On the occasion of magnate Marc Ellis and his four surfing buddies being so graciously granted permission to build a cafe at Piha on their own land, we have been sent a copy of an email from one Charles A. Nimby to purse-lipped wowser Sandra Coney, who heroically and almost single-handedly delayed the project for three years.
Date: Mar 3, 2009 2:41 PM
Subject: Not in my backyard!
This Environment Court decision is just so typical of the new mood sweeping across our country - one of optimism, hope and a culture where hard work and success are celebrated.
It is deplorable.
Bring back mediocrity, antagonism and envy.
Fronted by Ellis, a man who has achieved far too much in his short life already and brought nothing but humour and happiness to New Zealanders around the country, and supported by 4 others who have far too many friends, make the most out of life, and have a hunger to make a difference - this venture is a disgrace.
Heaven forbid, given their past history and positive attitudes they may even make a prosperous success of this venture, bring joy and charm to Piha and even employ some motivated people who would be much better off getting handouts subsidised by earnest rich pricks like these chaps.
Guys like them get all the breaks - and it's just not fair. Good job they have had to battle through a ridiculously long, pointless and expensive court case.
I wish the site had been gifted to the highly competent ARC, who would keep it looking shabby, desolate, gloomy and lugubrious. This country needs more misery and boredom.
With a half empty glass I salute you,
Charles A. Nimby.