Not born there
In the March 25 edition of the Central Leader there was an article about a house in Belvedere St, Epsom, that was auctioned on March 28.
I wish to write a correction to that article in which the land agent David Jones was quoted.
Mr Jones went to some trouble to contact my family regarding the history of 15 Belvedere St.
The original owners of 15 Belvedere St were my grandparents, Mr and Mrs FM Shortt.
It was bought by my grandmother and upon her death was lived in by my grandfather until his death in 1960, whereupon my aunt Aubie Shortt inherited the house and lived in it until 1962 when it was sold to Mr Madden’s parents.
I stayed in this house many times until my aunt sold it and I have many very happy memories of it and the beautiful garden it had in those days.
However, because Mr Madden was 77 when he died last year and the house was in the ownership of the Shortt family until 1962, it was quite impossible for Mr Madden to have been born in this house, as stated in the article. ANNETTE STEWART nee SHORTT
Greenlane of cardiovascular disease – heart, stroke and blood vessel disease – and quitting smoking is the single best step an individual can take to reduce their risk of heart attack and stroke.
To this day it still remains the biggest killer of New Zealanders annually, accounting for 40 percent of all deaths – more than 11,000 each year.
Anything we can do to reduce that burden on society, not to mention the pain and suffering families endure as a result, and protect children from the powerful influence of tobacco displays, would be following a growing international trend.
Cigarette displays undermine attempts at quitting because smokers are more likely to successfully quit if they are not subjected to this prompt to buy.
Only last year Parliament’s health select committee found tobacco displays could “create a false impression of the safety, social acceptability, and prevalence of tobacco use”.
The government can play a big part in this with a change in stance on banning tobacco displays in shops, if only for the sake of the heart health and the lives of everyday New Zealanders.
STEPHANIE HOEK Heart Health Advocate The Heart Foundation
Auckland lie’s opposition to it, I reflected that when Corporal Willie Apiata was awarded the Victoria Cross, there wasn’t one voice of dissent from the public, only pride in the heart of every Kiwi.
Although the title system may involve some doubtful recipients, while all VC recipients attain heights of valour, courage and self-sacrifice, most of us couldn’t come near, both are part of the cultural heritage Willie shuns.
Maybe as we go along we can decide as a country if we will keep it all, or shun it all. But we have to be consistent. PAUL HAMES