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Di­ver­sity has gone up in one di­rec­tion but gone down in an­other

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I’D like to present a view on the plan to dis­in­ter peo­ple buried on the fringes of the old Dry­bread Ceme­tery (ODT, 17.10.20).

Al­most all the his­toric ceme­ter­ies in this coun­try have large num­bers of un­marked graves.

This is be­cause only the wealthy could af­ford mar­ble head­stones.

Ev­ery­one else had wooden grave mark­ers, and there are now very few of th­ese left in the coun­try.

My lo­cal ceme­tery in the North Is­land has 570 un­marked graves — this is very typ­i­cal. Th­ese peo­ple rest un­der a lovely grassy top.

When peo­ple couldn’t af­ford to pay for a ceme­tery plot, they were of­ten buried on the fringes of a ceme­tery or even un­der ceme­tery path­ways.

The prob­a­ble lo­ca­tion of un­marked buri­als on a ceme­tery fringe can be found us­ing ground­pen­e­trat­ing radar.

Su­per­fi­cial ex­ca­va­tions could con­firm the ex­is­tence of a grave site.

Un­less you’re put­ting through a mo­tor­way, it isn’t nec­es­sary to dis­in­ter peo­ple.

And it’s highly de­bat­able whether ex­am­in­ing the re­mains of the dead is ever re­spect­ful.

Th­ese peo­ple would have lived and died at around the same time as my Cen­tral Otago great­grand­par­ents — and I would be hor­ri­fied if my an­ces­tors were dis­in­terred be­cause of aca­demic cu­rios­ity about what they had for break­fast, or what dis­eases may have af­fected their bones.

GIVE three cheers and one cheer more for the ‘‘sta­dium wars’’ edi­to­rial (ODT, 9.10.20) re­gard­ing the im­pend­ing clash be­tween Dunedin­Christchur­ch mul­ti­mil­lion­dol­lar “glossy sta­di­ums”.

So­lu­tion: The pro­posed Christchur­ch sta­dium does all the sport­ing, con­certs, show­biz fix­tures and so on.

The Dunedin sta­dium con­verts to be­come a ma­jor cannabis grow­ing hub to sup­ply the city’s new hospi­tal, per­haps even those fur­ther away in­clud­ing the Christchur­ch hospi­tal.

Jim Mof­fat


Macken­zie flow­ers

TO see that Rus­sell lupins in the Macken­zie Basin are be­ing erad­i­cated sounds like an­other case of a nui­sance in­tro­duced plant be­ing dealt to.

This does not take into ac­count the stun­ning beauty of the dis­play th­ese plants put on ev­ery year.

The nui­sance they present is mi­nor com­pared to the colour and joy they bring.

It will be a great sad­ness to see this no longer.

There are so many other nui­sance plants which present far greater prob­lems — gorse, brier and broom come to mind. Please spare some­thing so glo­ri­ous.

Robin Dicey Ban­nock­burn .................................

BI­BLE READ­ING: Do not be fooled: you can­not cheat God. — Gala­tians 6.7.

Di­verse rep­re­sen­ta­tion in Par­lia­ment (ODT Edi­to­rial, 21.10.20) is im­por­tant for sym­bolic rea­sons and the le­git­i­macy of the in­sti­tu­tion (Prof Hilde Coff, VUW). But it doesn’t trans­late to draw­ing vot­ers to a party or politi­cian. Vot­ers base their vote on pol­icy.

And, while we’ve moved on di­ver­sity in eth­nic­ity, sex and age, we’ve re­versed on di­ver­sity in work and ed­u­ca­tion back­grounds such that Par­lia­ment is be­com­ing less and less like vot­ers.

For one­third in Par­lia­ment, there is no dis­tinct ca­reer or spe­cial­i­sa­tion. An­other third are from jobs in gov­ern­ment, mostly where the work is po­lit­i­cal (Miller and Black­ham, Black­landPR).

Bernard Jen­nings



DEAR Jacinda. You and your team have crushed the Crusher and put a smile on the faces of ap­prox­i­mately 1.1 mil­lion vot­ers in this re­mark­able lit­tle coun­try of ours.

Well done!

M. How­ell


DCC in­fra­struc­ture

CROC­O­DILE tears are now be­ing shed be­cause of the lack of in­vest­ment in the Dunedin city waste­water in­fra­struc­ture hold­ing up new hous­ing devel­op­ment.

The coun­cil’s de­ci­sion, backed by its sup­port­ers, to load the city with debt to spend multi­mil­lions of ratepayer dol­lars and ser­vic­ing loans on the sta­dium in­stead of in­fra­struc­ture means we are now pay­ing the price.

Stag­nat­ing the city’s growth, by the mis­man­age­ment of ratepay­ers’ hard­earned dol­lars.

Thank you

Brian Miller

East Taieri

I WOULD like to ex­press my thanks to the gen­tle­man who stopped his truck in Jetty St, by the Pig­gott Gallery, to­day to pick me off the ground after a nasty fall.

I was not in a fit state to re­mem­ber the busi­ness he worked for but I think he was a builder. His kind­ness was won­der­ful.

Dii Mof­fatt Ma­can­drew Bay

IN recog­ni­tion of the im­por­tance of read­ers’ con­tri­bu­tions to the let­ters page, the news­pa­per each week se­lects a Let­ter of the Week with a book prize courtesy of Pen­guin Ran­dom House. This week’s win­ner is Alas­tair Watt, of Ran­furly, for a let­ter about the gen­eral elec­tion and the sta­bil­ity of our Gov­ern­ment. The prize is a copy of V2, by Robert Har­ris. The win­ning let­ter was printed on Tues­day and can be read on the ODT web­site.

Miss­ing dogs

TRAV­EL­LING the roads of Aotearoa, from Auck­land to South­land, the num­ber and lo­ca­tion of hoard­ings for red, white, black and blue can­di­dates en­gaged the mo­torist.

None have im­pressed more than the con­sis­tency and qual­ity of hoard­ings des­per­ately seek­ing Dice and Weed, the two dogs from Sandy­mount.

The search ef­fort is to­tally im­pres­sive. The coun­try is on alert. Best wishes for the cam­paign. You have my vote.

When you find them, they must have a spe­cial seat in Par­lia­ment and a big bone to chew.

Steve Thomas


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