Kapi-Mana News : February 28th 2012
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By EMMA BEER The decision by Celia Wade- Brown to fly the Tino Rangatiratanga flag from the Town Hall on Waitangi Day was offensive, one councillor has said. Ray Ahipene-Mercer, of Ngai Tara and Ngati Ira descent, said the flag did not represent all Maori. He found it offensive. There were two issues, he said: who did the flag represent and why had the mayor not entered into discussions with any councillors? I accept the right of any group to have a flag represen- ting their views. The issue is that [Tino Rangatiratanga] flag does not represent Maori. There is no Maori nation, so who does it represent? I will quote Shane Jones, who said, It s Hone s flag . It s a flag which represents sectarian interests, some would even say fundamentalists. Ms Wade-Brown said flying the flag seemed to be a way of showing Wellington s bi-cultural heritage. I am the ceremonial head. I don t feel the need to consult on everything. I don t consult them when I want to wear my chains. She said the Tino Rangatiratanga flag was the preferred Maori flag. She said according to Ministry of Culture and Heritage guidelines, the Tino Rangatiratanga flag had been identified through a national process as the national Maori flag. Mr Ahipene-Mercer said the flag was commonly used by the Mana party and by activists in the far north. The flag does not represent Maori. The mayor was mistaken if she thought it did. Mr Ahipene-Mercer said dur- ing a discussion at a strategy and policy committee meeting Ms Wade-Brown acknowledged consultation should have taken place. Wellington resident Chris Stephenson said he was disap- pointed that the Tino Rangatiratanga flag was flown when Wellington city had a flag of its own. He said the Wellington flag had more or less died out. I d say 99.9 per cent of Wel- lingtonians don t know it. Mr Stephenson said he believed that if a Maori flag was to be flown it should be the United Tribes flag, the proper Maori flag. It s flown every day at Waitangi. It s a beautiful flag, the best flag we ve [New Zea- land] got. The rebuild rankles By JOEL MAXWELL Kapiti Coast District Council is fight- ing back against accusations it duped the community over the scope of the refurbishment of its headquarters. Community services group man- ager Tamsin Evans said work last week stripping down the old building to uprights and floor slabs had prob- ably taken some by surprise. The extent of this work was always planned and was discussed at length at council but I guess there is a difference between seeing some- thing on paper and the reality on the ground. Ms Evans response was part of a written release after former mayoral candidate Chris Turver attacked the council over the scale of the project. He said the $8.1 million upgrade of the Rimu Rd building had turned out to be a complete rebuild. Not a word was publicly said about completely gutting the existing building and effectively starting from scratch with a brand new building. Mr Turver said at least one con- struction firm offered to build the council a new two-storey office, meet- ing all the required specifications, for much less than $8.1m. He would not name the company. He said the council put a straight- jacket on construction firms, preventing them from coming up with imaginative and lower-cost alternatives. However, Ms Evans said a number of building options were looked at by the council before it decided on the upgrade. These included erecting a new building on the site, having a new building elsewhere, or leasing new premises. We specifically asked [consul- tants] The Building Intelligence Group to review estimates prepared to fully replace the civic building and they came back and confirmed that a new building built to our specifications would cost just under $14m. Meanwhile, Ms Evans confirmed an offer had been made by a com- pany to provide a new two-storey building in Ihakara St. But this was some distance from the town centre and the estimate did not include a range of other costs. The refurbished building will include new bracing, bringing the old frame up to modern earthquake- proof standards, she said. The type of bracing can be seen on many of the older style buildings in Wellington that have been retro- fitted. Ms Evans said the demolition work is almost finished, but it will take a further two weeks for the debris to be cleared.
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