Wrong for do­main

Kapi-Mana News - - OPINION -

Ed­i­tor,

I am op­posed to the pro­posed Sports-ville com­plex at Ngati­toa Do­main as de­tailed in the Kapi-mana News, May 1. How­ever, I am pleased to read that coun­cil is re­assess­ing this pro­posal and I ask that it con­sider the fol­low­ing;

a) I un­der­stand that Ngati­toa Do­main is a re­serve so it is dis­ap­point­ing that so much space would be taken up by yet an­other build­ing in the mid­dle of it. The Pare­mataPlim­mer­ton Rugby Club could re­build their clu­b­rooms with an up­per­floor for meet­ing rooms and bar, which wouldn’t take up so much ex­tra land, or Ngati­toa Do­main Hall could be changed and ex­tended.

b) There are al­ready plenty of pubs/clubs in the vicin­ity (like Mana Cruis­ing Club, the squash club, two pubs in Mana and a few restau­rants), which would all be af­fected by the com­plex.

c) There must be a build­ing or house suit­able for rent or pur­chase that could be changed to cater for the Plim­mer­ton Creche or could they use the do­main hall

d) There are in­suf­fi­cient soc­cer fields at the mo­ment and a greater need than ever for more pitches, and yet the coun­cil would be re­duc­ing them with this plan.

e) I don’t want to see too much ar­ti­fi­cial turf on the do­main, as I be­lieve we should be pre­serv­ing as much grass as pos­si­ble in our green spa­ces.

f) The project would mean an in­crease in our rates at a time when many ratepay­ers are strug­gling fi­nan­cially.

On an­other note, ap­par­ently the whole do­main has im­por­tant his­tor­i­cal sig­nif­i­cance with Maori set­tle­ments hav­ing been there for a long time and, af­ter the Maori war at Bat­tle Hill, some Maori were hung and buried at the do­main. I be­lieve there needs to be a rec­on­cil­i­a­tion ser­vice held at both Bat­tle Hill and Ngati­toa Do­main, which I don’t be­lieve has hap­pened be­fore. There is a need for apolo­gies and for­give­ness on all sides so that our fu­ture gen­er­a­tions can live in har­mony. ANNE DODDS, Pukerua Bay.

(Abridged)

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