A seismic-like tremor was felt across the isthmus after this column reported Auckland's not-so-super-city's support for oil drilling off the coast.
Now these abridged letters were among a higher than normal tsunami of mail:
"I was born in the Shetland Islands north of Scotland in 1946.
We lived in a council (state) two bedroom house looking over the sea, where storms blew out windows and two doors leaked badly.
"The council had no money for repairs. We dug peat from the hillside, dried, bagged and stacked it for winter fuel. I chopped beach driftwood for the fire. If Father had a spare 10 shillings, he bought a bag of coal.
John Blakey is angry. Here's why: "We have two houses in Auckland, one in Stonefields and one in Northern Rodney at Ti Point.
"They are both very similar in size, have three bedrooms, similar living space with the Stonefields house having the luxury of an ensuite as well as a bathroom.
"The Ti Point house has a pleasant view of a tidal harbour. The rates for the two properties are very similar (within $50).
"The similarities stop there.
"The Stonefields property has:
Just how far do the not-so-super city boundaries stretch?
Good question since councillors have voted support for oil drilling exploration in a vast stretch of ocean along the North Island from south of Mt Egmont to Hokianga.
And across the ocean beyond the mouth of Manukau harbour.
Did any of the current not-so-super councillors ask you for an opinion on this when they campaigned for your vote seven weeks ago?
In what seems a last minute move, the council nodded its head to the oil drilling plan last week with little or no public consultation with voters - just days before the close of submissions to the Government.
Time and again the Government has wriggled, bluffed and huffed over any suggestions of real problems for us in super-secret trade talks involving the United States.
Very worried New Zealanders believe it should have been our government briefing us, not WikiLeaks.
Critics like this column have been accused of stirring up trouble where none exists. The US has patted us on the head with promises and gift-wrapped goodies like allowing our tiny frigates to play war games with their monster fleet.
And in return, Defence Minister Jonathan Coleman handed his American counterpart, Chuck Hagel, the ultimate gift - an All Black jersey. Since then you-know-what has hit the fan.
The Trans-Pacific Partnership is a trade deal under long negotiation between 12 countries: New Zealand, US, Singapore, Chile, Brunei, Australia, Vietnam, Peru, Malaysia, Canada, Mexico and Japan.
Sometimes life can lead you back to memories half forgotten - a happening or a name.
Like the mad media scramble over youth sex, rape, sensations, police responses and shock jocks' cruel, cheap reflexes.
Strangely, it reminds me of one evening in my Hawera home town when a little girl with a mewing kitten in her arms appeared at our front door. She had a delicious old-fashioned lisp, giving her name and asking a question all at the same time.
"My name is Sharon and we live up there. I found this. Is it yours?"
Assured that it wasn't, she skipped off to "up there" with her new pet.
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