Monday, October 19, 2009

Nikau Palms are dying

No surprises to see the Nikau Palms planted in an unnecessarily expensive Queen Street upgrade a few years ago are dying.

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.

5 comments:

Adolf Fiinkensein said...

And the dopey socialist pricks shipped the bloody things all the way up from the West Coast of the SOUTH ISLAND?

Didn't they know these things grow like weeds in the bush of Northland?

Aaron Bhatnagar said...

Funnily enough I blogged about this the other day.

http://aucklandblog.blogspot.com/2009/10/queen-st-trees.html

Sus said...

Spiky plants and grasses. Overrated and bloody ugly, all of them. No surprise that they're beloved by town planners, then.

I didn't think it was possible to make Panmure's main street uglier than it was.

I was wrong. It's chock full of the crap.

WAKE UP said...

"...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 "

Gilbert and Sullivan used to write scripts like that.

Adolf Fiinkensein said...

Gilbert wrote the scripts. Sullivan wrote the music. Hubbard was anythng but melodic, uplifting or humorous.