More Wanted On Hawkes Bay
Hi Sarah, I am a regular reader of NZTODAY and have gathered a fair amount of information from it for the trips organised throughout New Zealand for our Probus club. Thank you for this magazine.
However, with a group of 50 of us going to northern Hawkes Bay in March 2014 (many for the first time), I must express disappointment with Steve Hale’s article in the latest issue. It is very light on useful information, particularly for the Wairoa-Waikaremoana area. I would have thought that the following, at least, warranted special research and reporting on;
1. The highly significant change pending to the very status of Urewera National Park, under a current Treaty Settlement before parliament. The new status is quite unique in the world. Surely this is of special significance and interest for anyone going in there.
2. The “iconic” John Scott designed information centre at the Lake is, though now closed, worthy of special mention for its architecture. And what about the “mysterious” disappearance and subsequent return of the Colin McCahon painting therein during the 1990s? Surely potential visitors also need to know about the alternative way visitors seeking information are catered for?
3. Wairoa warrants more than the cursory treatment, I would have thought, given its significance as a service centre for quite a large area.
There is also a major error of fact, aside from the misspelling of accommodation in the photo caption on p.72. The Urewera National Park is far from New Zealand’s largest (at 2,127 sq km). Fiordland (12,519), Kahurangi (4,520) and Mt Aspiring (3,555) National Parks are all considerably larger. I can only think that Steve is writing as a North Islander! Best wishes for the New Year. Roger Murdoch, Christchurch ED. Thanks Roger for your suggestions, but I do have to defend Steve’s article, because as I have said in a similar criticism of my Marlborough article, our stories are primarily experiential and hopefully entertain and inform our readers and give them impetus to visit the region. Some of our writers show great interest in the history of the area they are visiting, but others choose a different approach which in my view makes the stories more varied and interesting. That being said, Steve did include quite a bit of history in his article as well as his experiences. I apologise about the misspelling of accommodation, I should have picked that up! Re the size of the Urewera National Park, yes you are correct, it is not the largest in New Zealand, but the largest of four in the North Island.