Open and workable management wish
I have been an enthusiastic supporter of the Maungatautiri Ecological Island project; helping by donating towards the fence and monitoring a line for pests.
However disturbing rumours about the trust’s management have caused me to withdraw my support and suspend my volunteer activities.
I understand I am not alone in this with instigator and chairman David Wallace resigning, several trustees being ‘‘removed’’, supportive landowners locking gates and philanthropist Dr Gareth Morgan withholding donations and speaking publicly and damningly of ‘‘indigenous imperialism’’.
I have immense respect for many of the above people, some obviously who are more informed of the problems than I am.
The rumours I have heard is that the issues revolve around a Treaty of Waitangi claim on the mountain and power grabs within the trust by Ngati Koroki Kahukura.
While I wish the project every success I am concerned that this huge community project, an asset we have worked so hard to build, is being hijacked under the excuse of racism.
It is my hope that MEIT will realise the importance of community support and the desire we have for it to succeed – for the benefit of ALL of mankind.
I urge MEIT to consider the wildlife and quickly resolve these issues by establishing open and nonracist management. And I urge other members of the community to make their concerns known and ensure our mountain is kept for the birds, the plants and for humanity as a whole. Sheryn Clothier
Tirau providing lunches, dinners and craft souvenirs for the hundreds of tour coaches doing the golden triangle each day: Auckland-WaitomoRotorua-Auckland.
At present the triangle is an A shape. Coaches have to retrace from Waitomo to Kihikihi or Te Awamutu, cut across to Cambridge or Putararu then South again to Rotorua.
Then retrace from Rotorua over the Mamaku road to Auckland. A direct road from Tokorua to Rotorua would give them a good route variation with cheaper dining facilities.
Our empty shops would expand into large restaurants. Tourists look in vain for genuine New Zealand made crafts to take home. Our locals can get into craft-making and this town will blossom. We could become an upmarket residential suburb in commuting distance for work in Rotorua.
This, rather than struggling in vain to attract industry to an obscure location to endanger our health with pollution.
That’s the way to go. A direct highway to Rotorua built with government funds. Tokoroa would really go ahead. The second stage? Get the road over Waipapa dam opened and a forestry road from there to Tokoroa upgraded to cut miles off the coach distance travelled, and so allow more time to shop in Tokoroa. Abraham Cox