CBD Rail Link Sacred Topic
Update Horotiu discovers Twitter – his feed
Thank goodness for that.
Even if the Government had approved the CBD rail link it wouldn’t have been able to happen.
Maori Statutory Board member Glenn Wilcox has complained to the Council that no one has asked the local Ngati Whatua about it at all. And they are supposed to as the iwi was here first.
“What’s being done about the taniwha Horotiu who lives just outside here, and that tunnel will be going right through his rohe (area).”
A few years back the transport agency (Transit) decided to move part of SH1 after Ngati Naho of Meremere protested that the highway cut through the domain of one eyed taniwha Karu Tahi.
According to the official NZ encyclopedia Witi Ihimaera, author of The whale rider, says that he has a kaitiaki (guardian) which is a taniwha. Her name is Hine Te Ariki and she lives in the Waipāoa River.
Maybe Hine could give Horotiu a call and tell him it’s OK, the tunnel is all good.
The politically correct encyclopaedia also reminds us the building of a prison in Ngāwhā, Northland, was also opposed because of belief in a taniwha.
“Takauere, a taniwha in the form of a log, was said to have been created by a Ngāpuhi ancestress, Kareariki. While he was mainly located at Lake Ōmāpere he was also believed to manifest himself at Ngāwhā Springs and other geothermal areas. Local hapū were concerned that the prison would impede his travel. Ultimately, against these objections the prison was built.”
Thank goodness we got the unelected Maori representatives on the Council transport committee so they can give us a reality check.
I’m happier now I dont’ feel so bad about Steven saying no as it would not have been right.
Never upset a taniwha. According to the encyclopaedia they are angry beasts. Maybe we could get Horotiu to have a meeting with the Minister?
Even though the Rail Link might have helped Auckland’s transport woes and boost inner-city rejuvenation, depending on which version of the story you believe, there is no way we could have messed with a taniwha.
That aside, it was good to see Auckland Council and Transport officials positively pressing ahead with their determination to get the Link happening.
Work to be done on brainstorming possible funding avenues is exactly the course that is needed now that Bill English has shut his cash register on the project.
Who knows some bright out of the box idea may come forth, although some of the big funding options (like regional taxes and tolls) still need a government buy in.
The Council and Auckland Transport is doing a good job in not rolling over but acting as if it will still happen. It has to.
Auckland Transport has publicly reminded us no development means the city’s roads and railway lines would become clogged by 2024, when there would be no spare capacity left for trains and buses, let alone more cars.
The Government and their officials remain living in the belief this is 1960s and Auckland can become a motorway jungle like LA.