Letters to the editor
How embarrassing to have our council and its satellite companies exposed for some of their shortcomings by a visitor from "out of town".
How many other ‘rich potential settlers' are being advised to avoid Marlborough because our administrators compete with their ratepayers and in some instances cripple their businesses. Port Marlborough Ltd is a classic instance of a once-friendly company charged with the responsibility of administering the Port of Marlborough for the benefit of the people of Marlborough, then had a change of directors and a change of direction - the change being to own all property; to build an empire; crushing loyal tenants on the way.
The port company's decision not to renew bare land leases has already closed two boatyards in Havelock and three other businesses are now under threat.
There is plenty more to reveal about seriously bad management at Havelock Marina, besides the 100 plus empty berths and the threatened and served trespass notices.
The 100 per cent ownership of Port Marlborough Ltd by the Marlborough District Council leaves the council responsible for the port company's shortcomings, however much it may deny it - the holding company does not absolve the council from responsibility, however much they howl.
Keep the building
I read with interest the recent reporting regarding the fate of the Marlborough Colleges.
I personally have no problem with a mixed college, it strikes me as extremely Victorian in this day and age to persist with single sex schooling, not that it did me any harm.
What I am concerned about is the fate of the Marlborough Boys' College site.
The Marlborough Boys' College was established in 1901, rebuilt several times until we have the grand old building with its parapet and classic facade.
Blenheim has a sad habit of destroying its old buildings and replacing them with faceless, architecturally designed items that will age badly. The new Information Centre is a classic case, where we have a wonderful train station that could have been restored to something like its former glory, fronted by a faceless, black box.
The old college building has a lot of history for every male who lived here, I remember my time at the college fondly, and always enjoy visiting, where a walk along the parapet takes me back to reflect on younger days.
I would hate to see a lack of foresight and spirit of preservation destroy this iconic building.
Regardless of what decision the education department comes to, the Boys' College should maintain its historic building, and cherish it for what it is, a central part of every Marlborough boys' life.
Dunedin embraces its historic architecture wherever you look, and it is about time Blenheim did the same, before we lose all of it.
A good movie spoiled
Last evening my wife and I went to the cinema to see Philomena, a delightful film, but the experience was totally spoiled. How? By the constant sound of rustling popcorn bags. Unfortunately for us the two ladies immediately behind us felt the need to eat during the film and the bags were at our ear level. The film lasts for 105 minutes and they ate the whole way through, must have had very large bags.
To paraphrase Humphrey Bogart's line from Casablanca, "Of all the seats in all the cinemas, she had to sit behind mine".
- The Marlborough Express