One is tempted to proclaim, “bah humbug” up and down the malls and walkways in our suburb. Why should a peace loving, retiree want to undertake such a vocal challenge?
The answer, a personal one it must be said, arose after reading in the Central Leader, August 29, of the latest example of “Scroogery” from a public body, from an Auckland local body, from an Onehunga local body.
Page five has a headline reading, Christmas lights hopes fade. The accompanying article explains that the proposed cost of lighting the big norfolk pine in Jellicoe Park is too high, the implication of “not necessary” shining through.
Just once couldn’t we have a board looking forward?
Using permanent materials means that the display could benefit residents in years to come and could even be just the first stage of an ongoing lighting project which as board chairwoman Bridget Graham states, could feature in many future activities and events.
New Plymouth’s Festival of Lights is a brilliant spectacle.
Why this type of forward thinking seems confined to the smaller regions is beyond my understanding. Just think what might have occurred if the suggestion had been made to light up a spectacular kauri in an Eastern Suburbs Park?
Apart from the fact that probably it has been done already, I doubt there’d be the same negativity. BRIAN G HIRST