Warn­ing signs needed

Kapi-Mana News - - OPINION -

When I used to visit Ngati Toa Domain reg­u­larly 20 years ago with our chil­dren’s sport, there were sev­eral clear signs on posts where Pascoe Ave meets the chan­nel, in­di­cat­ing the dan­gers of en­ter­ing the wa­ter at that point due to ‘‘strong tides and fast­flow­ing wa­ter’’.

There was prob­a­bly good rea­son for this as both har­bours empty and fill twice a day.

I have re­cently vis­ited the area again and no­ticed that the signs have been re­moved.

Has the dan­ger gone away? I also no­ticed that this site is now host to camper­vans, mo­torhomes etc. They bring to the area vis­i­tors and fam­i­lies who will not be familiar with the nat­u­ral haz­ards that pre­sum­ably still re­main.

Do we have to have a tragedy for a lo­cal fam­ily or over­seas vis­i­tor be­fore sen­si­ble pre­cau­tions are put back in place?

Does Porirua need this sort of pub­lic­ity? Tapu (Fe­bru­ary 24).

I also have put nice plas­tic flow­ers at my mum’s grave and had them stolen.

I don’t be­lieve they blew away be­cause I put mine in a jar and filled the jar with dirt to give it weight. The whole jar was taken.

The other plas­tic flow­ers that were not as pretty didn’t get touched.

If any were to blow away it should have been those ones, which kind of lie on the ground. It is heart­break­ing. I hope karma comes to who­ever is tak­ing them.

We get an in­fes­ta­tion of the Queens­land fruit fly in sub­ur­ban Auck­land be­cause our bor­der se­cu­rity is so in­ef­fi­cient it can’t per­form its pri­mary func­tion.

Any rea­son­able per­son would agree that re­lent­less spend­ing on re­views to cut costs and save money won’t solve the struc­tural is­sues fac­ing any ter­ri­to­rial author­ity with a high-pop­u­la­tion, low-rat­ing base and no ma­jor cash cow as­sets.

That is the case for amal­ga­ma­tion.

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