Te Awamutu Courier - 2021-06-10


Broken pipes


Local Government Minister Nanaia Mahuta left to ponder $185 billion cost of fixing broken water pipes. Stuff; June 2, 2021 Yet, Waipa District's mayor is not convinced reforms are needed, Te Awamutu Courier; June 3, 2021. I am sorry, is our mayor confused? Does he feel that a $185b spend is a justified spend on something that has been neglected not at the fault of ratepayers? In my opinion if $185b is needed to fix the problem, this in itself is clear evidence of neglect of the highest magnitude on our core infrastructure perpetrated by our councils nationally. There is simply no excuse that councils can come up with to justify such neglect of this scale to the people. It is a disgrace and an insult to ratepayers who have funded to have this infrastructure maintained. The people will want to see accountability for this neglect. It would go a long way to the removing of CEOs and the executive level from the offices of councils – they are clearly the problem as this has happened all under their so-called leadership. Wake up elected councils, represent and protect the people! Hayden Woods


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