Why can’t public toilets be clean?

Tuesday February 12, 2019 Published in Letters to the Editor
And while on the subject of public toilets a reader wants to know when the conveniences at Papaaroa will open again? It has been some months, the reader says, and there seems to be nothing being done about the problem. And what has been the issue? 190211 And while on the subject of public toilets a reader wants to know when the conveniences at Papaaroa will open again? It has been some months, the reader says, and there seems to be nothing being done about the problem. And what has been the issue? 190211

Dear Editor.

There is something really stink in our town that needs our tourism officers and our Internal Affairs officers and Public Health officers to fix.

 

This is not an exaggeration.

Our public toilets stink and are a disgrace.

Yep! That toilet block opposite the police headquarters, the one at the Punanga Nui market and the one opposite CIBS.

Those toilets do not look, or smell, like paradise! These are a national shame. 

We can flag wave all we want about our Vaka Pride, or our climbing tourism numbers, or our strides towards our green energy goals, but we seem to have no idea on how to keep and maintain something simple like a small block of public toilets.

I don’t want this to be a finger pointing exercise that renders this concern mute, but hopefully someone in the government will see the merit in putting together a tender to contract the work out to the private sector, because it’s pointless to get a government ministry to do it.  They’re generally a buck-passing regime or they’ll create the job for someone they know that is a friend or political supporter and like most things around here it will cost much more than it should and look no different than it is now!

Also, on a different matter but not far removed is the issue of roadside rubbish collections, tell me why T&M Heather charges accomodators for rubbish collection?

Isn’t the contractor getting paid anyway from taxes paid by consumers when they buy their food and beverages at our local grocery stores?

I’m not talking about refuse that comes from commercial properties, not about cardboard boxes or timber offcuts like I read the other day but about general domestic refuse that has been sold in our stores to locals and visitors.

                Toka Enua

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