Kapi-Mana News : February 19th 2013
11 KAPI-MANA NEWS, FEBRUARY 19, 2013 OPINION Find us on Facebook 5187211AA TAWA Super Specials Instore $39.99 $65 JIM BEAM 1.125 LITRE DEWAR'S WHITE LABEL 1 LITRE $7.99 HARVEST SCRUMPY CIDER RANGE 1.25LITRE $9.99 STORM CROSSING RESERVE RANGE 750ML BOTTLE FLAME 15X330ML BOTTLES $19.99 Each STEINLAGER CLASSIC 18X330ML BOTTLES TUI/EXPORT 15X330ML BOTTLES 2 FOR 80 MAIN ROAD, TAWA • Ph: 04 232 9888 • OPEN 7 DAYS Above offers available at Super Liquor Tawa only and ends close of trade 3rd March 2013 or while stock lasts. Limits may apply --- plus many more in-store specials and freebies. Each Each Each 2 FOR $40.00 1 FOR CORONA 12X330ML BOTTLES $23.99 Each $29.99 Each OR $21.99 Each That's taking free speech too far TALKING POLITICS GORDON CAMPBELL Even Richard Prosser must have been surprised by the global fall- out from last week s Wogistan episode, although the New Zealand First MP has been a time bomb waiting to explode for quite some time. Prosser used to belong to the Democrats for Social Credit -- and during the 2008 election campaign, he called for the South Island to secede and form its own parliament. In previous magazine columns, he had urged the mandatory arming of taxi drivers, and for dairy owners to keep loaded shotguns behind their counters. In fact, New Zealand First leader Winston Peters -- who drove Brendan Horan from the party caucus earlier this year -- mildly rebuked Prosser for lacking balance . (Just what the balance for Wogistan might be was left to the imagination.) Yet by the end of the week, Prosser was in full apologetic retreat, amid rumours that he was unlikely to be high on the New Zealand First party list at the next election. As many noted, the Prosser affair provided politicians with a golden opportunity to outdo each other in stating their abhorrence of racism and Islamophobia. For his part, Labour leader David Shearer rather clumsily warned: I find this offensive . . . If those sorts of comments were made in the Middle East, it could incite violence -- we don t want that here. Shearer seemed to be denounc- ing Prosser s claim that Muslims are inherently violent by warning that saying so might trigger their propensity for violence! A more substantial issue about inappropriate language and free speech got lost during the Prosser ruckus. Last week, Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully not only intervened to deter National MPs from meeting with the visiting West Papuan independence leader Benny Wenda but -- incredibly -- the new Speaker David Carter forbade Green and Labour MPs from hosting Wenda at a function on Parliament grounds. Both actions were clearly meant to impress Indonesia, with whom, McCully said, he was pursuing a policy of constructive engage- ment . McCully seems totally unaware of the origins of this now- discredited term. Constructive engagement was the Reagan-era stance towards apartheid South Africa -- and was promoted in opposition to the successful United Nations policy of sanctions, disinvestment and isolation that eventually drove the rulers of South Africa to the nego- tiating table, and ushered in majority rule. McCully appears set on follow- ing the same Reaganite recipe of failure with respect to Indonesia, while shunning the approach that succeeded not only in South Africa, but in Timor as well. Talk about history repeating itself. In the 1980s, the Labour government of David Lange pur- sued an identical policy of appeasement towards Indonesia, over Timor s claims to indepen- dence. Eventually, Timor seceded regardless, and Indonesia has survived its loss. Today though, we seem deter- mined to repeat the same mistake with respect to West Papua s legitimate quest for independence -- and again, we re doing so to win brownie points with Indonesia. Calling this craven policy constructive engagement doesn t make it smell any sweeter. Arguably, our policy stance on West Papua is as reprehensible, and more damaging in the long term, than any transient opinion piece by Richard Prosser. LETTERS FROM Page 10 Council, District Maori Councils, Maori Committees and Maori Wardens. Maori Wardens work within specific boundaries and do not have the right to work wherever they choose. The Maori Community Development Act 1962 is the overall Constitution of the above structure. Its requirements include triennial elections which each tier must abide to. All groups and Maori Wardens lose their previous status until they have completed public elections to stand for a further three years. This process is similar to organisations who allocate a three-year period of status to their chair, secretary, treasurer and so on. Maori Wardens undertake this process to seek approval to continue their work. Their