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have you FORGOTTEN JAMIE?

 |  Oscar Hill  | 

Well, Jamie Boyle, Coastal Scientist, we are now into our eighteenth month since Cyclone Gabrielle took a bite out of our waterfront. Ten months after that event, you stated that you were still preparing the paperwork for resource consent to start the repairs. I concede it is a complicated process to get permission to build a metre rock wall and then back fill. But eighteen months?

It would be nice to have some tangible sign of progress. Even an update would be good. We feel forgotten, Jamie.

There has been the old, ‘we haven’t got the money” excuse trotted out but then our rates have risen substantially and are going up another 13.5% this year. Apparently, this has given you enough money to consider an $8.9m upgrade of your offices. And that’s only the starting price.

I would like to point out NZTA could build a large bridge and make significant improvements on the Kopu-Hikuai road in seven months – under time and under budget. By the way, they managed to build the Empire State Building in thirteen months – under time and under budget. Yet TCDC can’t even begin to rebuild thirty metres of coastline in eighteen months.   

To be honest Jamie, people are beginning to think you might not have your heart in this project.

Well, Jamie Boyle, Coastal Scientist, we are now into our eighteenth month since Cyclone Gabrielle took a bite out of our waterfront. Ten months after that event, you stated that you were still preparing the paperwork for resource consent to start the repairs. I concede it is a complicated process to get permission to build a metre rock wall and then back fill. But eighteen months?

It would be nice to have some tangible sign of progress. Even an update would be good. We feel forgotten, Jamie.

There has been the old, ‘we haven’t got the money” excuse trotted out but then our rates have risen substantially and are going up another 13.5% this year. Apparently, this has given you enough money to consider an $8.9m upgrade of your offices. And that’s only the starting price.

I would like to point out NZTA could build a large bridge and make significant improvements on the Kopu-Hikuai road in seven months – under time and under budget. By the way, they managed to build the Empire State Building in thirteen months – under time and under budget. Yet TCDC can’t even begin to rebuild thirty metres of coastline in eighteen months.   

To be honest Jamie, people are beginning to think you might not have your heart in this project.


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