Com­mon sense

Auckland City Harbour News - - OPINION -

Peter Haynes seems hell bent on slic­ing up Cham­ber­lain Park golf course – if he suc­ceeds with his lat­est plan to put in a Chi­nese Gar­den, per­haps he will get a le­gacy plaque like mayor Rob­bie did when he opened the 18-hole golf course in 1980.

His pre­vi­ous scheme was to turn Cham­ber­lain Park into a nine-hole course and de­velop sports fields – but the ‘‘strong logic’’ that Mr Haynes sug­gests for al­ter­na­tive uses for the park would cost ratepay­ers mil­lions, not to men­tion kill one of the most popular golf cour­ses in the coun­try, which also pro­vides cash to the lo­cal cof­fers.

Let’s hope com­mon sense prevails here.

In terms of the Chi­nese Gar­den, why af­ter be­ing ‘‘re­jected at nu­mer­ous sites’’, does it have to be plonked on a very well used Cham­ber­lain Park? Is it be­cause of the big cheque that is be­ing writ­ten?

Would Mr Haynes pro­mote per­fectly valid al­ter­na­tives such as a Samoan church or an In­dian tem­ple if they put up the funds for ex­am­ple?

The fact is Mr Haynes has no public man­date for his lat­est ven­ture.

The so-called con­sul­ta­tion process he talks about can be likened to a well-known Dis­ney char­ac­ter with big ears [Mickey Mouse].

Cham­ber­lain Park has been sliced and diced to make way for var­i­ous mo­tor­way ex­ten­sions but has clung on to be­ing an 18-hole course.

Un­der Mr Haynes’ ten­ure as chair­man of the Al­bert-Eden Board, that des­ig­na­tion is sadly un­der threat.

At least mayor Rob­bie’s claim was to save a public amenity!

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