For services, or profit?

LETTER

A lovely swimming pool and five-star accommodation are to be built at Waikanae Beach Holiday Park to attract tourist dollars, some of which will flow into local and distant businesses, some of which will defray the cost of the upgrade.

There may even be profit, as there is with electricity lines and timber shipping from our harbour. Meanwhile our municipal swimming pools that are meant to serve ratepayers who live here have waited 10 years for an upgrade that may never be funded.

Is our local government a community service provider or a business?

If the profitable businesses our government owns at arm’s length are operated to support community services, why are people complaining about potholes in our roads? Why can’t we keep our rivers fit for our swimmers and paddlers? Why does rainwater puddle on the floor of our YMCA gym? Why is our Olympic Pool Complex not up to scratch? What’s wrong with this picture?

The quintessential motor camps we have enjoyed are simple, egalitarian, natural, clean places where fancy rigs, DIY caravans and Volkswagen combis hook up side-by-side. Campers sleep in tents. People make friends with guests from other places in the communal kitchen. Hot showers, washers and dryers make us squeaky clean.

Gisborne has some lovely motels with quick access to the beach, some with sea views. There are many properties adjacent to Waikanae Beach that are rented as high-end accommodations.

For five-star dollars, how about another hotel?

If the Waikanae Top Ten is not as attractive as it could be, perhaps some fresh paint and updated bathrooms and kitchen would be in order.

Sarah Dixon

A lovely swimming pool and five-star accommodation are to be built at Waikanae Beach Holiday Park to attract tourist dollars, some of which will flow into local and distant businesses, some of which will defray the cost of the upgrade.

There may even be profit, as there is with electricity lines and timber shipping from our harbour. Meanwhile our municipal swimming pools that are meant to serve ratepayers who live here have waited 10 years for an upgrade that may never be funded.

Is our local government a community service provider or a business?

If the profitable businesses our government owns at arm’s length are operated to support community services, why are people complaining about potholes in our roads? Why can’t we keep our rivers fit for our swimmers and paddlers? Why does rainwater puddle on the floor of our YMCA gym? Why is our Olympic Pool Complex not up to scratch? What’s wrong with this picture?

The quintessential motor camps we have enjoyed are simple, egalitarian, natural, clean places where fancy rigs, DIY caravans and Volkswagen combis hook up side-by-side. Campers sleep in tents. People make friends with guests from other places in the communal kitchen. Hot showers, washers and dryers make us squeaky clean.

Gisborne has some lovely motels with quick access to the beach, some with sea views. There are many properties adjacent to Waikanae Beach that are rented as high-end accommodations.

For five-star dollars, how about another hotel?

If the Waikanae Top Ten is not as attractive as it could be, perhaps some fresh paint and updated bathrooms and kitchen would be in order.

Sarah Dixon

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Noeline Brookes - 2 months ago
I agree with Sarah's comments. For goodness sake, we have a wonderful pool complex a short walk away. My family love staying at the Top Ten but we certainly do not need another pool. Do up the one we already have.

wiki gerrard - 2 months ago
The money wasted on the new GDC building should have been spent on the Olympic Pool upgrade! Why does the Waikanae Holiday Park need to turn into 5 star accommodation, and with a pool? Geeeeez