Editorial: What's this nappy lark?

PETER O'NEILL
Last updated 05:00 28/11/2013

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The Timaru District Council wants to get its hands dirty over nappies.

What's going on here? Is this really a council function?

Well, yes, as it happens, because disposable nappies are filling up the local tip to the tune of 240 tonnes a year, and that sounds like a lot.

So council staff have done their sums, and if they can encourage parents to use cloth nappies instead, well, that mountain will diminish to a small rise.

And families will save money - around $4500 over the nappy life of a baby. And that includes the washing costs. So it's a win-win, although the cloth ones wouldn't be as convenient.

What it might mean is the council running workshops and coming up with incentives to get parents on board, including a time payment system to lessen the impact of the initial purchase.

Some people still might think this isn't council business, but it is a community benefit, in more ways than one.

What intrigued me was that modern cloth nappies apparently bear no resemblance to the nappies of old. They require no folding or pins.

Now THAT would have saved a lot of arguments.

Another thing: From nappies to speed limits, in one easy gear shift.

The police are to be encouraged in any initiatives to be more vigilant on speed, because, Kiwis being Kiwis, we'll push any limit to its maximum.

So 100kmh is in many minds 109kmh, unless it's a long weekend, when we mentally adjust to 104kmh.

But we should be thinking the lower figure automatically, not only because it's safer, but because you save hardly any time by going faster anyway.

And you might think you're the best driver in the world, but get a driver falling asleep in an oncoming car and see how appreciative you are of another split second to make a decision.

Until we get highways with separated lanes, 100kmh is fast enough.

We're doing well in reducing our road toll, let's keep up the momentum.

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- The Timaru Herald

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