Letters

Strong representation mix

Re: Broad support for party, July 19 letter. Of the 12 current NZ First MPs, five are of Maori descent, including the party leader and …

Link rail to tip of Mahia

The Maori Party should be congratulated on its innovative new policy of IwiRail. Particularly to Marama Fox for her strong advocacy that the emphasis of …

Bike trails set to be a major drawcard

Re: ‘Shred time’ coming to Wairoa mountain bike track, July 21 story. Wow!!! Well done Mayor Craig Little, Wairoa District Council and the Wairoa mountain …

No processing without the wood

Re: ECT weighs options carefully, July 21 letter. Of course beneficiaries can expect Eastland Community Trust to “weigh its funding options carefully”. It’s all about …

River discharges most urgent problem

Re: Focus should shift to front end of wastewater issues, July 14 editorial. I believe our editor’s comments here are spot on. Raw sewage being …

A fantastic day

The Matariki Whanau Day — Connecting Communities Together event held at Elgin School on Sunday, June 25 was fantastic. Elgin School, Knox Street Kindergarten, the …

Contributing to poverty

Re: ECT declines logging school, July 18 column. Mr Koia is right to feel aggrieved. If Mayor Foon outlined support then the application should have …

Council’s costly failure

Re: GDC liable for mill fire, July 18 story.I cannot believe it. A fire that caused over $2 million of damage was, apparently, due to …

Small spend, huge result

Re: July 19 letter — Fact: 16,200 rail jobs lost 1984-1992.Such a small amount of money, for such a huge and important result. How did …

Connect via Taupo, Rotorua

Re: IwiRail launched on public empathy and a wild dream, July 13 editorial.Commendable as it is that a political party should wholly endorse investment in …

Offering rain when wanted

On July 15, The Gisborne Herald printed an article headlined “Wettest first half of year since 1944”. It stated, “Weather recordings in Niwa’s national climate …

A conversation on cannabis

“Dad, why can’t I smoke cannabis?”“Because it’s illegal, son.”“Why is it illegal?”“Because it’s harmful, son.”“But dad, isn’t tobacco far more harmful than cannabis? ”“I suppose …

Broad support for party

As a recent observer of the NZ First Party at public meetings, I have been surprised and delighted by how culturally diverse NZ First supporters …

Flag symbolises their beliefs

Re: Historic flag returned to Wairoa, Nov 4, 2016 story.Ti hei mauri ora! Thank you to all those involved and the efforts made. As a …

Protect first

Are we heading for another Edgecumbe-type disaster, with global warming causing more cyclonic weather? It is now 29 years since Bola devastated our district, yet …

Fact: 16,200 rail jobs lost 1984-1992

Re: ‘Hatchet’ claim unfair, July 17 letter.The writer claims an objection to Marama Fox’s statement that, “One of the key focuses of IwiRail is to …

View Paxsters with caution

NZ Post is pouring money into convincing local councillors that Paxster vehicles driving on footpaths is somehow safe. Unfortunately for us pedestrians, what NZ Post …

Rail damage preventable

I can’t understand why you keep perpetuating the myth that bad weather was the cause of the Wharerata rail section washouts.Have you ever contemplated the …

Suspended solids no issue

To councillor Dowsing (July 15 letter) — there is no mischief in discharging 1.5 tonnes of suspended solids a day into Poverty Bay through the …

Great Bastille Day celebration

I wish to thank the Marina Restaurant for celebrating France’s Bastille Day with some of Gisborne’s personalities. It was not only French people who attended …

Insurers are like councils

An insurance representative explained on TV recently that they were forced to raise car insurance premiums because there were so many more cars on our …

Bouquet for Pak’nSave

I am happy to give not only Ewan Atherton of Pak’nSave a bouquet but several of the floor staff, plus Lace who served me early …

Port consents strict re contaminants in water discharge

Eastland Port’s upper log yard makes up less than 1 percent of the area contributing to the Kopuawhakapata Stream’s 310ha stormwater runoff catchment. And of …

Rail link needed now . . .

Re: Gorge slip slows Wellington traffic.Oh boo hoo, those poor motorists delayed after a rockfall on the Ngauranga Gorge — delays stretching 10km back to …

What impacts on fish from pollution of our waterways?

I would like to ask Gisborne District Council for an opinion on whether fish caught in the city’s three rivers pose risks if eaten, because …

A hurtful action can destroy spirit within

I am going to have my say on suicide.They are not getting the point. Depression is not the reason, it is a symptom. Look deeper …

Invasion of Sunday peace

Re: Abuse at Makorori Beach, July 12 letter.As Makorori Beach residents, we totally agree with Mike. The beach is a playground for families, surfers, tourists …

Prioritise child welfare

I was disappointed, but not surprised, at an article in The Herald this week regarding our very poor ranking of 34th out of 41 countries …

Parking, isolation: Simple

Two letters on Monday (Gisborne Herald, July 10) took my attention. The subjects of parking and the rail link were mentioned.The cost to ratepayers for …

Sign up to passing Zero Carbon Act

“Climate Change is bigger than politics — we need political parties to work together and look beyond election cycles.” I quote from the summary paper …

Abuse of Makorori Beach

Congratulations to your photographer on the fantastic photo on the front page of Monday’s Herald. However, in my mind it does raise (again) the question …

Drivers need to see light

Many Gisborne drivers really do need far more education on using roundabouts. Working as they should, traffic flow is great but a lot of local …

We have to break the silence on suicides

I welcome the recent discussion on suicides and in particular teen and youth suicides.All sudden deaths are traumatic, and suicides particularly. We often forget, or …

Victory for women workers

Finally our Government has recognised that care and support workers are earning less merely because they are women. Thank you to Kristine Bartlett and the …

For services, or profit?

A lovely swimming pool and five-star accommodation are to be built at Waikanae Beach Holiday Park to attract tourist dollars, some of which will flow …

Best tour atmosphere ever

Re: July 10 editorial.Well, I really want to congratulate our editor for such a good, true report on the Lions tour of our country. We …

Shows need for rail link

Well, here we are, cut off again with our main road to the north closed due to a slip in the Waioeka Gorge. It looks …

Parking punishments just don’t seem right

I am writing in regards to the article “Call for district policy to include free parking”. On a daily basis I experience my customers cutting …

Great fundraiser, cause

My husband, son and I attended the Hospice Night of Laughs on Friday, our first live comedy show.What a great fundraiser for a very worthy …

Totalitarian, not socialist

I have followed a debate in your paper with interest. A. Abbott really needs to Google a few words, as his arguments seem to be …