How did we come to this?

Guest post:

Welcome to Auckland … City of Sails, beautiful sparkling harbour, beautiful beaches, just don’t swim at the beaches because of raw sewage flushing into the harbour.  How did we come to this?

Why has the building of infill housing and large apartment blocks been encouraged when our sewerage system is ill-equipped for the huge increase in human waste?  Why, according to Mr Goff, will it take thirty years to fix the problem?   Would it have made sense to build a new satellite city with a new sewerage system?

Olivia, 4, kneels in the long grass at the Western Reserve.

When the Super City suggestion was floated by Helen Clark about twelve years ago, the intended amalgamation of several councils was to reduce bureaucracy, reduce costs and get back to basics. It seemed a good idea at the time but the reality is far from that.  Many of the basics have been reduced or removed and we now see unswept streets, unmown berms, untrimmed roadside trees, weed-filled roadside gardens and trailer-loads of household rubbish dumped on country roadsides. In short, Auckland is looking unkempt.  Is it time for a re-think on priorities?

PS … And, don’t get me started on the neglect of areas outside Auckland Central!

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