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Stop hiding behind officials

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OPINION: Like many Porirua residents, I read Saturday's articles Leaky deal costs council millions and Porirua hit by raft of costly bills with alarm.

Full disclosure: I was on the council from 2004-16 and I ran unsuccessfully for mayor at the last election. However, I write these words more in sorrow than in anger. The truth is that the current council has been led down a path by staff, with an inexperienced mayor who has sadly not focused on learning the role.

The revelation about the council's spending, along with the purchasing of leaky properties, has concerned many residents I've talked to. You can't make decisions of such magnitude behind closed doors – or worse, say nothing as officials do it for you – and then plead ignorance. Mike Tana wanted the big job; it's his job to know what's going on and take action.

It should have been far easier for Tana than this. The previous council had spent conservatively and set a stable direction for the city.........

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