On Monday, December 28 I stopped at McDonalds in Matamata and left my purse in the restroom.
It contained money and credit cards, driver’s licence etc.
I was devastated to realise what a nuisance it would be to replace all the cards.
When I arrived home in Gisborne I rang McDonalds and to my surprise and joy, an honest patron had handed the purse to staff. Everything was safe. These days the news is full of dishonesty and bad news, so I thought I would report this small incident, which shows that most people are honest.
This time of year I see spray tractors applying chemical mixtures to crops at least twice a week (over the same crop) close to houses and in high winds.
I understand that commercial growers are in a tough position and competition requires them to use highly toxic chemicals to improve yields but why they are permitted to use these so close to houses is beyond me.
After much research and speaking to current and former spray operators I amfully aware of the seriousness of the use of chemicals such as Organophosphates and the fact that these are used in cocktail brews of up to six toxic chemicals and the health effects this has on the operators themselves, some of which have become so ill they have been forced to stop working with sprays.
The chemical sprays used on potatoes and onions are known to cause cancer, tumours and birth defects and I believe that as a community we need to hold these companies to account for what they are spraying close to homes and parks and inform residents when spraying will be taking place and what is being applied so we can take necessary precautions.
This issue is not fear mongering or paranoia but are issues we as a community must take seriously. A wayward seal was given a lift by a passing motorist after being found near Hinuera late last year. This from the Matamata Chronicle Facebook page: ‘‘That looks like a Papamoa one...must have hitched a ride with iky.’’ Jane Ford ‘‘Crikey mate, your mad!’’ Isaac Ford
Mr Johns writes he is concerned commercial use of sprays on vegetable crops is going unchecked.