Northern News - - MOTORING -

It is heart­en­ing to hear that the new coali­tion gov­ern­ment is go­ing to be look­ing to the re­gions for wor­thy tar­gets to spend re­sources to im­prove our lot.

I would like to high­light a high need, rel­a­tively low cost, se­ri­ously im­por­tant is­sue that needs to be ad­dressed.

The walk­way in Kerik­eri has im­proved walk­ers safety with a great foot­path. The walk­way is re­ally not sat­is­fac­tory for cy­clists due to the high num­ber of drive­way cross­ings ad­ja­cent to hedg­ing.

For a cy­clist mov­ing at even 10 kmh, this ar­range­ment is un­safe. How­ever the great­est risk to a bi­cy­clist rid­ing be­tween Pai­hia and Kerik­eri is on State High­way 10 be­tween Puke­t­ona Junc­tion and Bulls Gorge.

There is a short, about 1/2 km of road­ing or lack of it, on a curve with lim­ited vis­i­bil­ity, no shoul­der and ab­so­lutely no pave­ment at all out­side of the white line.

A road cy­clist has no choice but to be in the same place as trucks and cars mov­ing at 100kmh around what is in ef­fect a blind corner. This 1/2 km of un­safe road is a prob­lem that needs to be ad­dressed.

It could avert a tragedy.

Doug Bog­a­r­dus



I would like to praise our lo­cal su­per­mar­ket, New World, on hav­ing a bin in their lobby where we can drop off plas­tic wrap­ping to be re­cy­cled, and also one for used den­tal prod­ucts.

That is just amaz­ing. Thank you so much for help­ing us re­duce gen­eral house­hold waste .

Too bad there is no­body around who will col­lect old house­hold bat­ter­ies. Those poi­sonous prod­ucts un­for­tu­nately still end up in land­fills. I am still hop­ing...

Brigid Love



I don’t see why oth­ers will want their wage in­creased. Per­haps they should try liv­ing on a wage of $15.75 per hour. It is only fair that we all have a rea­son­able wage to live on. Too many un­der priv­i­leged peo­ple cause a whole raft of prob­lems. If you don’t like the price, don’t buy it.

Much of what we buy is un­nec­es­sary stuff any­way. We can all pay a lit­tle more and help our fel­low man have a rea­son­able wage. Have a heart peo­ple, wel­come some fair­ness.

Su­san Blair



Yes it is time we ditched Guy Fawkes. Fire­works are distress­ing for an­i­mals, dan­ger­ous and not a Kiwi thing.

There was such a cruel act by some­one who put a fire­work in a duck’s beak caus­ing it in­cred­i­ble agony over more than a day. Let’s do some­thing dif­fer­ent if we want a special day of fun - some­thing Kiwi.

Yvonne Stacey

Coop­ers Beach


Fire­works should only be used in a man­aged, con­trolled dis­play for the pub­lic not willy nilly in peo­ples’ back­yards.

We have seen too many in­juries in A&E over the years, also fright­ened lost an­i­mals and some ap­palling in­juries.

Dis­plays are a far cheaper op­tion, rather than spend­ing lots of money for 15 min­utes at home. Bryan Green



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Many read­ers think there should be pub­lic dis­plays but no pri­vate sales.

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