Young team fight­ing hard

Kapi-Mana News - - OPINION -

I write re­gard­ing the ar­ti­cle (April 14) ‘‘Pare­mata Plim­mer­ton’s woes con­tinue’’.

What a neg­a­tive state­ment about a team only re­cently pro­moted into the Pre­mier 1 com­pe­ti­tion. A lit­tle re­search by the writer would have found:

This team is a young team. It was promised two play­ers from the Rugby Academy, who have not ap­peared.

By mov­ing up to Pre­mier 1, the team is faced with for­mi­da­ble and more ex­pe­ri­enced play­ers.

Pare­mata Plim­mer­ton is a small, proud, long-es­tab­lished club.

It was de­cided, af­ter much dis­cus­sion, to have a go in the new com­pe­ti­tion as be­ing good for the play­ers, lo­cals and the club as a whole.

Last sea­son this team won eight matches in a row and were run­ners-up in their grade. war drama, Chunuk Bair.

The re­con­struc­tion of the Chunuk Bair trench was a master­piece, the star of the show and il­lus­trated so well the con­di­tions suf­fered by the New Zealand troops trapped on the Chunuk Bair hill­top.

The set de­sign al­lowed the ac­tors to live and die in con­di­tions close to those suf­fered by so many brave he­roes 100 years ago.

Con­grat­u­la­tions to the troops who brought this sad tale alive for a brief time be­fore their fate was sealed by a mighty bomb blast.

It is im­pos­si­ble to sin­gle out in­di­vid­ual ac­tors be­cause they were all so well cast, and held on to their char­ac­ters un­til their fi­nal mo­ments of bat­tle­field star­dom.

The taste­ful World War I foyer dis­play brought a tear to the eye of an el­derly au­di­ence mem­ber.

He found a pho­to­graph of his fa­ther in uni­form hang­ing with other his­toric me­men­tos at the en­trance to the theatre.

Chunuk Bair will be long re­mem­bered as one of Mana Lit­tle Theatre’s best stage pro­duc­tions.

but de­mand is the ma­jor con­trib­u­tor to ris­ing prices in that mar­ket.

It has been for the past 30 years.

De­spite this, suc­ces­sive gov­ern­ments have en­cour­aged ever-in­creas­ing im­mi­gra­tion to bal­ance their tax rev­enues, with no ap­par­ent re­gard for the es­ca­lat­ing house prices caused by the ma­jor­ity of im­mi­grants head­ing to New Zealand’s largest city – where else can they earn a living sell­ing con­sumer goods?

Why does New Zealand need more im­mi­grants, hardly any of whom con­trib­ute to the way New Zealand pays its way in the world?

Nearly all of them add to the de­mand for im­ported prod­ucts we have been un­able to af­ford for decades with­out an in­creas­ing debt bur­den the next gen­er­a­tions will have to bear, but never be able to re­pay.

It’s time the Gov­ern­ment, Re­serve Bank and com­men­ta­tors called for cur­tail­ment of Auck­land’s pop­u­la­tion growth.

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