No pro­tec­tion

Whangarei Report - - NEWS / OPINION -

Hous­ing New Zealand con­tin­ues to steam roll ahead with their plans to de­velop Puriri Park into a mi­cro hous­ing com­mu­nity at the ex­pense of many old trees and a beau­ti­ful green space, used by Whanga¯rei ci­ti­zens for over 50 years. Now it ap­pears WDC is sit­ting very much in their pock­ets and stand to make a tidy sum for each dwelling to be built on the site.

No won­der they have failed to pro­tect this park. De­spite deny­ing all knowl­edge of the in­ter­est and pur­chase of the park by HNZ it has now come to light they have known for a very long time that this was hap­pen­ing.

Some coun­cil em­ploy­ees have even been told to deny all knowl­edge of it even though they have known about it hap­pen­ing. I hope when it is time to elect our next coun­cil­lors the pub­lic re­mem­ber, how in this case and I’m sure in oth­ers, they have let us down. They are meant to “make de­ci­sions that will pro­mote com­mu­nity well-be­ing, now and for the fu­ture” but there seems very lit­tle ev­i­dence this has hap­pened and we stand to lose an in­cred­i­bly valu­able park in Whanga¯ rei. _ F Wat­son Whangarei

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