I always head for Willie Jackson’s articles. He gives me a view on issues that affect Maori that are informed and balanced.
I disagree on one point though.
Regarding the reintroduction of the British title system, and Willie’s opposition to it, I reflected that when Corporal Willie Apiata was awarded the Victoria Cross, there wasn’t one voice of dissent from the public – only pride in the heart of every Kiwi.
Although the title system may involve some doubtful recipients, and on the other hand all VC recipients attain heights of valour, courage and self-sacrifice most of us couldn’t come near, both are part of the cultural heritage Willie Jackson shuns.
Maybe as we go along we can decide as a country if we will keep it all, or shun it all. But we have to be consistent. we ponder the effects of it through the colder months. This will be with us for the rest of our lives.
When we were approached by the rugby board representatives we were promised many sweeteners to accept their proposals.
Things changed when the Eden Park Redevelopment Board took over. Applications for consent were granted by the council and work commenced and by and large we accepted the plan.
But as construction began there was and still is departures from the original consent changing the whole nature of development, including the loss of free public space. I suspect it would cost too much to shift Auckland Cricket from Eden Park, more likely, there was never any intention that Auckland Cricket was going to move in the first place, it was used as a ploy to gain the initial consent by making the local residents believe we would gain from the upgrade. The public space was to provide play areas for the neighbourhood children as well as a transport hub for buses.
As a Reimers Ave resident I was astounded to learn also that this new stand is to contain a convention facility for 600-plus which will no doubt be used for aftermatch functions and during the rest of the year with the main exit being on to Reimers Ave. This facility is to be licensed until 1am and possibly 3am. No sleep for us.
There will be service vehicles, public vehicles, etc, going through residential A streets any time of day and night, any day of the week!
Eden Park may be classifi open space 5, but it’s in the middle of residential A housing. Perhaps in future, consider the interests of the local residents to get the other side of the story. • We have on a number of occasions spoken to residents and the two neighbours associations in regard to the development at Eden Park and the feedback they have given us has largely been positive.
In this current economic environment, where the focus is on doom and gloom, I stand by our decision to put a positive spin on what businesses surrounding Eden Park can look forward to come 2011. – Editor