Letters to the editor
Brits in NZ
In response to Bill Smith's letter published on Monday (Non-Kiwis go home), surely the point that people are being made redundant or being laid off suggests that these jobs simply don't exist any more. It's nothing to do with the nationality of the person doing the job.
I'm a British ex-pat and have lived and worked in NZ since 2007. I currently train aircraft mechanics for the RNZAF, bringing with me 24 years experience as an aircraft technician in the Royal Air Force. Several of my colleagues are also British, but yeah, send us home, train your own airmen.
My ex-wife is an experienced cancer nurse who worked in Wellington hospital and here in Marlborough Hospice, caring for the terminally ill, making their last days comfortable and providing support for their families. She has already gone back to the UK but I know several other British medical staff that work here. Send them all home, too. Care for your own sick and dying.
And non-Kiwi sports stars? Irene van Dyk, Jo Kiesanowski, and any number of past, current and future All Blacks. Good luck winning the next World Cup without that lot.
How far back do we have to go to decide who is and isn't a Kiwi? Do you have to have lived here for 10, 20, 30, 40 or 200 years before you're not a non-Kiwi?
Pay decent wages and Kiwis that leave this country for work might decide to stay. Then all us experienced, qualified non-Kiwis wouldn't have to be working here, paying taxes, spending money in the shops, volunteering to help out at sports events and more.
The people who drive the green trucks that collect our bins each week do a good job, but some things could be done better.
A few weeks ago I placed a bag of newspapers on top of my bin but it was not heavy so blew off and was left on the footpath. It was collected the next week. As users of the bins we can do better by making sure we pack our bins better and if we have surplus, contact our neighbours and use spare space in their bins. Don't expect the contractors to be kind and collect it as a favour.
We could offer to put our neighbour's bin out and take it back in. The contractor would then know anything on the ground has come off a properly packed bin and collect it, not leave it to blow around the street. Also, if we did the neighbourly thing empty bins would not litter our streets for days after the collection is made.
Let's hear your thoughts on helping our neighbours and keeping our streets tidy.
"Humanity shares a single desire for peace," says Zayd Blissett. But what does peace look like according to the Federation of Islamic Associations of NZ, to whom he so glowingly refers?
The board of three scholars at FIANZ includes at least one hardline Saudi-trained Salafi, Dr Anwar Sahib. Sahib also teaches at the Islam Online University founded and run by Dr Bilal Phillips.
Banned from entering Britain in 2010 for hate speech against gays, women and other religions, Phillips argues it is permissible to imitate Mohammed and marry a 9-year-old girl.
After his New Zealand preaching tours in 2006 and 2007 became known, FIANZ denounced him and said it would not invite him back. Yet FIANZ sees no problem when one of its top scholars teaches under Phillips' direction.
On the other hand when the Malaysia-based "Sisters of Islam" advocate for equal rights for Muslim women at an Auckland forum last year they stated that a "conservative, literal and narrow interpretation" of Islam is the toughest problem facing Muslims. Yet FIANZ president Javed Khan dismissively labelled them a "splinter group".
What kind of "peace" is this when the group that speaks for all Muslims demands that we "implement a zero tolerance against anyone determined to cause rage and injury to the religious and cultural sensitivities of others" while promoting such doctrines? Kiwis "feel rage and injury" when confronted with death sentences on gays, marriages of 9-year-old girls and oppression of women.
I am from British Columbia, Canada, and have been resisting the expansion of open pen salmon farms on our coast for years. The disease, antibiotics and waste that is spread through the water column is inexcusable and unnecessary.
We are now starting to see land based facilities in both British Columbia and Washington State, in the United States to our south, produce and sell salmon products in chain stores. This is the way of the future and must be the only methods of farming salmon.
I suggest every effort to eliminate these open pen feed lots are eliminated at the earliest opportunity. International fish farming and fish feed group Cermaq, and others, have gone around the world looking for opportunities to colonise areas that will not forbid open pen salmon farms. Disaster has befallen all areas where this has been done. One can look at Scotland, Chile, Canada, Norway, and any other region that open pen salmon farms have been used. There are struggles all over the world on this issue. Google it up and you will see you are not alone in this struggle.
- The Marlborough Express