Are trees getting cut down for safety or for political gain? asks a CI News letter writer.
CIIC (Cook Islands Investment Corporation) is cutting trees
for ‘safety’ and Teariki Heather is cutting tress to gain disciples for his
United political party.
CIIC cut two side-by-side toa trees across from ANZ bank, neither of which was encroaching on the road, unless of course a vehicle jumped the curb. CIIC left behind two side-by-side stumps that will only be dangerous if a vehicle jumps the curb. Toa gets a lot harder when it’s dead.
Same spot, CIIC cut the top half of an almond tree, that did
not encroach on the road, and would only cause harm if a vehicle jumped the
curb. CIIC left a five metre stump. If one day we have flying cars, we’ll be
safe from the stump unless someone is careless and flies at four metres off the
The Government has done nothing, for years, about the blind
corner on the Muri side of the Little Polynesian, where the trees and hedge
encroach well into the legal right of way. The Good Lord must be watching that
neglected space as no one has died yet.
It has done nothing, for years, about the coconut trees
leaning over the legal right of way at Papaaroa College. Must be the Good Lord
again, controlling when those pesky coconuts hit the pavement.
ICI (Infrastructure Cook Islands), who issues building
consents, does not seem to be too worried about the 1-ton boulder recently
placed on the edge of the road in front of the Asian Development Bank. Just
waiting for a mum and child on a scooter in a careless moment to come to harm.
This writer has now had multiple visits from United
political party disciples, come to sit on the front porch and ask if we need
any trees cut for free, from the magnanimous T&M Heather. This writer was
not well received when the disciples were asked if T&M now stands for Trash
You might expect a Papa’a, with no sense of a Polynesian’s
customary duty to care for the environment or a Polynesian Christian’s love of
God’s creations to willy-nilly destroy God’s gifts for fame and fortune, but
what species of Polynesian would be so destructive?