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Puz­zled, amused, be­mused by Lawrence Gullery’s ar­ti­cle 15 Fe­bru­ary. ‘‘No need to over con­sult says coun­cil’’. It was un­clear which in­di­vid­u­als or groups Mayor Jan Barnes had in mind when she said the coun­cil did not want to ‘‘over con­sult’’ and ‘‘wear peo­ple out’’.

We might be worn out with laugh­ter re: no pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion what­so­ever over de­com­mis­sion­ing Wa­haroa Me­mo­rial Hall two years ago; worn out won­der­ing why a promised meet­ing has never taken place.

Per­haps she meant coun­cil mem­bers are worn out wor­ry­ing how to dodge tax­pay­ers gen­uine con­cerns? So away with con­cerns about pro­tec­tion of beau­ti­ful trees; away with the his­toric bor­ough coun­cil build­ing, the Mata­mata Me­mo­rial Hall; the Wa­haroa Me­mo­rial Hall; com­pre­hen­sive road re­pairs.

Chris Lewis of Fed­er­ated Farm­ers wrote ( Waikato Times 7/9/16): ‘‘Lo­cal gov­ern­ment needs to re­main trans­par­ent and a cru­cial mech­a­nism to hold our elected of­fi­cials to ac­count is con­sul­ta­tion’’. And: ‘‘choose the can­di­date who best fits the needs of the ru­ral com­mu­nity, not some­one who will build you the flashiest li­brary or town hall’’.

-Caro­line Dib­ert, Friends of Wa­haroa Me­mo­rial Hall

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