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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
Shingle pit: Erosion at Westshore.
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Technique raises fears
I am concerned about oil and gas
exploration in Hawke s Bay and the
fracking technique which threatens our
water quality. There is a danger our
precious water supplies will be ruined.We
will be unable to use it in cooking and it will
smell of benzene in the shower.
Stuart Nash our Labour List MP had a
page on it in The Napier Mail on October
12. What a shame he s not still with us as
he had the right idea. Even the Labour
Party will miss out not having a young man
who thinks of the people and not his pocket.
Both National MP s Chris Tremain and
Craig Foss are in favour of it in Hawke s
Bay. As reported in The Napier Mail,
fracking is banned entirely in
France, South Africa, Quebec and
parts of Australia so why ruin our
little country for more oil and gas?
Chris Tremain replies:
Craig Foss and I support growth in
Hawke s Bay balanced by protecting
our precious environment.
We are a low-wage economy with
some of the worst social indicators in
the country. Good jobs and higher
wages will help improve the lives of
Mining is one way that higher
wages can be achieved. Modern
mining techniques are much
improved in protecting the
environment while still allowing
Subject to any exploration and
recovery adhering to our tough new
environmental and safety
regulations, we support development
of exploration. After all, the
Taranaki region has enjoyed
tremendous job growth resulting
from exploration industries and we
would like our region to share in this
In all instances of consent being
granted to explore first, and mine
second, we would
considerations to be top
of the list before any
consent being granted.
But to rule mining
out before even considering the
opportunities for our community would not
be sensible in our opinion.
Why pave paradise?
The Napier City Council seems to have
already made up its mind about a three-
metre wide concrete pathway through
Taradale s Taipo Reserve.
A narrow green belt reserve has value. It
is used regularly -- in spite of not having a
cement roadway on it. The area is prone to
flooding; most of the area is too narrow to
support this size of a roadway; the stream
has very steep banks which will prove to be
a safety concern; senior citizens who moved
to the area because it is quiet and green
will be faced with the noise of whizzing
cyclists and clumping skateboarders. The
list of negatives goes on and on.
Avondale Rd already has bicycle paths
and the Knightsbridge area has quiet, safe
streets for cyclists to bypass this green
area. Once cement is laid, the area will no
longer be green and cemented areas are
never turned back to reserve areas; instead
they are lost forever. As the old song goes:
Pave paradise, put up a parking lot.
Really? Is this the only option?
Woeful Westshore outlook
Regarding the ongoing desecration of what
was once a wonderful sandy beach at
The Napier City Council clearly hopes
local residents will accept the shingle pit
that they have created and the ongoing
scouring out of the seabed caused by the
breakwater extension. They are dealing
with the symptoms, not the cause.
Over the past 125 years more than 80
public reports have been undertaken on
behalf of the NCC, Hawke s Bay Regional
Council and the Port of Napier. Without
exception they have clearly demonstrated
that the port is the exacerbator.
It is the responsibility of the NCC (who
purport to represent the residents) to
persuade the port to reinstate our once
sandy beach to its former glory.
The cost to ratepayers has been more
than $100 million in transporting shingle,
lost tourism and depreciating property
values. Our impotent council now wonders
why residents are upset and frustrated at
the rapidly diminished facility that was
once our main tourist draw card. The only
solution is for a sea change in
representation at the next local body
elections when hopefully we will see
younger, more enthused councillors elected
who are not afraid to truly represent their
constituents and their concerns.
John J Harrison
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