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Hats off to the Far North Dis­trict Coun­cil for fi­nally lis­ten­ing to the pub­lic and re­mov­ing the bench seats from out­side the toi­lets in Marino Court, Kaikohe.

I was de­lighted when I saw a lovely space.

I have been so sick of en­coun­ter­ing teenage boys milling round the toi­let doors and sit­ting on the seat in­tended for old or tired ladies who wouldn’t or couldn’t go near it be­cause of feel­ing in­tim­i­dated.

The seats are now grouped with the oth­ers in the cen­tre of the green and I saw a whole fam­ily group sit­ting round play­ing mu­sic,singing and eat­ing and en­joy­ing them as they should be used.

J Tikaram



It’s com­ing to some­thing when shop­keep­ers, dairy own­ers and lo­cal busi­nesses will have to ap­ply for Gov­ern­ment fund­ing to make their busi­nesses safe.

The $1.8 mil­lion grant men­tioned by Po­lice Min­is­ter Paula Ben­nett won’t go very far.

I be­lieve that in­cen­tives should be of­fered for in­for­ma­tion lead­ing to the ap­pre­hen­sion of of­fend­ers.

If and when of­fend­ers are caught, in­stead of tak­ing a soft line ap­proach, send them to a young of­fend­ers camp which could be op­er­ated as part of the prison ser­vice.

Give them a taste of what will be in store for them in a prison en­vi­ron­ment if they con­tinue down their cho­sen path.

Pa­tri­cia Bryan

Matauri Bay


I think 80kmh on Kapiro Rd is bet­ter. It is very bendy at the in­ter­sec­tion of Pure­rua and Kapiro roads. There are many kids that get on and off the school buses on the road. It should be the same as Waipapa Rd.

Mie Kawai



I would like to sup­port the re­duc­tion in the speed limit to 80 kmh.

Prior to the con­struc­tion of the foot­path and cy­cle­way on Waipapa Rd, I pre­ferred to cy­cle on Kapiro Rd, as de­spite the higher speed limit, the road was wider.

Now how­ever we have a rel­a­tively nar­row ru­ral road with in­creased traf­fic. Lower the limit to 80 kmh now.

Char­lie Dundas



We have al­ways been con­cerned about the speed limit [on Kapiro Rd] and have dis­cussed it with our neigh­bours.

They said it has been raised with the coun­cil over the years but noth­ing has hap­pened.

It is of­ten clear by the sound of the ve­hi­cles that they are ex­ceed­ing 100kmh. My wife and I reg­u­larly ex­er­cise but we have stopped do­ing that on Kapiro Rd be­cause of safety con­cerns.

We now drive to other safer roads. Why do Waipapa and Kerik­eri roads have 80kmh but not Kapiro? Kapiro Rd is much nar­rower and the or­chards and high shel­ter breaks make it much more dan­ger­ous.

You have to be very care­ful when pulling out of your drive.

We were ap­palled the coun­cil had con­sid­ered mak­ing it 80kmh in 2014 af­ter hav­ing an as­sess­ment and safety au­dit done, but the coun­cil’s in­fra­struc­ture com­mit­tee de­clined the ap­pli­ca­tion to re­duce the speed limit. We to­tally sup­port hav­ing the speed limit low­ered to 80kmh.

Dar­rell Waiti


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Pa­tri­cia says of­fend­ers should be given a taste of prison life.

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