In my opinion Nelson residents can thank Steve Cross and concerned members of the Nelson Residents Association along with concerned councillors for the recent review in regard to conflicts of interest (Nelson Mail, March 15).
I was pleased to also read a further external report, commissioned by council Chief Executive Clare Hadley, will aim to ensure the council has adequately tightened up on all its practices.
Many will understand how frustrating it must have been for councillors to find out, thanks to Kerry Neal, that information tabled by professional staff in regard the pile depth of the Trafalgar Centre to be so inaccurate. In my opinion I agree with Steve Cross when he said ‘‘he was particularly concerned with the finding that the auditorgeneral had been given the incorrect information by the council’’. The word, ‘‘senior staff’’ could have been added. am wanting to bulldoze parts of sports fields to build houses with my Point England Development Enabling Bill before Parliament.
She forgot to mention that 18 hectares of the reserve at Point England has been used for the past 40 years for grazing cows. We are to use 12 hectares for 300 homes and the area for public amenity and sports grounds is being expanded. We cannot have valuable public land within 10kms of the Auckland CBD grazing cattle when people are in serious housing need. I have also enabled unused parts of the Riccarton Racecourse Reserve in Christchurch to be developed for housing.
New Zealand has a high need for more housing and I have initiated dozens of projects involving thousands of homes. A few involve using reserves where they were not being used. This is what Government needs to do if we are to secure warm, dry, safe homes for all New Zealanders. attend the event.
If they’d been there, they would have known the focus of the protest was the proposal to increase the amount of water being taken from the Takaka catchment, the one that feeds Te Waikoropupu Springs, by 70 per cent for dairy farming.
District council staff tried to reassure concerned citizens but, when you look at the state of our rivers today, you cannot blame people for being both skeptical and alarmed.
People should be skeptical and alarmed. Sixty percent of New Zealand’s rivers are unsafe for swimming and not long ago the current government was trying to convince people that waterways only needed to be wadeable.
Add to this the fact that last year 5200 residents of Havelock North were struck down with a vomiting and diarrhoea bug that they caught from tap water and Kiwis have every reason to be concerned.
The good news is that it’s not too late. If you want to protect New Zealand’s rivers, lakes, streams and aquifers for future generations, the choice at this year’s election is crystal clear.