New Zealand has become a country of imbalances; a country that bows to the whims and desires of the few. If a small circle of people in Tauranga want a museum then let them pay for it or raise the money and fund maintenance.
Tauranga is too small to fund a museum and I am sure most ratepayers would resent having to pay for another white elephant.
I have been to the Auckland Museum many times and quite often my wife and I have been the only people in that huge museum. One wonders would a museum in Tauranga be the same?
Ratepayers should only be expected to pay for the needs of the ratepayers, not the whims and desires of small pressure groups.
Our great grandchildren and further on than that will be paying for such a white elephant as the cost to run and maintain the place escalates year by year and at the same time live in fear of the day the debt burble is going to burst.
A Bourne, Bethlehem.