OPINION: Worthwhile, fewer cars
Gordon Campbell (February 10) has indirectly stated that some New Zealanders suffer from a greedy money addiction.
Wheeling and dealing in property has become a passion. This activity damages the community, community spirit and care for others.
Property speculation is an insipid dogma advocated by the capitalists who want and have created a money-making society. It has encouraged greediness and self-centredness, leading to the doctrine of me first, never mind the other.
This attitude has been largely brought about by the collective land agents. They never stop stuffing letterboxes with their propaganda, how much money can be made by buying and selling property.
But solving some of New Zealand's problems, such as water shortage, and creating a more acceptable urban environment are important issues.
One car per household would save New Zealand large amounts of money.
Two or three cars per household is an absurdity – New Zealand almost leads the world in this.
Wake up New Zealand! The community and community care comes first. Start controlling the number of cars per household.
EDUARD SCHWARZ, Miramar
Memories of UE
One point from your February 10 profile: it was indeed astounding that the estimable Mr Tew, all those years ago in Hutt Valley High School's sixth form, was in it for two years, and forced to get his UE by passing the examination, despite his being a member of the First XV – but perhaps he wasn't also a school prefect!
It used to be almost a foregone conclusion that any sixth form boy who was one or both of those things would get his UE accredited, even if he'd only just scraped through for his School Certificate. So yet more honour to Mr Tew that he got UE by examination, and then got a BA degree.
Accrediting was often based on favouritism. Yes, there were some deserving instances where a bright, diligent boy or girl had unfortunately missed a lot of school and study time from sickness, accident, or a family crisis, would otherwise have been very likely to pass the UE exam, and so was rightly given a compassionate break.
However, it was notorious that some youngsters got accredited because they were unlikely to pass the exam, were meaning to leave at year's end, were good at sport, and/or belonged to influential, well-heeled families to whom the principal kowtowed.
H WESTFOLD, Miramar
Goodbye from Constable Dave
This week is my last with the New Zealand Police and, as I prepare the Karori office for my replacement, I have thought about my time working in the western suburbs.
I have enjoyed my time here, meeting such a wide variety of interesting people.
During these last two weeks, there has been a constant stream of well-wishers and a large number of cards received from all sectors of the community.
It is the people that I will miss the most.
I have been fortunate to have had the pleasure of working in the western suburbs – not just Karori, but also Highland Park, Wadestown, Wilton, Northland, Highbury, Kelburn, Karori, Karori South, Wellington's south coast, Wellington's west coast and the extensive rural land between Te Kopahou and Papanui Station – each with their own personalities and issues, but all with a welcoming cuppa.
I wish to express my gratitude to the community for the farewell function that was put on for my family and I.
DAVE ROSS, (former) Community Constable
I should like to congratulate Mark Pirie on his magnificent poem Lost (February 17). I am sure it will have struck a chord with all those, like myself, who have played and love the game of cricket, but whose playing days are sadly over.
MICHAEL HESP, Kelburn
The foreshore and seabed row
Peter Dunne's letter (February 17) says he supports "public domain" instead of the Crown ownership that has existed over the foreshore and seabed since 1840.
Yet the controversial Coastal and Marine Area Bill that he supports doesn't even mention "public domain". Mr Dunne should acquaint himself more thoroughly with the bill, because his support for public domain appears irrelevant.
The bill is about privatising part or all of the foreshore and seabed, an area greater than 35 per cent of New Zealand's dry-land area, to Maori tribal groups.
It allows tribal groups to argue for wahi tapu when the group wins customary title. In these areas the public is excluded, and can be fined up to $5000, even though these will be areas where the public has had free access since 1840.
The conditions for obtaining wahi tapu are vague, with no real proof required.
Mr Dunne by supporting this bill is betraying recreational and public access interests.
TONY ORMAN, Co-chairman, Council of Outdoor Recreation Associations.
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