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May 21, 2024
Letters to the editor

THANK YOU FLEMMING RASMUSSEN………

for taking the time to spell out the “small print” that is so often missed by those responding emotionally to a subject they have not sufficiently researched or understood. (Perhaps the heading, “A Fish Rots from the Head Down” was a little strong for some). However, your presentation on exactly how and why things work (or should work) within our Councils was a master class of detailed information which will be very much appreciated by those who may not have paid much attention in the past.  Particularly those of us who “know” what is happening but do not “understand” the ‘why’ or the ‘how…

May 21, 2024
Letters to the editor

CLARIFICATION OF ‘MAUTOHE’ ADDED TO CATHEDRAL COVE

In your 30 April edition, Ian Collinson queried the use of Mautohe in recent communication on Cathedral Cove. Subsequent to Mr Collinson’s original letter we submit this. The governance group for the project to reinstate walking access to Cathedral Cove includes staff from DOC and a representative from Ngati Hei, who agreed it would be appropriate for the site’s traditional Ngati Hei name to be introduced and socialised. Ngati Hei were honoured to have the name used as part of this project, and a formal renaming process may be explored in future. To clarify, Mautohe means “lasting resist…

May 21, 2024
Letters to the editor

Wargames and unjust media coverage

Well it’s interesting to see that press releases just get printed word for word from the Defence Force but the release from local people doesn’t get a mention. What a pity mainstream media stick to the mainstream. Here was an opportunity for mainstream media to publish the voice of the people. A lost opportunity but thankfully we have a paper based in Whitianga (The Informer) which does actually publish what the locals have to say about such wargames.

May 21, 2024
Local Government

Hahei speaks out on their choice for Cathedral Cove

Blocking off the walk hasn’t detered visitors from walking the track. Mautohe Cathedral Cove (MCC) is hugely significant economically for both the entire Coromandel Peninsula and the country. It is imperative that after some 18 months or more of closure the main track down to the cove itself be reopened by Christmas 2024. We support proceeding with the ‘temporary’ option (option 2a) where the track and steps down to the cove near the main slip are rebuilt and reinstated. We recognise that we are operating in a dynamic environment and ti may not be possible to have a highly resilient lon…

May 21, 2024
Through the Portal

What we need is a great big melting pot

The message is really quite simple; if we all want to get on peacefully with each other then we need to do away with the barriers that prevent this; barriers that are related to geography, ethnicity and class. One of the things that stirred me to dwell on this subject was the upcoming By Election for a vacant Maori Ward seat in Hamilton. The Herald article on this event reported the rules for standing are that the candidate must be a New Zealand citizen, the candidate must be enrolled as a parliamentary elector and the candidate must be nominated by two electors whose names appear on the …

May 21, 2024
Local Groups & Clubs

Grey Power AGM and luncheon

Merle Edwards with Sue Gill -Life Member and Barry Roach. The roast lunch was sumptuous and generous. Merle Edwards, as President, always runs an efficient and welcoming occasion. Sue Gill was made a Life Member of Grey Power for her amazing years of service as Treasurer. Barry Roach was recognised for his excellent work as Secretary. The programme was full of information. Lorraine MacAllister, Business Manager of Mercury Bay Medical Centre, with her team of Yvette Simpson, Social Worker at Revive and Melanie Asquith spoke to the gathering about making services more accessible and availa…

May 21, 2024
Environment

The fast-track bill? Slow-track led nowhere

These people marching most likely in good faith, have missed the crux of the matter. The environment has already suffered major damage and ‘slow tracking’ with lengthy debates on pros and cons of certain developments, have done not a thing to arrest damage to the environment. Last week’s issue of The Informer details a massive amount of deliberation about the Waikato–Waipa River systems, allowing an eighty-year time frame for improvement and demonstrated the futility of endless talk when ultimately somebody has to do something (p: 10). Eventually, somebody must climb out of bed and take …

May 21, 2024
Roading and Transport

The road signs do not lead to Whitianga

Of course, many already know their way to and around Whitianga, because they live here or have frequently visited, but what about those who are new visitors to the area, or new migrants?

May 21, 2024
Stan’s Stuff

Halloween came early. With a BANG!

In the darkened street, my foot hit the bollard and I had nowhere to go but down. I was carefully carrying my favourite pizza from Slice Slice Baby. I saved it from spilling and the pizza box saved half my face from even more damage. I lost. Few seconds somewhere and then I realised I lay completely flat. I could taste gravel. I couldn’t move. Blood was trickling down my face. What’s next? The street was completely dark. I could see streetlights but none were near me. A car slowly turned out of Mill Road, Whitianga into Monk Street.  I would like to signal but I couldn’t. My arms wouldn’t…