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2 Comments 05 August 2015

Not about us without us !

NothingAboutUsNothing About Us Without Us!” (Latin: “Nihil de nobis, sine nobis“) is a slogan used to communicate the idea that no policy should be decided by any representative without the full and direct participation of members the group(s) affected by that policy. This involves national, ethnic, disability-based, or other groups that are often thought to be marginalized from political, social, and economic opportunities.

All sorts of ‘Committees’  meet and talk about Piha but the discusions /topics rarely filter down to you and me  so here’s some random snippets

  • Aquatic life in the Piha Stream, behind the Art Gallery, has stopped resource consent being granted for the planned gabion baskets.
  • Council has decided to waiver ‘consent fees’ for anyone wanting to upgrade their old septic system.
  • There may even be the opportunity to borrow the $$$ for a sewage system upgrade and repay it through your rates.
  • It could cost ratepayers $50,000 in resource consent fees to dredge the lagoon around Lion Rock to wash the pollution away.  [Think channeling Moana stream affected the ‘bar’?  You’ll love this!] 
  • Ratepayers will be paying for ‘bollards’ to be put at the bottom of the Milk Track (Seaview to Beach Valley Road) to stop residents’ cars using it.
  • Although I understand why, the sealing of the road in the Piha Domain was directly against the Reserve Management Plan.  “It’s not what you know it’s who you know !”  Now they are looking at ‘a concrete lip or timber edge  to prevent erosion of the road.’
  • The proposed Visitor Management Plan foisted on us a couple of years ago is now on the ‘go slow in its current form as risks from governing body getting involved’.  No problem, those who control these things, will control visitors by controlling parking, toilets etc !!!

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2 Comments so far

  1. Navel Gazer. says:

    Bobbie thank you thank you thank you. You are right on the ball! Sometimes I think I am a lone voice in this wilderness until you pop up with your very knowledgeable and adroit observations. Wake up the rest of you ratepayers and look deeper and longer. You will be shocked.

  2. Disillusioned says:

    Agree Navel Gazer. This is not how it happens in other areas. We don’t get transparency. And there isn’t genuine consultation. It’s not normal. Vote.


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