Kapi-Mana News : November 8th 2011
8 KAPI-MANA NEWS, NOVEMBER 8, 2011 OPINION LETTERS Eker's Week LETTERS GUIDE The Kapi-Mana News welcomes letters from readers. Letters will be published at the editor's discretion. Please keep correspondence to 250 words or less. We reserve the right to edit for brevity and sense. Pen names are not acceptable. If you feel there is a good reason you can't put your name to your letter, phone the editor. For identification not publication, please include an address not a box number and if possible a daytime contact phone number. Send letters to The Editor, P O Box 50 012, Porirua, phone 237 8118, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. In defence of DPRK Editor, Mike Doig s smart comment about Litea Ah Hoi going to Stalinist North Korea [KMN, October 25] shows that his knowledge of North Korea is merely a reflection of anti-Korean western propaganda upon which President Bush developed his dangerous axis of evil foreign policy. While North Korea (the Democratic People s Republic of Korea -- DPRK) was modelled on Soviet systems in the 60-plus years of the republic s life, the Koreans have adapted their system to reflect Korean culture and philosophy. This has resulted in a political system quite unlike what we are used to in the west. Like New Zealand the DPRK system is evolving, which in their case is slowly leading towards a mixed economy with joint ventures and foreign investment playing an increasingly influential role in the nation s development. Based on Communist philosophy, the DPRK will for the foreseeable future remain a centrally controlled one-party state. The greatest hurdle the DPRK has to cope with are the crippling economic sanctions and military threats spearheaded by the United States and complied with by client states such as New Zealand. This has resulted in the danger of the Korean War being resumed. International peace cannot be predicated on nuclear threats either by the US or the DPRK. The Koreans are convinced that there must be encouraged mutual understanding of our various societies and I unequivocally support that contention. Litea is the latest of a number of Porirua citizens who have accepted a Korean invitation to visit their country, to observe and learn. The Koreans hope that there will be opportunities given by Porirua people for people from the DPRK to learn about us. DON BORRIE, chairman, NZ DPRK Society. Where's the pride? Editor, I would like to respond to the comments made by Postgate School principal Adam Campbell and BOT chairperson Jacqui Edwards in the article [KMN, September 27] by Andrea O Neil. My children, of which the article is about, have special needs. We raised our concerns by addressing these issues with their teachers, the Special Needs co- ordinator, the principal and finally the BOT. This of course is the expected process. Ms Edwards states that she is satisfied with the processes the BOT have used and are using. In highlighting these processes the BOT then is satisfied that the BOT took 83 days to respond to our concerns raised at the BOT meeting, May 19, 2011, as we only got a response after including this unresolved matter in a formal complaint to the BOT on July 19. This response came on August 12.Ms Edwards must also be satisfied that the process the BOT used to investigate the formal complaint did not include an interview with the complainant or the parent witness to the incident. Ms Edwards will also be satisfied that the BOT took seven weeks to provide their first response to a request for implementing a teacher aide for my son in the classroom which we were prepared to invest in. Ms Edwards is clearly satisfied that the second response to this teacher aide matter from the BOT was in the form of a letter dated September 6, 2011, which was hand-delivered into the mailbox on September 19. It appears that Ms Edwards has a lot to be satisfied with and given that currently the proposed mediation with the school was a recommendation from the Ministry and not a process initiated by the BOT, this is something that Ms Edwards may not be satisfied with. However, Adam Campbell, after stating that there was a personality clash and that he could not comment because it was a delicate legal matter, was more than happy to outline his response to the article in a school newsletter, dated October 3, which of course is one-way communication. There is no personality clash and no legal action taken that we are aware of. Readers may think why don t we just go to another school? But why should we? The BOT has a legal responsibility to ensure that the school is inclusive. Families should not have to go through this type of experience, unfortunately for us this has been our reality. Where is the Postgate Pride in that? SOLO SOLOUOTA, Porirua. (Letter abridged) Postgate School BOT responds: Our reply to the concerns expressed is that we have responded and are currently responding to all the requests they have made of the school. We are satisfied with the processes we have put in place to address these. We continue to meet the needs of all our children through the funding and staffing and time we have available to us. We are extremely proud of our school, its principal, teachers, staff, students and we work to ensure that our school continues to be a successful school. Bring on the gully! Editor, Vicki Truyens may not like large trucks and trailers using Gray s Rd to access State Highway 1 (KMN, October 8) but we don t like them using SH58 on the Whitby side either. It is almost impossible for them not to cross the double yellow lines in places, they frequently leave trails of diesel from over- filled tanks that make the road extremely slippery in the rain, but worst of all is the noise generated by their engine/exhaust brakes as they decelerate before tight corners such as below Spinnaker Drive. We have asked Transit to erect a sign banning engine brakes by the Paremata Boating Club but nothing has been done and the trucks passing in the early hours of the morning heading for the Hutt Valley from SH1 make one heck of a racket. Transmission Gully can t come soon enough! SUE JENKINS, Whitby. Meaningless rules Editor, Today is November 1, the first day of the Porirua City Council s summer dog beach bylaw, and this has been my experience as the owner of a sea-loving labrador- border collie. Having an 8.30am appointment, I rushed her down to the beach at 7.30am for our usual 40-minute walk and swim, knowing there would be no time later before the 10am cut-off point. We managed to get through a muggy day, but on a late afternoon walk above the pretty well deserted beach, she strove to get down to the water and I had to haul her back (she weighs half what I do). Now, at 4.30pm, I am faced with the choice of hosing her down, or going down to the beach at 7pm. I am elderly and tired. There is hardly a soul on the beach -- certainly not the summer crowds referred to in this newspaper recently. It isn t summer yet; and remembering last summer, the weather was iffy -- good days, bad days, not much different from the winter dog hours. Perhaps the council management could take a few strolls along Titahi Bay beach themselves, in different months, to get a true idea of the meaninglessness of their bureaucratic bylaws. ROSE VINCENT, Titahi Bay.
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