I just cannot believe the comments from two well known people, who I previously believed had the future of the region at heart. Now they have come out supporting a minority who are against another port being established up the Coast. What a selfish, poorly-backed response to a one-off gifted opportunity that would turn around the region's decline to one of increased opportunity and social betterment.
Why can't Selwyn Parata convince the small-minded minority that they have to come of age, get over their personal preferences and, for the small cost of change, look to see how they could support positive initiatives? Coupled with councillor Wharehinga's deplorable and immature criticism of the Government Minister's intended $45 million allocation to establishing another port on the Coast, this is all quite disturbing. We don't need scathing councillors belittling those prepared to substantially fund the region's recovery.
Mr Parata also states that change shouldn't come at any cost. What cost? Does he believe high unemployment, dope addiction, cannabis propagation and the crime and gang activity it generates — which is currently entrenched in the upper Coast's environment and economy — doesn't warrant changing?
These are the exact reasons change is much needed. I know advice is seldom welcome but those who hate it the most, need it the most.
My suggestion to those with opposing views is to come up with constructive criticism as to why another port on the East Coast would have such a negative impact on the local community that it outweighs the long-term economic and social gains for their community as well as the rest of the Coast and the entire region.
We might then endeavour to understand you and your followers' stoic mindset.