Noosa not nooses
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.