success.

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