The New Zealand Herald
City folk can enliven own patch
Aucklanders often complain on this page about the council’s failure to control weeds, the latest being Grey Lynn Park’s deciduous trees being engulfed in ivy. Yet on the north side of the city, volunteers have ensured Tawharanui Regional Park has won the coveted international Green Flag Award for the fifth consecutive year.
Here in Northland, residents of Maungaturoto transformed the tired township into a work of landscape art and created a community orchard thanks to working bees and hard work behind the scenes.
Where are the people in suburban Auckland who can take the lead and motivate others to dig in, apply for grants, do some community gardening? What would it take for teams of people to tend their neighbourhoods then, for those who feel the urge, say, transform the ugly jungle between the ASB Tennis Centre and university? Having said that, I lived there for 20 years and didn’t lift a finger.
Oh that we were Singapore, where processions of workers slave daily to exterminate unwelcome growth and help clean up after massive storms.
Rae Roadley, RD Maungaturoto.