Get the mower out

Matamata Chronicle - - News/opinion -

Many hours are spent by vol­un­teers on keep­ing the Mata­mata Cen­ten­nial Drive an at­trac­tive place to visit, only to be let down over the Christ­mas/new Year pe­riod by the Mata­mata-pi­ako District Coun­cil not keep­ing the grass mowed and emp­ty­ing the rub­bish con­tain­ers.

The coun­cil does a ster­ling job work­ing with the Cen­ten­nial Drive Com­mit­tee for 11 months of the year.

Mata­mata has the high­est num­ber of vis­i­tors over this pe­riod and it is so dis­ap­point­ing to see the drive so un­kempt as is State High­way 27 / Firth St and the apex be­tween Firth St and Bur­wood Rd.

I un­der­stand the rea­son the coun­cil does not main­tain its pro­gramme of mow­ing is be­cause all staff are on hol­i­day.

Ev­ery year we know that Christ­mas and New Year oc­cur dur­ing our sum­mer and this should be fac­tored in the bud­get and coun­cil staff hol­i­days could be stag­gered as one does in a suc­cess­ful, well-run busi­ness. be a New Zealan­der when our peo­ple have ex­celled in sport, aca­demic achieve­ment, agri­cul­ture and so on.

But re­cent, dis­gust­ing vi­o­lence against young and other­wise vul­ner­a­ble peo­ple, cul­mi­nat­ing in the ap­palling at­tack on a five-year old girl at a hol­i­day park, makes me wish I was no longer a Kiwi.

The re­spon­si­bil­ity for all this Stone Age vi­o­lence, where moral­ity and com­mon hu­man­ity have van­ished, has to be borne by us all and the shame lies heav­ily upon me.

I am op­posed to the death penalty for hu­mans but the per­pe­tra­tors of these crimes can be con­sid­ered to be sub-hu­man and can there­fore be put down as we put down sav­age dogs.

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