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Just do it!
It was not my intention to upset
anyone regarding my letter about
I included a reference to the
unusual situation of his being a
member of the Hitler Jugend,
although he was of the Jewish
faith, to emphasise some of his
fascinating historical background.
I have studied World War Two
intensely over the past 50 years
and I am aware of the terrible
sacrifice many families had to
make just to survive this
Hundertwasser was a complex
character, a most influential
artist and probably is deserving of
the accolades heaped upon him,
but in my opinion he doesn t
warrant a dedicated museum in
If it is as easy as the so-called
experts tell us to raise funds for
this project at no cost to the
ratepayers, I would still prefer to
see these funds spent on a more
Whangarei-focused project such
as a harbour walkway, which if
developed correctly could attract
many more tourists.
Make it long enough and they
will have to stay overnight.
Make it wide enough and even
the disabled will be able to
experience the thrill of our
harbour at close range.
Just do it!
Having only lived in Whangarei
since 1963, I have seen many
changes in the area. It is now such
a pretty and busy city.
After reading the letters in the
Leader April 5, I feel I d like to
have a say. The suggestion of the
cycle track and footpath to be
made in Mander Park sounds
good, instead of removing any of
the lovely trees. I do not agree to
the district council spending
ratepayers money on a
Hundertwasser Museum. It could
be put to a much better cause,
such as the new bus terminal.
My opinion of the Kawakawa
toilets are that they are a cold,
damp and dark eyesore.
Now, as an elderly resident of
Tikipunga and one who uses the
local bus frequently, please could
we have the grass mown regularly
at the bus stop. At present it s a
very untidy area. Leila McPeake
In response to article Not enough
weight behind turbine issues --
I am a beneficiary of Te Uri o
Hau -- my grandmother is
Ngaroma Alma Edwards nee
Kena from Pouto, Dargaville.
I am 23 years old and spent
most of my childhood at Pouto on
holidays until I went away to
university. My whanau have lived
most of their lives out there.
This letter is in response to
what mayor Neil Tiller talked
about in the article.
He indicated that Our children
and our grandchildren are going
to look back at what was once a
bountiful harbour as a foodstore
for us all, and see just mud and
silt where the fish once bred
prolifically in the Kaipara
I also have to question Crest
Energy s comment that there are
numerous tidal turbine projects
under development around the
world , and I would like to ask
where exactly is any other
organisation putting in 200 very
large turbines in the flow of a
This is the first experiment like
this in the world and I have read
articles on projects such as this
but none are to the scale of what
is being done in our Kaipara
Harbour. The Crest Energy
proposal is a guinea-pig
experiment and New Zealand s
natural and cultural environment
is being exploited once again for
commercial gain. Alyssce Ranger
Our family s heartiest
congratulations to our district
council for its decision to ban the
release of genetically modified
organisms in our patch.
For once we have experienced a
council prepared to listen to the
people. Our only hope now is that
the other Northland councils will
follow and lead the way for the
rest of New Zealand.
Who knows maybe central
government might take a leaf out
of this book and begin to listen to
their voters a little better than
has been the case to date -- one
can only hope. Well done WDC.
I ve been re-reading the comments
about our new mayor.
I think we would have to be a
little naive to think one person
can make much of a change in a
council, especially when they have
no first-hand experience of a
council s workings.
If we are looking for change
then we need to find a way to
remove the present members of
What Whangarei needs are
more energetic young members of
our community with modern
vision to stand up and help
progress our district into the
twenty first century.
Once again the council intends to
increase refuse transfer station
fees, not satisfied with sneaking
in a small increase when GST
increased by 2.5 percent.
The proposed new charges due
to increases on operating costs
will not lead to more users.
I suggest that rather than the
endless cycle of increase we are
enduring, the council needs to get
its costs under control.
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