Saturday, 5 February 2011
Toilet Paper Or The Mayor?!
...The Mayor won!! You see, it's like this..I had planned on going to K.Mart to buy cheap toilet rolls, but by some 'divine intervention' I didn't get there!
So I then decided I would go & hopefully, have a chat to the Mayor, Mr. Len Brown. He's the new Mayor of Auckland Super City, and he was going to be up at Titirangi Village, just a short walk from where I live.
Well, it is a 'short walk' if you don't have two very painful hips, which I do! So I took two painkillers before I left & off I went. It is a VERY steep uphill walk all the way and as well as two painful hips I was carrying my camera which is fairly heavy, but I made it!
By the time I got there, there was a queue of people wanting to chat with him so I waited until it was my turn. In the meantime I took lot's of photo's of him with various people.
I noticed he smiled alot!
As a small community, alot of residents (myself included) are concerned that too many radical changes are going to be made to The Village which will spoil the specialness of Titirangi. I live surrounded by 17,000 hectares of awesome native bush...we don't want that cut down & heaps of houses built there. There are plenty of other places to build houses, but not here in this native bush area.
We also don't want multi-story buildings built in The Village, it will totally ruin the uniqueness of Titirangi. I told the Mayor this & he said it was people like me who had lived here all their lives who knew the area well & knew what would & wouldn't work for Titirangi that he wanted to speak to. He was very easy to talk with & very approachable.
The word "Titirangi" means "The Fringe Of Heaven" in Maori language. We believe that.
I told the Mayor we understand what 'progress' means & we know change is inevitable..but please... make it subtle Mr.Mayor. Titirangi is a very special place, a place where many artists (me included!) live & if you make too many radical changes you will take away the atmosphere that makes us so special...so that's why I went to see the Mayor instead of buying toilet rolls at K.Mart!!
Nice guy, but he has his own agenda and things WILL chang that some of us don't like.
Thanks for dropping in, see you again soon:-)