Letters to the editor
Here's a name
As our council seems inclined to start naming things now, Davidson Place for the "pocket park", I'd like to chuck in my suggestion for a name for the car park building they built so conveniently for the theatre and so inconveniently for most shoppers. How about "empty"?
As visitors to Marlborough, we were delighted to be able to see Celtic Crossroads, a memorable concert by the Blenheim & Districts Pipe Band ably supported by the Marlborough District Brass Band.
Their combined renditions of many well known celtic songs was stunning, Amazing Grace being one that was particularly emotive. The music from the three young pipers was wonderful and we wish them well in their musical futures.
The supporting acts from the Marlborough Dance Centre showed grace and precision, from the tiny tots to the senior dancers, with their Lord of the Dance piece being a wonderful example of celtic dancing at its best.
Add Slocken, a delightful ceilidh band and the Marlborough Sounds Chorus and there was a group of talented people showcasing celtic culture.
Thank you to all participants for an enjoyable evening's entertainment.
SUSANNAH AND BILL STARKIE
Use of 1080
Politicians are so full of contradictions and hypocrisy. I note the Department of Conservation is going to scatter the toxin 1080 over the Ships Cove area of Queen Charlotte Sound, one of New Zealand's historic tourist and recreational areas.
The poison 1080 is a slow killer, taking up to and over two days to inflict a cruel and lingering death.
Yet I see Primary Industries Minister David Carter talking on livestock shipments for slaughter [NZ Shipping Gazette, August 25] saying animal welfare matters "because how we treat animals says something important about society. It also matters for New Zealand's reputation because our trading partners and international consumers rightly expect us to maintain high standards of animal welfare.
If you look up the 1080 "factory", Animal Control Products Ltd, you will see that it is government-owned. How hypocritical can a minister be?
It is no surprise that the Marlborough mayor was quizzed on king salmon by Steve Joyce, as Mr Joyce is a shareholder in NZ King Salmon as Research, Science and Technology Minister.
Of the eight shareholders in NZ King Salmon, one is Bio Pacific Ventures, a company that holds 1,590,136 shares (6.9 per cent), and is jointly owned by Direct Capital (also one of the eight) and AgResearch Ltd, which is a Government-owned entity that shows its shareholders as the Minister of Finance (Bill English) and the Minister of Research Science and Technology (Steven Joyce).
So the Government is a 3.45 per cent shareholder in NZKS.
- The Marlborough Express