Gisborne’s continuing water crisis

LETTER

I was born and bred in Gisborne, spent most of my life here and have paid rates for over 46 years. As far back as I can remember, Gisborne has had a water crisis every summer. Our water supply is vulnerable and of poor quality. It’s well overdue that something permanent is done about it.

It was reported in The Gisborne Herald of Tuesday, February 21 that the “City still needs to save water”, despite good rain over several days on two separate occasions. In the same article, the last sentence was: “Water is a precious resource and is the key focus for council at this time.”

Water should be the key focus for the council all the time, making it a top priority to correct the problem permanently.

Our Mayor would be better putting his efforts into addressing and correcting Gisborne’s infrastructure problems rather than applying his time to name changes for our district, demolition of a beautiful council building to erect an unnecessary new one, giving land away etc, spending and generally wasting our ratepayers’ money.

The Mayor and council do not have the infrastructure of our city under control. Water is and should be the No.1 priority for our Mayor and council, but I feel our water problem is somewhat forgotten about as soon as the summer weather breaks.

As far as infrastructure goes, take a drive around and note what terrible conditions our roads are in and the utter chaos at badly-designed roundabouts during busy periods, plus the stormwater flooding — just to name a few.

What has been done about these ongoing problems? Nothing! They carry on year after year after year.

Come on Mayor and councillors, you need to get back on course and correct our infrastructure problems before starting non-essential new projects.

Harvey Lodge

I was born and bred in Gisborne, spent most of my life here and have paid rates for over 46 years. As far back as I can remember, Gisborne has had a water crisis every summer. Our water supply is vulnerable and of poor quality. It’s well overdue that something permanent is done about it.

It was reported in The Gisborne Herald of Tuesday, February 21 that the “City still needs to save water”, despite good rain over several days on two separate occasions. In the same article, the last sentence was: “Water is a precious resource and is the key focus for council at this time.”

Water should be the key focus for the council all the time, making it a top priority to correct the problem permanently.

Our Mayor would be better putting his efforts into addressing and correcting Gisborne’s infrastructure problems rather than applying his time to name changes for our district, demolition of a beautiful council building to erect an unnecessary new one, giving land away etc, spending and generally wasting our ratepayers’ money.

The Mayor and council do not have the infrastructure of our city under control. Water is and should be the No.1 priority for our Mayor and council, but I feel our water problem is somewhat forgotten about as soon as the summer weather breaks.

As far as infrastructure goes, take a drive around and note what terrible conditions our roads are in and the utter chaos at badly-designed roundabouts during busy periods, plus the stormwater flooding — just to name a few.

What has been done about these ongoing problems? Nothing! They carry on year after year after year.

Come on Mayor and councillors, you need to get back on course and correct our infrastructure problems before starting non-essential new projects.

Harvey Lodge

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Peter Jones - 20 days ago
Alas the Mayor and the council are bound to following "the plan" imposed by central government which is basically the neoliberal NZ Inc version of agenda 21. The needs of the existing city and its people is the last thing on the agenda.
Brighter future, but for who? The equality divide will continue to put more pressure on the significant number of Gisborne families who are locked out of the housing market through low incomes or seasonal employment, and are forced to rent.

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