Not born there

Central Leader - - Letters -

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

Mt Al­bert

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