Holis­ti­cally green

Kapi-Mana News - - OPINION -


In 1983 I first pro­posed that the coun­try should adopt a ‘‘clean and green’’ im­age for the mul­ti­ple value ben­e­fits – to the econ­omy, ecol­ogy, ethics and aes­thet­ics, which would ac­crue to the nation, par­tic­u­larly were it true.

That was in dis­cus­sions with then-Min­is­ter for the En­vi­ron­ment Dr Ian Shearer. He knew what the to­tal or holis­tic en­vi­ron­ment is all about. Even then we were talk­ing of cli­mate change and the need for a pre­cau­tion­ary sci­en­tific ap­proach to en­sur­ing New Zealand’s fu­ture.

The ‘‘clean and green’’ ex­pres­sion took 10 years of mar­ket the­ory mad­ness be­fore it emerged out in the pub­lic do­main, cu­ri­ously un­der a Na­tional govern­ment again, with Simon Up­ton as min­is­ter – who turned it into the mis­truth it is to­day.

In an at­tempt to get real mean­ing back into be­ing clean and green, and with a deep aver­sion to most politi­cians at any level, I turn my eye to­wards some cur­rent lo­cal body is­sues.

Firstly, it is great to see Gary Simp­son back re­plac­ing Roger Blakeley as PCC’s chief ex­ec­u­tive. At least Gary is im­bued with the phi­los­o­phy and his­tory of why we have pas­sive parks and the need for more given pop­u­la­tion in­creases, more en­ter­ing the older aged bracket, and the need to con­cern our­selves with both eco­log­i­cal health and so­cial wel­fare.

All of which can be achieved if tack­led holis­ti­cally but we have few can­di­dates, if any, who might mea­sure up.

Any can­di­date for lo­cal body elec­tions who has sig­nalled chang­ing Aotea La­goon into an aerial skate park should not be voted for.

Se­condly, any can­di­date who does not recog­nise the value to Porirua of the pro­posal for the Na­tional Co-or­di­na­tive Cen­tre for the Na­tional Ar­bore­tum to be lo­cated here in Porirua needs their head read. That pro­posal has been around for 25 years now and the con­cept is well-de­vel­oped.

Do not pre­tend you do not know about it, Jenny Brash. Your Trans­mis­sion Gully fix­a­tion and con­stant ma­nip­u­la­tion of facts to suit your­self has be­come very weary­ing. Trans­mis­sion Gully goes right through the best site and is on a his­tor­i­cal liq­ue­fac­tion area said to have ex­pe­ri­enced the great­est up­lift, of more than three me­tres, in the 1855 earth­quake. Those can­di­dates who sup­ported the gully route should not be voted for.

Thirdly, any po­lit­i­cal can­di­date who thinks they can trade off Pukerua Bay and its fu­ture, as they have done in the past, by say­ing that they did not know about this new by-pass op­tion or make an ex­cuse about not know­ing the ex­press­way’s ac­tual route, how cheap it could be, and the mul­ti­ple value ben­e­fits for Pukerua and Porirua, in­clud­ing sav­ing Muri Sta­tion, should not be voted for.

Fi­nally, could can­di­dates let us all know how much Porirua ratepay­ers have to cough out in the fu­ture for main­tain­ing Cen­ten­nial High­way as a scenic lo­cal road when Trans­mis­sion Gully goes through? Presently we are over­loaded with po­lit­i­cal disin­gen­u­ous­ness.

Hav­ing scru­ti­nised past vot­ing pat­terns, ut­ter­ings and junk mail blurbs across this limited spec­trum of is­sues I have not yet found any­one to vote for. – DR TONY JACK­MAN,

Pukerua Bay. (Let­ter abridged)

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