Waiheke has become a bolt-hole for the Greens and no wonder with its past as the island where people came to escape the possibility of work. Several virulent Green activists would not stand up to scrutiny as having a moral work ethic – they would rather freeload on the back of others who do. It is unfortunate that a tepid WINZ environment has allowed this to happen, as has an immoral news media parading these parasites as heroes on a weekly basis.
Private property rights are at the core of why New Zealanders scrimp and save to buy a house firstly for their family and secondly as an investment towards ultimate retirement. This is a commendable practice as it adds to the country’s capital stock and enforces a savings ethic through the payment of a mortgage. If none of this happened we would all still be living in trees like Mr Tavares in the recent debacle in Titirangi.
I have been disturbed by the lack of tolerance and balance shown by these Green activists in the recent past. If one goes right back to the origins of the disaster at Pike River you will find a swathe of environmentists including Helen Clarke, Chris Carter, Jeanette Fitzsimmons and DOC staff rejecting an opencut option for access to the coal which lay only 100 metres below the scrubby surface of the Paparoa ranges.
This particular mine site had no material value in the protection stakes. It was not near the scenic coastal route but inland in largely uninteresting and unvisited terrain. However thanks to protectionist hysteria and a poor decision, a mine access tunnel of 2 kilometres had to be constructed on an uphill incline through a fault line. Even ventilation was a problem with DOC allowing no road access to the top thus restricting any optimal solution to disperse methane accumulation.
Here on Waiheke we have had various protest organisations acting out their egos from Gulf District Plan (two men and a dog) WICPIC, WISDIG, Alex Stone and Co. and many others. Several of them are rejects from overseas. All are aided and abetted by dominant Green journalists who are disgracefully one-sided in their coverage.
The result of this is that we now have a very divided Waiheke. Unfortunately we also lose many good people from the island. George Hudson was a community leader who just gave up on this nonsense. His legacy can still be seen near Onetangi Road vineyards. Holyoake at Wharetana Bay is another.
Waiheke lacks capital investment in infrastructure and facilities. If we follow the path of the Greens and in particular the activists, we will remain at the lowest common denominator and just mark time. Sporting facilities are a clear example. Golf and bowls clubs have stayed static or gone backwards over the past 20 years.
The only residents contributing to sensible development are in the top echelon of our society. If you want it spelt out, that group comprises the vineyard and olive tree owners, other tourism businesses and exclusive properties. Real estate does well but that’s just clipping the ticket on the way through.
My experience is that everyone has a penchant for environmental protection. This alone makes the rabble rousers of no value to society and saps the purpose of the Green Party . To compensate the party picks up on socialist issues which have little to do with their reason for being in existence.
A quote from Rodney Hide’s article this Saturday on ‘that tree’ makes valid points.
‘Respect for private property is what makes a free and tolerant society. The baying of the crowd shouldn’t dictate what you can and can’t do.
Yet that’s exactly how today’s moralisers and environmentalists operate. They care nothing for tolerance and respect. They are modern day witch-hunters and inquisitors.’
In the cases of what happened at Onetangi Road and Wharetana Bay, that certainly rings a bell.