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Stop wasting money
No, ratepayers should not have
to contribute towards the cost of
having old-established roads tar-
From 1968 to 1969 I lived in
McKinley Rd -- it was going to be
sealed very soon'' at that time.
We have to put a stop to this
nonsensical drive for a
Hundertwasser Art Centre. It's a
complete waste of money, which is
in short supply. Use that money
for the roads. The ratepayers will
get a much larger benefit from the
roads. Hundertwasser is a dead
duck. When will the council get
the message? Most others have,
including the ASB. Lew Redwood
Sailing ship replica
Perhaps it's time to consider a
Town Basin development which
would unite the community rather
than the divisive Hundertwasser
Pity the council hasn't invested
a few dollars in a risk analysis of
the fundamentally flawed figures
As an alternative, remember
when the Bounty'' was built here
in 1978 and the widespread
interest it generated?
Consider the merits of a replica
sailing ship which brought the
early settlers to the district, being
moored at the Town Basin. We
have the skills and resources to
make it a community project.
This would be a big attraction
for people to visit and is in
keeping with the maritime nature
of the Town Basin.
Talk to the Waipu Heritage
Centre about relocating their
brilliant interactive display and
make it a representative
Whangarei Heritage Centre.
The worst decision the council
could make regarding
Hundertwasser is no decision.
Those who understand
economics can see the tourists'
cars bypassing Whangarei as
quickly as they can see another
For lease'' sign pop up on an
empty inner city building.
Our idle stance with this one-off
opportunity is embarrassing to
say the least.
Any other small city in the
world with the economic struggles
this town faces would love to be in
the unique position we find
Unfortunately our council
prefers to spend money on
feasibility studies and continues
to listen to a few editorials from
those who more than likely don't
employ anyone in this town.
All I suggest, council, is you
make a decision and if it is a no,
tell us what you are going to
replace this opportunity with
before we see another For Lease''
sign pop up.
GE a high priority
I have just heard that Craig
Brown from the Northland
Regional Council is dismayed
about a decision a sub-committee
of the NRC'' has made in regards
to not putting the banning of GE
crops in Northland into their NRC
new policy'', supposedly as this is
not a priority.
Can I loudly advise to sub-
committee'', whoever they are,
that for many, keeping Northland
free of GE and modified plants
and crops is very much a priority.
There is so much independent
literature and information now
available that advises the eating
of GE crops is harmful to humans,
that why are we even entertaining
For goodness' sake -- what cost
is a few extra words in a policy? Is
this sub-committee actually in
touch with the people of
Northland? I wonder exactly what
their priorities are then? Perhaps
the cleaning up of the Whangarei
harbour, so we can actually eat
the kai moana again?
changes draw flak
By DENISE PIPER
Drawing different lines on the North-
land map has drawn heat for the
Northland Regional Council.
The council is part-way through a
representation review and is proposing
a major shake-up of the boundaries in
which councillors are elected.
It is proposing eight new wards with
a total of nine councillors, including
two for urban Whangarei.
The council received 38 submissions
on the proposal, with 10 for and 10
against. The remainder support the
shake-up in principle but do not agree
with the way the boundary lines have
been drawn or have other suggestions.
Criticisms include the fact the
boundaries split communities of inter-
est such as the Tutukaka Coast, the
Bay of Islands, the Hikurangi Swamp
catchment area and Te Rarawa in the
Bream Bay submitters do not want
to be in the same constituency as
Mangawhai. There is also a strong call
for Maori representation, for either
three out of the nine seats to be Maori
or an extra three Maori seats resulting
in 12 councillors.
Those for the proposal say it will
give better representation than the
present Whangarei-centred model.
The Whangarei District Council was
one submitter against the proposal.
It says the boundaries do not align
with the district council lines, as urged
by the Local Electoral Act, and there is
no sound basis for the change.
The regional council heard submit-
ters on October 17, in Whangarei and
Kaikohe. A special meeting will be
held today for the council to adopt its
Submitters will then have a month
to appeal or object to the decision.
The Local Government Commission
will consider all appeals, objections
and information forwarded to it and
make a final determination by April,
in time for the October 2013 elections.
In his verbal submission to the
Northland Regional Council,
Whangarei councillor Warwick Syers
suggests the representation review
is the start of a reorganisation appli-
cation, and a push for one unitary
authority for Northland.
Mr Syers says the regional council
made a submission on the Local
Government Amendment Bill in
favour of an Auckland super-city
model. But Mr Syers says that's
''absolutely inappropriate'' for the
provincial Northland area.
''It is using a battleship for the
work of a frigate.''
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