Fabulous looking design – on paper – and clearly
designed by people who sit in a lovely office behind computers somewhere
remote, but who have absolutely no idea about the impact of the wind and waves
when Mother Nature decides to get ferocious especially on that Northern
coastline (‘20+ years timeframe’ for award winning town plan, September 13).
Clearly the (Im) practicalities of this award-winning
design were missed by those judges who handed out the awards, they have
obviously never been in Rarotonga during a decent hurricane, and the prettiness
of the design swayed them away from reality. Trader Jack – bless his soul – experienced
the full impact at his pub a number of times, and finally designed a removable
bar/restaurant area, because there was just no stopping those waves crashing in
once they started, and it was smarter to run for
cover. Maybe this brilliant, but rather naïve design winning team,
have included a removable Marina, and sea protection wall, because guaranteed
that no infrastructure will be there
after a decent hurricane strikes.
This reader suggests you all look back at archival
photos (even those at Trader Jacks bar) of what can happen on that northern
coastal fringe when nature strikes – to ignore that would lead to inevitable
For the Cook Islands Investment Corporation chief
executive officer (CEO) to spout words like “… social imperatives, integration,
and strategic thinking…” and link that to this ridiculous development – bull****!
and address supplied)
of this big idea, come up with an Architectural Development Plan to deal with
the problems we already have? Water catchment, waste treatment and management
and infrastructure (roading) which is making good progress and other matters
that can be addressed without too much disturbance. No need for big projects
like this. Visitors want to visit the Cook Islands, not another Hawaii.
offense to those living in the outer islands but it seems all the benefits are
going to those in the outer islands while Raro seems to have to keep making up
for what they’re not paying for. Solar went to them all first and now we get
the higher power bill. They (will) get the $60k tax free, we will end up paying
more somewhere. Where does it end? Trying so hard to entice people to go live
in the outer islands, don’t forget about those paying the majority of taxes
here in Raro, keeping the “Cook Islands” economy going. Soon there will be no
Cook Islanders living in Raro, just foreign business owners.