Bear in mind measures of a healthy democracy

LETTER

Re: Look back, then look to the future — March 8 editorial.

I’ve read your editorial three times in an attempt to find something over which I could express self-righteous, self-entitled outrage. Damn it, can’t find much other than that I’m a bit disappointed that the “/Poverty Bay” part is to be retained in the council’s submission to the NZ Geographic Board.

Terrific editorial that provides rational, reasoned explanation of the name change. I particularly commend your paragraph of historical facts to those who will strive to find something to rant and rail against.

Perhaps people need to bear in mind that the health of a democracy can be measured in no small part by how well it addresses the rights and aspirations of minorities, the deprived and those it has previously inflicted harm upon.

Tony Lee

Re: Look back, then look to the future — March 8 editorial.

I’ve read your editorial three times in an attempt to find something over which I could express self-righteous, self-entitled outrage. Damn it, can’t find much other than that I’m a bit disappointed that the “/Poverty Bay” part is to be retained in the council’s submission to the NZ Geographic Board.

Terrific editorial that provides rational, reasoned explanation of the name change. I particularly commend your paragraph of historical facts to those who will strive to find something to rant and rail against.

Perhaps people need to bear in mind that the health of a democracy can be measured in no small part by how well it addresses the rights and aspirations of minorities, the deprived and those it has previously inflicted harm upon.

Tony Lee

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Zorba - 6 months ago
Democracy is all about majority rule. Minorities come second in a two horse race.

Tony lee - 6 months ago
Aptly put Zorba. There can be no greater example of the lack of, and need for, compassion, understanding and empathy.

lloyd gretton - 6 months ago
Having read the records on the events of the Endeavour's visit, I can see why some would dislike the name of Poverty Bay for the district. It was a swashbuckling era. So I suggest a compromise. When the district looks ahead, it calls itself Poverty Bay. When it celebrates Maori culture, it calls itself Turanganui a Kiwa. That sounds surprisingly like it used to be.

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