Central Leader - - OPINION -

It seems out­ra­geous to spend $4b to in­crease the property val­ues of people own­ing houses un­der high volt­age tow­ers.

It is likely that most of these people orig­i­nally paid less for their prop­er­ties be­cause of the prox­im­ity of the tow­ers.

A gen­uine con­cern is Trans­power’s de­ci­sion to im­ple­ment long­stand­ing leg­is­la­tion that lim­its landown­ers’ rights to build un­der power py­lons.

Surely there are cheaper op­tions to ad­dress this con­cern.

In the same is­sue was an ar­ti­cle about United Na­tions rec­om­men­da­tions to the New Zealand Govern­ment re­gard­ing child poverty.

I sug­gest that our MPs and lo­cal body politi­cians re­fo­cus their en­er­gies to­wards ad­dress­ing child poverty where the spend­ing of $4b seems much more jus­ti­fi­able.

I, for one, would much rather live in a city where chil­dren were not suf­fer­ing from dis­eases as­so­ci­ated with poverty such as bron­chi­oli­tis, im­petigo and rheumatic fever, than one which spent $4b bury­ing power py­lons.

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