North Shore Times - - OUT & ABOUT -

Auck­land Council is of­fer­ing grants of up to $ 50,000, and has spent more than $2.6 mil­lion since April 2013 on ideas to re­duce waste. Surely it’s ob­vi­ous that waste is caused by the num­ber of con­sumers, and the way con­sumer prod­ucts are pro­duced, mar­keted and pack­aged, and that the only way to re­duce it is to change this.

This is how we can re­duce waste: Go back to glass milk bot­tles; Go back to brown pa­per bags for gro­ceries; Go back to buy­ing meat/fish from a butcher/ fish­mon­ger who will wrap it in pa­per; Go back to hav­ing hard­ware stores where you could buy just the num­ber of screws needed and have them put in a lit­tle brown pa­per bag; Go back to hav­ing enough land around your house for a vege patch and com­post all or­ganic waste; Go back to buy­ing ap­pli­ances that last al­most a life time so that you don’t have to throw them away and buy new ones all the time; Have small fam­i­lies.

Un­for­tu­nately, pop­u­la­tion, profit and ‘‘progress’’ breed waste, and no amount of rate payer money will be able to stop these. Sarah Meikle



North Shore res­i­dents are well aware that they are be­ing rail­roaded out of their rights to re­tain the pub­lic use of open spa­ces in their town cen­tres. Mayor Goff now states ‘‘..the Council’s got to use its money wisely...’’ but his council seems to have lacked this wis­dom and driven the city deeply into debt!

Now Council is squeez­ing us to death by sell­ing our open spa­ces and small parks to de­vel­op­ers who will no doubt be de­lighted to build apart­ments, of­fice blocks etc. to the max­i­mum lim­its of the Uni­tary Plan. There are so many high rise projects pro­posed for Taka­puna that its real cul­ture will be lost in the rush to de­velop.

Pub­lic open spa­ces with gar­dens, sun­light and fresh air, clean beaches, im­proved pub­lic trans­port and a long-term so­lu­tion for Lake Road - these is­sues are ig­nored. Goff says that ev­ery

Lo­cal Board is be­ing asked to con­trib­ute sur­plus land. Goff’s so­lu­tion ap­pears to be de­signed to get the Council ‘‘out of jail’’ while the res­i­dents be­come pris­on­ers in their chal­leng­ing new en­vi­ron­ment.

Su­san Wann



Wel­come to An­gela Antony’s ‘‘Fu­ture Proof­ing’’, Sep 5. Right on


In North Shore Times Sept 5 Mayor Goff spoke about a short­age of park­ing bays for bus users. He also said the cost was $20,000 per bay. At present as Kaipatiki Lo­cal Board is well aware ap­prox 15 peo­ple use Onepoto week­days as a park and ride. Bus stop is just across the street.

I sug­gest to Mayor that, with some pro­mo­tion, a fur­ther 50 spa­ces could be used in Onepoto with­out im­pact­ing on park users. Taka­puna po­lice have just fin­ished putting up 3 signs, one at park gates, in­form­ing all that se­cu­rity cam­eras are op­er­at­ing in the area. 65 park­ing spa­ces at $20,000 each would save the city some $1.5 mil­lion dol­lars.

Kevin Fox



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Re­turn­ing to glass milk bot­tles would re­duce waste, a reader says.

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