Con­nec­tion needed

Nelson Mail - - COMMENT&OPINION -

Does gov­ern­ment in­ter­me­di­ate school prin­ci­pal, Hugh Gully who claims the ‘South­ern Link’ would be dev­as­tat­ing (September 1) have na­tional/lo­cal union (NZEI) back­ing?

Has he dis­cussed it with fel­low col­league prin­ci­pal, Bar­bara Bowen of Tahu­nanui pub­lic school; or is it a case of ‘‘Like it or lump it’’?

Gully’s gov­ern­ment school is closed 49 per cent of the year and dur­ing 51 per cent oc­cu­pancy, empty 4pm -08:30. Most teach­ers and Mr Gully live well away. Buses trans­port many pupils to Atawhai and be­yond.

Whakatu Drive was planned to con­nect south­ern ar­eas, Tas­man district, to a high­way to Marl­bor­ough, the North Is­land, and south­wards. Nel­son CBD was sec­ondary. Waimea Road would still be ac­tive. When fund­ing was ceased Whakatu stage I ter­mi­nated in the sub­urb of En­ner Glynn.

After 17 years NZTA still hasn’t lauded the suc­cess of stage I ! As one who has trav­elled the route over 400 times, it’s mar­vel­lous. The in­ter­sec­tion at Queen Street is eas­ily the busiest in Nel­son/ Tas­man with over 15 choices of di­rec­tion. The traf­fic engi­neers have done a great job. The flood of daily traf­fic into Nel­son helps to keep the place alive. of hun­dreds of thou­sands of New Zealan­ders of ever be­ing able to achieve a home of their own.

Dur­ing the past few years, hard work­ing fam­i­lies have had to com­pete with an ever in­creas­ing num­ber of res­i­den­tial prop­erty spec­u­la­tors, in­clud­ing non­res­i­dent for­eign buy­ers, which has done ab­so­lutely noth­ing for the econ­omy but cre­ate ex­ten­sive so­cial prob­lems. Amongst many mea­sures which could and should have been taken, cap­i­tal gains tax on res­i­den­tial prop­er­ties was im­per­a­tive with the fam­ily home and per­haps one other ex­empt.

Out of con­trol im­mi­gra­tion has also had a detri­men­tal ef­fect. With most MPs hold­ing res­i­den­tial prop­erty port­fo­lios it is lit­tle won­der that the ‘‘snouts in the trough’’ bri­gade want to hold on to their ever in­creas­ing gains. There are no sig­nif­i­cant rea­sons why build­ing costs should have risen the way they have. Na­tional’s sup­port for the prof­i­teer­ing mo­nop­o­lies, duopolies and car­tels in­volved is rep­re­hen­si­ble. Vote for Labour and/or NZ First. ne­olib­eral re­jec­tion by the Na­tional Party, a change in the gov­ern­ment be­comes es­sen­tial.

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