Northern News : March 30th 2011
5 NORTHERN NEWS, MARCH 30, 2011 NEWS Final column This is it! My last column un l we all know who will be the next John Carter for the Na onal Party right here in Northland. In accordance with the Na onal Partys rules, aspiring candidates cannot engage in any forms of media during the selec on process so, just prior to this period commencing, let me take the me to do two things. Firstly, thank you. Thank you for taking the me to read these columns, for le ng me know your thoughts and for considering the future of Northland. I have thoroughly enjoyed wri ng these columns over the past months and the feedback throughout it all has been fantas c. Being able to share my thoughts on educa on, agriculture, tourism, youth, crea ng employment, roading and the like has allowed for some great discussions and that is exactly what it is about genera ng discussion, listening to ideas, looking ahead. The whole emphasis of my wan ng to be involved in poli cs revolves around our people, our poten al, and our future. To this end, my website www.markbtan.com specifes my key goals, contains my contact details and outlines my background, detailing who and what I am. Its well worth the visit and this leads onto my second point, that of conveying my vision for Northland. I see a place where our communi es are growing, safe, and vibrant; where businesses fourish and confdently seek to expand; where our children know who they are and actually look forward to the future; and a place where guests visit and upon leaving know full well that they have just visited the very best place on earth. It is an aspira onal vision and I make no apologies for that. There will be challenges ahead but I am not prepared to sit back and allow these challenges (apathy included) to dictate our future. Instead, I am looking to a be er and a brighter future and I will work for, work toward and work with you to see this brighter future realised. Let me end by simply saying that we live in a great place the poten al and possibili es really are enormous. I am excited about our future and I am looking forward to working with you, as a collec ve-Northland, to realise this poten al. Our people, our place . . . our great future. Have a great week, Mark B. Tan Seeking the Nominaピon for Northland www.markbtan.com firstname.lastname@example.org Paid Opinion Piece Mark B. Tan Aspiring National Party Candidate for Northland 3458682AB Better qualifications = Better jobs = More money!! www.pei.ac.nz Enquire Today PH: 0800 22 55 97 Te Wahi Akonga Dream it - Live it We offer a range of courses including: Business Administration & Computing Small Business Management MYOB® Training PracTESOL® (Teach English to speakers of other languages) Learn new skills in your own home at your own pace. 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The court action is the latest woe for the council which opened the board- walk in 2008 after residents complaints forced a rebuild that pushed project costs up from $1.1 million to more than $2m. Regional council operations director Tony Phipps says the council has been trying for two years to get the district council to comply with a resource consent or seek a consent change. Basically, they applied for the structure with the railing in it. There were submissions made about safety dur- ing the consent process and it became part of the consent that was issued, he says. The council hasn t responded to its requests so it is seeking an enforcement order from the court. Doing nothing, in our view, is no longer an option. Failing to comply with the order may result in the court prosecuting the district council. District council spokesman Rick McCall cannot not say if the council will put up a rail- ing or seek a change to the consent conditions. There are a number of issues to be resolved, not the least of which are the financial and legal implications. Mayor Wayne Brown says both councils handled the project badly and failed to con- sult adequately with the wider community. When they changed it dramatically it should have gone back to the public. He says the views of the wider community appear to take second place to those of Kenana Marae who made submissions to the con- sent and have com- plained about the safety of the boardwalk since it opened. Why do they have so much say? Doubtless Bay Rate- payers Association chair- man Per Lugnet warned the district council in 2009 that Mangonui residents would revolt if it put up a railing. This is clearly a wharf in a maritime area, Mr Lugnet said at the time. Residents are still opposed to a railing which isn t required at boardwalks in maritime areas located in Auckland and Welling- ton. The view of everybody I ve spoken to is that it s fine just as it is, Mr Lugnet says. He is disappointed that the regional council has chosen to override the district council which was bowing to public pressure when it decided not to build a safety rail- ing. That s what rate- payers wanted and that s what the council did quite correctly. The council will have a fight on its hands if it forces the district council to put up a railing, he warns. I don t expect the residents to lie down and be rolled over by the regional council. Mangonui Hotel duty manager Nicole Sher- man is aware of only one person, thought to have been drunk, falling off the boardwalk. She would be happy to see the council fit a rope or chain railing to make the boardwalk safer for young children. Kenana Marae chair- man Andrew Shepherd could not be reached for comment.
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