Ti­tle sys­tem

Auckland City Harbour News - - Opinion - PAUL HAMES Mt Al­bert F D P GUZZO Mt Eden

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

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