Letters

Responding to terror

I have trouble dealing with the two totally different reactions to news items involving terror attacks within hours of each other this week.An Englishman drove …

Let’s be thankful for what we have and hang on to it

Why are people in our city wanting to change our names, wanting more control over local issues, and demanding more representation in sectors of our …

Nice, safe

Re: Joining the ranks of war criminals? March 23 letter. That’s right Bob, who needs friends, let’s cut our ties with the USA, we live …

Water supply will be spoiled

I acknowledge your editorial of March 22 (Water availability has big impact on production values off our best land), but the fact remains that recharging …

What else is censored?

We had a good community meeting at Tokomaru Bay the other night. However, there were several questions that left many of us wondering. Why was …

Give E-bikes a go

Are electric bikes safe? The simple answer is “yes”. They have good brakes, are very comfortable to ride and are also very convenient.My answer to …

Pluses, minuses about town

Lovely autumn day, lunch in town followed by the Fifties Forward monthly walk. Rose gardens look a lot better. Decide not to talk about new …

Exceptional health care

Re: St John Ambulance/Gisborne Hospital.A huge and heartfelt thanks for the professional care I received from the three ambulance personnel who transported me to hospital. …

Joining the ranks of war criminals?

Re: SAS Taliban raid became ‘fiasco’, March 22 story on Hit & Run, Nicky Hager and Jon Stephenson’s book. Your article began with: “A ‘revenge’ …

Exactly why Brexit needed

My thoughts and sympathies go out to my countrymen in London today after another terrorist attack. This shows exactly why the majority of Britons voted …

Rubbish fire alerts firefighters

FIREFIGHTERS were called to a house in Edison Street in outer Kaiti yesterday morning after reports that a house might have been on fire, but …

Line run down deliberately

Recent comments in letters to the editor in The Herald re the railway reopening need some clarification.The Napier-Gisborne line was never “not viable”, a deliberate …

Blown away by turnout

I want to thank the public of Gisborne for the wonderful turnout for Murray Ball’s “The Dog’s Tale” on Sunday night. We were blown away …

Impacts felt now and into future

I went to two rallies in Gisborne last week. The first was about protecting our water resources and the second about health underfunding. Gisborne is …

Carrying our visions, hope

Kia ora, I wish to acknowledge the steadfast efforts of the staff of the Olympic Pool Complex providing health and fitness development to the youth …

‘Recharge’ beyond belief

Last week on the front page was an article on protecting our water and waterways, and on the heritage and importance of that water to …

Knowledge loss not ‘great’

So councillor Foster thinks Judy Campbell did “a great job over the past five years”. One can only assume he was outvoted by his colleagues …

Time to back CBD retail?

With the new council chambers starting to take shape and the welcome installation of a new, young CEO; with Terry Sheldrake now CEO of the …

Big thank you from Cancer Society

I wish to extend our sincere thanks to all who attended and supported the Relay for Life over the weekend. Special thanks to the voluntary …

‘Happy hunting’ Brownie

We the members of the Poverty Bay East Coast Pig Hunters Club wish to say “happy hunting” to Brownie Waikari who passed away on Monday, …

Leave inshore crays alone

Gisborne and East Coast people, it’s about time the whanau all woke up to this crayfish dispute that has gone on for so long. Fishing …

Striving to do the deeds

“It is not the critic who counts: not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could …

Confronting inconvenient truths

We exist in a time of extreme universal deceit. Lies, alternative facts, propaganda and fake news engulf us. We cannot prevent unforeseen natural disasters, but …

Exit pothole

A few weeks before Christmas I was shopping at Countdown. On exiting the southern access/exit my car wheel dropped into a large pothole. I’m aware …

Vegetable capital of NZ

Pukekohe has been Auckland’s vegetable source for many years and with rapid growth out that way, it won’t be long until all the land is …

Walling off Canada too?

It looks as though President Trump will have to build a second wall on the Canadian border. With the ultra-left liberal Trudeau as prime minister, …

Nice to have company

John Darkin (March 9 letter) is among a growing number of thinkers around the world realising that some kind of guaranteed or universal basic income …

Heritage quietly sold off

Was it a matter of Chinese whispers, or did I hear correctly the other day that the beautiful old iconic colonial pub at Te Puia …

Ball with Palestinian leadership

Martin Hanson’s recent article on the Palestinian-Israeli conflict highlights the hatred that exists on either side. If they have this in common, there are marked …

Curfew for kids

There’s so much stealing going on around Gisborne now it’s like it is OK to do it. Looking for the answer? All people under 18 …

A local identity farewelled

Yesterday I had the privilege of attending the funeral for Dennis Gear. I must say it is the best funeral I have ever been to.Dennis …

Yet to be convinced on rejuvenation efforts

I can’t help but be sceptical at the latest Government/local efforts to rejuvenate our ailing, small but perfectly-formed city. I have watched our city fall …

A horrible, detestable title

What a horrible, detestable title given to one of the most beautiful regions of Aotearoa by a disgruntled lieutenant sailor from England. My Collins English …

Grave threat to springs

Can Tasman District Council please explain, in language we can all readily understand and supporting its argument with clear and irrefutable evidence, how it serves …

Exhaust brake use inconsiderate

Approximately 500 metres south of the Jolly Stockman on the road into Makaraka there is a road sign requesting that heavy vehicles do not engage …

A recycle revolution

Re: Plastic becomes aggregate, March 1 story.What an encouraging article.For the past year Gisborne residents have been forced to play an unwilling part in destroying …

Iconic artist a hero of mine

Murray Ball was an iconic Kiwi artist who mined a rich vein of New Zealand popular culture and exported it to the world.Wal and Dog …

Condolences to Ball family

The news broke yesterday of the passing of a true icon, Murray Ball. Thank you for putting Gisborne on the map by creating Footrot Flats, …

Up the back planting trees

As a boy I rode around to Murray’s house on my Raleigh Twenty. One day I could not find him and rode home crying. Turns …

Inspirational

As an Ozzie and proud Wallabies supporter, I had a wonderful two years teaching at Gisborne Boys’ High School throughout 1976 and 1977. One of …

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