Failed on principle
At a Far North District Council audit and finance meeting in April 27, a decision was made to play the preseason Blues vs Chiefs pre-season Super Rugby game at Kaikohe in February next year. This is disappointing, particularly when the Mangonui Rugby Union was never told by council or the Northland Rugby Union to put up a case to host the match.
The item was not even on the original agenda. This was supported by chairman Cr John Vujcich when I made contact two days before the meeting. Unknown was that a supplementary paper on the rugby game was distributed on the day, supported by a large number of Kaikohe rugby members.
What is annoying is this decision should have been made at a full emergency council meeting. Audit and finance comment would be because of time a decision had to be made. Vujcich says Kaikohe stacked up better financially and that the maximum cost to council would be $59,568.
He is unaware that Arnold Rae Park has virtually the full infrastructure for provincial games that would cost the ratepayer less than half the estimated cost. Look, I am happy Kaikohe has got the nod especially for Cheryl Waaka (nee Smith) and her hard-working committee. But it’s the principle and courtesy where this district council has failed.
Northland were an absolute embarrassment in their heavy 71-28 deficit to Waikato last Saturday. Playing at home, they were torn apart in the second half with little resistance. The problem with Northland is that they have a weak bench, players that would struggle just to make a club side. Sure they have qualified for a semi-final and it could be Waikato again in Hamilton. Injuries to key players are a worry and you have to sympathise with coach Derren Witcombe on his next move. There isn’t one! Looking ahead, Bay of Plenty away on Saturday is not going to be easy. They are a good side with encouraging results and Northland could end up being blown away again.
In my last report I mentioned the limbo in Te Oneroa a Tohe Board is in. The cost to the tax payer is not $90,000 as mentioned but $950,000.
And, no comment from Associate Immigration Minister Kris Faa’foi regarding the deportation of Switzer Home residential care worker Juliet Garcia. It’s not going to come.
We now as a community need to move into action. More on this later.
And that’s how Mat sees it.