Noosa not nooses

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS -

Re: Off Pat, ‘The ratepay­ers fought and won’ ( Auck­land City Har­bour News, Oc­to­ber 22).

As Auck­land’s so-called ‘‘su­percity’’ ratepay­ers get the un­wel­comed high rates ac­counts in their mail boxes, the sad re­al­ity of be­ing in a big­ger city with all its at­ten­dant costs, all is not well in mayor Len Brown’s new tower block of­fices.

What Noosa did in Queens­land by de-amal­ga­mat­ing could hardly hap­pen here.

In Cal­i­for­nia, ratepay­ers re­belled with Propo­si­tion 22 – all against ever-higher rates bills in a state that was in fact bank­rupt.

We don’t need es­sen­tial pub­lic ser­vices cut to build an un­der­ground rail ser­vice that will cost bil­lions to cut and chan­nel through tough vol­canic rock – and one that no North Shore or South Auck­land trav­ellers are ever likely to use.

To­day there are still no elec­tric trains on the city-to-Waitakere route, de­spite power lines up. Why?

This city ur­gently needs a dose of Noosa now. show­ing what the fu­ture may bring – but that isn’t what such a pre­sen­ta­tion should be about – it should only be about pre­sent­ing their pro­posed build­ing in con­text – not fan­tasy.

This is an ex­am­ple of sleight of hand and it doesn’t bode well for this project.

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