Letters

Tuia boatie protest might gain GDC attention

It is quite obvious that Gisborne District Council is not at all supportive of the boating community nor its needs. Earlier this month a resident …

Still time to celebrate?

A few weeks ago The Gisborne Herald published a letter asking where the excitement was about the upcoming 250th anniversary of Captain James Cook’s visit …

Minimalising of encounter shows maturity

Re: At watershed moments, leadership matters — September 19 letter. When a collection of voices from Turanganui a Kiwa said “no powhiri for tall ships” …

Greatest threat, little mention

Even though we might have different standing points, Clive Bibby and myself often agree about things. I certainly support his words “the threat of climate …

Views on debt, please

With local government elections getting closer, I have concerns about the council’s financial position following Meng Foon’s artificial 2 percent rates freeze. Through your paper, …

Pick up mess afterwards

Can someone please tell me why the council maintenance contractors are not picking up the mess they leave, after they trim the overhanging branches and …

On Suffrage Day — a reminder to vote

In 1893, New Zealand became the first nation in the world to grant women the right to vote. Suffrage Day (September 19) is a significant …

Leave hill road two-way

Re: One-way road on Titirangi/Kaiti Hill, September 16 article. The last time this idea surfaced I wrote pointing out several good reasons for leaving the …

At watershed moments, leadership matters

As Hoturoa Barclay-Kerr, the co-chair of Tuia 250, said in a recent interview on The Project, “History happened, it can’t be changed.” In a later …

No place for waffle and grandstanding

Despite aging and dwindling numbers, Holy Trinity members hosted their traditional Meet the Candidates evening last week.It is not a small task to contact all …

Cancel it all

In response to last night’s TV One news report and the article on page 6 of Tuesday’s Gisborne Herald regarding an iwi banning a visit …

Get rid of it

Re: Historic bond shed needs new home, September 17 story.I say get rid of it, we have enough rubbish around our town already. We have …

Inspiring and uplifting

After watching some of the A Tatau Korero interviews collaborated by Lewis Whaitiri, David Jones and Jon Rush, where Tairawhiti people were able to tell …

Youth Council should serve its full purpose

Re: Keen to see youth councillor sit at the main table, Sept 17 story.As a keen member of the Gisborne District Youth Council for the …

What is a wasted vote?

At the recent LGBTIQ “meet the candidates” evening I told the audience that I really like the events because I get to hear from all …

Stepped aside to allow for first elected female mayor

My decision to step aside and not be a mayoralty candidate for Gisborne 2019, to allow for the district’s first elected female mayor, was an …

Just virtue signalling

Re: Climate emergency hard to ignore, September 16 letter. What is it with those who push for a declaration of a climate emergency? Those who …

Blessings upon us all

Good news and long overdue — at last, a more comprehensive curriculum of NZ history is to be taught in schools going forward. I believe …

Speaker time limits were essential

A Meet the Candidates event enables each candidate to introduce themselves and then say whatever they wish. Then there must be time for the people …

Climate emergency hard to ignore

Re: Election meeting ‘disaster’, September 13 story.The heading and tone of this article surprised me, as I thought the candidates meeting was a great success. …

Negativity and parochialism

Ironically, in her criticism of others’ negativity (letter Sept 12) Rachel Lodewyk herself displays negativity in the remark about rail doing “a lot more for …

Agree, it was a disaster

It was so disappointing to be unable to ask questions of the mayoral candidates at Thursday’s meeting, and that the chairman decided candidates had only …

Now to get people voting

Thanks to the organisers of the election meeting at the Holy Trinity Hall the other night. I found it most informative and it was nice …

Is that it?

So, can we expect Ross Meurant to throw a little tantrum every time things don’t go his way? For his information, the Mayor gets one …

Coast roads a disgrace

I attended a meet-the-candidates evening in Te Araroa on Monday night. The roads around Te Araroa especially are an absolute disgrace! Driving during the day …

Real issue to consider . . .

Your correspondent Roger Handford’s opinion piece on the emergency works at Wainui Beach cries out for a response. First, the works are not funded by …

Evening a success, not for one campaign though

The Holy Trinity meet the candidates’ evening is always one of the highlights of the election. In this setting we get to read their body …

Issues of ignorance, bigotry

Hi again Ms van Wyk. At Motu we get The Herald a day late so I have not yet read your reply to my letter. …

Willing to have mast erected by their front door?

I welcome constructive feedback to my letter on 5G on Aug 21, including the response from the anonymous “spokeswoman” hiding behind the façade of the …

Not a private domain

I write in response to the letter in yesterday’s Herald, “Rocks do a wonderful job”. On the suggestion of the GDC water conservation team I …

Can’t buy into negativity

Standing for council is turning out to be the most bewildering thing I have ever done. As I answer questions alongside people who I am …

More old colonial ‘ginks’?

Gee Tracey, your angst over Poverty Bay certainly resonates with me. When I was growing up in Timaru we lived on the corner of Brunswick …

Water storage key issue

Given that this region is most likely to have a drought and we know just how much that impacts the horticulture sector, we need to …

Only want to know views

There are many valid reasons, Mr Murphy, for not being able to attend meetings. All I want to know is our candidates’ views on our …

Pupils are learning to swim

Re: “No swimming lessons in schools”, September 2 story.Swim For Life Tairawhiti has been providing lessons to around 28 schools in the Tairawhiti/East Coast region …

Wishing new candidates a fair chance of being elected

It would appear that some new candidates wanting to stand for council are being given a hard time by office staff at Election Services. Their …

Wainui Beach: Death by a thousand cuts

I had a sense of deja-vu last Sunday watching the rock reinforcement works at Wainui beach. Well done council for responding quickly but one wonders …

A deeply moving and eloquent conversation

Kia ora ki a koe Glenis Philip-Barbara, Te Ha Trust general manager, for organising the thought-provoking Awkward Conversations series held at Smash Palace in August …

Get to meet the candidates

I would like to encourage people to come to Thursday night’s candidate meeting at Holy Trinity Hall, Derby Street, opposite EIT. The council candidates have …

I would have an opinion

Re my name being in the paper for not attending the LGBTQI (whatever that means?) meeting, and the letter from Heather Van Wyk. It probably …