I had an office in Queen Street at the time. It was all jackhammers and concrete cutters for at least six months. The retailers took a bath. The noise, dust and nuisance was unbearable.
And just so a few Nikau Palms could be planted. Which are now dying.
The palms were planted amid fierce debate. Some Aucklanders believed the removal of the existing exotic plants would amount to downgrading Queen St. In the end the council removed 17 exotic plants.I would have thought the Herald might have at least reminded us which mayor authorised the planting of them; which mayor spent tens of millions on unnecessary centrally planned beautification; and which mayor phoned in from his holiday home in Queenstown to stop the Queen Street massacre as the public backlash peaked.
Dick Hubbard of course.
Rod Oram and Helen Clark's friend.