Missed being consulted

LETTER

I receive a copy of the GDC’s He Panui - Our News. The latest is a special Navigate Tairawhiti edition.

A quote follows regarding the redevelopment of Titirangi: “Throughout October, we surveyed the community to find out our community’s priorities for the redevelopment. Out of 428 people surveyed, 82 percent of respondents said observation viewpoints and historic navigational stories should be a focus. Over 87 percent said they wanted toilets and 81 percent wanted water fountains as a priority. There were recurring comments that a café should be incorporated into the facility as well.

“We’ve had a huge level of engagement from our whanau and community. We hope that through the design phase we’ll be able to produce a place that can do all this and more for Tairawhiti,” says project manager Ranell Nikora.

I wonder how this “survey” was done and how it is possible to extrapolate such a small sample to a population of 30-odd thousand.

The quote is “we have had a huge level of engagement from our whanau and community” — really? One trusts the word whanau is used in a collective, pan-cultural sense.

I am a supporter of the development of Titirangi and the telling of the stories of earlier navigation and settlement. However, I feel the council’s consultations seem to have passed me by and I am interested in how it all works.

Ron Taylor

Footnote response from Titirangi redevelopment project manager Ranell Nikora:

Kia ora Ron, I’m sorry to hear you missed the rounds of consultation conducted at the end of last year. It’s great to hear you’re a supporter of our vision for the maunga.

The Titirangi Redevelopment is a joint project that is being run in partnership with Ngati Oneone. As such, there is always consultation run through our iwi avenues, in addition to council. The online survey was promoted via our GDC facebook page and website.

As mana whenua and the council project manager, I encourage and welcome any feedback any member of the community may have to contribute. I hope you will continue to support us as we move forward.

I receive a copy of the GDC’s He Panui - Our News. The latest is a special Navigate Tairawhiti edition.

A quote follows regarding the redevelopment of Titirangi: “Throughout October, we surveyed the community to find out our community’s priorities for the redevelopment. Out of 428 people surveyed, 82 percent of respondents said observation viewpoints and historic navigational stories should be a focus. Over 87 percent said they wanted toilets and 81 percent wanted water fountains as a priority. There were recurring comments that a café should be incorporated into the facility as well.

“We’ve had a huge level of engagement from our whanau and community. We hope that through the design phase we’ll be able to produce a place that can do all this and more for Tairawhiti,” says project manager Ranell Nikora.

I wonder how this “survey” was done and how it is possible to extrapolate such a small sample to a population of 30-odd thousand.

The quote is “we have had a huge level of engagement from our whanau and community” — really? One trusts the word whanau is used in a collective, pan-cultural sense.

I am a supporter of the development of Titirangi and the telling of the stories of earlier navigation and settlement. However, I feel the council’s consultations seem to have passed me by and I am interested in how it all works.

Ron Taylor

Footnote response from Titirangi redevelopment project manager Ranell Nikora:

Kia ora Ron, I’m sorry to hear you missed the rounds of consultation conducted at the end of last year. It’s great to hear you’re a supporter of our vision for the maunga.

The Titirangi Redevelopment is a joint project that is being run in partnership with Ngati Oneone. As such, there is always consultation run through our iwi avenues, in addition to council. The online survey was promoted via our GDC facebook page and website.

As mana whenua and the council project manager, I encourage and welcome any feedback any member of the community may have to contribute. I hope you will continue to support us as we move forward.

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