Letters: Get your act together, Omakau

The Manuherikia.
Jo McKenzie-McLean

The Manuherikia.

Omakau's shame

Farmers need to stop seeing water as freebies from above, when even Russell Coutts can't make it.

It's very clear from evidence and tests provided by Andrew Patterson of Matakanui Station that he shouldn't be blamed for poor water quality, when of greater concern is what is coming out of Omakau where wastewater is pumped into the Manuherikia River.

What is obscene is a council which is pretending to be worried by a few freedom campers squatting down behind a bush on some obscure piece of dirt, when right under its nose, a dirty little town has its own filthy behaviour.

Can people with small town syndrome look in their own backyards?

I doubt it; therefore there should be a tax on sewage, and a fart tax which could be exclusive to Omakau.

Any uproar could be met with a notice to residents to install their own septic tanks, or move to North Korea where they have no waste.

Why should innocent people down stream have their water fouled by townspeople who can't get their act together?

The Manuherikia does not want to be a carrier of this town's pollution nor does it want to spend the next fifty years recovering from what's being forced into it.

I wouldn't allow my children to put their heads in that.

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James Smith


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Voters' choices

Since Ms Adern became leader of the Labour party, the party has skyrocketed in the polls.

Ms Adern receives massive poll support possibly because she is a woman, but also she comes across on TV as a very personable lady.

But behind her is the same old socialist Labour party with its philosophy of taxes etc.

Beside her is the Green party, which through the election campaign has tried to emphasise its green credentials, but its MPs' past voting record and private members bills do not bode much hope for the future.

About 200 years ago Alexis de Tocqueville the great French chronicler of the early United States spotted a basic tension in the national character.

It's this: Americans place a big stress on individual rights. But they're also big conformists. The dynamic of self-assertion and fear of being out of step with the herd is one of the key contradictions of American life. Nobody wants to be told what to do. But most of us urgently want to be inside the constantly shifting range of acceptable opinions.

New Zealand often slavishly follows the US.

I hope New Zealanders can think for themselves when they come to vote.

V K Smith



The future of Landcorp's Jericho property here in Northern Southland hangs in the balance.

New Zealanders can influence this decision by voting for the party which will not sell it, and instead will review the purpose of this SOE.

It owes its existence to the New Zealand taxpayer, created to assist (through the ballot process) young Kiwis on to "stepping-stone" farms.

Should it remain an SOE, required to be a cash-cow for Government coffers, or be flogged off to the highest bidder from a country which may not allow Kiwis to buy property there?

Should it revert to private Kiwi ownership, as it was originally?

Or should there be a review to again allow some Landcorp properties to become a way for young New Zealanders to create family farms?

What are the views of the present political parties?

Chris Henderson


A married PM

New Zealand has not had an unmarried Prime Minister for 75 years since Michael Joseph Savage, the first Labour Prime Minister.

A government orientated toward the public welfare and responsible parents owes it to the next generation to prepare them for natural marriage exclusively of one woman and one man and family.

The electorate has a right and a duty to ensure that they elect those who are going to defend and promote the family and be role models for our children and grandchildren.

Ken Orr


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