Letters

Still using multitudes of black plastic bags

It is good to see people are now taking plastic waste seriously. However, it bemuses me how Gisborne has for years had the sticker system …

Drive for rail should unite region

A submission to the council’s Long-Term Plan has reignited the discussion on rail. I’d really like to see this topic unite our region, not divide …

Behind effort

The Kaiti TAB has turned into a public bar. There’s no space for punters, and the music is so loud you can’t hear yourself talk.I …

Who decides?

Freedom of speech versus bigotry — who sets the parameters? Tell me what a wonderful province we live in if we’re sleeping homeless tonight, or, …

Wait — and see our region miss out again?

Re: Feasibility clearer in a year or two, May 19 editorial.I am surprised our editor has suggested that rail is more vulnerable to adverse weather …

Feasibility beyond question

This week’s opinion poll asks “Should the district apply to the Provincial Growth Fund for it to back a feasibility study for reinstatement of the …

Support for our veterans

Veterans’ Affairs had health assessment clinics at Te Puia and Gisborne Hospital this weekend which I and many other veterans attended. It was great to …

Competitive freight options vital

Re: KiwiRail won’t want to run line, May 18 editorial.Our editor raises an issue worthy of debate that goes to the heart of how we …

Don’t rush into digital immersion for early learners

Re: Educating in a digital era.This article of May 12 notes that we need to be responsive to the immense changes digital technology brings to …

Submission about safety

Re: Proposed road closures.In response to Paul Sullivan, I assume by NIMBYism, he means “Not in my backyard”. Of course I am concerned about the …

Get logs on it too

It’s obvious to me why the council is reluctant about opening the Gisborne to Napier rail line — they don’t want any competition against our …

Safety fears also

In Tuesday’s Gisborne Herald, Deirdre McGuinness voiced her opposition at a District Council meeting to the closure of Hinaki Street, Craig Road and Wildish St, …

Use trapping and hunters

Re: Waingake pest control overdue, May 12 column. Forest & Bird’s Grant Vincent has excellent comments regarding Gisborne’s Waingake water catchment bush. Preserving this piece …

Link rail to north in stages

There is no question as to the desirability of reopening the rail line from Napier to Gisborne, but of considerably greater importance is that of …

Public deserve answers

I had no thought of altering my stance on writing to the paper on these issues until I read Roger Handford’s missive in Tuesday night’s …

Right to speak important

To conduct a civil debate on important social issues, it is important to uphold the right of free speech. Those who believe in a Creator …

Rail rebuild would take years

Gillian Ward (May 8 column) is out of date some three to five years on rail inspections. She has also not responded to my last …

Good coverage appreciated

Re: Coverage lacking . . . May 12 letter. With regards to Barbara Barwick’s letter, the committee of First Light Fibres were extremely happy with …

Seeking some relations . . .

My father was born Clarence Joseph Holt, on 8 July 1914 to Winifred Alice Holt of Auckland and Patrick Thomas Ryan (aka Thomas) of Gisborne, …

Stop single use plastic

Shopping with my mum at Pak’nSave recently, I noticed most of the vegetables were not wrapped in plastic. At the checkout you had to pay …

Public in the dark on terminal waste

Once again, with little public input, it has been decided that another Gisborne building needs millions of dollars thrown at it. This time what is …

Proposal positive for whole district

It is exciting to see the council decision to support a reduction in the number of councillors, having all representatives elected by the whole district …

Tui and bellbirds sing on after 1080 drops

Your correspondent Bob Gingles is wrong to suggest that birdsong virtually ceases in areas of native bush where 1080 has been used. The two birds …

First Light Fibres coverage lacking

I was most disappointed to see the First Light Fibres coverage in The Gisborne Herald was largely relegated to the black and white pages. This …

1080 not a problem in water

Alain Jorion (9 May 2018) is concerned at the possibility of 1080 being used for pest control in Gisborne’s water catchment area. I’d just like …

Plenty of time to sort this

Re: Cemetery sadly unkempt, May 2 letter and response. I agree that the Tolaga Bay toilets are not overly clean. They have not been for …

It’s about quality not quantity . . .

Re: One with priorities right, May 9 letter. I also wanted to say how lucky we are to have a councillor like Amber Dunn who …

Alarmist China comments suspect

I am suspicious of the motives behind Hillary Clinton’s warning on “China’s efforts to gain political power and influence in policy decisions in New Zealand”. …

Footpath on wrong side

Why hasn’t Te Araroa got its Anzac banners yet GDC? All the other rural towns have theirs. Also, contractors are currently extending the existing footpath, …

Poison catchment, really?

I wish to oppose in the strongest way possible the potential use of 1080 in our city’s water supply catchment. The council even considering it …

Who are our leaders?

In a democratic society we elect leaders to inspire and offer vision, who then hire managers to run our society based on the provided vision. …

Bid to restructure society

Re letters published May 5. It is not hate speech when one seeks to uphold the truth that has been known to mankind since the …

Cable nonsense

This is my second letter to your fine paper over a 60-year period. Please can the idiots responsible for the decision and construction of those …

Continue along Valley Rd please

I missed the date for submissions, but hey council, how about continuing the brilliant work being done on Barkers Hill and carry on along Valley …

Care noticed at cemetery

I wish to send a bouquet to the caretakers of Taruheru Cemetery. They have done a wonderful job of maintaining the lawns and gardens. Even …

Poppies a lovely touch

I visited the cemetery this week, so bright and colourful. A poppy had been placed on the grave of every war veteran. A big thank …

We need to share our business successes

Engaging with local businesses is a key part of my role in the chamber. What I am fast learning is that we as a district …

Wonderful that diversity debate continues . . .

Re: What mandate rugby union? May 3 letter. I will always support the right of any organisation to stand up for lawful minority groups or …

What mandate rugby union?

The Rugby Union’s adoption of a Diversity in Strength campaign with a rainbow incorporated in the All Blacks jersey is social engineering which has no …

Gambling is only part of the problem

Re: Limit gambling, poverty — April 30 letter. Graham says limiting Lotto gambling is a “simpler, more effective way to eliminate poverty”. I am not …

Poll

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    Should the district apply to the Provincial Growth Fund for it to back a feasibility study for reinstatement of the rail line to Gisborne?