Are we beau­ti­ful?

Waihi Leader - - News -

I read with in­ter­est Me­lanie’s ar­ti­cle on the ‘Most Beau­ti­ful Small Town Award’ in the Waihi Leader last week.

It got me think­ing this lit­tle town must be in the running be­cause of the ex­quis­ite pre­sen­ta­tion of pub­lic land, specif­i­cally the State High­way 25/ Kenny Street en­trance and the Coun­cil’s grass verge. Take a look for your­selves, the photos are at­tached. Realism joins the curb-less road as it tries to share its space with the Coun­cil’s show­piece ef­forts at main­te­nance and beau­ti­fi­ca­tion. Per­haps more iconic than the Rock­et­park rainbow, it’s be­come fa­mous-ish, at least to the pa­tient res­i­dents in Waihi East.

I’ve been here two years and it’s clear the road verges were pre­sented like this a long time be­fore I got here.

I won­der if the se­nior I saw last Satur­day with his mo­bil­ity aid walk­ing up the 70km road be­cause he couldn’t use the foot­path will be vot­ing for Waihi in the ‘ Most Beau­ti­ful Small Town Award’. Ask him, he might have a few words to say.

Real peo­ple live out this way. The type that pays their rates and rent, con­tribut­ing to some other part of Waihi’s Coun­cil up­keep be­cause it ob­vi­ously isn’t be­ing spent here.

Thought you might be in­ter­ested. When the small town award judges call in for a look they bet­ter be wear­ing their rose-tinted glasses cause it’s not hard to miss what I see ev­ery day of the year. STEPHEN H. Kenny Street res­i­dent, Waihi


The grass on Kenny street.

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