Un­tidy Ki­wis

Kapi-Mana News - - OPINION -


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.

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