I would like to congratulate our past city fathers for their foresight and vision in providing us with the most beautiful autumn splendour in our city and surrounds.
Driving into town over the Easter weekend the weather was lovely, the lakefront, the playgrounds and the CBD were all full of people and our city was showing off its autumn colours with pride.
It made us proud to be from Rotorua.
That prompted us to drive up to the tree trust where we were blown totally away by the magnificent colours there and it was being enjoyed by many families.
Well done past councils. What, I wonder, will this council's legacy be?
Once again a cathedral has come into the headlines, this time France has taken the loss.
As with Christchurch, the dilemma has started already about the rebuild.
These cathedrals were built years ago, the time difference between them is irrelevant, it was not in our lifetime.
The beliefs and the desire has changed, both countries now have different perspectives, different ideas and many different beliefs, ergo the impetus to rebuild has to be carefully considered.
The French cathedral is known the world over, it was indeed a magnificent building with a deep historic attachment; a rebuild would not have that; as with Christchurch it would be modern, the bricks and mortar would be modern, it would lose its historic attachment thus making the rebuild of little purpose.
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