The council has expressed its disappointment at the theft of some of its plantings at Arapuni. This is understandable. What I don’t understand is the double standard it seems to operate under.
The council itself has been responsible for multiple plantings, involving hundreds of trees, shrubs etc which it has planted, abandoned, sprayed and then mowed over. If the council or any one else disputes this I can take them on a guided tour.
I also understand (and am willing to be proved wrong) that the contractor involved had his contract renewed without having to tender. I think in delving into council contracting arrangements we have opened a worm farm, not just a can of worms. The ratepayers deserve better. Unfortunately, airing one’s grievances through the press is, as things stand, the only way to bring attention to these matters. It would be much more satisfactory if we could get action and transparency from the people we pay to deal with them.