Half of Herald web pollsters optimistic about year ahead

The most vociferous responses to this week’s Gisborne Herald webpoll came from the minority — the 37 percent (88 out of 237 people) who said no to the question “are you optimistic about the year ahead for this region?”

Several people among the 51 percent (122) who said “yes” believed outcomes for 2019 depended on attitude.

“No good going into this year without a positive mindset,” said one. “It will only be as good as we make it.”

“You get what you concentrate on,” said another. “People have a habit of talking negativity up.”

Others in the “yes” camp viewed the year ahead through a political lens.

“Lots going on with the new coalition government, which is happy to invest in the regions a lot more than the previous government,” was one observation.

Another saw “great untapped potential in the IT sector for Tairawhiti”.

Although in the “yes” camp, one respondent tilted slightly to the other side with the assertion there would be cause for optimism “when we get a new mayor and some good councillors”.

Among the 37 percent who didn’t feel optimistic about the year ahead were those who had something to say about Mayor Meng Foon’s positive outlook for “growth in a number of areas.”

“Strange with an election year upon us Mayor Foon starts making an appearance in this paper again with ‘the big talk up’,” said one. “Lets not be fooled again this year fellow Gisbornites.”

Politics threw a shadow over 2019 for several.

At least one person found preparations for the sestercentennial of first meetings between Maori and European with the arrival of explorer James Cook in 1769 “divisive and dishonest”.

Another respondent said rail needed to be up and running again to promote new business and tourism.

“The council must take note of what the people want and have the courage to speak out and not be dictated to by a small minority.”

Of the 12 percent (27) in the “don’t know” corner was the respondent who said there was still too much crime in Gisborne.

“People want to feel safe where they visit, work and play.”

The most vociferous responses to this week’s Gisborne Herald webpoll came from the minority — the 37 percent (88 out of 237 people) who said no to the question “are you optimistic about the year ahead for this region?”

Several people among the 51 percent (122) who said “yes” believed outcomes for 2019 depended on attitude.

“No good going into this year without a positive mindset,” said one. “It will only be as good as we make it.”

“You get what you concentrate on,” said another. “People have a habit of talking negativity up.”

Others in the “yes” camp viewed the year ahead through a political lens.

“Lots going on with the new coalition government, which is happy to invest in the regions a lot more than the previous government,” was one observation.

Another saw “great untapped potential in the IT sector for Tairawhiti”.

Although in the “yes” camp, one respondent tilted slightly to the other side with the assertion there would be cause for optimism “when we get a new mayor and some good councillors”.

Among the 37 percent who didn’t feel optimistic about the year ahead were those who had something to say about Mayor Meng Foon’s positive outlook for “growth in a number of areas.”

“Strange with an election year upon us Mayor Foon starts making an appearance in this paper again with ‘the big talk up’,” said one. “Lets not be fooled again this year fellow Gisbornites.”

Politics threw a shadow over 2019 for several.

At least one person found preparations for the sestercentennial of first meetings between Maori and European with the arrival of explorer James Cook in 1769 “divisive and dishonest”.

Another respondent said rail needed to be up and running again to promote new business and tourism.

“The council must take note of what the people want and have the courage to speak out and not be dictated to by a small minority.”

Of the 12 percent (27) in the “don’t know” corner was the respondent who said there was still too much crime in Gisborne.

“People want to feel safe where they visit, work and play.”

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