The CBD Rail Loop and the Taniwha
The Auckland CBD Rail Loop has become quite a hot topic recently, with it now being said by the Maori Statutory Board that they can’t build this because of a taniwha (see http://www.teara.govt.nz/en/taniwha if you aren’t too sure what a taniwha is) living underneath the Auckland Town Hall. But really, why do we even want this?
Should we even have a CBD Rail Loop?
Simple answer, no. Sure, it may be useful to have this CBD Rail Loop, but surely it makes more sense to sort out the public transport you have before you bring in more services that will be as underfunded as what we already have. Maybe when we have a bus system that works, we can have a CBD Rail Loop. Or maybe, the train service from the North Shore through to Britomart that Len Brown promised when campaigning… Would be nice to have a politician actually give the people what was promised…
The Taniwha – should this stop the Rail Loop
See http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/5114496/Taniwha-in-the-way-of-Auckland-rail-loop for what this is about.
While there are plenty of good reasons for stopping the CBD Rail Loop, this taniwha is not a good one. I did a bit of research into this, and I could not find a single shred of evidence to this taniwha existing that dates back before the CBD Rail Loop. It just seems suspicious to me. I’m not the biggest fan of the Maori Statutory Board to begin with, but it does just seem like they are saying this in order to get their way, which I really don’t like.
Though, if anyone can find evidence to suggest otherwise, please do leave a comment with that evidence. I do sort of want to be proved wrong on this, because I do know it seems like I am being disrespectful of the Maori culture. I do want to point out that I have no problem with respecting Maori culture, but when it is used falsely to get something out of the system, I do rage a little bit.
This post originally appeared on Daniel-Farrell.com.
Posted on June 9, 2011, in New Zealand Politics and tagged Auckland CBD, Auckland Council, CBD Rail Loop, Maori Statutory Board, New Zealand Politics, politics, rail, taniwha. Bookmark the permalink. 13 Comments.