Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 

Nishio Visit Waste Of Ratepayers’ Money


Nishio Visit Waste Of Ratepayers’ Money

The education package being sponsored by the Porirua City Council and involving students from Nishio has been slammed as a waste of ratepayers money by a Porirua City Councillor.

Councillor Robert Shaw said it is not sensible for the ratepayers to fund work on another venture in competition with existing schemes. Schools and education businesses in Porirua and throughout New Zealand, are marketing into Japan and China all the time.

Councillor Shaw is a member of the board of Aotea College Board. He says Aotea College has made a success of its international business and does not need help from the ratepayers. What limits the expansion of international education in Porirua City at the moment is the availability of student home-stays.

The City Council members cannot justify their holiday in Japan by speculating on education schemes. They are not a “delegation” they are a holiday party. Delegations to win business need to present a mix of marketing, education, business and language skills.

There are many schemes overseas students can access, including several in Porirua City. They are summarized on web sites set up to assist student choice. It is difficult to see why the City Council should seek to develop a 6-month scheme in competition with the existing schemes.

Talk of the sums of money students bring into the city is just marketing hype. Fact is the ratepayers have now paid over $1 million for the Sister City links and they will never recover that money. They justify every trip the same way, but the rates keep on going up – over 5% last year. If there are benefits the ratepayers do not see them.

Why should ratepayers pay for the marketing of some businesses and not for others that operate in Porirua City? The Council must take care to not favour some at a cost to others. All businesses pay rates.

Dr Blakeley seems unaware of the history of green tea in Porirua City. Every time councillors holiday in Japan there is talk of either growing or selling green tea in Porirua. The only green thing here is the chief executive. As for trotting out again the Marina Motor Lodge and its purchase by the Japanese – Dr Blakely should learn a little more of the history – they sold it!

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Peters/Ardern Triumph

There are a lot of good reasons to feel joyful about this outcome. It is what so many young voters – the best hope for the country’s future – wanted.

Far more important than the implications for the Economy Gods ( is the dollar up or down? ) last night’s outcome will also mean many, many vulnerable New Zealanders will have a better life over the next three years at least.

Yet the desire for change was in the majority, across the country..>>>More


Reaction

Labour on its agreement |Peters: Post-Election Announcement Speech | Greenpeace “cautiously hopeful” about new Government | ACT - Madman on the loose | E tū ecstatic | Chamber welcomes the outcome | Greens on their joining Govt | EDS welcomes new govt | Immigrant groups worry | Feds ready to engage new coalition government | Labour Ministers of the Crown announced

 

Climate: Increasing Greenhouse Emissions Hit NZ

New Zealand is seeing impacts of excess greenhouse gas emissions in our climate and oceans, according to the latest national report from the Ministry for the Environment and Stats NZ about the state of the atmosphere and climate…More>>

ALSO:


Wellington.Scoop: Arrests At Blockade Of "Weapons Expo"

“We encourage people in Wellington to get down to the Westpac Stadium now for a day of awesome peace action. There will be plenty of food, music and activities to keep us sustained through the day.” More>>

ALSO:

Rorschach Restructuring: PSA Taking Inland Revenue To Court Over Psychometrics

The Public Service Association will be seeing Inland Revenue in Employment Court over its intention to psychometrically test employees reapplying for their roles at the department as part of its controversial Business Transformation restructuring plan. More>>

ALSO:

Nuclear Disarmament: Nobel Peace Prize 2017 Awarded To ICAN

Congratulations from iCAN Aotearoa New Zealand to international iCAN, the other iCAN national campaigns and partner organisations, and the countless organisations and individuals who have worked so hard for a nuclear weapons-free world since 1945. More>>

ALSO:

Expenses: Waikato DHB CEO Resigns

An independent inquiry has identified that Dr Murray had spent more than the agreed $25K allocated for relocation costs, and other unauthorized expenses involving potential financial breaches of the chief executive’s obligations. More>>

ALSO:

Wellington.Scoop: Sad About The Trolley Buses?

The Regional Council’s MetLink is today spending money to tell us that it really loves Wellington’s trolley buses, even though they’re all being taken off our roads by the end of this month. More>>

ALSO:

Post-Election: Preliminary Coalition Talks Begin

New Zealand First will hold post-election preliminary discussions in Wellington with the National Party tomorrow morning and the Labour Party tomorrow afternoon. More>>

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election