Let’s overturn neglect, take opportunities

LETTER

We were privileged to meet Simon Bridges, leader of the National Party, in Gisborne last week. He was very frank about what he said and it came from the heart.

We were given plenty of time for questions but only allowed to ask one. I had my troubles to ask about — health funding for New Zealanders as well as myself for immunotherapy drugs, which lung cancer sufferers have to pay huge money for if they want to extend their lives. It is a breakthrough discovery that works.

There were some really good questions about our problems, such as a proposed halfway house close to a school in Te Hapara.

I would have liked to ask more questions about our region being neglected by outsiders, and do so now in this letter.

1. I can see great employment opportunities from JNL making plywood for KiwiBuild and other modular homes. We have the timber and the people to do it. Much better than sending raw logs overseas.

2. Because the Waioeka Gorge was closed last week, we had a round trip via Napier, Taupo, Rotorua and on to Tauranga for cancer treatment that took us 15 hours of driving. I see an option which some will say is stupid. Our only choices when SH2 north is out are around the Coast on a failing road, or all the way down via Napier. A better option would be developing the Waikaremoana road to Murupara or Rainbow Mountain north of Taupo. It is presently shingle, and could be improved for freight and cars. It is more direct than the other options.

3. In a tourist motel in Rotorua there were framed placards of good places to visit in New Zealand. Gisborne was missing. Our tourism promoters and funders need to make sure we are being recognised.

Some of us try hard to put things right by expressing our opinions, but are we being listened to? We are neglected by the outside world.

I will never forget what mayoral candidate Tony Robinson said to me: “Gisborne is the place of lost opportunities.”

ALAIN JORION

We were privileged to meet Simon Bridges, leader of the National Party, in Gisborne last week. He was very frank about what he said and it came from the heart.

We were given plenty of time for questions but only allowed to ask one. I had my troubles to ask about — health funding for New Zealanders as well as myself for immunotherapy drugs, which lung cancer sufferers have to pay huge money for if they want to extend their lives. It is a breakthrough discovery that works.

There were some really good questions about our problems, such as a proposed halfway house close to a school in Te Hapara.

I would have liked to ask more questions about our region being neglected by outsiders, and do so now in this letter.

1. I can see great employment opportunities from JNL making plywood for KiwiBuild and other modular homes. We have the timber and the people to do it. Much better than sending raw logs overseas.

2. Because the Waioeka Gorge was closed last week, we had a round trip via Napier, Taupo, Rotorua and on to Tauranga for cancer treatment that took us 15 hours of driving. I see an option which some will say is stupid. Our only choices when SH2 north is out are around the Coast on a failing road, or all the way down via Napier. A better option would be developing the Waikaremoana road to Murupara or Rainbow Mountain north of Taupo. It is presently shingle, and could be improved for freight and cars. It is more direct than the other options.

3. In a tourist motel in Rotorua there were framed placards of good places to visit in New Zealand. Gisborne was missing. Our tourism promoters and funders need to make sure we are being recognised.

Some of us try hard to put things right by expressing our opinions, but are we being listened to? We are neglected by the outside world.

I will never forget what mayoral candidate Tony Robinson said to me: “Gisborne is the place of lost opportunities.”

ALAIN JORION

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Wolfie - 16 days ago
Why do you consider it a "privilege" to meet an elected politician?
Surely the privilege is his.

M. Hills, Tauranga - 12 days ago
Alain, well said, good to hear some positive suggestions on local issues. Members of Parliament need to hear the public's views on these things, as you are the ones with local knowledge. Hopefully someone will take a good look at your suggestions to see if they are feasible.

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