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Te Kuiti Camping Ground
FOR whatever reason why the situation of an arbitrary date for closure
of the Te Kuiti Camping ground has come about, the end result is that a
number of people will be – literally – out in the cold.
Not a good PR exercise by the Waitomo District Council.
Is there not an opportunity for further discussion between John Te Huia
[lessee] and the council that would provide a better outcome for those at
the camping ground that are in need of a longer time of occupancy?
Mr Te Huia is prepared to give a ‘hand up’ to these people – can the
council not support him in some way?
[WAITOMO] mayor Brian Hanna stated: “We’ve signalled for some time
now that we want to relocate the camp ground to what we feel is a better
home.” WDC community services manager Helen Beever stated this has
been ‘on the cards for about six years’. (Waitomo News, June 29)
Six years? And what defines a “better home” if they don’t have one to go
to? Will a park bench suffice?
If there is a need within the community for such shelter, then isn’t it the
obligation of the WDC and its mayor to not intentionally deprive the basic
necessities of life, but to work to assist in resolving the situation?
For the safety and wellbeing of the residents, their already occupied shel-
ter is a necessity to life until the council establishes a new facility – which
Mrs Beever suggests may take in excess of 10 years or more in planning.
What? Plus the six years of “being on the cards”?
Why would the WDC intentionally create such hardship for people of
the community when it need not be done nor has it even provided a pre-
Or is the closure of the camping ground the solution to the problem
in itself ?
We can manage a huge turnout for Sir Colin’s statue unveiling, but where
is the support for a large group of people of the community about to go
homeless in the middle of winter?
Legendary lack of support Te Kuiti – if you don’t stand up to protect your
own community, then don’t expect help when it comes to your turn next.
THUMBS UP to Guy at Applianceplus Te Kuiti for making
my grandsons and myself very happy, and to Dede Downs, who
organised the helmets for the boys so they are now safely riding
Kim Iti & mokopuna
MONENTUM is building for a name change to Kawhia’s main street.
In June, Gareth Seymour, who is of Ngati Hikairo (ki Kawhia) descent
and lives in Wellington, wrote a letter to the Otorohanga District Council
requesting Jervois St be changed to Taihoa Rd. (Waitomo News, June 29)
Since then Mr Seymour has received support both on the Kawhia Con-
nection Facebook page and at the Waipapa Marae committee’s annual
general meeting held on July 1.
“ There was strong support for the proposal,” he says.
“And I think there’s debate being generated in Kawhia.”
He suggested the change “to move away from the colonial history of the
area” and recommended Taihoa Rd because it was the name of a former
Sir William Jervois, the street’s namesake, was appointed Governor of
New Zealand in 1882. He visited Kawhia’s chiefs in 1884.
Mr Seymour says Sir William was associated with the forced entry of
Kawhia by the government of the day.
However, Kawhia Community Board chairman Kit Jeffries says he hasn’t
had any feedback about the proposed change.
“I haven’t heard a peep, not from anybody.
“Nobody’s mentioned it to me. It’s certainly not a talking point in the
town. I just wonder how big a deal it is. Time will tell I guess.”
He says the name change suggestion will most likely be raised at the
board’s next meeting in mid-August.
likely to be on
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