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I’d be very interested to also know what his operating expenditure budget for building maintenance, graffti, insurance and general upkeep is over a 10-year period. I’m a regular user of Mange- mangeroa Reserve and recently took part in a survey gathering information about users. No personal details were requested, therefore I’d like this information made public so the fndings of the survey can be reviewed by the Auckland Coun- cil, ratepayers and users of the reserve, so we all receive maxi- mum value from the proposed expenditure and reserve. I’d also be interested to hear more about who Mr Riley and the project planning group (PPG) envisage the target users of the centre are and what the estimated numbers will be. I’ve travelled the length and breadth of New Zealand and fnd a common theme of information centres not being open over long weekends and evenings during daylight saving, when they are in most demand, or closing down due to budget cuts. With the advent of the internet and smartphones, the way we access information has changed. We no longer reach for the Encyclopaedia Britannica for information. We log on and do a Google search or Wikipedia. This paradigm shift has been overlooked by Mr Riley, Mr Spiller and the PPG. The people no longer go to information – information now goes to the people. This also applies to information centres. The reserve could certainly beneft from the installation of adequate toilet facilities and possibly a drinking fountain, but I don’t feel a café is in keeping with the natural surroundings, nor would it be economically viable. The bush walkway could also do with some TLC and many of the stairs are in urgent need of re-gravelling, as they are a trip- ping hazard. I’ve contacted the council about this on a number of occa- sions and yet in the six years I’ve lived in the area nothing has been done. During this time, I have also noticed wild ginger and man- groves taking over the reserve on land and sea, and $50,000 a year would go a long way to bringing these invasive plants under control. I use Mangemangeroa Reserve for hill running training due to its constantly undulating terrain, which is very steep in sections. Due to this terrain, I feel the reserve is only suited to a very narrow cross section of the com- munity and once again question the value such a centre would offer to the wider community. There are a number of low cost, environmental friendly options that could make infor- mation available to users of the reserve and the people planning to visit through an interactive website. A web-accessed, interactive nature trail could be created for children and other users of the reserve with discreet signposts at various points of interest along the walkway that could be accessed through smartphones. A QR code on each signpost would take the walker immedi- ately to the information about their location on the 5.5 kilome- tres of walkway. A GPS guided tour could be another option also accessed through a smartphone. I’m no IT geek, but global smartphone sta- tistics cannot be ignored. The beauty and ecology of Mangemangeroa Reserve is best shared through technology, not an information centre that, like the Encyclopaedia Britannica, will be out of date before its frst brick is laid. Robert Young, Howick Disbelief at decision A MOTHER, who left her fve young children in a Sky City car park for two hours while gam- bling and drinking, escaped a conviction because she had a desired wish to one day become a social worker. In my opinion, this must be one of the most stupid decisions ever made in a court. How on earth can such a per- son ever be considered as a social worker when she makes such stupid decisions in her own life? Another question which should be asked is where was the casino security? Obviously every vehicle enter- ing the casino car park should be checked by security when arriving. Bob Wichman, Botany Jim and Rona Jones celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary with their family on May 4 at Windross House Restaurant, Cockle Bay. Mr and Mrs Jones have lived in Howick for all of their married life. Photo supplied Letters to the Editor Featured letter each week will receive a Times pen.
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