9: A Gateway Village for Matiatia
What if Matiatia had an island village to match its natural beauty?
Why do people seek to polarise ideas and pitch one thing against another in arguing for the things they want and care about? A natural human tendency perhaps but particularly unhelpful when dealing with the complex web of relationships that make up our urban areas or any ecology outside the city.
To equate all green with good and any development with bad is not a helpful or tenable position to take in discussing how Auckland show grow.
Periodic debates around the future of Matiatia on Waiheke Island are an example of this. Who said you can’t retain the things people love about its natural character and also add complementary uses that provide things people want and enjoy? Wouldn’t that be a good use of what is highly modified but under-utilised land? Wouldn’t that also be a good aspiration for so many places in Auckland and across New Zealand that are blessed by natural beauty and high ecological values but are also inhabited by people?
Matiatia Ferry (Image credit: Craig https://www.flickr.com/photos/craigsyd/)
Wai Kitchen, Oneroa – Strong design in a strong environment (Image credit: Sydney https://www.flickr.com/photos/eyeonauckland/ )