Letters

No more smoke and mirrors, let’s get back to work

I’ve been thinking, but I’m baffled! There’s the Government desperately trying to win the hearts and minds of the public for yet another term in …

Fine a bit mean-spirited

An elderly pensioner friend of mine was recently pinged $60 for parking on the yellow lines between the two mobility parks which still exist outside …

Prohibition doesn’t work

When we read of the numbers in New Zealand who are partaking of cannabis — the third highest rate in the world, we understand — …

Pray for Palestinians too

Re: Isaac and Ishmael clashed, February 22 letter.Hmm, enlightening piece Alvin, but let’s put things into perspective here. Both Israel and the Palestinians are fighting …

People need to stand up, take care of themselves

Re: The entitled ones.Grrrrrr, three nights ago it was “school stepping in to help students in poor housing”. On Thursday it was “poor students need …

Trip down memory lane

Re: Revisiting the glory days of Gladstone Road retail, September 7, 2015 story.I was actually looking for something else (the name of the jeweller next …

Roundabouts shouldn’t jam

There are certain roundabouts in our city where there are regular delays and extremely long lines of traffic.Roundabouts generally work well, however Gisborne drivers really …

Rail-ready

Re: No excuses — fix rail, February 21 letter.A very good, well-penned explanatory letter Heather. You are absolutely correct. It is central government’s responsibility to …

When leaders lose marbles

Occasionally, rarely, a head of state becomes mentally deranged. This was the case in Britain when King George III “lost his marbles” at the time …

Paradox of Creation . . .

With all the debate and centuries of fighting in the Middle East, it’s got me thinking — who did God create first? The tribes of …

Dual name just for bay or district as well?

When you get to a certain age, confusion becomes something you are better acquainted with. I note that there is a proposal to have the …

Trump’s ‘wall of alternative facts’

While the Mexican border wall was getting lots of coverage, a more threatening wall was being constructed by Donald Trump, master builder. Let’s call it …

Curses 4 sale?

Re: Curse on gear, February 22 letter.Would it be stretching things a tad too far to enquire whether Tyger would consider offering his skills to …

Ban addictive pokies

Re: Record Gisborne losses to poker machines (January 27 story) and Stole it, gambled it away (February 21 story). While it was great to read …

Rosy future

Grateful thanks to the garden team for the work dedicated to the Rose Garden in recent weeks. After months of neglect, their hard work in …

Assistance after crash appreciated

I would like to thank the people who came to my assistance when my vehicle was hit by a driver evading the police on January …

Thank you

Pete, Cindy and family thank all the people who have supported us in Video Ezy over the past 21 years and through our closure sale.You …

Lack of ID not a barrier

I’d like to respond to Mary-Ann de Kort’s letter of February 17, 2016 (Treat our deprived better). Our frontline staff are here to support New …

Isaac and Ishmael clashed

Re: Fighting for its existence, February 13 letter. Good on you Isaac S. for trying to educate the gentile masses who you say don’t have …

‘Fruit’ raided before it’s ripe . . .

Re: The truth about cray area 910, February 18 column.Gordon Halley’s opinion is a classic example of how some commercial fishers continue to defend the …

Curse on gear

To the mongrels who stole my fishing rod, gear bag and outboard motor petrol tank (red) off the back of my white truck parked in …

Crime on the Coast

Although I haven’t had any written response to my letter of February 17 about burglaries on the Coast, I have had great comment not only …

Left great impression on many

Reading The Herald on Saturday night, I was shocked to learn that one of the nicest men I have ever known had passed away. His …

Hunters help fund conservation

I cannot let that keyboard warrior Bob Hughes get away with his tirade on game fishermen and hunters . . . yet another opinion, that …

Let’s get rid of privet

Friday, February 24 is the last day for submissions to Gisborne District Council’s proposed Regional Pest Management Plan. It is your last chance to put …

No excuses — fix rail

Dismay, disgust and disdain — the politest words I can find to express my reaction to the news (February 18) that Neil Kirton of HB …

Better than Nats’ deals

Re: Parties that can be relied upon, eh — February 15 letter.Just checking to see if A. Abbott is aware that the National Party didn’t …

Thank you Nga Taonga a Nga Tama Toa Trust

As one family to billet some of our visitors to Gisborne from the northern French town of Le Quesnoy, we can only say thank you. …

Skip the middle people . . .

I am puzzled why people are not more focused on the events taking place in New Zealand, like supporting those who have been through the …

Broke law, deport them

You really have to laugh at our justice system. We now have a number of Indian students here on fraudulent visas who have been notified …

Answers please, not attacks

Hey Mr Abbott, how about backing off Bob Hughes. His heart is in the right place and he knows his facts. He is trying to …

Descendant of Bal-Shem-Tov

Re: Can you prove it Isaac? February 16 letter.I am a direct descendant of Bal-Shem-Tov, the rabbi who began the Hasidic sect in old Russia. …

Back our b’ballers

Re: Failing to nurture basketball passion, February 15 letter. I support what Catherine Kepa said in her article. It is always a joy to see …

Treat our deprived better

I’m a wee confused as to why poor people who need to visit Work and Income NZ for assistance have to produce at least two …

Burglaries need to stop, be solved

It is high time someone was held accountable for the lack of action in solving a recent spate of burglaries of businesses in Ruatoria.Over the …

Rubbish an issue too at popular Rere sites

We liked the article “Protecting waterways” in The Gisborne Herald on February 11. We go to Rere School and at our school we learn about …

Hamas not part of solution

Re. Israel-Palestine conflictThere are two issues in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict that should be identified before there can be any informed discussion.The first is the existential …

Tough to hate own society

Re: Shocked at Israel’s inhumanity, February 11 column.Oh Bob, Bob, Bob, you sandal-wearing, tree-hugging, bike-pedalling, anti-Israeli, anti-American old liberal you, how must it be to …

Live now — pay later

It is becoming increasingly obvious that Gisborne District Council is spending more than is available from local rates and other sources of income. Budgets are …

Failing to nurture basketball passion

At the end of January I was privileged to have four children participate in the 2017 National Maori Basketball Tournament in Rotorua. Over 150 teams, …

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