Enough of antiquated ideas

LETTER

Re: Who do we serve? September 7 column.

The writer continues with his narrative of “divide and rule” by appealing to those citizens standing in the October local body elections to take cognisance of his xenophobic, racist views.

How is it that his candidacy is able to gain maximum coverage by The Herald whilst other nominees have limited exposure?

If his commentary is intended to be a character guide for the type of person we can expect to serve our community, then a return to the hard line era of Muldoonism is what he is proposing. No thanks!

In his policy of divide and rule he is fond of quoting the “best interests of the majority” versus “a vocal influential minority” — ignoring the fact that the district’s population base is around 50-50 Pakeha to Maori.

Similarly, how impervious or ignorant is he to the fact that both nationally and locally public opinion has shifted on a wide range of issues and people now are more than ready to accept new ideas and beneficial change.

In my opinion I am confident that the antiquated ideas he is espousing will not resonate with the community nor with those candidates offering themselves for public service. Bringing our community together and respecting difference lies at the heart of these elections. We can do it — yes we can!

Wally Te Ua

Re: Who do we serve? September 7 column.

The writer continues with his narrative of “divide and rule” by appealing to those citizens standing in the October local body elections to take cognisance of his xenophobic, racist views.

How is it that his candidacy is able to gain maximum coverage by The Herald whilst other nominees have limited exposure?

If his commentary is intended to be a character guide for the type of person we can expect to serve our community, then a return to the hard line era of Muldoonism is what he is proposing. No thanks!

In his policy of divide and rule he is fond of quoting the “best interests of the majority” versus “a vocal influential minority” — ignoring the fact that the district’s population base is around 50-50 Pakeha to Maori.

Similarly, how impervious or ignorant is he to the fact that both nationally and locally public opinion has shifted on a wide range of issues and people now are more than ready to accept new ideas and beneficial change.

In my opinion I am confident that the antiquated ideas he is espousing will not resonate with the community nor with those candidates offering themselves for public service. Bringing our community together and respecting difference lies at the heart of these elections. We can do it — yes we can!

Wally Te Ua

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Clive Bibby - 6 days ago
Oh dear Wally
You have worked out that by not mentioning me by name you have ensured the editors will allow you to label me a racist and xenophobe. You should have gone the whole hog and included fascist, wife beater, child molester, thief etc while you are enjoying the repeat coverage your own opinions enjoy.
I am not aware of any of my submissions being given preference over other contributions, including yours. I don't agree with some aspects of this paper's editorial policy but am satisfied that they try very hard to be fair in their allocation of column space. I have had to wait for weeks sometimes to get a slot.
I'm not sure that the public is aware of the scrutiny each submission must undergo from editorial staff before it is accepted for publication. In fact you learn quickly from hard experience just what will or won't be tolerated.
In that context, l'm sure your deliberate failure to include my name was the reason for you being allowed to slander me.
I doubt whether your fixation with my doubtful character is shared by as many readers as you might hope - but, you might be right! We'll see!
In the meantime, have a good day.


Joe Naden - 6 days ago
Tena koe Wally,
Good on you for showing Bibby up for what he is. He denies he has used the Letters to the Editor section to 'electioneer'. Fake news! He appears to be a follower of Donald Trump with his electioneering through the letters to the editor, with his believing that most people in Gisborne find him a 'good guy' and his perennial topic of conversation, the supremacy of his race. How does he know that Maori who are 50 percent of Gisborne's population do not find his negative, paternalistic views about them anathema?

Clive Bibby - 5 days ago
What is negative and paternalistic about supporting a brilliant proposal aimed at solving a lot of the problems facing Maoridom in their own communities? Not to mention the fact that the project authors are perfectly capable of deciding what is best for their people without any help from me. It is worth noting that the trust has not solicited any support from me, nor would I expect them to.
Anyway, with mates like Joe and Wally, some would regard my association as undesirable at best. However, I am not intimidated by their compliments and will continue to comment on issues as I see them without fear or favour.

Winston Moreton - 5 days ago
Clive, how can you claim you "will continue to comment on issues as (you) see them without fear or favour" while you avoid commenting on the biggest challenge on the council's plate - the harm caused by the Eastland Community Trust's longstanding profiteering from household electricity?
As you will know, ECT trustees are appointed every year by councillors and the Mayor is a permanent trustee; profits from the wholly-owned Eastland Group have risen every year since 1993 without any benefit for the electricity households who fund it.

Clive Bibby - 5 days ago
Thought I covered that in my reply to your own comment under my column Winston but perhaps I need to clarify my remarks.
I believe the Trust profits should be repatriated as per the requirements of the Trust Deed - ie to support business development and grow the pot.
My problem with their history to date is that they have misinterpreted that responsibility and have instead invested in very little that will benefit the beneficiaries. Whether that can best be done by giving ratepayers electricity pricing relief as opposed to investing in economic development projects such as the log barging proposal is a matter for urgent debate.
I have an open mind on what is the best use of ECT funds (profits) - perhaps a bit of both.
What I can say is that you are right to hold the trustees to account for failure to carry out their responsibilities as per the Trust Deed.
Well done.

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