TO THE GREATER WAITARA COMMUNITY
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: firstname.lastname@example.org Yours sincerely
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
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 Neighbourly.co.nz 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.
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Some buildings in Devon St need earthquake strengthening.