It’s a business
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.