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Author: Noel Hewlett

Accent the positives – negate the negative

I believe that as a country we must, as New Zealand citizens, work with the positives but first the negatives need to be called out for what they are. The negatives persist throughout the media at present. I have listed some negative issues that are currently circulating throughout the media channels and then I have countered these with views on accenting the positive. Negatives: Bullying at school Total Reliance on internet, smart phones, devices. Lack of discipline and self discipline Gang warfare Racial tension Lack of education Positives: Return to basic education Reduce use of...

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SOCIAL INVESTMENT BONDS COULD BE BIG

On reading an article by Richard Prebble in the New Zealand Herald on 15 May, I was inspired to put pen to paper and share his excellent views. Richard stated that a Social Investment Fund would commission outcomes for vulnerable New Zealanders and would work for the community, non-government organisations and iwi providers. The Social Investment Policy was introduced in the 80s by Finance Minister, Bill English, but unfortunately was defeated and not pursued by the incoming government. Since 2013, Australia has been successfully using Social Investment Bonds to tackle issues ranging form...

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Where Mercury Bay is heading

Without question, we live in the best seaside settlements in New Zealand and Mercury Bay residents need to work hard to keep that distinction going. As an isolated region, I believe we must clearly establish Whitianga as the heart of Mercury Bay and move forward with a collective voice. I might add that after living and working in Mercury Bay for over 40 years I feel equipped to contribute in a meaningful way but wish to reiterate that the articles written are of personal options only. To look forward I feel we also need to look back and analyse some major achievements: • Roading network...

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Does the Public know what it is?

Thames Coromandel District Council’s Coastal Erosion Policy The voting on the decision was conclusive with three in favour and one against. I was the one who voted against it. At the time I was shattered by the decision that was made with no public consultation or research. Ironically, at that time in 2004 there had been two major events in Mercury Bay prior to this policy decision. Waterways – Hopper developments presented to TCDC in the year 2000, to save the houses from major storms. Despite everything that has happened over the past twenty years, we still have this ridiculous” Coastal...

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TCDC’s Coastal Erosion Policy

The voting on the decision was conclusive with three in favour and one against. I was the one who voted against it. At the time I was shattered by the decision that was made with no public consultation or research. Ironically, at that time in 2004 there had been two major events in Mercury Bay prior to this policy decision. Waterways – Hopper developments presented to TCDC in the year 2000, to save the houses from major storms. Despite everything that has happened over the past twenty years, we still have this ridiculous” Coastal Erosion Policy” in t TCDC which effects all their operations...

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