These topics, which are all currently of high interest, seem to me to be linked. At present they’re being treated as separate issues; a path that is unlikely to give the best outcome.
The quantity of water (water flow) has a direct effect on water quality in two ways. First, a fast flow cleans out the river and moves pollutants out of the river quickly. Second, a greater water flow keeps the water temperature down and limits algae growth.
In the case of the Manuherikia River, the Falls Dam stores water which is released when the water flow drops. Increasing the height of Falls Dam would allow for greater water storage and as a result increased water flow. This would be of most benefit in our dry summers and mean farmers could continue to draw water as they do now and recreational users (fishers, swimmers, kayakers etc.) would be able to safely use the river for pleasure throughout the summer.
Treating these three topics separately slows the decision making process and increases the risk of a decision on one topic adversely affecting the outcome for the others. Surely the most sensible approach is to get all the players in the same room and together work out the best way forward. The outcome would then be a solution that is based on a better understanding of the needs of each group and a plan to achieve the best possible outcome for the whole community.
Karin Bowen, Alexandra
While shopping at our local New World, I lost a large sum of money prior to the checkout. Fortunately, a very kind person had handed it to the kind women who were serving. A big thank you from me and as they say, I was able to ‘‘bring home the bacon’’.
John Greener, Alexandra
I was interested to read the opinion piece by Central Otago mayor Mr Tim Cadogan ( Mirror, May 3).
I agree completely with his very relevant warning to us, to ‘‘not accept what poses as news at face value’’.
Mr Cadogan quotes Adolf Hitler’s philosophy for manipulating the masses: ‘‘Make the lie big, make it simple, keep saying it and eventually they will believe it.’’
I wonder how many of your readers could see examples of this happening in New Zealand?
I immediately thought of a glaring example in the way many of New Zealand’s leaders and thought manipulators have vigorously encouraged us to devalue and ignore the rights and feelings of young New Zealand children in the womb.
The narrative says that they are not really humans (‘‘the big lie’’). It’s just a bunch of cells (‘‘it’s simple’’). We have heard the narrative for decades (‘‘keep saying it’’). Then we have New Zealand attitudes today (‘‘eventually they will believe it’’).
Alister O’Brien, Alexandra
The ‘‘Morning Glory’’ spillway at Falls Dam.