It’s a busi­ness

Kapi-Mana News - - OPINION -

Editor,

As a reg­u­lar user of the sub­ur­ban train ser­vices in Welling­ton, I have for a long time looked for­ward to rid­ing on the new Matangi trains due to come into ser­vice.

The old Hun­gar­ian Ganz Mavag units in­tro­duced in 1981 have seen bet­ter days and while still rea­son­ably com­fort­able, are just too un­re­li­able. How­ever, the old English Elec­tric units in­tro­duced in the 1930s and in ser­vice on the John­sonville line are ab­so­lute shock­ers.

For­tu­nately for the Greater Welling­ton Re­gional Coun­cil high petrol prices have dis­cour­aged many pas­sen­gers from de­sert­ing sub­ur­ban rail, opt­ing in­stead to drive their cars to work.

Ac­cord­ing to the orig­i­nal tim­ing for the Matangi ser­vice in­tro­duc­tion, they were sup­posed to have been well into ser­vice by now on all three lines which clearly they are not. I would be in­ter­ested to know: 1. When will these units be in full ser­vice?

2. What com­pen­sa­tion the GWRC have ne­go­ti­ated with Rotem Mit­sui for be­ing so far in breach of their con­tract to sup­ply these units? JOHN BURKE,

Mana. there­fore vested in the Crown. National will not make a demo­cratic de­ci­sion and have cho­sen to leave the land in limbo be­cause it will com­pro­mise their so-called lead­er­ship.

MARISE BISHOP, chair­per­son, NZ First Mana

Elec­torate Com­mit­tee. Editor,

MP Kris Faafoi is quoted as say­ing the ul­tra­fast broad­band roll­out ‘‘smells like pork bar­rel pol­i­tics’’ (KMN, Septem­ber 6].

I pre­sume like any busi­ness, Cho­rus are keen to get early runs on the board. Whitby al­ready has a fi­bre net­work, cur­rently unused, from a pre­vi­ous short-lived TV trial. And many North­ern sub­urbs have had fi­bre in­stalled in the street to cope with in­creased de­mand for home phone con­nec­tions. In con­trast, some ar­eas of Porirua have seen a re­duc­tion in land­line con­nec­tions, with mo­biles pre­ferred in­stead.

So Cho­rus could start the ul­tra­fast broad­band roll­out where there is al­ready some fi­bre in­fra­struc­ture and a high ra­tio of land­lines to houses (more than 100 per cent in some streets), or where there is no fi­bre and up to 30 per cent of homes no longer use land­lines.

So it’s not per­sonal (or po­lit­i­cal) Kris, it’s just busi­ness.

Talk­ing of smells, what a pity PCC and Labour weren’t more busi­nesslike (or used com­mon­sense) when it came to in­vest­ing in Smartlinx, es­pe­cially when fur­ther in­vest­ments and loans were made. Oh well, it’s only ratepay­ers’ money. AN­DREW WELLUM,

Cam­borne. chil­dren at­tend­ing this school from the year 2000 and have seen so much im­prove­ment. This school has and is still do­ing above and be­yond all they can do to meet the needs of our chil­dren which is the true fo­cus.

So much pos­i­tive things that come out of the school are be­ing over­looked, some would say dam­aged, by an al­le­ga­tion from an un­happy par­ent, who could have saved her daugh­ter from any more harm by re­mov­ing her years ago if she re­ally felt that there was any truth in what she is say­ing.

The school has a strat­egy in place that works only if you as the par­ent are will­ing to do fol­lowthrough. I feel we need to be en­cour­ag­ing and sup­port­ing the school for their time, ef­forts and work (which, by the way, does not end at 3pm as the bell rings).

I feel that all schools are open to al­le­ga­tions but we need to re­mem­ber the true rea­son we have schools is to help us as par­ents to ed­u­cate and teach our kids life skills.

For my chil­dren at Wind­ley they have a pro­gramme called S.E.T For Life; So­cially skilled, Ef­fec­tive com­mu­ni­ca­tors, Think­ing learn­ers.

That, I can say whole­heart­edy, has made a great pos­i­tive im­pact to my chil­dren. I can only speak and share from my point of view. Let’s not get caught in the neg­a­tiv­ity but cel­e­brate the pos­i­tive. Again, I say the chil­dren are the pri­or­ity and for my four chil­dren who have and are still at­tend­ing, I feel they re­ceive the best. Thanks Wind­ley School.

K MAC­DON­ALD, Porirua. and the orig­i­nal cable will not be wasted.

CA­ROLE NAYLOR, Pa­pakowhai. Ul­tra-fast broad­band will be rolled out on ex­ist­ing fi­bre op­tic cable where avail­able – Editor. pos­i­tive com­ment is ut­tered.

Some of their com­ments are in fact mis­lead­ing and mis­chievous. Yes, they do have the right to send let­ters to the editor – that’s democ­racy.

If it was up to them, Porirua as a city would stand still. I sug­gest they con­tinue to watch their black and white TV, send tele­grams, put out the night bin and boil the cop­per. If it was up to them, Porirua would not be the vi­brant city it is to­day. EUON MUR­RELL, Porirua city

coun­cil­lor – north­ern ward.

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