Letters

Research actual corruption

Re: Social cost of extreme inequity, April 22 column.Martin Hanson has discovered some research which proves that wealthy drivers don’t tend to stop when pedestrians …

City gardens a mess

The District Council has taken over the city gardens and what a mess they are. The weeds in the median strip are taking over and …

Committee chairman maybe — not interim RSA president

Re: Sad day at the RSA, and Amazing turnout for Anzac parade, April 26 letter and story. Darryl Higgins is incorrectly referred to as interim …

Excellent service Patutahi

The Anzac Day service at Patutahi was outstanding and I felt very proud to lay the wreath on behalf of Gisborne District Council. Organised by …

Agents not to blame

While I sympathise with the sentiments underlying First Time Trier’s letter of April 26, I take issue with the comment “many agents . . . …

Surely RSA issues could have waited

Re: Sad day at the RSA, April 26 letter.I could not agree more with Guy Baker. It was indeed a sad day for members of …

Rail response disappoints

I notice the continued tirade from concerned locals over the arrogance of KiwiRail as regards the use and restoration of the Gisborne-Wairoa line. My recent …

Complex not run on minimum budget

Re: Maintenance plans for pool complex? April 27 letter.The Olympic Pool is one of the council’s highest-used facilities and consistently rates highly for satisfaction in …

Let’s hear the full story on pokies

Re: ‘No more pokies’, April 26 story.It concerns me to read such a one-sided article on the front page. Although I do understand some of …

Sustainable? More like downward spiral

Our Government is going to splash $53 million of taxpayer money by having a stall at the World Expo in Dubai.Apparently we’ve been invited to …

Great occasion

Thanks to Diana Trafford/Randel and her team of willing helpers who made the 130th anniversary for Te Karaka School/Waikohu College a very enjoyable and successful …

Maintenance plans for pool complex?

Re: Sink or swim: Pools need repairs — April 12 letter.Well done Sarah Dixon for highlighting how our Olympic Pool Complex “is no longer the …

Learn some history, clean up cemetery

We, the friends of Makaraka Cemetery, invite you to come out to the cemetery this Saturday to learn a bit about this historical place and, …

Character assassination

“Sarcasm is the lowest form of wit” asserted Oscar Wilde, “. . . but the highest form of intelligence” — although when combined with malevolence …

Sad day at the RSA

Whichever way one looks at it, whether they were for or against, it was indeed a very sad day at the Gisborne RSA on Saturday …

First-home buyers at end of queue

Re: Quick-buck investors manipulating market, April 24.I agree completely with Sue Costello’s comments on the property market in Gisborne. Local first-home buyers are at the …

Writer not Jon Reeves

Re: PM Peters to switch roads money to rail, April 24 letter.The writer of this letter is not Jon Reeves and is not a New …

Land designated for library

Re: Any other sites considered, April 22 letter.Thank you for your support for the extension of the HB Williams Memorial Library.You wanted to know the …

No Endeavour models?

On first visiting Gisborne 50 years ago, I was impressed with the models of the “Endeavour” placed on the lamp posts along Gladstone Road. For …

Forestry extracts high price for some

Re: Cargo record at port, April 21 story.It is great to see the port doing so well, which is obviously mostly due to the forestry …

Such a waste

Spending $53 million for the world trade show in Dubai seems to me to be such a waste of taxpayers’ money. I wonder how many …

Phone book pick-up points

To the citizens of Gisborne and district, the phone books delivery has now been completed but some were missed as not all roads were open, …

Any other sites considered?

Dear GDC management,Thank you for your prompt response. No one is debating the necessity for more public library space which is in itself a measure …

KiwiRail appears ignorant of facts

Re: Railbikes ‘best fit’ for Gisborne, April 15 story. Unbelievable. Just where has KiwiRail’s asset management and investment group manager been over the past five …

Rail was just taking off

Re: Ghost town if no rail, April 13 letter.Stuart Clark recognises what some cannot see; that Gisborne’s isolation from the rest of New Zealand has …

Science is under attack

In our world of fake news and “alternative facts”, science is being attacked. Scientists have been shaken up by President Donald Trump and his team’s …

Family carers forgotten again

Regarding the $2 billion pay equity settlement for 55,000 health care workers, we feel this is an unfair settlement as families of disabled people who …

GDC needs to prioritise fixing sewerage issues

Amber Dunn is a lovely person and it is her turn now to stand up and tell us for the 20th year that the council …

Rail history, external savings being ignored

I always read with interest the letters regarding the Gisborne to Napier rail line. Some regularly state “the railway could not make a profit in …

Odd cybercrime priorities

The withdrawal of the NZ Interpol rep from the research and investigation centre in Singapore is a good example that government priorities may be at …

Connecting with cousins

Re: Spanish royals invited to Manuel Jose family reunion, Nov 26 2015 story.We are in the process of building the first “working” marae in Hawaii. …

Seeking value for money

Re: Investigation $1.75m over budget, April 11 column.When I was working for a living, I and my colleagues were required to account for our time …

Infiltration questions

Re: Preventing overflows of sewage council’s priority, April 19 letter.Councillor Dunn glosses over one significant aspect of preventing sewage overflows — namely, as she acknowledges, …

Preventing overflows of sewage council’s priority

Re: Wake up council, smell the sewage, April 13 letter. Preventing sewage overflows into our rivers and on to beaches is a priority for GDC. …

Gisborne Rail Co-op’s plan a much better fit

Re: KiwiRail defends choice of railbike venture, April 17 story.David Gordon of KiwiRail is absolutely right in emphasising the importance of retaining the railway track …

No burkas makes sense

“No burkas” sign draws Human Rights complaint, April 15 story. In Saturday’s Gisborne Herald we read a story where a sign states “No burkas” in …

Just wrong

Re: ‘There to save a life’ April 15 story.It is hard to believe that already some low life has stolen the life-saving ring installed at …

Napier trips not practicable

Re: Ghost town if no rail, April 13 letter.Gisborne City Vintage Railway has a “Licence to Occupy” the section of railway track between Eastland Port’s …

Deal with basics first

Re: Wake up council, smell the sewage — April 13 letter. Councils were brought into being to provide basic services for their communities like sewerage, …

Handrail to beach please

I have asked Gisborne District Council to put a handrail down the steps that access the beach at Waikanae, as the elderly and physically handicapped …

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