DE­CI­SION ADRIFT

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Frank Lark­ing’s boat or Beach Haven com­mu­nity’s boat lay on the sea­ward side of mean high wa­ter springs which by def­i­ni­tion is part of the coastal marine en­vi­ron­ment and not pub­lic land. So do Auck­land Coun­cil’s new so­called Re­newals de­part­ment or Kaipatiki Lo­cal Board ac­tu­ally have any ju­ris­dic­tion to move the boat in the first place? Do they ac­tu­ally have any health and safety li­a­bil­ity ei­ther, es­pe­cially since the ves­sel isn’t a coun­cil as­set?

I sus­pect not. The mat­ter is more likely to fall un­der the Harbour Master’s ju­ris­dic­tion and pos­si­bly Auck­land Trans­port. Frank’s boat has never been iden­ti­fied as a nav­i­ga­tional haz­ard in of­fi­cial no­tices to mariners as far as I am aware. Coun­cil ac­tions raise ques­tions of whether the boat’s location and sta­tus was ever prop­erly dis­cussed with the harbour master’s of­fice (and if not why not?), given said of­fice ap­pears not to have voiced any con­cern in 40 years.

I’ll bet Coun­cil’s haz­ard con­sul­tants cost more than a new lad­der and some rope. Come on Coun­cil, your author­ity is du­bi­ous at least. In­stead of cre­at­ing yet another mon­u­ment to of­fi­cious­ness, get or­gan­ised. Get your head around the ju­ris­dic­tion, get the boat fixed or repli­cated in Frank’s mem­ory, recog­nise that the 1700 pe­ti­tion­ers rep­re­sent many more lo­cals, and give the com­mu­nity what it wants.

Brian Smith

Hill­crest

COUN­CIL IN QUES­TION

The joust­ing for the Trea­sury seats is un­der way. All NZ adult cit­i­zens can vote for Par­lia­ment. But Auck­lan­ders were de­nied their demo­cratic rights by this gov­ern­ment when it re­moved our lo­cal gov­ern­ment sys­tem in 2010, although other dis­tricts, like Welling­ton were al­lowed their rights and voted against the amal­ga­ma­tion pro­pos­als.

So where does democ­racy be­gin and end for Auck­lan­ders, one third of this coun­try’s tax­pay­ers? It seems it is at the whim of the gov­ern­ment.

But worse, the coun­cil ‘model’ that has been im­posed upon us is dic­ta­to­rial, bu­reau­cratic, busi­ness-ori­ented and not fit for pur­pose. Not one po­lit­i­cal party has shown any con­cern, pol­icy or plan to rec­tify this pseu­do­demo­cratic farce.

On Sunday, Jacinda Ardern said: ‘‘…pol­i­tics is a place where we can do good, and that she ‘‘ … re­fused to ac­cept the sta­tus quo.’’

FAM­ILY HIS­TORY MONTH

The North Shore Branch of the New Zealand So­ci­ety of Ge­neal­o­gists wish to thank all the staff at the Glen­field Pub­lic Li­brary for their won­der­ful help in as­sist­ing our group with the in­for­ma­tion stand we had at their premises on the 5th and 19th Au­gust. Special thanks to Kathy, Neeli and Nick for pro­vid­ing the book dis­plays, com­puter as­sis­tance and sup­port. The pro­fes­sion­al­ism and knowl­edge shown by our lo­cal li­brary staff is a valu­able as­set to our com­mu­nity. Thank you also to our many vis­i­tors and their in­ter­est in fam­ily his­tory.

Lyn Winkel

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Frank Lark­ing’s Beach Haven boat.

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