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Jun 18, 2024
Letters to the editor

Democracy is key

In this wonderful land we are free to take our part in a democracy where the representatives of everyone make the rules to live by. The authority we give them is part of our freedom. For freedom does not mean ‘no rules’  but a shared responsibility for citizenship and mutual support. Freedom also means not having the excuse for wrongdoing by saying, ”I was ordered to do it.” Freedom is inseparable from responsibility.

Jun 18, 2024
Letters to the editor

Mindless pursuit of a failed ideology

Six elements of the new government’s policy agenda with its obsessive focus on “economic growth” expose a callous indifference to more deaths and much worse health outcomes that will inevitably result. Repealing smoke-free laws that would have prevented youth smoking is outrageous.  Now, more youths will start smoking, increasing future rates of cancer, lung disease and premature deaths. Raising speed limits in urban areas and school zones will result in more fatalities and serious injuries. All for the sake of 27 seconds saved on a typical urban commute (Wellington study). Allowing incr…

Jun 18, 2024
Letters to the editor

Ref: “Question whether the Earth has moved”, 11 June 2024

The Informer published an article about the formation of an “Alliance” (21 May), a potential opportunity for co-operation of Residents and Ratepayers Associations across the Peninsula. The article reflected the information made available to The Informer at the time and it was clear to the reader that the formation of such an Alliance would be work in process. Ever since this article appeared The Informer has come under constant, utterly unjustified attack by individual letter writers. It appears that the ‘formation process’ of the Alliance did not run quite as smoothly and KRRA and other a…

Jun 18, 2024
Letters to the editor

Voices of Gallipoli – Mark Wright masterful

If you missed the well attended event “Voices from Gallipoli” at the Monkey House Theatre last Friday then it was your great misfortune. On a rather wet night Mark Wright, who wrote and performed his own play, gave the audience a compelling insight into the Gallipoli campaign fought in 1915/16. It was a solo performance but Wright portrayed 9 characters within his staggering one and a half hours on stage without an intermission.  An interval would have broken the mood of the transfixed audience. The occasional silences during the play gave people a chance to reflect on this terrible time…

Jun 18, 2024
Letters to the editor

From a Waikawai resident who lives deep in the bush

There was a NZ Defence Force exercise in the Waikawau area recently. A local resident reported that she saw soldiers in swampy ground near her home. She heard gunfire from this area and said, “it sounded like a BB gun going off”.  She was not concerned about it as she had heard from a neighbour that this exercise was going to take place. When asked if she had received any official notification, she responded that on the day she saw the soldiers, she found a flyer in her letterbox about this event. She also remarked that it may have been there for a couple of days, as she doesn’t check her…

Jun 18, 2024
Letters to the editor

No to More Mining on the Coromandel

The article titled $2 billion export goal for mining in The Informer, June 4, states that doubling mining export value is a great goal. No, it isn’t. The points I wish to raise and call attention to in this article are: • “It will be good to see the government invest in upgrading geological modelling and resource potential by mapping our mineral resources. Not only do these mining consortiums want to take and make profit on the natural resources that belong to the people, they also want the people to pay for the privilege through taxes paid for government funding of mining activities. • …

Jun 18, 2024
Letters to the editor

Save the Trees? Not happening.

The Council has erected a number of signs like this one saying, ‘Save our trees”. You can see them at different points along Buffalo Beach Road and in other places along the coast. However, TCDC is not doing what they are asking of the public. They are not saving the trees as you can see in the photo, and they haven’t really kept an eye on the safety of their own sign as it is ready to topple over because of erosion.  The Council has had 18 months to do something about this situation. Our trees keep the vegetation and the soil intact. Signs don’t do anything but make people mock or be mad…

Jun 18, 2024
Sports

LOTS OF FUN TO BE HAD PLAYING PICKLEBALL

The play format for teams of four is highly enjoyable. A team consists of two females and two males, and they compete against other teams by playing a women’s doubles game, a men’s doubles game and two mixed doubles games. The support from fellow team members on the sidelines over the weekend made for atmospheric and passionate gameplay! With 32 players participating – two thirds from the surrounding areas, 12 from Auckland and Northland – the competition was bound to be fierce. There were plenty of tough games over the two days of play, with surprising defeats and exciting triumphs. The …

Jun 18, 2024
Motoring

New light passenger sales continue steep yearly decline

Year-to-date, 2024 is 13.3% lower than 2023 (8,198 units) and 23.8% lower than 2022 (16,703 units). Toyota continue to be the leader overall year-to-date with 23.3% market share followed by Ford (14.4%) and Mitsubishi (10.8%). If the current sales slump continues, there are fears within the industry that some dealers around the country will simply not survive. There have already been reported closures and restructuring across the country and with little to no reprieve in sight, it appears there is every chance more drastic change will follow according to reports and rumours within the ind…