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NO GOLF GOFF – Why Phil Won't Talk To Us!

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Stan Sutherland
Stan Sutherland

“In 2015 by a one vote majority, the Albert-Eden Board voted to carve up Chamberlain Park,” and the news came to me as I enjoyed a pint with a few golf mates in a pub just down the road from the Chamberlain Park Golf Course.

Of course I’ll sign
The gentleman at the pub who advised me of the petition to stop the carve up of Chamberlain Park Golf course asked me if I’d go online and sign the petition and in doing so I also learned a few things from the headline, “NO GOLF GOFF - Why Phil Won't talk to us!”

A Sep 30, 2016 follow up advises the reader, “ — The leading Auckland mayoral candidate Phil Goff has told a Chamberlain Park member that the multi-million dollar carve up of the iconic central city public golf course is going ahead. The confirmation was given at a chance meeting with Mr Goff at the Countdown supermarket in Three Kings where he indicated to the member of the Chamberlain Park woman's golf club that redeveloping the course was effectively a 'done deal'.
The revelation as to Mr Goff's position comes after his failure to respond to attempts by the Chamberlain Park action group as to his view on the future of the public course that, somewhat ironically given his stance, was developed by a get-back-to-work initiative of the Michael Joseph Savage Labour government.”

No worries mate – Yeah right!
As yet I’ve not fully researched the matter and have to admit I’m anti-authoritarianism in my attitudes especially when it comes to politicians with their own agendas.

However if I’ve got it right so far. Would you vote for an aspiring Auckland politician? Who first of all refuses to comment and then obviously under some pressure only says something at a supermarket and not in the public arena.

And then again no worries mate! “The Albert Eden Board have decided to chop up Chamberlain Park. They want to develop the land, but have no formal plan and no committed funds. This will destroy a well-used and loved public green-space open to all Aucklanders.”
I reiterate no formal plan and no committed funds.

And it’s an added worry it’s only by one vote such a decision is made.
“Sep 4, 2016 — DON'T VOTE FOR THESE PEOPLE!! City Vision Councillors voted 4-3 to carve up Chamberlain Park. This vote affects ALL Aucklanders, not just Albert-Eden residents.
But the biggest worry of all for golfers and non-golfers is the fudging of facts to support a decision. “The Albert-Eden Board was told 9000 play per year. This is not true!
There is about 50,000 rounds of golf played at Chamberlain per year!”

Who’s next and who to vote for?
A previous boss who I also disliked because of his authoritarian attitudes accused me of being overly-dramatic and perhaps in using the following quote this is the case. Nevertheless it should be food for thought for those who think it’s no big deal to have Chamberlain Park chopped up by small group of people with their own agenda who should know:
“THE GOLFERS WHO PLAY HERE ARE AVERAGE AUCKLANDERS – THEY ARE NOT RICH…They are the over 60s…They are European, Maori, Polynesian and Asian...They are the young hackers who love to play three times a year

“First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Socialist.
Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.”
- Martin Niemöller (1892–1984) A prominent Protestant pastor who was an outspoken public foe of Adolf Hitler and spent the last seven years of Nazi rule in concentration camps.

Go sign the petition at http://www.savecpark.org/

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