An unnecessary expense

LETTER

Ratepayers’ money spent on sister cities, an unnecessary yearly expense of $15,000, can be used for our much needed sort-out of sewer and stormwater problems, or food and housing for our homeless.

There’s talk of a budget surplus of $3.7 million and so many jobs to be done.

Yes, the walkways look nice, the paintings on the buildings look nice, the bridge wall looks nice, the waka on the council entrance looks very nice and more.

Now can all proposed mayor and council candidates please give their view on spending ratepayers’ money on sister cities in Japan, China, the US, Tahiti, and friendly cities in Australia, Italy, Spain and Britain? Nice holidays for our mayor and councillors also.

RAY YOUNG​

Ratepayers’ money spent on sister cities, an unnecessary yearly expense of $15,000, can be used for our much needed sort-out of sewer and stormwater problems, or food and housing for our homeless.

There’s talk of a budget surplus of $3.7 million and so many jobs to be done.

Yes, the walkways look nice, the paintings on the buildings look nice, the bridge wall looks nice, the waka on the council entrance looks very nice and more.

Now can all proposed mayor and council candidates please give their view on spending ratepayers’ money on sister cities in Japan, China, the US, Tahiti, and friendly cities in Australia, Italy, Spain and Britain? Nice holidays for our mayor and councillors also.

RAY YOUNG​

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Mathew Bannister - 9 days ago
Looking at my rates bill, I am figuring that the $15,000 dollars accounts for only seven properties in my street.
I work in an industry where networks and connections between different organisations provides valuable knowledge and the ability to pick the brains of others in the industry. In many cases I could call a consultant to talk about the ideas or concepts, but having a good network means I can generally get an hour of time for nothing.
I am picking that many of those sister cities have similar challenges to Gisborne in terms of being aware of community needs, the struggle of funding infrastructure on a reducing income from traditional funding, economic development, climate change, relationships with central/state governments, relationships with local group etc.
I hope the staff and others associated with GDC can take advantage of our sister cities to a similar effect.

Phil Hunt, Picton - 8 days ago
The same story all over New Zealand: Councils should stick to their knitting. We came to Gisborne recently and didn't think much of the council offices. The boardwalk was up and running before we moved away (and is a great asset). Still, there are basic infrastructure problems to overcome. I note the same "basics" appear to be overlooked in most councils in the country. They are costly, but they are essential.

W. Gerrard - 8 days ago
Why do we need sister cities waste of ratepayer $$? I as a ratepayer don't want this - fix the urgent stuff, gee, like stormwater/wastewater overflows and empty shops in the main street. My question is, will the new councillors be any different or will they continue to waste ratepayer $$ on non-urgent crap like the current lot?

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