And the housing crisis?
While getting Government funding to redevelop our swimming pool complex is good, has anybody among the powers-that-be looked at this view of spending the money much more wisely?
I quote Vaughan Powdrell in his letter: “The $40 million for upgrading the Olympic Pool Complex should have been put into the railway line first.”
I would suggest a far more urgent need for Tairawhiti would be to take the $40m and see how many houses could be built here for those on housing waiting lists and the homeless.
A good, safe home can be built, a modest site included, for $500,000 — and smaller houses, which are in demand, for less than that.
It seems to me that this money would be better spent on 80-100 new houses that we badly need.