Letters

Bridges on roads to ruin

So the government has suddenly found $24m of extra funding for the district’s roads — spread over 10 years — must be election time! As …

No doubts about culvert

Re: Culvert blocked month before, September 7 letter.With all due respect Paul, you saw what you saw a month before track damage — we saw …

Suffrage Day should put a spring in your step

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 …

Winz or lose

Lease of the WINZ building at the Kaiti Mall is almost due for renewal. I ask of Gisborne candidates or their leaders National, Labour, Green, …

Thank you kind gent!

Special thanks to the kind gentleman who helped two pensioners who were trying to put a pallet in the boot of their car. You will …

Treaty no partnership but means we are equal

Re: Call for more commitment to treaty, Sept 16 story. A better solution would be Crown recognition of the pre-European Maori economic paradigm — one …

Food for thought at Winston’s talk

A packed room of locals at the Cossie Club had plenty to think about after Winston Peters’ talk last week. He said Gisborne had gone …

Tax cracks

Re: With all the extra stress . . . September 15 letter. N Barclay, I’m not sure what you mean by a suicide government! But …

He tika Hekia

Re: Nothing stopping schools offering te reo, Sept 15 story.E pai ana, so good to read my old work colleague Hekia Parata’s words endorsing te …

Evangelism both ways

Re: Represent us, don’t evangelise us, Sept 14 letter. Ann David’s letter against the views of MP Simon O’Connor is an interesting one. In it …

Loo stories

As a relatively simple soul, I must say I am amazed by the figure of $400,000 to refurbish the Peel Street toilets. This apparently includes …

Be careful what you wish for

Be careful what you wish for Ken Orr. Donald Trump is married and he is hardly a satisfactory role model. Remember that under the last …

Road through Ormond seems worse after work

Regarding the area’s road issues in Thursday’s Herald, who is responsible for making sure the money spent on roads is not “wasted”? The stretch of …

Youth engaging with politics

On the campaign trail for the past few months I’ve been impressed with youth leaders from Kawerau, Opotiki and Gisborne. One thing that is resonating …

Putting NZ first

Although NZ First candidate Julian Tilley gives a pretty accurate description of the 8 percent capital charge forced on DHBs (Sept 14 letter), he does …

Ripped-off Gisborne needs progress

I applaud Mike Creswell’s comments of August 31. Because I have lived in other places beside Gisborne, I do not have a closed mind or …

With all the extra stress . . .

Lower suicides? Yeah Right!With all the extra stress Labour is advocating . . .Water and phosphate taxesCapital gains and property taxesMore pedantic safety rulesIt is …

A $30m roads deal on way?

Re: Mayor’s plea for roads, Sept 14 story.Call me cynical, but what’s the chance of a behind-the-scenes deal being already in place for the $30 …

Roads fixation a concern

Re: Expressway jams up daily, September 11 letter.I don’t doubt that for short periods of time the Hawke’s Bay expressway takes longer to traverse, but …

Climate change underpins all policy platforms

A third of a million Kiwis believe the many promises being made in the lead-up to the election all depend on restabilising the climate. After …

Let’s fix it

What’s wrong with this town we live in? The railway that runs south of Gisborne needs to be reopened.The railway station has been neglected and …

Represent us, don’t evangelise us

MP Simon O’Connor can’t help himself! So imbued with the zeal of fundamentalist Roman Catholicism is he that he is unable to apply the rational …

Employees not pets

Re: Recruiting well vital, September 4 Business Quarterly column.It is unfortunate that BDO, a company that offers human resources advice to many Gisborne businesses, believes …

Police explain

I saw a colourful car going down the road the other day with Pirihimana sign-written on the front doors. I think it must be a …

Rapturous clap for te reo inside volcano in Iceland

Re: Language connects with their roots, Sept 12 story.Wonderful Craig and Josh (and Noriko and Nana Patty).Inspirational. My wife and I recently returned from a …

Is a married PM important?

New Zealand has not had an unmarried Prime Minister for 75 years, since Michael Joseph Savage, the first Labour Prime Minister. History records that all …

Change is essential

It’s time people who used to vote National out of habit or trust checked what they are on about. As voting proceeds, it’s interesting to …

Peters positive on Gisborne

Well, thank you Mr Winston Peters for coming to Gisborne yesterday and congratulations on your speech. One of his first openers was regarding our rail …

Let’s keep our beaches clean

In support of Keep New Zealand Beautiful Week, I wish to remind people to take care of our beaches, and to use the rubbish bins …

A nice little piece of pork

Money flows at election time . . . . Great to see the Lawson Field Theatre getting a government grant. It makes one wonder if …

Coaltown Blues a show for the times

Labour’s on the rise. It’s 1935. The year Michael Joseph Savage became prime minister and playwright Mervyn Thompson was born. Thompson went on to write …

Lipstick is starting to fade on pig of a party

No matter what you think of Gareth Morgan, and I’m no fan, his analogy concerning Jacinda Ardern and the Labour Party was 100-percent correct. She …

Brinkmanship needs to end

There is an ancient but dangerous dance that many living things perform. It is the dance of death, which involves posturing, flexing, threatening and sometimes …

Nats’ response to Labour’s rise horrible

This is my twelfth active election campaign and I am sorry to say I have found it the most disillusioning. I used to respect Mr …

A new word in politics: Ineptocracy

There’s a new word on the street, it was sent to me via email by a caring soul who swears there is a large following …

Insatiable enthusiasm

This region has just lost one of its most valuable sons.I actually hardly knew Dean Witters, but followed his career with interest and admiration. I …

Jive, Latin celebration

A big thank you to all the people (regulars, out-of-town guests and locals) who helped us celebrate our 12th birthday dance on August 26. Thanks …

NZ needs own ‘Duterte Harry’

President Duterte from the Philippines should be Prime Minister of New Zealand. He would weed out the lowlife drug traders and clean up the country. …

‘Helen’ doco worth seeing

I urge everyone to see the documentary My Year With Helen, now showing at the Odeon. It reveals the process of electing the Secretary General …

Bands blended perfectly

What a wonderful two hours the Gisborne Concert Band and the Hawke’s Bay Symphonic Band gave us with The Classic Night at The Proms. The …

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