Kapi-Mana News : March 19th 2013
10 KAPI-MANA NEWS, MARCH 19, 2013 OPINION Find out more: call 0800 MY FIBRE (0800 693 427) or see chorus.co.nz/in-your-neighbourhood You may see our service company partners drilling, digging or working overhead to install fibre in your area. We're doing everything we can to keep disruption to a minimum. Thanks for your patience. We're working to bring ultra-fast broadband to your neighbourhood CHO2065/11B Delivered to 25,324 homes and businesses between Tawa and Pukerua Bay every Tuesday. 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From a legal point of view the members of that centre should follow its rules and call a special general meeting to appoint its executive and resolve outstanding matters. Should that not be possible, if that centre is defunct the Registrar of Incorporated Societies has reserve powers. The second centre is presently just another body with no rights to the land and assets. JOHN MASLIN, Ranui Gardens make mark Editor, I am a recent newcomer to the district and I am writing to say how impressed I am by the amazing gardens I see in the city area, at Aotea Lagoon, Paremata, and in some of the suburbs. I do hope the gardeners involved read this letter and know their hard work is appreciated. How they have managed in the very hot days we ve had in recent weeks says something for their work commitments. HELEN STEVENSON, Aotea More garden praise Editor, I wish to congratulate the council gardeners for the colourful flower beds in the city centre. Despite the dry weather, the beds have stayed bright and cheered-up each day. Thank you gardeners. ROSEMARY POINTER, Ascot Park Mayoral aspirations Editor, Mr Collins [KMN Letters, March 12], you re a bit of a hoot aren t you? Your little rant about our mayor may have fooled some but it s a jolly good thing the editor of this fine tabloid pointed something out -- you want his job.Well of course you are going to be disparaging aren t you? I have never been enamoured with those who would try to curry favour by trash talking others. You need to try to wrench his job from him by proving yourself and not by trying to belittle Mr Leggett. And really, using the fact that he pays a quarter of the usage for the mayoral car? He shouldn t have to pay anything, he s the mayor for Pete s sake. I take it then, from your comments that if you do win the mayoralty (snigger, you won t) you won t be using the car or will be paying for the full use of it, yes? Can we have a promise of that? It s a moot point really because Nick Leggett will win. He has my vote, you don t, and there are many of us out there who feel the same. And one last thing, how come you failed to mention in your letter that you plan to run for a seat, any seat at the next election? TRACEY STEEL, Pukerua Bay It s our policy to identify (likely) candidates among correspondents when an election is looming. Letter writers with political ambitions are encouraged to be forthright about it --- Editor. Ngati Toa on council Editor, That was an interesting article regarding Ngati Toa elders and Liz Kelly [KMN, March 12]. I was surprised to learn that Liz is the Ngati Toa representative to the Porirua City Council, at least according to Thom Kenny. This is plainly not the case as there is no statutory Maori seat on the PCC. Liz is an elected representative of the western ward. I also find it amusingly ironic because Liz Kelly was against the idea of having a separate Maori seat on the PCC. Thom Kenny went on to say that the council was dysfunctional and it was losing the support of Ngati Toa. As a member of Ngati Haumia in Plimmerton (a hapu of Ngati Toa) I can state we have a perfectly good relationship with Mayor Leggett and Have some faith in us A bill to Mondayise public holidays that fall on the weekend passed its second reading last week, suggesting common sense may indeed prevail. We can be thankful Labour MP David Clark s bill returned to the house in the wake of public conster- nation with National s decisions to sell off state assets. Vetoing the bill would have been a second cold shoulder to public opinion in as many months. National will still vote against Anzac and Waitangi long weekends, decrying the $200 million dent they would apparently have on the economy, but the Government knows which battles are good to lose and which can be bad to win. We understand the concern of RSAs, that the significance of Anzac Day could be diluted if part of a holiday weekend , where families focus may turn to travel and other events. But have a little faith in us. Commemorations will still be held on the traditional dates. The growing attendance at Anzac Day ceremonies in recent years -- particularly among young people -- should instil confidence in the high regard most Kiwis hold April 25. This won t change because we may be visiting another town or have had family to stay. And we don t recall any lagging national consciousness in the years Anzac and Waitangi day have fallen on a Friday. If still in doubt, look at the Americans. They aligned their public holidays with long weekends in 1968, and you would be hard pressed to find a people more reverent in honouring their past. As for the burden on the economy, we feel most New Zealanders have viewed it from the other side. Businesses have for too long enjoyed a bonus wind- fall from Waitangi and Anzac days falling on a weekend -- and it s time for that to end. -- Matthew Dallas, Editor.
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