Whose city is it anyway? ‘Tis ours!
It is ours, and our children’s and grandchildren’s. It was the city of our forefathers (and mothers), and tanga tewhenua. It was once a place of pure nature where the natural flora and fauna grew in harmony with each other, where things changed gradually, and then more quickly, and now at a great rush. And indeed now there is more change afoot, and what input are you going to have?
Our coffee morning this week was blessed with the presence of Amanda and Carol from the council planning committee with a fund of knowledge and information about the process of the City Centre development. Their message above all else was for you to have your say. In particular the concepts for the Museum and Library need your thoughts.
The waterfront development is underway with the sea-steps, and on paper it is going to look stunning. Just imagine yourself sitting on the steps, (there will be room for everyone) with a pack of F&C and a drink at hand in a mild breezy warm summers evening with children paddling nearby, watercraft sailing by, couples strolling and Hairy Maclary watching over you. Bliss. Well, maybe you will have to endure the bustle and inconvenience of the developments of the new civic buildings over the road for the next 4 or 5 years. Council offices, car parks, hotel, Masonic Park, museum, library, all these are in the mix.
For me the idea of a museum is the most exciting. What better way to collate and exhibit our past and present stories. A hub of activity and inspiration. A place to see where we have driven from to better understand where we are off to. And Tauranga is full of places to be off to. Places where interactions between Maori and settlers occurred, between Maori and Maori, between the forces of water and wind and plants and animals. Places we have worked at, learned in, rested at, holidayed and recovered in. A museum building is just the centre of the wheel pointing the way to these places, containing memories, and enlightenments, shows and meetings, dynamic and encompassing.
Can they do this? Yes they can!
Are you going to be involved, have your say, leave your legacy? You can, and we will be pleased to publish your ideas here.
Read the report of our last meeting here.
To contact our Councillors click here and give them your views
And come to our coffee mornings and have a say.
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