Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search


Reclaim the Garden of Memories

Press Release from Peoples Choice 29 June 2007

Reclaim the Garden of Memories

Peoples Choice is calling for Howick’s Garden of Memories to be given back to local residents so that decisions regarding its use can be made by the Howick community.

Peoples Choice Chairman and Howick Community Board candidate Hamish Stevens said that a Peoples Choice Council will vest the Garden in a trust with the Howick Community Board acting as trustees. It will no longer be owned directly by the Manukau City Council.

Mr Stevens said that this is in line with Ms Nixon’s will when she bequeathed the garden to the people of Howick. ‘She didn’t bequeath it to a bunch of bureaucrats in Wiri’

Mr Stevens said that there is community concern over the way decisions have been made about the rebuilding of the Torere. Regardless of whether you support the rebuild or not, it is shameful that the Council promised Ngai Tai that the rebuild would take place well before the local community was consulted. This is not local democracy.

By vesting the Garden with a local trust, the Howick Community Board would be obliged to listen to the local community on its use. “I must say the current Community Board has shown a complete lack of leadership over the rebuild issue. It’s allowed itself to be hoodwinked and has been divided”

Mr Stevens said upkeep of the Garden could be financed through the allocation of funds from the Council in proportion to that collected from Howick residents.

Mr Stevens said the proposal for the Garden of Memories is in line with Peoples Choice policy of returning decision making to local communities. “This will allow the Garden to represent the diversity and goodwill off all groups who make up the Howick community”


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Case For Nationalising Our Urban Bus Services

When it comes to funding and managing public transport, should local government or central government bear most of the responsibility for delivering a quality service? Ratepayers or taxpayers? Those basic questions re-surfaced yesterday, after the government announced its intention to scrap the Public Transport Operating Model (PTOM) imposed by the last National government in 2013. That model had required councils to use private contractors to run the buses, via a cut-throat competitive tendering process...


School Strike 4 Climate: Intergenerational Climate Strike On September 23rd
Once again School Strike for climate Ōtautahi (Christchurch) is asking all students to unite in a call to all council candidates to #voteclimate. Happening on Friday 23rd of September... More>>

Privacy Commissioner: Public Input Sought To Inform Privacy Rules For Biometrics
Privacy Commissioner Michael Webster is encouraging New Zealanders to have their say on the use of biometric information in Aotearoa New Zealand... More>>

National: Food Prices Climb Taking Kiwis Backwards
Kiwi families continue to battle runaway food prices, National’s Finance spokesperson Nicola Willis says... More>>

Human Rights Commission: Urgent Government Action Needed To Support Renters’ Human Rights
An immediate freeze on rent increases could give renters some reprieve during the cost-of-living crisis says Te Kahui Tika Tangata, the Human Rights Commission... More>>

Government: Creating Sustainable Public Transport For All
Workers and public transport users are at the heart of the new Sustainable Public Transport Framework, Transport Minister Michael Wood announced today... More>>

Government: Tax Break To Boost Long-term Rental Supply
The Government is encouraging more long-term rental options by giving developers tax relief for as long as the homes are held as long-term rentals, the Housing Minister Megan Woods has announced... More>>




InfoPages News Channels