OPINION: You crack me up. To put the Sister Cities in an article with its relativity to a toilet is extremely astute of you (Sisterly Act Pays For How Many?, editorial Sept 25).
Unfortunately, like most things in council, toilets are also driven by policy, so to make it clear to you and your readers, any toilet that is to be built must meet the requirements of the policy, and if there is someone clever enough to tender a price that is significantly lower than the estimated $147,000, I would be the first to congratulate him or her.
But, then, as we are aware, price does not necessarily mean that the lowest tender gets the job, as has been witnessed just these past few days.
God forbid that we in Waitara would be entitled to decide what facility we would like, rather than have the $78,000 model foisted on us because it is cheaper and is as stylish as the waste it is designed to capture, or possibly allow something as creative as the Hundertwasser toilet in Kawakawa.
Since I first applied for a public facility in 2002 for the Waitara Cemetery, it has been requested every year since then. I'm extremely happy to have any facility, so long as it meets the requirements of the current policy and is of the same standard as those in other parts of the district. As I have stated on numerous occasions, there should be one set of rules for all.
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