Yesterday’s council meeting was well attended by both elected members and members of the public, several of whom spoke about this issue.

Unfortunately, Mayor Gurunathan decided to cut the speaking time for members of the public from the usual 3 minutes to 2 minutes each. All had prepared speeches based on 3 minutes, meaning that they had to omit paragraphs, and speed up their delivery.  Because of that it is dubious that much of what they had to say was taken in — accordingly we intend to transcribe them and post them later next week. —Eds

Guy BrunsGuy Burns, Deputy Chair, Paraparaumu Raumati Community Board welcomes the news that an independent review of Kapiti Coast District Council will be carried out soon.

“I’ve been calling for an independent review for several years, but I’m sceptical of the timing; just weeks before the 2019 election cycle begins. Some are calling this review an electioneering stunt designed to attract votes. I wonder why such a review was not called earlier in the triennium.

“Parts of the Council’s organisation are inefficient and poorly structured, particularly within head office. The cost of staff is excessive; one of the highest cost ratios to revenue, for a comparative sized council in the lower North Island.

“It’s important the review is not rushed and that plenty of time is spent developing smart and robust terms of reference. The review must be organised and managed by the sub-committee formed to develop the review, to ensure independence and impartiality.

“Let the review begin and may it form the basis for a comprehensive restructuring of Kapiti Coast District Council.”