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Greens applaud new attitude on Hayes Paddock

1 July 2005

Greens applaud new attitude on Hayes Paddock

The Greens welcome the possible reprieve for Hayes Paddock, says Arts Culture and Heritage Spokesperson Mike Ward, who will travel to Hamilton this Monday to attend a council-hosted public meeting on saving the historic state housing area.

"It is a charming neighbourhood and an important slice of New Zealand's housing history. I know how passionately residents feel about their place and it is just great that Mayor Michael Redman is prepared, not just to listen to them, but to begin a process to recognise and protect an internationally significant heritage site."

Mr Ward, whose own home is in one of Nelson's historic precincts, has visited and spoken with Hayes Paddock residents on several occasions and will be attending Monday's meeting "to see how the process unfolds".

"As a resident and, at the time, a Nelson City Councillor, I was part of the process of gaining heritage status for my own neighbourhood, so I have a reasonable understanding of the issues and the advantages. Heritage status doesn't give absolute protection or prevent change, but it ought to ensure that any new developments and alterations are sympathetic with the existing neighbourhood."

The Green MP says he recognises this is an issue for the locals to resolve, so views his latest visit as a 'fact finder'.

"I often find myself called on for advice as I go around the country and watching how communities resolve such issues can provide a useful role model," Mr Ward says.

Green Hamilton East candidate Daniel Howard will attend the meeting with Mr Ward.

What: Mike Ward MP and candidate Daniel Howard at Hayes Paddock meeting When: 7.00pm, Monday 4 July Where: St John's Church Hall, cnr Wellington and Grey Sts, Hamilton East

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