Think more broadly

Kapi-Mana News - - OPINION -

I have just read the PCC Draft Re­cre­ation + Open Space Strat­egy 2012-2022 out for public com­ment by mid-april.

I com­mend the mayor for the fore­word which stresses the value of our nat­u­ral land­scapes – he has at least be­gun to un­der­stand the na­tional im­por­tance of Porirua’s land, har­bours and seascapes.

Think of the few sim­i­lar in­let sys­tems from Hokianga, Kaipara, Manakau, Raglan, Kawhia – where Te Rau­paraha came from – on the western coast and you be­gin to re­spect our wealth and sense of place.

I com­mend the au­thor of the draft re­port too, for pro­gress­ing the green-blue con­nec­tions of land and wa­ters for re­cre­ational use. But like Dr Nick Smith, Min­is­ter of the En­vi­ron­ment and also Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment, the mayor and our plan­ners have a long way to go to achiev­ing the holis­tic un­der­stand­ing of the en­vi­ron­ment as a whole.

There are eight other im­por­tant com­po­nents of in­for­ma­tion and ed­u­ca­tion re­quired – so I guess the plan­ners are one-fifth of the way along the path.

But then again, I have spent the last 30 years ex­plain­ing that you have to un­der­stand that the book­ends of our use of the land and wa­ters is both nat­u­ral/na­tive and cul­tural/ex­otic with many mixes in be­tween.

I have more suc­cess with teach­ing this to school kids in the Se­cret Val­ley pav­il­ion than I have had with plan­ners and coun­cil­lors. There is time and space for all.

So while I com­mend coun­cil­lors for red-flag­ging the cost of an ar­ti­fi­cial turf at As­cot on eco­nomic grounds, I ask coun­cil­lors to an­swer this ques­tion: where does the blue-stuff that falls on it go? More will fall when cli­mate warm­ing re­ally hits.

The strat­egy for open space and re­cre­ation in 2022, and how we pay for it must in­clude big­ger think­ing than the draft re­port presents so far. DR TONY JACK­MAN, Pukerua Bay

(Let­ter abridged) read­ing this is is to­tal venom.

Guinea pig owner, Ti­tahi Bay: I doubt that some­one has opened the cage and fed the pigs to a dog. I was wo­ken up a few nights ago to a ter­ri­ble racket which turned out to be two dogs chew­ing their way into my guinea pig hutch. They were very de­ter­mined and although the hutch had a latch on it, given 10 more min­utes they would have torn the roof off.

I as­sume that the same two dogs are re­spon­si­ble. I have re­ported this to the Porirua City Coun­cil.

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