Parks main­te­nance

The New Zealand Herald - - EDITORIAL & LETTERS -

As a Grey Lynn res­i­dent and ratepayer for 40 years I am writ­ing to con­cur with Tony War­ing’s ex­cel­lent let­ter re­gard­ing the state of Auck­land parks. I have long lamented the re­moval of the ded­i­cated park man­ager, such as we used to have in Grey Lynn. Now we have one con­trac­tor for all the parks, Ven­tia, a newly formed, to­tally untested Aus­tralian com­pany, which has been in­ca­pable of mow­ing the grass in Grey Lynn Park (and no doubt oth­ers) for months.

The ex­pla­na­tion on be­half of the mayor is laugh­able: “It has not been pos­si­ble to mow Grey Lynn Park since Au­gust as there has been ex­ces­sive wet weather. Any mow­ing would dam­age the turf as the ground is ex­ceed­ingly very [sic] wet and boggy in the ma­jor­ity of places through­out the park. There are also very steep slopes that are not cur­rently able to be mowed due to ac­ces­si­bil­ity.”

As there has never been a prob­lem in the past, I would say this is be­cause the fancy new mow­ers they pur­chased on get­ting the mul­ti­mil­lion-dol­lar con­tract are not fit for pur­pose, be­ing larger and heav­ier than those pre­vi­ously used.

The mayor added that he is “con­fi­dent that Ven­tia will man­age coun­cil’s as­sets to the high ser­vice stan­dards we ex­pect” and adds, “Staff are sat­is­fied with the at­tempt that has been made by Ven­tia to main­tain grass turf to the best of their abil­ity”. Well, “staff” may be sat­is­fied but this ratepayer is not.

Louise John­stone, Grey Lynn.

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