Decisions: Our city’s past, present and future

By: Steve Morris

Straight from city council
A personal view,
by Councillor Steve Morris

We’ve got the best climate, the best beaches and the most beautiful surroundings of any city in New Zealand.

I’m sure this summer has reinforced to you, like it has to me, why we love living in this place.

We’re blessed with our natural environment - with Mauao, the harbour and the sea - but that has little to do with human influence; save protecting them from ourselves.

However, decisions made by our past leaders have changed the built environment. Edwin Markham once said: “Choices are the hinges of destiny.” That’s true of our personal lives - we make decisions and over time we become the sum of those decisions made, but it’s also true of us as a community.

Choices can have intergenerational implications, such as the decision of Alfred Brown to set up a mission station in Tauranga in 1838, or the decision of Tauranga Moana Iwi to support their kin in the Waikato’s King Movement and General Cameron’s response.

Over the next little while, I want to write to you in three parts about relatively recent decisions made that have ‘turned the hinge’ on our city’s destiny; decisions that are currently before us that you need to know about, and choices for our next cohort of leaders.

Next week, ‘what might have been’.