Letters to the editor
Might I be so bold as to suggest that Nozz Fletcher, of Picton, checks his facts before he submits the diatribe printed by this newspaper [letters, Express, June 27]?
Check your species of fish that you are researching on "Dr Google".
The predominant fish farmed in British Colombia is Atlantic (Salmo salar), a completely different species to the Pacific salmon, specifically the chinook (Oncorhynchus tshawythscha) that is farmed here. There are even seven varieties of these Pacific salmon.
Again, if you check your research, you will find most of the issues (algae blooms, health issues) in BC have been caused because of logging – a fact little known outside Canada.
If he were to speak to anyone knowledgeable about fish farming, which is a world away from recreational fishing, he would realise the entirely different natures of these fish. It would also pay for him to investigate FCRs, or food conversion rates.
As to the claim about feeding the stricken in Africa or flood-stricken in Bangladesh – does he suggest that it would boost New Zealand's economy or the local employment rates that have dairy cows swimming around out there?
Or perhaps we scatter some wheat seeds and keep our fingers crossed thinking "she'll be right"?
Is it not just another mask of the "tall poppy" syndrome alive and well in New Zealand: "Someone is doing well creating a premium product and bringing money and employment into the region – let's smash them down."
Why not get behind them, support them (and us) and celebrate that New Zealand can win the equivalent of a world cup in aquaculture?
No mandate, John
The letter of Paul Ham (Express, June 25) sets out the economic folly of selling assets. Prime Minister John Key claims he has a mandate from the election. He is backed by biased Right-wing commentators. They have it wrong. National polled a minority of votes in the election, much less than 50 per cent, at 47 per cent.
So it has no mandate. That is verified by polls that show over 60 per cent to 70 per cent of Kiwis don't want asset sales while another 4 per cent were unsure, not convinced of selling the nation's "silver" to pay the grocery bills.
Plus, Mr Key is only there by the grace (or political foolishness) of United Future's Peter Dunne. If Mr Dunne had the courage to stand up and say no, the political future of United Future would be assured and cemented in at the 2014 election.
By Mr Dunne's lack of moral principles it is very likely he is consigning United Future to political oblivion at the next election.
The public was fed up with Roger Douglas' asset sales. That was shoddy, selling public assets at fire sale discounts. Nor did Mr Douglas ask the owners – ie, the public. Worse still, Mr Key is ignoring public opinion.
There is good news regarding the article "School loses social worker" [Express June 28].
The Social Development Minister wrote to me on June 26 saying that the $49,000 that Presbyterian Support Services applied for has already been granted.
Your article states the money applied for was to retain social work services in Picton and possibly Blenheim.
It is my understanding that the ministry contacted Presbyterian Support Services on May 25.
I will be arranging to meet with Mr Milner as soon as possible.
National Party MP
Figure it out
Asset sales assessment. With all the figures emanating out of Parliament of late, I don't care who you vote for but please always remember the old saying, "figures lie and liars figure".
The article "Houses and hope built in 10 days" [Marlborough Midweek, June 27] was about Blenheim engineer David Tattersfield encouraging people to volunteer to build houses in Nepal.
While I believe that what David and his team are doing is very commendable, there is an old saying that "charity begins at home".
With so many people in New Zealand, particularly those in Christchurch, urgently in need of assistance I would have thought that David and his team's help would be much appreciated nearer to home.
- The Marlborough Express