Last Saturday I had the good fortune to being able to come and be part of the Otara Community meeting held in our school hall. I was encouraged by the number of residents who came to the hui all keen to engage and find community-based solutions.
It was also great to see the Police, the Mayor, Local MPs and councillors and our Otara-Papatoetoe Local Board Members all in attendance – so that they could hear the views, ideas and solutions from our community.
Unfortunately, I think that awesome opportunity was lost. The solutions that were offered to our community by the officials were far from community-based.Read More