Rapid in­stal­la­tion

Taupo & Turangi Weekender - - News -

Was zum teufel! Af­ter sev­eral irate let­ters were aired re­gard­ing the mys­te­ri­ous choice of the Sri Chin­moy cult statue (no, this is not of a New Zealand cit­i­zen, nor of any­one who com­mands our re­spect who has lived and worked in New Zealand), the Taupo¯ Dis­trict Coun­cil took rapid ac­tion and in­stalled it in the Ton­gariro South Do­main be­fore the protests be­came a crit­i­cal mass.

This rapid in­stal­la­tion re­minds me of cer­tain past cor­po­rate re­struc­tur­ing plans which had to be car­ried out by stealth so that the peo­ple that they af­fected had no op­por­tu­nity to re­act.

Our elected mem­bers (well, the six mem­bers who voted quickly for this ed­i­fice) were elected to serve the peo­ple of Taupo¯ and to be sen­si­tive and at­ten­tive to their in­ter­ests. As it has turned out, these coun­cil mem­bers were not, and pur­sued their own in­ter­ests. They have made many thou­sands of lo­cal folk an­gry by their in­con­sid­er­a­tion. One of the im­por­tant as­pects of man­age­ment train­ing is for the in­struc­tor to con­vey to the at­ten­dees the im­por­tance of com­mu­ni­cat­ing to and keep­ing in touch with the peo­ple that they serve. If coun­cil mem­bers are not able to do this, then re­train­ing cour­ses are avail­able.

As many his­to­ri­ans will ad­vise: Those who fail to heed the lessons of his­tory are doomed to re­peat them. The first item of agenda for the con­quer­ing US Army upon en­ter­ing Bagh­dad was to re­move the statue of Sad­dam Hus­sein, as it rep­re­sented some­thing which was re­pug­nant to the cit­i­zens.

In the US, some lib­eral groups have been putting pres­sure on lo­cal coun­cils to re­move his­tor­i­cal stat­ues of civil war Con­fed­er­ate lead­ers, whom they con­sider to have been fight­ing to sup­port slav­ery. They have been suc­cess­ful in hav­ing some re­moved. The coun­cil could re­deem them­selves from this bun­gle by: 1. Re­mov­ing this ed­i­fice from the park, and in so do­ing, main­tain Taupo¯’s green and beau­ti­ful im­age. 2. Send the statue to a foundry to be turned into bronze medals for chil­dren who come in third place in our many Taupo¯ sports. The medals could have a New Zealand im­age, of some­thing we like and re­spect. 3. At­tend a pre­sen­ta­tion which em­pha­sises the im­por­tance of main­tain­ing New Zealand cul­tural val­ues. 4. At­tend a man­age­ment re­fresher course with the em­pha­sis on con­sul­ta­tion with their lo­cal pop­u­la­tion.

If coun­cil has no re­sponse, then the elec­tions are com­ing where we will be able to ap­point new coun­cil­lors who are able to rep­re­sent lo­cal peo­ple us­ing con­sul­ta­tion as a new man­age­ment tool.


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