Rodger Hedley (Letters, August 29) makes a good point about the waste of money that is Napier's still-new museum. When I last visited, I learned that during consultation on a new museum, the National Tobacco Building was offered to the city council, but it foolishly declined, preferring instead to spend about $13 million on a ''purpose designed'' building. The edifice that arose is ugly and boring, as is the exhibition space. The National Tobacco Building is surely the jewel in Napier's art deco crown. It would, and still could be, the perfect place for the city/regional museum.
I am perplexed as to what all the fuss is about. Phil Goff denied knowledge of a security issue.
There are serious warnings that more mentally ill people will be forced to live on Wellington streets.
Could we dispense with the phrase "I think you'll find most New Zealanders think/believe/know/want"?
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