Half for, half against council wetland stand

HERALD online readers are evenly divided over the decision of Gisborne District Council to defer plans for a wetland, as part of improving the city’s wastewater treatment system with 48 percent in support and 46 percent against.

Of 237 respondents, 114 (48 percent) supported council’s decision, 110 (46 percent) opposed while six people (13 percent) were recorded as don’t knows.

Most supporters were motivated by the cost factor with one saying, “It would appear that finally Gisborne District Council (GDC) are beginning to realise that they need to live within their means.”

Another said that with Gisborne residents on such low incomes, council had made the right move.

“I am sick and tired of this council’s ‘think big’ projects which have no relevance to the low income ratepayers in this region,” commented one supporter.

Iwi came under criticism from some respondents supporting the deferral decision.

“This is reality,” said one. “The solution needs to be affordable. Are we putting a high price on cultural values instead of relying on science.”

Another said that if iwi wanted a “top notch” treatment plant, “then there should be ample funds from their settlements to pay the difference”.

“The wetland is only to satisfy Maori,” was one comment. “It can wait. People have been swimming in the bay for years — including myself. The city system is more important.”

Other respondents argued greater resources need to be devoted to the environment.

“Saving or creating wetlands is always good and anyway can’t cost much can it?” said one. “As pointed out by several correspondents, this costs a few hundred a year extra, which a good percentage of us (yes I am a ratepayer) can afford. For the people who genuinely can’t afford it then ECT should contribute. Surely this is ‘for the good of the people of Gisborne’?”

Council came under fire from some respondents.

“They should have cut some of the monuments to their own egos that they are planning to keep the rates impact lower and just got on with it. What a betrayal from Meng who marched at the front of protests.”

One said that the council needed to “get their bloody priorities right”.

“How would they like it if a whole lot of crap was dumped in their brand new building? What about the wildlife and swimming area for our kids?”

Another said it was a “typical ambush of council staff, red neck councillors and a mayor who swings with popularity, not principle”.

HERALD online readers are evenly divided over the decision of Gisborne District Council to defer plans for a wetland, as part of improving the city’s wastewater treatment system with 48 percent in support and 46 percent against.

Of 237 respondents, 114 (48 percent) supported council’s decision, 110 (46 percent) opposed while six people (13 percent) were recorded as don’t knows.

Most supporters were motivated by the cost factor with one saying, “It would appear that finally Gisborne District Council (GDC) are beginning to realise that they need to live within their means.”

Another said that with Gisborne residents on such low incomes, council had made the right move.

“I am sick and tired of this council’s ‘think big’ projects which have no relevance to the low income ratepayers in this region,” commented one supporter.

Iwi came under criticism from some respondents supporting the deferral decision.

“This is reality,” said one. “The solution needs to be affordable. Are we putting a high price on cultural values instead of relying on science.”

Another said that if iwi wanted a “top notch” treatment plant, “then there should be ample funds from their settlements to pay the difference”.

“The wetland is only to satisfy Maori,” was one comment. “It can wait. People have been swimming in the bay for years — including myself. The city system is more important.”

Other respondents argued greater resources need to be devoted to the environment.

“Saving or creating wetlands is always good and anyway can’t cost much can it?” said one. “As pointed out by several correspondents, this costs a few hundred a year extra, which a good percentage of us (yes I am a ratepayer) can afford. For the people who genuinely can’t afford it then ECT should contribute. Surely this is ‘for the good of the people of Gisborne’?”

Council came under fire from some respondents.

“They should have cut some of the monuments to their own egos that they are planning to keep the rates impact lower and just got on with it. What a betrayal from Meng who marched at the front of protests.”

One said that the council needed to “get their bloody priorities right”.

“How would they like it if a whole lot of crap was dumped in their brand new building? What about the wildlife and swimming area for our kids?”

Another said it was a “typical ambush of council staff, red neck councillors and a mayor who swings with popularity, not principle”.

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