Wasteful expenditure must stop now

LETTER

Efforts to have something ready for the Cook landing sestercentennial stagger on — though we now know that much will not be ready in time, nor even started.

Leaving aside questions about responsibility for this situation, a stop should be put on further wasteful expenditure.

Gisborne does not need two bridges to nowhere. I refer to the planned footbridges from Titirangi to the Cook obelisk (persistently called a “thousand-year” bridge when Maori have been in New Zealand for 750 years), and one across the Turanganui to the old slipway.

These serve no function whatsoever. They are pure vanity projects we can ill-afford with so much of the district’s infrastructure needing attention. The bridges should be binned now!

Meanwhile, assurances that the sestercentennial will recognise Cook do not wash with me.

The first so-called programme of events was a double-page feature a month ago in The Gisborne Herald. It focused solely on the Maori point of view. There was just one mention of Cook over four pages, on the back page.

Now we are in the final stages of the Tupapa — Our Stand, Our Story heritage trail.

We have had various explanations for the word tupapa, but where does the word “stand” fit in?

A place where we (all?) stand? Or as the Oxford dictionary has it: to adopt a particular attitude towards an issue — or, a determined effort to hold one’s ground or resist something?

Despite the fact that the naming of this trail and the subsequent expenditure was done without public approval (59 percent of a Gisborne Herald survey opposed the project) we now have Tupapa.

Proper consultation with the wider public on all of the sestercentennial projects has been virtually zero.

There is much doubt about the worth of it all, apart from a boost to the identity of local iwi and telling their stories.

It has been said the aim of the event is to be inclusive, to weave togetherness and improve cultural relations. Instead it has so far achieved the opposite, though most choose quietly to turn the other cheek on reading yet another inflammatory outburst.

However, it is a different story when it comes to wasting our money. This must stop — now.

Roger Handford

Efforts to have something ready for the Cook landing sestercentennial stagger on — though we now know that much will not be ready in time, nor even started.

Leaving aside questions about responsibility for this situation, a stop should be put on further wasteful expenditure.

Gisborne does not need two bridges to nowhere. I refer to the planned footbridges from Titirangi to the Cook obelisk (persistently called a “thousand-year” bridge when Maori have been in New Zealand for 750 years), and one across the Turanganui to the old slipway.

These serve no function whatsoever. They are pure vanity projects we can ill-afford with so much of the district’s infrastructure needing attention. The bridges should be binned now!

Meanwhile, assurances that the sestercentennial will recognise Cook do not wash with me.

The first so-called programme of events was a double-page feature a month ago in The Gisborne Herald. It focused solely on the Maori point of view. There was just one mention of Cook over four pages, on the back page.

Now we are in the final stages of the Tupapa — Our Stand, Our Story heritage trail.

We have had various explanations for the word tupapa, but where does the word “stand” fit in?

A place where we (all?) stand? Or as the Oxford dictionary has it: to adopt a particular attitude towards an issue — or, a determined effort to hold one’s ground or resist something?

Despite the fact that the naming of this trail and the subsequent expenditure was done without public approval (59 percent of a Gisborne Herald survey opposed the project) we now have Tupapa.

Proper consultation with the wider public on all of the sestercentennial projects has been virtually zero.

There is much doubt about the worth of it all, apart from a boost to the identity of local iwi and telling their stories.

It has been said the aim of the event is to be inclusive, to weave togetherness and improve cultural relations. Instead it has so far achieved the opposite, though most choose quietly to turn the other cheek on reading yet another inflammatory outburst.

However, it is a different story when it comes to wasting our money. This must stop — now.

Roger Handford

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Peter Jones - 3 months ago
Debt and division gives control. That is what they want. Agenda 2030.

Rae, Tamaki Makaurau - 3 months ago
I cannot believe this venomous spouting from you, Roger Handford. Downright disgusting. Look deeper into yourself to find where your heart and soul lays. You will be making yourself sick with the rubbish of your opinions.
There must be a reason you feel the way your writing comes across.
It can't be because of te Tangata Whenua, because a more sincere loving people would not, could not and do not give you and your disgusting manner of thoughts and accusations the time of day.
You are just exposing your jealous nature. My take on your opinion. Suggest you find another township to live and heal your now bitter nature.
P.S. Now I feel sick because of your article and my reply. Do you see what I mean?
Suggest you stop trying to incite nastiness at this time, it's not needed, and you are only spoiling the beauty that is Turanga.
Also Peter Jones, how ridiculous your sentence sounds, sincerely.

Turei Kaa - 2 months ago
This man emits a lot of vitriole, one could even call it hate speech. And now after all these years of Maori history being subjugated, the organisers are trying to redress the balance. Sorry, Cook's name was only mentioned once? One has to say it has saturated a lot of New Zealand history in other places, like it is the only history of this country. And to Peter Jones, that's exactly what the colonists did around the world, divide and conquer, i.e debt and division.









G R Webb - 2 months ago
Turei Kaa. You don't correct one wrong by creating another. Think about that.

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