NIMBYS want a park not jobs

A bunch of NIMBYs don’t want a Bunnings built in their suburbs, instead these selfish ratbags want a park instead of jobs

Angry Grey Lynn and Arch Hill residents picketed Auckland Council this morning in an anti-Bunnings rally.

About 30 people carried placards saying “Bugger Off Bunnings”, “Arch Hill Says No to Bunnings”, and “No to Bunnings Big Box”.

Shale Chambers of the Waitemata Local Board and councillor Mike Lee addressed the crowd at the edge of Aotea Square, expressing support.

Lee said Auckland had a secretive planning process where about 98 per cent of resource consent applications were non-notified.

Lee asked whether planners were public servants. 

Chambers shouted a greeting to the council’s planning chief Dr Roger Blakeley as he left the council offices and glanced at the placard-wavers.

Lee said Bunnings’ application had only been “begrudgingly notified” on a limited notification basis.

Chambers said the application was non-complying.

At the hearing, Alan Webb, acting for the residents, said they had not expected such an intense commercial activity on such a massive scale.

Massive scale? It is a Bunnings not a Westfield. Get a grip.

So instead they want a park? At someone else’s expense I bet.

It’s all me, me, me and what can you give me. No wonder its impossible to develop anything in Auckland. One needs steely balls, a massive cheque book and the give-away promises of David Cunliffe to get through….especially when the moaners and whingers go and recruit TV personalities to further their cause.

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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

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