A big-hearted peo­ple

Taranaki Daily News - - Opinion -

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

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