Letters

Great support for country’s first language

Kia ora Almost 100 years ago Sir Apirana Ngata urged Maori to hold on to our culture and our language. Today as we head towards …

Honour to be re-elected

It is such an honour to be re-elected to council. I would like to thank those who helped my campaign and put in such an …

High quality, superbly run

I wish to give a humungous mihi to all the organisers of the inaugural Tairawhiti Arts Festival. The events were superbly run and presented an …

Tairawhiti Arts Festival spectacular

The Te Tairawhiti Arts festival ended on a high note last night with the beautiful Taonga Moana performed by Voices New Zealand in the Holy …

Already investing $120m

I thank the editor for your insights into our brand launch in yesterday’s editorial. Your title is on point — this has been much more …

Kia ora and thank you

Dear Gisbornites, Kia ora! As I now recover from five exciting, exhilarating days among you for the Tuia 250 ki Turanga events, I wish to …

Some simple actions against climate change

Re: Small window now to act, October 16 comments. Neil Walker asks “what concrete thing can you suggest” (to combat global warming)? Neil, I refer you …

Eyeing implications of a climate emergency declaration

There is no doubt that human activity over the past 200 years has increasingly contributed to the accumulation of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, largely …

Guilt shared by the Australian electorate  

In December 2018 while my wife and I were visiting family in the UK, we viewed a BBC documentary about Australia’s extraordinary powers to deport …

Content with status quo?

Re: Small window to act, October 16 comments. I answer Neil Walker’s questions with more questions! Is it emotional rhetoric to ask our district to join …

Delivering a night shelter - with community help

Re: Effort continues to have a night shelter, October 10 letter. Thank you Guy. We have made approaches to government departments who keep sending us …

Our heartfelt thanks for all your support

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts!  E nga mana, e nga reo, e rau rangatira ma, tena koutou, tena koutou, tena tatou katoa.  Wow what …

Hang on a minute mate

Bob, we see another column on the old theme of a climate emergency, but this latest is also about dogs and other animals, Saint Francis …

A mayoral ‘thank you’

I would like to thank everyone for the lovely support Deon, myself and the boys have received during this election campaign. I appreciate all the …

‘Greatest gift’ sponsorship to Outward Bound school

Re: Education in the wild, October 5 article.I will to tell you a story. I grew up in Gisborne and went to Gisborne Boys’ High …

Employ juniors, train them

I have one question to ask of all businesses in Gisborne: why don’t you ever advertise for junior office staff? My daughter has a very …

Effort continues to have a night shelter

Re: Update on night shelter.It has been a few months since Tom Crawford and his daughter Lizz offered Oasis Church premises to provide for a …

Just get out and vote

Our new council and hospital board will be decided this Saturday. Have you voted yet? Why not?There is a wide choice of candidates, so give …

Your progress, our pain

An open letter to the banks.Collectively you advise you are doing away with cheques — where has the consultation with clients occurred? As older clients, …

Full service, or end KiwiRail monopoly

Re: Signs study will favour rail line link, October 4 story.Anne Tolley raises a valid question when she asks, can we trust KiwiRail to provide …

Left a mess

Re: Stabilising land at Waipiro Bay, July 10 story, and freedom camping at McIlroy Rd, Waipiro.This area has been left a mess by contractors and …

Climate ‘rebellion’ required

I support the Extinction Rebellion demonstrations now under way in New Zealand and elsewhere. Such unified action would have been unimaginable a decade ago when …

Let’s be reasonable

Re: Strike 4 Climate Change.Demand No.4 is for all governments to end the use of fossil fuel. As there is no alternative fuel available in …

A key role done pleasantly

We would like to congratulate and sincerely thank the special people at Bronway Kay Real Estate in helping us buy and sell several properties recently …

Guillotine raised, ready

Re: Harbour comments just unreal, October 7 column. Mr Miller’s letter addressing the future prospects for boaties in the harbour basin steals my thunder. In …

Turning up from afar . . .

In a week when such a momentous move has been made to reconcile the results of turning up on another’s patch 250 years ago without …

Contradiction to ‘every life matters’

The Government’s new suicide prevention strategy is called Every Life Matters. In the September 11 editorial of The Gisborne Herald, the Mental Health Foundation NZ …

GDC financial ‘mess’ claims lack substance

As usual at council election time, the financial wizzes emerge — this time claiming the council’s finances are in a “mess”. I have never seen …

Our duty now to learn these stories

Congratulations to all involved in the development of Ruatanuika lookout and redevelopment of Puhu Kai Iti Cook Landing Site National Historic Reserve. Last Saturday I …

Eyes on low rainfall trend

As some may know, I do regular analysis of weather data provided by our weather agencies.Farmers and gardeners may be interested to know where we …

Rude customer object of pity

Re: Earning her own way.This man must feel deeply inadequate, and so should be an object of pity rather than anger.Martin hanson, Nelson …

Damn right we can’t let it happen again

On October 2 Margaret Thorpe acknowledged my response and that of Tony Robinson to her earlier questions regarding the council’s extraordinary debt levels. On October …

History relies on truth, facts

My response to Meredith: Story telling belongs in literature. History is about the truth and verifiable facts.This may be unpleasant at times, but it is …

Apology from our Govt required

The recent “expression of regret” on behalf of the British government, tendered by the High Commissioner to local iwi, was a monumental first step forward …

Maori wellbeing responses

In the latest Pipiwharauroa, Hauora Tairawhiti candidates were asked what are the top three contributions the board could put in place to advance the wellbeing …

Which version of NZ history to be taught?

To Meredith Akuhata-Brown, I accept your verbal challenge, “Can you handle the truth?” from your September 16 column . . . and put these two …

Deaths were not ‘murder’

Former mayor and now Race Relations Commissioner Meng Foon should retract and apologise for his statements regarding the deaths of local Maori during Cook’s 1769 …

We need to get back to what is expected of us

Thanks for your questions, Margaret.At our 2018 Ten Year Plan consultation with our community, we had to prioritise critical spending to bring our basic infrastructure …

On financial sustainability

Readers do not need reminding of the socioeconomic situation of our small population in a large region. Much has still to be done on the …

The attributes, experience

I read councillor Dunn’s letter in support of Rehette Stoltz as her preference for Mayor. The existing council voted unanimously for Rehette to be Mayor …

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