The cost of maintaining and repairing Rocks Road is currently met by the government through NZTA funding. Moving SH6 from there will mean that any future costs for repairing and maintaining this route will be met by Nelson City Council ratepayers. This will likely bring a large increase in their annual rates, and of course rents for those renting. Let all those supporting the Inland Route Southern Link option declare which local council they pay rates to, and that they support any rates increase for Nelson residents so we can see how vested their support really is. I would also invite Nick Smith’s comments on New Zealand being a signatory to a United Nations Treaty on Environmental Protection that prohibits moving a source of pollution from one urban population to another, which the Southern Link proposal would certainly do. Is he aware of this and is he advocating that New Zealand pull out of this treaty?
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The New Zealand flag flying proudly atop Nelson's Christ Church Cathedral is under threat, and it needs a creative solution.
The flag, measuring 3.6m by 1.8m, is flown most days from the tower along with the smaller Nelson city and cathedral flags.
Because of its large size and exposure to the weather, the New Zealand flag only lasts about 100 days before it starts ripping.