I met with someone who reads my blog the other day. We had a very interesting, long talk about how we see things in Napier and Hawke’s Bay, what’s wrong and what can be done.
It was one of those meetings where you walk away from it feeling quite inspired and keen to get on and do things – a rarity in recent times.
The person I met (to protect their identity I won’t name them) had been involved in central Napier goings on over recent years and had been trying to do even more for the CBD and eventually the greater Napier community.
But they had pretty much given up after repeatedly been ignored, fobbed off or bypassed by Napier City Council and other similar organisations – despite starting some great initiatives and covering areas those authorities used to, or should have covered.
All too often it seems those who hold the positions of local power or those most likely to be able to do great things or effect change are the ones who do the least.
It’s frustrating as hell.
Hawke’s Bay has SO MUCH untapped potential!
But we are being held back by inaction and some sort of sense that if the councils, governments, business associations, tourism / promotional agencies etc. – people who SHOULD be doing these great things AREN’T, then nobody can.
To paraphrase Napier’s own Sir Douglas MacLean:
“A region makes progress despite of its politicians”
To quote musician and bazzilionaire Jay-Z:
If you don’t think something is being done well enough – do it yourself and do it better!
Heck, make a song and dance about it!
Get social and mainstream media involved in, or informed about it!
Reporter: “So, Mr Bloggs, why did you start your own agency to promote Napier as a place to develop tech business?”
Mr Bloggs: “Because I didn’t think the current authorities we had were doing a good enough job at it!”
There are always excuses and smokescreens for things NOT being done.
One of the current favourite distractions is the ongoing amalgamation debate.
If those bankrolling the push for one super-council are such astute and affluent business people as they claim to be, then the number of councils should not affect their operations much, if at all!
Hastings rates are too high? Open operations in Napier! Napier’s building inspection service is too tardy, build in Hastings.
Simple, logical problems SOLVED!
With the economy becoming so digitised, Hawke’s Bay has plenty of room and potential to grow as a tech business hub.
Like I’ve said before, there is no reason why the likes of local business icon Rod Drury – an avid supporter of attracting tech businesses like call-centres opened in Hawke’s Bay – couldn’t bulldoze the rotting hulk that is Napier’s Mid-City Plaza and open an international call-centre for his own company Xero on the site.
Under current circumstances, Napier City Council could hardly say “no, you can’t – we’re full!”
So there you go. Feel empowered?
Let’s go out there and make some positive change happen in Hawke’s Bay.
If you see something being done badly or not at all – do it yourself and DO. IT . BETTER!
Power to the people
“…Who’s gonna run this region?
Because Napier and Hawke’s Bay deserve better!