Matamata Chronicle - - Conversations - S MacHugh N Johns, Mata­mata

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.

Thank you,

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.

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