Submission on Proposed Park Disposal
Warren & Patricia Slater
Riding Downs Way
Site Location Part Okara Park
Legal Description The area comprising 5.8111 ha more or less being:
This is our submission on the Disposal of the above Park by the Whangarei District Council
We ‘seek an Amendment to the proposal’ on the following points 1, 2 & 3
1/ The whole community needs to be asked if it wishes to sell off
recreational green areas? (Postal ballot, referendum, or another
means) If not stop now !
2/ If a sale is to go ahead, it needs to be advertised on an OPEN
MARKET, rather than the normal behind closed doors approach which
can leave Council open to criticism etc. (Needs to be more transparent)
3/ There needs to be consultation with existing retailers in our town. There
appears to have been no consultation with the existing retailers
of our town and what effects a complex as this will have on them?
And then clarification on the following points needs to be addressed
4/ Who’s valuation? ‘more than double the current market value’. Needs
clarification with valuations of community assets readily available for
inspection by the public.
5/ What types of shops are envisaged for this mall complex? The types of
shops that have been portrayed may be out of the reach of many in the
Whangarei region. Only a minority go to Auckland to shop, as briefly
mentioned in the media. Many cannot afford the petrol to go to
Auckland let alone shop and spend there.
6/ Your literature states “a consortium headed by Hill Construction
Limited”? - Companies Office records has - Bernard Wayne Hill as the
only shareholder in BWH Properties Limited with 100 shares. There is
No mention of Hill Construction Ltd. This needs clarification, Who are
the people you are dealing with when selling the citizens property?
7/ Advertisements recently placed in “Property Plus” tells it is possibly a
DONE DEAL. Who would spend money on this if not nearly a done
deal? Costs of advertisements are $956-25 inc GST per page/ per
8/ Has this developer been selected in the same way, as has been done
in the past, for Council projects or contracts?
9/ Where are the other interested developers. Where are they and when
are they to be given an opportunity to do a presentation to the
community on this or another proposal?
10/ All current projects eg. 2nd harbour crossing, Porowini Ave extension,
Southend Ave/High Street development and now this, appear to
centre around certain groups of people in this town. Is this just a
coincidence or is it planned?
We wish to personally attend and present the support of our submission