Spoilt brats chuck their toys

A Hawkes Bay winemaker created a professionally designed walking track up the eastern flank of Te Mata peak, in Hawkes Bay, for the public’s pleasure. The land was purchased specifically for that purpose, it cost $300,000 to build and was completed in December last year.

Mike Wilding from Craggy Range Winery explains why they built the walking track.? Quote.

“We purchased the parcel of private land opposite the Giants Winery on Waimarama Rd earlier this year, for the sole purpose of building the path, which is intended for the community to use and enjoy.”?End of quote.

When it was completed the walking track was a distinctive zig-zag down the hillside. Those opposed to it described it as a hillside that had undergone open-heart surgery. Patience people: the raw scar will disappear all in good time when the grass grows back again.

Craggy Range Track Te Mata Peak Hawkes Bay Photo Credit Stuff

Local iwi got their knickers in a knot because they were not consulted in the council process of issuing the consent for the track. Iwi proclaimed loudly that they should have been consulted but then said they would not have approved it anyway! Quote:

The iwi that blessed the Hawke’s Bay’s Craggy Range winery feels betrayed by the cutting of a track on Te Mata Peak and will be seeking the return of a commemorative plaque.

Ng?ti Kahungunu blessed the winery at the foot of the eastern flank of the peak?when it opened in January 2003.

Iwi chairman Ngahiwi Tomoana was so infuriated by the winery’s?cutting of the new track?up the eastern face of the peak, that he has arranged a meeting with the company in the coming days, and will request the return of the plaque. End of quote.

Craggy Range Winery got themselves into this pickle by getting iwi involved in the first place, way back in 2003. There is a lesson for all of us in this story!

Craggy Range had done nothing wrong in building the track. They obtained the proper council consents and hired a good designer. However, under pressure from iwi, they backed down and said that they would remove the track. Obviously at their expense.

Iwi were appeased and peace was restored. Well, not really, because by now the public were walking the track daily and wanted to keep it that way. Mission accomplished Craggy Range. The walking track was a jolly fine idea and people flocked to walk it. Supporters of keeping the track have set up a petition and, if you are sympathetic to their cause, the link to sign it is here.

Meanwhile iwi were pleased that the track was closed, they stopped sulking and started talking to the landowner about designing an alternative public track up the same side of Te Mata peak!Quote.

“Ngati Kahungunu Chair, Ngahiwi Tomoana provided comment; ?we respect Craggy Range?s decision to remediate the track and we look forward to working collaboratively with them and others to explore the development of walking access on the eastern slopes of the Peak. This is a chance for us all to work together to create something exceptional. It has been great to have the opportunity to sit down and talk it over with all parties.? End of quote.

This is toddler behaviour at its very worst. Having gone full circle, the tantrum is over, the toys are back in the cot and they are back to square one, which is planning another walking track up the very same side of the very same hillside. This time Craggy Range will probably graciously pick up the very same tab, yet again, while local iwi will expect credit for a project they said they opposed.

As usual, the losers in this saga (aside from Craggy Range’s bank balance) are the general public who had arrived every day of the week to walk the track for the short time it was open.

We wouldn’t let our toddlers behave like this so why do we continue to pander to adults who act like them? Not standing up to such spoilt-brat behaviour just encourages more of it.

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