Editorial: Issue to help you decide

By Craig Cooper

A model of the proposed Hundertwasser building.
A model of the proposed Hundertwasser building.

Next week the Northern Advocate is publishing a special Hundertwasser issue. It will include the good, the bad, and - depending on your personal tastes in architecture - possibly the ugly.

We figure, if it's a hot topic during an election, then the voters should be better informed than they are now, so they can vote wisely.

We've got answers to more than 70 questions we put to the Whangarei District Council about everything ranging from queries about cost, hotel chains and donations so far, to "can we have our 'work do' there?".

We're also inviting you, our readers, to express your view, and Whangarei's mayoral candidates will throw in their two cents worth. Along with, I'm sure, a few political candidates.

Plus we'll publish detailed plans for the art centre building and photographic images and mock-ups of what the art centre would possibly look like.

It's a project that has split views in the community, and created controversy.

Just like, it seems, the new stadium at Okara Park did. And to a certain extent, the new bridge. Both of which also involved the investment of large sums of ratepayer funding.

As a Whangarei resident, I feel we will only know the true worth of the Hundertwasser Art Centre if we go ahead and build it. Ultimately, it will be up to our council to make that decision.

Short term, is it a bad idea? Is it a good idea? Is it a good idea that has been executed badly?

Hopefully, next week's special issue of the Advocate will help you make your mind up on the subject.

And who knows, it might even help you decide who to vote for.

- Northern Advocate

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