KEEPING IT LOCAL
Isn’t it amazing, a group of people outside Twentymans funeral parlour on Saturday morning [July] 29 handing out pamphlets showing an American ‘‘cremator’’ - the first thing that hits your eye are the words ‘‘maximise profits’’.
Wow, what a contradiction to all the rhetoric over the last couple of years about ‘‘saving money for the locals’’.
Now we have people from out of town adding their awe, it has nothing to do with those people, it is a local issue, nothing to do with surrounding towns.
It is not in your backyard people, or over your garden fence.
This problem affects the people of Thames in general and the business owners of Grahamstown in particular, so the rent-a-crowd is not required.
There is a natural burials site already in use up the Omahu Valley, so why can’t council adjust the District Plan to accommodate the requirement as is happening in Hawkes Bay with the Ruataniwha Dam, where they are exploring adjusting their bylaws to fit the requirement.
As for all the comments from those who hide behind closed doors, the Junction Hotel has been there for 148 years, with people attending funerals at the church across the road patronising the Junction for many years.
Gina Bates, Thames
the facts etc... working to plan.
I wouldn’t be surprised if J Coates’ letter is pinned by way of a magnet to the fridge in the Oceana Gold tearoom for the 300 employees to have a good belly laugh at.
Had a good laugh myself picturing tourists flocking by bicycle from Paeroa to see Waihi’s greatest tourist attraction....a working gold mine.
Is J Coates talking about the underground ones... that you can’t see below people’s homes in the east end?
Or, the bloody great hole in the middle of town that has been defunct for over two years due to massive slips that the so called moaners that he refers to became one of many issues of concern.
As for mining companies donating money to schools, it should not be allowed, it smacks of propaganda, currying favour, and third world practice, which is exactly what it is.
Has J Coates ever wondered how other towns survive without mining... perhaps J Coates needs to get out more.
Chris Hallums, Thames