Ac­tive re­sponse

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I would be grate­ful if you could elu­ci­date the term ‘‘pas­sive re­cre­ation’’ for me.

Ac­cord­ing to the Ox­ford Dic­tionary, pas­sive means ‘‘ac­cept­ing or al­low­ing what hap­pens or what oth­ers do with­out ac­tive re­sponse or re­sis­tance’’.

In fact Ro­get’s The­saurus lists this word un­der ‘‘in­er­tia’’, whereas re­cre­ation is de­fined as ‘‘ac­tiv­ity done for en­joy­ment’’.

So how can this term be ap­plied to those adults and chil­dren who run, walk, bike, ride trikes or scoot­ers, and par­ents who push baby bug­gies briskly round Aotea La­goon?

I would also be in­ter­ested to know if the suc­cess­ful ap­pli­cant for the ‘‘beau­ti­ful job’’ [ Kapi-mana News March 6, P17] of Keep­ing Porirua Beau­ti­ful is go­ing to show those who at­tend the Keep New Zealand Beau­ti­ful con­fer­ence in Septem­ber com­puter-gen­er­ated pic­tures of the pro­posed wake park on the Aotea La­goon with the 11-me­tre-high steel tow­ers, and the chang­ing rooms and park­ing fa­cil­i­ties in the pic­nic ar­eas.

JILL PAT­TLE, Cam­borne.

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