More Wanted On Hawkes Bay

NZ Today - - LETTERS -

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.

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