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May 21, 2024
Local Government

Unified and strong message from residents and rate payers

Let’s go back a little in time. Earlier this year, representatives of Residents and Ratepayers Associations on the Coromandel Peninsula had met to test out the viability of the associations working together on matters of district interest. The result of this was seventeen associations agreed to support this Alliance concept. That Alliance met with our Mayor, Len Salt and eight councillors in late March in the council chambers in Thames to discuss common concerns pertaining to ratepayers across the Peninsula. Seventeen Associations were represented. The issue in the words of Rob Boston, of…

May 14, 2024
Film and Photography

French Film festival in Whitianga 24 films

ROSALIE 115 mins Rated M Biography Drama Historical. Sun 2 June Time: 4.15pm France, 1870s. Rosalie, is a young woman unlike any other. Born with a face and body covered in hair, a condition known as hirsutism, she has concealed her reality all her life, shaving to fit in. When Abel, (The Piano Teacher) an indebted bar owner, unaware of her secret, marries her for her dowry, the defiant young woman decides to learn how to embrace her unconventional appearance. Inspired by the experiences of actual historical figures, this passionate and empowering drama is a beautifully-crafted parable a…

May 14, 2024
Letters to the editor

“SEX AND THE DECLINING BIRTH RATE”

As an avid reader of Stan’s stuff, it was with surprise that I found in his strong stuff about sex that he had overlooked the ability of humans to have pills and sex together. It must have been with relief that mothers with large families were able to get doctors to prescribe a series of pills each month that made them safe from pregnancy. There is also another pill called the morning-after that helps protect for enjoyment on a spur-of-the-moment participation. I suppose that this is still a reason for a declining birth rate. Anyway, any excuse to have more sex. Ignore the pills and have l…

May 14, 2024
Letters to the editor

From Rovers viewpoint

My name is Rover and I live with my human in paradise. That is, Mercury Bay, with many friends. Instead of having to hunt for food, my human provides me with delicious meat and vegetables from a building that has a constant flow of the human sub-species. She seems to be disconcerted by the effort and when she was putting on my collar, she was saying something about a council. To make up for the effort, I suck up to her so she can stroke and pat me and even smooch, but I don’t know why she talks to me unless it’s because she hasn’t replaced the absent human mate that used to be here. If I…

May 14, 2024
Letters to the editor

BOUQUETS FOR “START” AND DISTRICT NURSES

In the past I have had difficulty accessing health services that were needed.  However, my recent experience with START services following a knee replacement at Braemar hospital in Hamilton, has been timely, friendly, professional and appropriate to my needs. Karen, Paige, Maaike, Maree, Donna Patrice and Trudi have each come to see me at Ferry Landing during the two weeks I have been home. Each of them has been so pleasant, respectful and encouraging. I found out about Supported Transfer and Accelerated Rehabilitation (START) from a public meeting earlier this year held at Crossroads chu…

May 14, 2024
Letters to the editor

About issues, not personalities

Despite the political category you divide yourself into, if you have been around our Coromandel for any length of time you may well remember Jeanette Fitzsimons. She was our Parliamentary representative and leader of the Green Party before the National Party changed the constituency to include Hauraki, facilitating their candidate’s parliamentary access. I admired Jeannette as a true leader not just because she had a far greater understanding of environmental issues than any of her contemporaries, she also was possibly the only politician who attacked the issues and not the individual. So …

May 14, 2024
Letters to the editor

Galvanised by your full page

Dear Trevor Jensen, I write to remind you that a community is made up of many different groups who live together and share the local amenities. The area the Mercury Bay Boating Club wants to utilise is the very best place available. Nothing in your full-page advert convinced me otherwise.  What it did do was galvanise me into putting in a submission supporting the Mercury Bay Boating Club.

May 14, 2024
Letters to the editor

ASTRAZENECA WITHDRAWING

Last week, British-Swedish pharmaceutical giant AstraZeneca announced that it is withdrawing its Covid-19 vaccine worldwide, THREE years after admitting it can cause rare, but life-threatening injuries such as blood clots! The company stressed that it was plummeting demand that determined its decision to withdraw its jab. Wonder why it took so long to withdraw the jab after knowing of its dangers? Do people really want to trust such companies and the WHO?

May 14, 2024
Letters to the editor

How can poisoning be conservation?

Both the Robinsons and I are much buoyed up by all that Dal Minogue (previous Letters To editor The Informer, 30 April) has said we have achieved. It is good to be reminded that our efforts have not been entirely wasted. As a result, I thought I would begin with this: People who are involved in the wild animal poisoning business equate ‘poisoning’ with the word ‘conservation.’ Because I am against the use of poison to control wild animals those involved with poisoning label me as ‘anti-conservation’. Spreading poison is their form of “conservation” – in DOC’s case, spreading poison is pr…