I may only be a superannuitant, and a permanent resident of Turangi, but even I can recognise biased reporting when I see it.
Your reporter Steph Rangi, under the dramatic headline ‘‘Turangi is split over big project’’ (March 29 2018) provides a one sided view, even from the point of word volume.
The opposition group to the Holmes proposal is given 3 paragraphs of this report, no interviews, no photos, while the developers and their supporters are given 20+ paragraphs, 2 interviews, and 2 photos.
Is this fair journalism? I don’t think so!
Where are the views of the nearly 1,000 home owners who have signed the petition in opposition to this proposal?
What about the views of New Zealand Transport Agency, who must be involved in this? How are the figures of possible employment arrived at? Or are these just arbitrary estimates?
What will the effect be on another main road development, pulling potential customers away from the already struggling shopping centre?
And where are the local Councillor’s views? Have they been presented with both sides of this proposal, so they can make informed decisions?
Newspaper articles can form part of the research into any proposal, and we deserve both sides to be fairly presented.
Let’s have some well researched, unbiased reporting in future, Taupo Times!
MEdAdm, BSc, Dip Ed, DipTchg, Lt Cdr RNZN (Rtd)
This letter is being submitted to fully and unequivocally support the Holmes Group (Rotorua) proposal to develop the corner site in Turangi, neighbouring the Parklands Motor Lodge, into a BP Connect service station with eight bowsers, plus a truck stop and fast food outlet.
I am fully aware of organised opposition to this venture by a self-serving group in Turangi township that calls itself Holmes Proposal Opposition Group Incorporated.
This group professes to represent the views of a majority of locals, yet it is clear that an equal amount of unbridled and enthusiastic, albeit silent support exists for the development.
Turangi, unfortunately, has a history of aborted initatives. While progress always seems slow and new initiatives are far and few between, most residents earnestly want the township to move ahead, to foster businesses that provide more jobs, and to create an environment where it can attract more visitors.
Parklands Motor Lodge and its owners have been in the forefront of doing just that, making Turangi a better place, for more than a decade. And the Holmes Group project can only be viewed by rational thinkers as a worthwhile step forward in further facilitating employment and service-providing opportunities for a town that desperately needs both.
Apparently, the Holmes Proposal Opposition Group Incorporated is soliciting donations in a bid to ‘‘stop the development proposal in its tracks for the preservation of Turangi’s natural beauty and the protection of the peaceful character of the riverside residential area’’.
This group is hell-bent on stopping the project because, it contends: ‘‘The proposed development would add to the confusion and congestion at the intersection where Parkland Motel sits, creating safety risks for motorists, pedestrians and cyclists, would lead to a large increase in traffic using Topaz Rd (sic Taupahi), would create truck noise day and night, and its high LED lights would create a distraction for motorists and disturb neighbours.
Most importantly, it would destroy the peace and tranquillity of the riverside residential area and be an eyesore at the focal point of the town.’’
This is nonsense at best, and profoundly absurd supposition at worst. Currently, trucks not only stop and overnight at Parklands nightly, as well as across State Highway 1 near the Z Station, without offending and/or disturbing anyone in the ‘‘riverside residential area’’.
As well, riverside residents worried about any projected ‘‘confusion and congestion’’ at the intersection of Te Arahori St and SH 1 as a result of the development proposal surely must realise that they have, and always have had, at least two other convenient, imminently viable options for negotiating SH 1 to reach the centre of town.
Just as the relatively ‘new’ New World, Z Station and Burger King have become widely accepted and hugely popular ‘added-value’ resources to Turangi’s economic growth, encouraging travellers to stop and spend time in the township, so too will the Holmes Group development.
It is because of all the exciting opportunities that another new development will bring to this town that I unreservedly support the Holmes Group application for resource consent, while at the same time expressing my intense disappointment in those who, for no sound reason, choose to oppose it and, in doing so, impede Turangi’s economic potential.
Sincerely, Turangi resident