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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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Elite Pakeha

I strongly recommend Mr Church spend more time broadening his knowledge of Te Ao Māori, Te Tiriti, colonisation and his role as tangata Tiriti. To comment on things you only have one world view on is disingenuous and disinformation. I question if your willingness to only participate in the colonial view point is revealing your belief that pakeha and pakeha ways are elite. If you took the opportunity to participate in both sides, you’d have chuckled at Kingii Tūheitia’s comments and not been triggered. You’d understand the nuance of Willie Jackson’s comment vs Julian Batchelor’s and you’d have...

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Nationhood – The Magic of Democracy

In New Zealand, we have no slave mentality or lawful placement of slaves, therefore we are all free thinkers and obedient to the law of the land and to our God. For all. All are equal. The dilution of democracy by the denial of peoples’ choice by removal of referendum is the most corrosive process to democracy that exists. The Labour Party of New Zealand passed a law that removed the referendum opportunity and permitted a secular appointment of non-elected persons to govern the populace, to be elite amongst us all. The recent TCDC election to apply Maori Wards, was a surprise and yet Catherine...

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TIC – Tongue In Cheek ailment

Dear Trevor I sincerely hope you are convalescing sufficiently from your recent and most difficult operation, when you had your tongue removed from your cheek. You obviously severely suffered mentally as you went thru the portal, as your column is actually making sense, which is most unlike your previous pontifications. I congratulate you on this most difficult journey and wish you well as you progress to a full and total recovery. All the best for the future.

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Don’t gloss over ICE vehicles

EVs offer cheaper costs on long trips because you start the trip with around 400 km of range from home charging at cheap overnight electricity rates. A sensible driver on a 655 km journey would stop for at least a couple of half-hour breaks anyway which double as charging stops. Peter glosses over how 95% of EV charging is done at home overnight very cheaply, saving the owner $1000’s a year. Eight years is the time the batteries are guaranteed, not their total life.  Many EV batteries are recording 500,000 kms with minimal battery degradation. The reuse of older tech Nissan Leaf batteries...

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BEFORE AND AFTER TREES

The visits will improve once the regrowth begins and we can see a little already. We have been living there for three and a half years. Things were very bushy. We noticed one of the trees wasn’t looking so well. A lot of pieces were dried out and dying. We were not 100 per cent sure what kind of tree it was, but we knew it was sick. We called Andrew Noakes who does a monthly column in The Informer – “For the love of trees.”  He came, looked very carefully examining the tree and noticed the one next to it was on the same trajectory as its sick neighbour. The outcome is, he has cut out all...

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Tairua – removing seedling mangroves from Pepe Stream

But I would appreciate the opportunity to clarify some points in an independent forum. To those of you who made these comments I would like to reply. 1) We are neither sad nor ignorant. I am a trained horticulturist with over 50 years’ experience in the propagation and growing native plants, and, the implementation of hundreds of plantings including wetland revegetation 2) I believe people have missed the point of our letter. Firstly, we have never seen mangroves as an impediment to our view. Pohutukawa do that just fine. We are suggesting the removal of the seedlings within the sandy areas...

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