Thanks for $153m boost for Tairawhiti

LETTER

Re: Values check required, September 6 letter.

Some people will never be happy. The Government has recognised that Gisborne has been neglected so is “giving” funding for essential needs. Even the rail line to Wairoa/Napier is considered worthy of funding for a feasibility study, and more money is provided to prepare and beautify places like Kaiti Hill for the coming Cook 250th anniversary commemorations.

However, Sarah Dixon hasn’t even said thank you because the Government gave $0 for the swimming pool complex upgrade. Woopty doo, you already have a swimming pool but some of us could complain that far more serious help is needed for our region.

I am talking about our people who are dying of cancer. Winston Peters in his talk at the Cosmopolitan Club said treatment for all New Zealanders who are dying from lung cancer, which includes some of us, would cost about $25m — that’s for the 1800 people who die and 2200 who are diagnosed each year. So far nothing has happened. Immunotherapy drugs are the breakthrough against cancer.

New Zealand’s man who is trying so hard to achieve this is Phillip Hope, originally of Gisborne.

Coincidentally, funding of these drugs nationwide is about the same amount you want for an improved swimming pool complex, only for Gisborne.

Alain Jorion

Re: Values check required, September 6 letter.

Some people will never be happy. The Government has recognised that Gisborne has been neglected so is “giving” funding for essential needs. Even the rail line to Wairoa/Napier is considered worthy of funding for a feasibility study, and more money is provided to prepare and beautify places like Kaiti Hill for the coming Cook 250th anniversary commemorations.

However, Sarah Dixon hasn’t even said thank you because the Government gave $0 for the swimming pool complex upgrade. Woopty doo, you already have a swimming pool but some of us could complain that far more serious help is needed for our region.

I am talking about our people who are dying of cancer. Winston Peters in his talk at the Cosmopolitan Club said treatment for all New Zealanders who are dying from lung cancer, which includes some of us, would cost about $25m — that’s for the 1800 people who die and 2200 who are diagnosed each year. So far nothing has happened. Immunotherapy drugs are the breakthrough against cancer.

New Zealand’s man who is trying so hard to achieve this is Phillip Hope, originally of Gisborne.

Coincidentally, funding of these drugs nationwide is about the same amount you want for an improved swimming pool complex, only for Gisborne.

Alain Jorion

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