Ap­peal against fac­tory dis­gusts

South Waikato News - - NEWS/OPINION -

We are dis­gusted with Ngati Koroki Kahukura Trust’s ap­peal to the planned milk pow­der fac­tory at Ara­puni.

It seems they have dis­missed the views of the ma­jor­ity of Ara­puni’s res­i­dents and what is ben­e­fi­cial for the South Waikato District.

Sev­eral of their ob­jec­tions are friv­o­lous, such as the vis­ual im­pact of the fac­tory on Po­hara Marae and the in­creased traf­fic vol­ume and noise im­pact­ing on a neigh­bour­ing farm.

In terms of the vis­ual im­pact, Po­hara Marae is barely vis­i­ble from the pro­posed fac­tory site and they would need binoc­u­lars to even lo­cate its po­si­tion.

The neigh­bour­ing farm has re­cently been leased by Po­hara. Ne­go­ti­a­tions of this would have been car­ried out with the full knowl­edge of the po­ten­tial im­pact of the fac­tory.

This ob­vi­ously did not de­ter them, nor did the 70m py­lon be­ing con­structed on the farm.

We have lived di­rectly over the road from the pro­posed site for 25 years.

While the im­pact on us would be im­mense, we have ac­knowl­edged the po­ten­tial ben­e­fits to the district.

We have suf­fered a huge amount of un­cer­tainty and the re­sult­ing stress for over 12 months.

Just when we think we have res­o­lu­tion, this hap­pens, thanks NKKT. Jenny and Mau­rie Cheer

Ara­puni. dis­ap­pointed, es­sen­tially the SWDC had an em­ployee for 30 yrs that they never paid.

We, the fam­ily, thought it would’ve been ap­pro­pri­ate for the coun­cil to put up, per­haps, a pic­nic ta­ble or seat ei­ther in the CBD or at the sports ground to hon­our Sam’s me­mory but we’ve writ­ten to the Mayor Neil Sin­clair and he’s replied telling us that the coun­cil does not do any­thing like that, if they did it for Sam it would be set­ting a prece­dent for fu­ture sit­u­a­tions such as ours, what a pity aye?

Thank you to ev­ery­one who came to cel­e­brate Sam’s life, it was so great to lis­ten to all the heart­felt trib­utes to him, who­ever would’ve thought one per­son could im­pact so many lives, a man who was so pri­vate, who kept to him­self.

He never wanted any­thing from any­body but wanted to give all he had to any­one who wanted it.

To the scum­bags who broke into Sam’s van and stole his money bag the night he died af­ter the po­lice parked it at his home , shame on you. Try do­ing what Sam did his en­tire life, get out and work then you too can have what­ever you want and could maybe be­come just a frac­tion of the per­son Sam was.

That mes­sage also ap­plies to the lowlifes who broke in and ran­sacked Sam’s house about a month be­fore he died. Love and Friend­ship to you all, Gra­ham and Helen Nel­son

Te Aroha

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