Train by­pass ridicu­lous

Franklin County News - - Opinion -

It seems ridicu­lous that Waikato lo­cal au­thor­i­ties are plan­ning to by-pass Pukekohe with a new rail link.

This is short sighted to think that Waikato res­i­dents only want to go to Auck­land city.

In to­day’s age when petrol prices and vol­ume of traf­fic is in­creas­ing, more and more peo­ple are switch­ing to let the train take the strain.

It would be nice if Pukekohe had reg­u­lar train ac­cess to the rest of the coun­try, then maybe peo­ple would travel by train more and re­lieve the traf­fic con­ges­tion.

Then the kick in the teeth is that we as ratepay­ers are ex­pected to foot the bill for the short­fall of ticket sales?

No way. As a ratepayer I would strongly ob­ject to this as Pukekohe res­i­dents would have no ben­e­fit.

Also it’s about time that we had a timetable for the week­ends.

It seems like Pukekohe is be­ing over­looked again.

We are a grow­ing area with a lot of peo­ple who would use the train more if it ran at week­ends.

Maybe the mayor can lend some weight and sort out this prob­lem. pre­dic­tions to sup­ply of land,’’ is not borne out by this July 2011 re­port for In­dus­trial Busi­ness Zoned Land.

One of the big­gest fights to pro­tect Auck­land’s green belt, is now in Drury/ra­ma­rama af­ter Steven­son lodged a pri­vate plan change for 360ha in­dus­trial park on ru­ral zoned land, which fol­lowed hard on the heels of its win­ter 2008 edi­tion of


In ‘‘plan­ners’ speak’’, do Auck­lan­ders sup­port the ‘‘Trans­for­ma­tion shift of green growth to green­fields’’, ar­eas of ‘‘pos­si­ble fu­ture res­i­den­tial and /or busi­ness’’ out­side the cur­rent MUL bound­ary, on map 92 Draft Auck­land Plan?

Green­fields should re­main fields of green.

Wake up Franklin, Auck­land needs you!

Road rules

I was re­cently in­volved in a car ac­ci­dent at the in­ter­sec­tion of John, Har­ris and Ed­in­burgh streets, Pukekohe.

The other driver failed to see me and apol­o­gised for caus­ing the ac­ci­dent.

It was a fine day and vis­i­bil­ity was good.

We were both shaken by the ex­pe­ri­ence but we were able to drive our dam­aged cars home. We both live near the scene of the ac­ci­dent. One week later I was told my car was writ­ten off.

The point I want to make is that there are many driv­ers who def­i­nitely don’t know the round­about road rules. Driv­ers shouldn’t be al­lowed on the road un­til they read, study and ob­serve the road rules.

I’m not a per­fect driver but if you use com­mon sense and a bit of wis­dom and knowl­edge on the road you will be­come a bet­ter driver.

In the mean­time there are go­ing to be more ac­ci­dents on our round­abouts, un­less driv­ers learn the road rules. mother, sis­ter (both from out of town) and my three young daugh­ters.

Ear­lier on we had greeted two of the many po­lice of­fi­cers strolling down the main street that day.

This teaches my daugh­ters to be cour­te­ous, re­spect­ful and all those good virtues that one would want in their child, also to build com­mu­nity re­la­tions with po­lice and other agen­cies.

How­ever, while brows­ing the Esisavers shop in Pukekohe af­ter about 10 min­utes my mother and I were con­fronted by a po­lice of­fi­cer who had asked one of my daugh­ters to show him where her mother was.

With­out any ques­tions asked we were told that we were be­ing watched and were then given a warn­ing and that we were un­der sus­pi­cion of theft or be­ing as­so­ci­ated with the group of fe­males who had been on a sho­plift­ing spree, men­tioned in the po­lice page that day.

My mother and I were as­tounded to say the least – my daugh­ters on the other hand felt scared and were made to feel that they had done wrong, when they hadn’t.

I un­der­stand that sho­plift­ing be­comes a ma­jor cost to re­tail­ers but I also be­lieve that as a cit­i­zen, in­no­cent at that, we have rights es­pe­cially when one is wrongly iden­ti­fied.

Shop own­ers said they did not call the po­lice but seemed to sus­pect in­no­cent cus­tomers.

Thank you how­ever to the po­lice youth aid of­fi­cer called John who came to talk to us a lit­tle while later, which helped set­tle the an­guish.

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