applications are supported by the Maori Committee which they belong to and are submitted to the District Maori Council for approval. Politics, as stated within the article in your paper, is created by groups who do not comply with the MCD Act 1962 and yet make claims to the status of being Maori Wardens. These loose statements deliberately create confusion which is unnecessary given that there are very clear guidelines as outlined in the MCD Act 1962. It is important to have a balanced accurate understanding of how a Maori Warden is appointed. If people have not been approved by an accredited District Maori Council to be a Maori Warden, they are not Maori Wardens. (Letter abridged)NOELENE SMILER, Wardens Portfolio, vice chair, Wellington District Maori Council. We regret any confusion caused by our misunderstanding of the process to become a Maori Warden. The main intent of the article was to acknowledge the contribution of volunteers in community, be they officially sanctioned or not -- Editor Trees a non-issue Editor, I have been led to believe the city council is proposing a law to prevent private citizens from cutting down or trimming trees on their own property. What right does the council have to interfere with what people grow on their property? To methisisjustastepinthe direction of communist control. I consider this to be gross interference with the democratic and freedom rights of individuals. It must be remembered that many residents over the years have paid good money to buy property because of a beautiful view or to catch the sun, and over the years the trees have overgrown their usefulness and become a problem and consequently devalue property by reducing views or by causing excessive shading. One should have the right to either remove the trees or at the very least to trim the trees on their own properties to remedy this problem, and these same trees may also have become a problem to neighbouring properties. I for one would be tempted to ignore such a rule. If a tree on my property was causing the problems as mentioned above, I feel I should retain the right to remove or trim it.This is my business, not the council s bureaucratic right to decide for me. Can council please note my objection to the proposal. (Letter abridged) JIM GYTON, Plimmerton. More tables, please Editor, All year round we are able to make good use of Aotea Lagoon; running, well set up play area, weddings, the list goes on. As we were enjoying our barbecue we got talking to a group who now live in local rest homes. The idea of this group, who were 82 years and older (some on sticks to get around) was to be able to do what we were doing. The thing that stopped them was lack of barbecue tables as they can t get down to sit on rugs. I do feel two barbecue tables are not nearly enough. More could be added without taking any of the grass area where people like to play ball, and so on. These wooden tables don t cost much these days and a bit of concrete to cement them in. Is this passible while we enjoy a long hot summer? G B HAZLEWOOD, Papakowhai. Sensible Schraa Editor, Dr Ian Schraa s article Predator free New Zealand would be the aim is a well-reasoned, balanced piece of writing. He addresses the most pertinent issues we should be considering while applauding the debate that was triggered by Dr Gareth Morgan s denouncing of domestic cats. I hope those who read it give equal care in internalising his message. For cat owners who also feed bird visitors to the garden, give thought to the safe placing of the feeding station. G M BROWN, Paremata. Save the trees Editor, Let s not allow our harumphing at the city council s hamfisted regulations make us forget the real issue: trees in our suburbs are valuable, and we re losing them. Despite our irritation at the council s move, we should want to protect the trees around us. Three reasons why: 1. The leafier a suburb, the higher its overall property values, a fact well-proven in real estate research. 2. Urban trees make streets more pleasant to be in, improving community life. 3. Trees draw native birds from bush blocks into our gardens. In some Porirua suburbs, our kids can enjoy native birds at home, but in others you now have to go to a park or wildlife preserve. And yet, every weekend, we re out there with the pruning saw and the chainsaw. The council deserves the pasting it s getting for its crude approach to halting the loss. But we, the residents, shouldn t let them blind us to the importance of trees in our suburbs. So let s do it ourselves, and do it better. Let s come together as residents around something positive to green the places we live. We owe it to ourselves. ISABELLA CAWTHORN, Plimmerton.
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