Just like your 7-year-old correspondent, Daisy Smith from Whitby (KMN Letters, August 28), I am very disappointed at the amount of rubbish on the streets and walkways of Whitby.
To help me keep fit, I try to go walking every day and I now multitask by picking up rubbish on my daily jaunt. I also do a bit of gutter-clearing, clearing debris off footpaths and walkways, and fishing rubbish out of the Whitby Lakes.
The worst item of ‘‘rubbish’’, apart from the dog poo which I do not pick up, is the broken bottles. Most of these broken bottles are apparently thrown out of cars in the dead of night. Sometimes they are thrown on to the road and sometimes on to the walkways where children and dogs walk every day.
Much of the rubbish I pick up is ‘‘junk mail’’ which is not put securely enough in the letter boxes. Sometimes it is quality publications such as the Kapi-Mana News. I did manage to put a copy of last week’s paper completely back together for a house in Leeward Drive by gathering up all the pages that had been spread around the front yard by the wind.
There is often ‘‘fast food’’ rubbish which has also probably been thrown out of cars – not just the paper/ cardboard wrappers off the food but the drink containers too. Then there are supermarket receipts, car parking receipts, cans and plastic bottles. Why people cannot wait until they get to the nearest rubbish bin before disposing of all these items is just down to laziness.
I am sorry, Daisy, but I also must report that some of the rubbish is left behind by children. A variety of lolly wrappers, ice cream and other frozen confectionery wrappers; the tops off the lolly bags with the red tape still attached which are ripped off so the child can get at the lollies inside.
Daisy, perhaps you can teach your classmates to be tidy Kiwis and always put their rubbish in the bin.
(Letter abridged) If residents find the Kapi-Mana News has not been delivered into letterboxes securely, please bring it to our attention as soon as possible – Editor.
Porirua’s religious leaders who are making a stand against same-sex marriage are not being hypocritical but loving our community enough to state the truth.
Jesus specifically endorses marriage as being between one man and one woman. He says: ‘‘Since the very beginning of Creation, God has made us either male or female and for this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become the one flesh. So they are no longer two, but one. Therefore what God has joined together, let man not separate.’’
This speaks about the reason for marriage being between one man and one woman being God’s idea since the beginning of time, and anyone seeking to alter this will be disobeying God’s clearly revealed mandate.
Ms Coffey describes herself ‘‘as a Christian’’ but actually has no scriptural basis for doing so, as the name ‘‘Christian’’ in the New Testament was only given to those
who were Christ’s disciples, which they could not be if they were disobedient to his teachings.
Equality and respect extend to all persons, as we are all created equal by God, but this favour does not extend to sexual practices that are outside the will of God, and we should not become confused about this matter for the sake of our community’s social health.
Jesus came not to abolish the law of Moses, but to fulfil it. God makes it clear which sexual practices are forbidden in Scripture, and therefore Jesus would not have put these aside.
Such a rush to have service at a level even further down the list of those of third-world countries. Editor,
The Tawa Stream Walkway committee deserves a pat on the back for its efforts to date in seeing a good chunk of the Tawa Shared Pathway already constructed.
It has taken a lot of negotiation with both the Wellington City Council and NZTA to have got this far on a project costing several million dollars.
The original intention was to follow the Porirua Stream from Willowbank Park right up to Kenepuru Station and beyond.
For reasons – such as needing to acquire additional land – beyond the control of the walkway committee, the shared pathway follows the stream or rail corridor in certain parts and along a number of streets in others.
Where it is little more than a ‘‘glorified footpath’’ is certainly not the ideal, but a compromise is better than no pathway at all.
On the positive side, encouraging feedback has been received about the new walkway between Tawa and Redwood Stations. The path through Grasslees Reserve, about to be commenced, will meander through trees, and the two major sections yet to be built will be well away from existing roadways. They are the stretch from Willowbank Park to Redwood Station and from Linden Park to Kenepuru Station.
I’m sure that once the pathway in its entirety is completed, it will be well used, both on existing streets, and where it veers back to its quieter and very pleasant offroad settings. and the surrounding bush.
However, due to boundary restrictions on private householders’ land and the limitations with financing, it was impossible to instigate such a project. Hence the new walkway is a more direct route spanning the length of Tawa and providing crossover opportunities.
This pathway will benefit many ratepayers in improving their ability to move around the valley, whether by walking, skateboarding, cycling or on a mobility scooter.
The Wellington City Council has done a tremendous job in project managing this pathway, and when it’s finished I’m certain everybody will be thrilled with the result.