Boris Johnson, aspiring to be Britain’s next Prime Minister, has the gift of the gab until he is grilled about his private life. Then he maintains a stubborn silence, insisting this should be off limits to public scrutiny.
In Porirua, citizens are served by a Mayor who is apt to be circumspect about council dealings that are very much a matter of public interest – especially to ratepayers.
Or (to be fair) maybe he has said a great deal, but has not been fully reported.
A week or so ago Stuff disclosed that beachfront land in Titahi Bay – sold to Porirua City Council to ensure it could be used by the public – was the subject of designs which include detailed options for developing apartments.
These were shown to councillors in a closed-door session, Stuff reported. Continue reading “Porirua: a city where the council dabbles in property and cares for its staff while struggling to balance its books”