Goodwill & good intentions

Picture of Antoon Moonen standing at a beach

A big thanks to all our advertisers and community contributors for helping to bring about this citywide 14th issue of Bay Waka! We hope that everyone who is receiving it for the first time takes as much pleasure reading it, as we did producing it. Our front cover photo (pg. 10) of the Mauao summit (taken with the kind permission of Mauao Trust), reflects our ambition and aspiration to reach a citywide circulation, which we have managed to achieve with this issue.

Buses are a hot topic at the moment, and we delve into this in our Feature section (pages 4-9) with special thanks to T.C.C. and Regional Council. Like any new service, some parts will be working well, while others not so much. It’s clear though, that a lot of thought and planning went into this new network by people who genuinely care, but improvements can only be made with good feedback from us, the public. 

Recently, I watched a kind bus driver leave her bus and cross three lanes of a busy Welcome Bay Road outside Greenwood Park, to help an older lady with a walking cane, back across the road to reach her bus. This dedication to success is apparent throughout the Council staff we have been working with for this magazine issue and they openly seek our ongoing support with our constructive feedback (pg. 9).

Transpower want to sling some high-voltage cables, attached to 11 and 14-story high super-poles from Maungatapu to Matapihi – right in everyone’s face (pages. 18 & 21). How disappointing, that our community has to front up with many $1,000’s to fight this in the Environment Court, against the consent given to them by T.C.C. and Regional Council. More disappointing is the total ‘lack of interest’ by our local Ward Councillor in our struggle; not even asking to be kept informed, at the least.

Word is, there is a leadership vacuum in our City Council Chamber, although quite a few want to be ‘a Mayor’; others just want to be ‘re-elected’. We need stronger leadership to step forward from our community this year with clear positions on direction and how to achieve our desired outcomes (page 23). Who do we invite from our community to lead our city, at this years coming election?

Last but not least, not unlike our Councils granting a consent to Transpower,the ‘Office of Treaty Settlements’ has granted the Hauraki Collective of 19 iwi, ownership rights to our Tauranga Moana (pages 16 and 20). So, prepare yourself to have to pay for up to 19 separate Māori ‘Cultural Monitors’ when you want to build a balcony, or add an extra room onto your house. Alternatively, as a community we could put our collective strength and support behind our 3 inndigenous iwi who are fighting (on our behalf) at a Waitangi Tribunal hearing in April. Take a look at Auckland if you want to see what havoc can be wrought by giving these 19 iwi, ownership-rights to our community. Where do you stand on this issue?

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