Media Release of Waiatarua Ratepayers and Residents Association
Friday 10 March 2017
No Water Treatment Plant in Oratia says WRRA
The people of Waiatarua are demonstrating full support of their close neighbours and friends of Oratia in the face of the Watercare threat. The proposal to force an industrial scale water treatment plant on the border between Waiatarua and Oratia has shocked both communities.
“The anxiety, confusion and panic that Watercare has brought to this place demonstrates incompetence of some degree.” said Peter Casey, President of the Waiatarua Ratepayers and Residents Association.
Waiatarua and Oratia understand and respect the special nature of the land they have chosen to live on and the heritage value it holds for Aucklanders, visitors to Auckland, and indeed all New Zealanders.
People are proud to call Oratia and Waiatarua their home, particularly those with parents, grandparents and great-grandparents who have settled in and maintained this area as their home.
“Ratepayers and residents have expressed to me a deep worry and concern that they will lose family and friends from the neighbourhood. And that’s before we even start talking about the impact of the lengthy destruction and construction phases of the Watercare proposal for Parker Road.”
“That Watercare might be trying to fund this development by selling off the Exhibition Drive land donated by some of the key visionary founders who conceived and created the Auckland water system adds insult to ratepayer injury. I call on all Aucklanders to make some noise and call out this duplicity.”
The WRRA as one of ten resident and ratepayer associations within the Waitakere Ranges Heritage Area questions why Watercare has not called for smarter and more efficient water use for all of Auckland rather than proposing to rip apart a community.
“In Waiatarua many of us collect 100% of the water we use.” Peter asks “How much water could Auckland save if even half of homes and businesses caught the rain that falls on their roofs?”
Contact – Peter Casey, President, WRRA – 0274 32 32 49 – www.waiatarua.org.nz