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Darts  – a great game wherever you play

You’ve got a great club filled with very open friendly people. Wherever you go in the country, all dart players have one thing in common – we play for the love of the game. Your relaxed play and even the small differences in rules is a fantastic way to play the best game in the world. Any time any player is in Wellington, look up the Johnsonville Club or Kapi Mana Darts and we’ll get you a game. Thanks again for having us, we’ll definitely be back for more.

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EVs – time to ditch fearmongering!

EV batteries use lithium, but its impact is dwarfed by the ongoing environmentally disastrous oil spills like Deepwater Horizon and Exxon Valdez which wrecked 4,000 miles of coastline. Don’t see any faux outrage for that. Coal-powered electricity for EVs is utter nonsense. Coal imports are down while new EV car sales have risen to 20%! Mr Barnes decries diesel-powered coal shipping but ignores shipping of five times that volume imported petroleum products, plus the oil spill risk to our coasts! Modern EV batteries last over 300,000km, not your ludicrous claim of six years. After that, they...

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Tairua to North Shore and back on a single charge

As I sat there I watched the electric trains on the line beside the motorway whizzing past and thought about Trevor Ammundsen’s opinion piece about rail in The Informer the week before and how 19th century irrelevant and dirty-word socialist the said railways were. Surrounded by diesel trucks chugging at idle or spurting black smoke when the line moved a few metres, bumper to bumper cars and vans with engines running while stationary, I reflected on Alistair Brickell’s Guest Editorial in the same issue of The Informer attacking electric cars. I noted  his seriously dubious ‘facts’ and the inference...

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Full of piss & wind!

Why do you need until the end of June for ‘advice on options’. Surely there have been enough engineers reports, consultants’ reports, meetings, and the tens of thousands of dollars of ratepayers and tax payers money and you have got nowhere. How much was spent on all the Ambassadors employed and housed to guide people offering visitors lesser alternatives? Then you come up with deferred decisions, press releases that tell us nothing! We don’t need Ambassadors. Cathedral Cove IS the Ambassador! Let this beautiful creation by nature speak to the people all by itself. It belongs to everyone for...

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Disparities in Maori health

His inference that Maori leadership is on both sides of the debate is also ill-considered. Yes, you would expect the Greens, Te Pati Maori, and Labour to defend their Maori Health Authority initiative. But to point to the “well-respected” Shane Reti (well respected? yeah? By whom?) Winston Peters and David Seymour as protagonists with Maori descent – and therefore making the argument Maori v Maori – ignores the political reality. None of those three politicians could be said to represent the Maori viewpoint given that their voting demographic is largely old, stale and pale. I am yet to...

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Voices of Reason!

Money does not grow on trees and Social Services definitely need to be left where they belong – in Wellington; along with all the other initiatives the Mayor and his councillors have come up with that do not relate to basic infrastructure. Major issues affecting the Simpsons Beach (Wharekaho) community remain unresolved. No water, no sewage, and no safe footpath along SH25, and no replacement system for the disconnected tsunami sirens. 35 years ago, the first request was made for a safe footpath along this stretch of SH25. The community has grown dramatically since then, as has the...

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VIRTUOUS EV OWNERS

Anyone who reads S. Kara’s ‘Cobalt Red’ published last year (once they wipe the tears from their eyes), will be rapidly disabused. Tens of thousands of artisanal workers, many women and children, work in underground mines in southern Congo where they scrape out cobalt ore which is then laundered through the ‘official’, mainly Chinese, companies. The hundreds of kilometres of tunnels are airless and totally unsupported, which means collapses are regular. When this happens, the evidence is buried forever, and relatives are even denied a decent burial as the bodies cannot be recovered. The appalling...

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EV SALES

Brickell’s assertion that EV sales have peaked is absolute rubbish. In 2023 alone, a whopping 14 million new EVs hit the streets globally, marking a 35% surge from 2022 and an astonishing 54% leap from 2021 to 2022. Yet Brickell expects you to believe that all these buyers are mistaken while he alone holds the monopoly on truth. 1.2 million Tesla Model Y cars were sold in 2023, the world’s best-selling and safest car, but they too must somehow bow to Brickell’s assumed superior knowledge. EVs command an impressive 20% share of the global car market, with the International Energy Agency forecasting...

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