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Author: Peter H. Wood

Language and bullying at the ‘chalk face

I went from a North Shore primary to Secondary School and then on to Teachers Training College and ended up teaching for 46 years as a travelled primary teacher at the New Zealand ‘chalk face’. My experience allows me to say that I never saw or heard that speaking Maori in schools was forbidden or wrong. Indeed, children who could speak Maori in the playground were looked up to as skilful. So, why have we got stories of intolerance circulating? Is it to foster supposed support for a NZ underdog? As a teacher, I was able to say that there was no bullying on my watch in the playground. If a...

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FOSSIL-FUELS ABOUND

Watching the continual parade of fossil-fuelled cars along Buffalo Beach Rd., I’ve realised that this is mirrored by small communities NZ-wide. With the Aid of the big business transport industry we are blithely ignoring that 2023 has been the hottest year since we have kept records. Our Leaders are failing us by using tree planting as an economically viable method of carbon sequestration. The Friedman philosophy will spell the end of our civilization. It is worth trying to stop this climate change when we know that humanity has reached eight billion, needing fossil  fuels to feed and house...

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“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 large...

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Should the churches pay taxes?

Should the churches (religion) be separated from our government? Are we a theocracy or a democracy? By that I mean are we a country free of superstition (secular)? From our M.Ps’ public actions, it is shown that the state facilitates religious use of tax money. Churches don’t pay taxes because in the past, they were the only public welfare groups. They saved the government money. Now this wealth is spent on growing land ownership and indoctrination by the organised churches. Certainly, it is not publicised. Another sign of this corruption is prayer (Maori or English) and the fact that the...

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Environment issues matter

The Staff of the newspaper are to be congratulated for having the courage to print an article bringing into question some aspects of the much-vaunted Kubota billfishing contest. Although the contest brings much money into parts of the community’s welcoming coffers, the reason it uses (pardon the pun) has many fishhooks. Firstly, in the absence of sails, the oh-so-many boats that motored out were all using large amounts of climate-change fossil fuels. Also include the large vehicles towing trailers, many for a longtime distance. All this because of the lure of big cash. Perhaps a rich person’s...

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A cacophony of seagullims

Moral: don’t leave your dinner alone. Humans think that while they are enjoying the sea view certain Seagullims Bludgerous have adopted them and approached near as tame animals. No way, they have learnt that looking endearingly up close is a sure way to get a chip or piece of sandwich. Another sign of Seagullims Bludgerous is their ability to avoid the fight or flight pattern when close to folk and vehicles. Their carefulness in avoiding powered vehicles is shown by the lack of road-kill along Buffalo Beach and how they can fossick on the road or footpath and scuttle out of the vehicles way...

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CLIMATE CHANGE

With the Aid of the big business transport industry we are blithely ignoring that 2023 has been the hottest year since we have kept records. Our Leaders are failing us by using tree planting as an economically viable method of carbon sequestration. The Friedman philosophy will spell the end of our civilization. It is worth trying to stop this climate change when we know that humanity has reached eight billion, needing fossil fuels to feed and house us?

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College estuary swim – a great race

What a surprise – ferry-load after ferry-load of well-behaved children in togs transported across the estuary and walked down to the opposite beach. At midday the first lot started and many heads dotted the exiting tide. The logistics of this exercise filled me with admiration. Kayaks, harbour master and assorted craft kept an eye on the swimmers, who kept coming in waves. Floatation aids were in evidence and if I had even had the courage to do this swim I would have needed my water wings. What an adventurous way to start the school year and congratulations to all the children who made it...

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We are all equal

If we are equal, then any person who is aNZ citizen can stand for Council seats, ( or parliament). So why should Maori be given special rights over the rest? That is apartheid which I thought NZ was against. Our leaders do not have a god-given right to decide for us because of accident of birth. Kings and chiefs are an anachronism. We have a democracy now. The TCDC and WRC have both avoided public consultation when implementing race-based Councillors. Since when were’Maori Issues’ different to New Zealanders’ issues when it comes to what we spend our rates and taxpayers’ contributions. If we...

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