Easily horrified

NZ Herald

I have noticed the propensity of MSM to use headlines like “horrified” and “outraged” is the inverse proportion to things that really matter. People seem to be “horrified” and “outraged by the silliest things.

And so it is with Penny Webster, who has apparently “horrified” some Green busybodies:

An Auckland Council member says she “horrified” supporters of the Tawharanui Regional Park marine and bird sanctuary by pledging to get its dirt access road widened and tarsealed.

Councillor Penny Webster, who represents the Rodney ward, said the reaction to her pledge at the opening of the park’s Art in the Woolshed event was unexpected.

“I said it was my wish to get the road to Tawharanui tarsealed so that anyone could go out and see the wonderful regional park.

“But not only did the park ranger look absolutely horrified but so did half of the Tossi [Tawharanui Open Sanctuary Society Inc] people.

“I got the message that they don’t want the road sealed, because they don’t want people to go out and look at those parks.”

Mrs Webster said the council put a lot of money into the park and the society had done great work.

So let’s get this straight…we have a park, that by all accounts is beautiful…but assorted green wankers don’t want want anyone visiting it…they want to enjoy for themselves that which all ratepayers have contributeed….and so to them building a road to improve access is “horrfying”.

What is actually horrifying is that they seem to think nothing of preventing public access, the very thing that greens are often banging on about.

 

 


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  • Adolf Fiinkesein

    More like Tossers than Tossis.

  • Kthxbai

    If the park is publicly owned or Council money is going into the park, then quid pro quo the public should have access. 

    Not access to destroy, but access for ratepayers to visit, including the disabled.

  • Whafe

    The Greens can nor will ever be happy….. Wish that a HUGE GIGANTIC Roman Sandle would step on them…

  • olddad

     Yes, tawharanui is a beautiful spot. My family and friends have camped there numerous times. Yes, the road is atrocious to drive on due blind corners, dust and metal surface along with a fair share of idiots using it as their private rally track (the usual mix of hyped surfer ‘dudes’, boy racers or townies taking their Remuera Tractors out for a spin- in fact witnessed one decidedly second hand Audi convertible on the roadside as a result: with suitably annoyed owner!!.)
    The recent ‘discovery’ of Tawharanui by Auckland urbanites has served to increase traffic and does warrant road improvements however; the TOSSI people have done an amazing job getting the  “island” up and running and trying to ensure  that it remains pristine – a task complicated by increased visitor numbers of townies that don’t like no-dogs or pets rules when going to the beach thus threatening the pest free status that sustains Kiwi and brown duck populations…(my inner, normally well suppressed, tree hugger)
    A classic dilemma. Improve the roads and more can/will visit but also pose a greater threat to the peace and sanctuary of the regional park.  Its popularity has increased to the point that it’s damn near impossible to get a camping site there now unless you call milliseconds after the booking window opens – used to be able to get sites right up til the last minute…The same reason it has become popular with parnellites is the same reason it’ll become just another overcrowded “place to be”…a tough one.

    • TheBug

      Shouldn’t be a tough one … it is public land, paid for with public money and therefore should be open to the public regardless of how much disdain anyone has for them.
      The tough one is whether the spending of money on the access road is a good use of ratepayers’ funds. I would say that it probably isn’t – but putting a toll booth at the entrance and charging everyone a fee to enter the park – with money raised ringfenced to roading, improvements and continued maintenance – would be a much better proposition. That way ratepayers stop paying for something that they don’t use and the people who do use it are the ones who pay for it.

      • Engineer

         The toll booth will cost more to run that in will get in revenue.

      • Andy

        “Shouldn’t be a tough one … it is public land, paid for with public money and therefore should be open to the public regardless of how much disdain anyone has for them.”

        It is.  Clearly you have never been there, the road is perfectly fine as it is.

        “The tough one is whether the spending of money on the access road is a good use of ratepayers’ funds. I would say that it probably isn’t – but putting a toll booth at the entrance and charging everyone a fee to enter the park – with money raised ringfenced to roading, improvements and continued maintenance – would be a much better proposition.”

        If that’s your better proposition I would recommend clueing yourself up about the access before reentering the debate.

      • Charlie the farmer

        Should be easy, the everglades in Florida have massive highway like roads through it. You pay around $10 and drive on, manned gates and so on there no issues at all.

  • Mr_Blobby

    Very simple if the owners are not welcome then sell it off to some one who will make good use of it. We have far too many parks and reserves that the rate payer/taxpayer are not allowed to enjoy.

    • Andy

      “if the owners are not welcome ” … they are, so the rest of this statement becomes moot.

  • Wilma

    “People seem to be “horrified” and “outraged by the silliest things.”

    Being horrified and outraged is likely a sub-group of the “being offended” industry.

  • mara

    Being horrified and outraged makes a change from DEVASTATED which everyone seems to be over the slightest offence or misfortune. Language matters.

  • Top Bloke

    We go out there to Anchor Bay (best beach in Auckland) 5-6 times each summer – and so do hundreds of others. The gravel road stops no-one getting there. On a hot weekend the car park is full and overflows onto the grass paddocks – you can be half a k plus away.
    Story is nonsense ,

  • LesleyNZ

    Hey – who pays for the upkeep of this park? This Park Ranger and his band of Greedy Greenies think they own the park. What a selfish lot! Tarseal it so we can all enjoy this beautiful area.

  • Andy

    Yes the road to Tawha is a dirt road, but its fully accessable by anyone in any sort of car.  Ive been going there for years in a variety of different cars and never had a single issue due to its condition etc.  Why would you waste taxpayer money on tarsealing a road that currently works?  What a selfish lot, suggesting unnecessarily tarsealing a road for the sole sake of putting one up the greenies.

  • John Q Public

    Is anyone involved in this story “reeling”? 

  • excuse me

    Or “gutted”.

  • John Q Public

    Or have they “fronted”?

  • Dion

    Is the council now “ruling out” resealing the road?

    • Wilma

      No, they’re “calling for a report”.

      • Top Bloke

        You really mean “A full and independent inquiry”

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