A big-hearted people
The first words the audience heard from former TV entertainer Ray Woolf at his Taranaki Jazz Club performance with pianist Mike Walker last Sunday, December 2, in New Plymouth were: ‘‘That clapping I have just heard is the loudest to greet us since we went on tour.’’
I immediately remembered how, just 10 years ago, when Peter Tennent QSO was mayor, New Plymouth had justifiably earned the title of the best city of its size in the world. Uniquely generous and sincere qualities of enthusiasm and motivation marked our people as special, contributing to the city’s overall appeal.
Back in 2008 Peter Tennent’s leadership as mayor also led to New Plymouth becoming an attractive international venue and we have seen many more civic attractions added since then. That same year of 2008 saw the city win the Top Town award from North and South magazine as ‘‘the best place in New Zealand to live, love, work and raise a family’’.
Just that short time ago, relatively speaking, we shared a destiny; and now we seem to be afflicted by doubts about our future in the overall economy of New Zealand.
At least we can take comfort from the fact that we in Taranaki continue to be a generous and bighearted people.
Robert Sorley, New Plymouth