North Taranaki Midweek - - OUT & ABOUT -

For years many of you were loyal cus­tomers and friends of Waitara Travel. You had trusted me with your hard earned sav­ings to cre­ate your travel and long last­ing mem­o­ries. In­stead, for many of you, I turned them into dis­as­ter sto­ries, full of hurt and stress for you.

My ac­tions are un­for­giv­able and have caused mis­trust in a com­mu­nity of very trust­wor­thy peo­ple. I ask that you don’t pun­ish other Waitara busi­nesses be­cause of your ex­pe­ri­ences with me. Waitara is full of won­der­ful giv­ing peo­ple, full of love and pride.

I have had the op­por­tu­nity to meet with some of the vic­tims of my ac­tions face to face at Restora­tive Jus­tice Con­fer­ences. I have also heard the views of other vic­tims along with those of a com­mu­nity rep­re­sen­ta­tive. It has made it real for me, hear­ing the hu­man im­pacts of my crim­i­nal of­fend­ing.

I am truly sorry for the pain I have caused and re­alise the rip­ple ef­fects of my ac­tions, have af­fected so many fam­i­lies. I am grate­ful to House of Travel New Ply­mouth for en­sur­ing that many of you were still able to en­joy the hol­i­days I had de­stroyed for you.

If you would like an op­por­tu­nity to tell me about how you have been af­fected by my ac­tions, I am open to re­ceiv­ing emails at: to­niand­nadg@out­ Yours sin­cerely

Nadene Chap­man


Went into the city the other day

(ie Devon Street) and no­ticed a lot of empty shops. (It seems more than ever).

Are the land­lords get­ting greedy again? Do they re­alise that they put peo­ple and fam­i­lies into unem­ploy­ment?

I am aware that some build­ings are earth­quake sen­si­tive but I feel they do not care any­more, they are get­ting money hun­gry.

It’s ap­palling that these shops (and big ones at that) are empty. My sug­ges­tion is that these land­lords think again. What goes around comes around. It at­tracts more peo­ple to the area and keeps peo­ple em­ployed.

I am ask­ing for them to re­con­sider their re­spon­si­bil­ity not only to them­selves but to other peo­ple as well.

Then we all pros­per in a bet­ter way.

So come on to all you land­lords – re­think your em­pire – money helps ev­ery­one – not just a few.

S. L. Sage­man

New Ply­mouth


Peter Barker con­ducted a sur­vey about the pro­pos­als for the air­port up­grade. He was un­happy with the coun­cil sur­vey and be­lieved it was bi­ased. He pre­sented the sur­vey, filled in by ap­prox­i­mately 500 peo­ple, to the full coun­cil last week.

Here is what he wrote on Neigh­ af­ter the coun­cil meet­ing:

I said at the out­set the sur­vey was not per­fect, but I feel it was far bet­ter than the one Coun­cil pro­duced. I am sure that given their con­cerns, com­bined with the views of the com­mu­nity, the whole pack­age could have been con­sid­ered by Coun­cil in com­ing to a pro­posal we could all dis­cuss. The main pur­pose of the sur­vey was to em­pha­size the lack of en­gage­ment with the peo­ple of this Dis­trict in fram­ing the ma­jor is­sues, and as I said, Coun­cil­lor Mer­rick re­in­forced that lack of en­gage­ment by dis­miss­ing the voice of nearly 500 peo­ple as rub­bish.

Peter Barker

Bell Block


We wel­come let­ters to the edi­tor, 250 words or less. Pub­lished at our dis­cre­tion and may be edited. In­clude your ad­dress and phone num­ber (not for pub­li­ca­tion). Email mid­week@dai­ Dead­line: 4pm Fri­day.

Some build­ings in Devon St need earth­quake strength­en­ing.

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