Mahurangi Matters Letters - 18 April 2018

By: Mahurangi Matters Letters

Mad as hatters

The Rodney Local Board (read Rodney Loony Board) wants to add a targeted rate increase of $150 for Rodney residents (MM March 28). A small portion of the $41 million raised will be spent on a Park and Ride for Warkworth. The Board seem blissfully unaware that we have two huge Park and Rides in the area. The parks are on Sandspit Road and Matakana Road, and when you get your rate demand from Auckland Council they take you for a ride. There is a very good reason that Auckland Council limit how much money the well-meaning amateurs on the Local Boards have to spend because they would be off spending the money like drunken sailors. One of the loony board members said those who do not want to pay do not have to. Please put me down as a ratepayer who does not want to.
Chas Benest, Snells Beach

Take note RLB

To the Rodney Local Board: With regard to your suggestion for a targeted rate on Rodney residents (MM March 28), I would suggest that you consider the following points: Given that our Supercity, benefiting from “economies of scale”, has about twice the number of wage and salary earners as a comparable Australian city; and given that the budget for salary and wages has blown-out by many tens of millions of dollars over recent years – and these funds alone would have sealed most of Rodney’s roads; and given that the stench of the corruption of Araparera is still fresh in the nostrils of our ratepayers, it might be timely to remind the board that their primary function is to ensure that the ratepayers they represent get value for money from their hard-earned dollars. I would put forward to the board the following scenario which should be the only generally accepted means to introduce a targeted rate: Specific defined projects; defined time-lines; defined completion dates. Rates should only be collected when the above guidelines are met.
Patrick Neeley, Tapora (abridged)

Admission of failure    

I feel that the advent of targeted rates (MM March 28) is an admission that the Council’s financial planning has failed.  To date, it has not delivered a fair return on rates  to the rural areas of the Supercity. If the Council’s financial planners were doing their jobs properly, we would not have to require a targeted rate in order to receive a guarantee that a fair portion of our rates is spent on our local infrastructure and services.
Jim Fletcher, Matakana (abridged)

Tracey, do your job

Tracey Martin has clearly spit the dummy when it comes to representing the local community on prioritising improvements to the Hill Street intersection (MM March 28). She is quoted as saying, “[It is] very difficult for me to argue [Hill Street is] an urgent matter with the current government, as I am not the locally elected representative. The people of this area, through their vote, quite clearly said they were happy with the previous member’s representation”. Ms Martin needs to recognise she has a responsibility to all voters, not just those that voted NZ First; or is she only in government to promote partisan politics? Is Ms Martin saying that the traffic chaos caused by the Hill Street intersection will only be a priority for her if we vote for her? Part of NZ First policy was to make Hill Street a priority. Why is Ms Martin now refusing to do her job?  Being a list MP does not absolve her from advocating for, as a matter of urgency, Hill Street improvements.
A. Sullivan, Snells Beach

Traffic mismanagement

On Wednesday, April 4, it took my partner 50 minutes travelling from Matakana Village to Hill Street. And it took me 25 minutes, sitting behind a truck laying cones at 5kmh along Matakana Road. I am dumbfounded at the shambles and the serious inconvenience that motorists trying to get to work, get kids to school, get to doctors’ appointments and so forth experienced. Is it beyond the mental midgets that manage road works to engage with the community in a more proactive manner? Why not advertise what your project is on social media or, at the very least, signs at both ends of Matakana and Warkworth advising a timetable, start and finish times and duration of works to allow folk to plan around it. Maybe someone could suggest that the work is done at night as it is overseas. Silly me. What was I thinking? Whoever is scheduling this work needs a slap.
Brian Corbett, Matakana (abridged)

Auckland Transport spokesperson Mark Hannan replies: We apologise for any inconvenience. The Matakana Road resealing was a one-day operation and was all over before school was out. The job was done during the day because it is easier to control the quality of the seal when it is dry and warm. There was a letter drop to local residents and an electronic message board was placed at the side of the road in the days before the work was done.

Rotary correction

The Riverside Dinner held last month was organised jointly by Warkworth Lions and Mahurangi Sunrise Rotary, not Warkworth Rotary as stated in last issue.


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