Rotorua Review - - OUT & ABOUT -

It is un­der­stand­able that vot­ers sup­port whichever po­lit­i­cal party they con­sider has their best in­ter­ests in mind, tra­di­tion­ally farm­ers for Na­tional and trade­u­nion­ists for Labour.What is dis­ap­point­ing how­ever, is that when­ever tax cuts are be­ing mooted, peo­ple short-sight­edly take the bait, not re­al­is­ing that the wel­fare sys­tem will suf­fer - as wit­ness the cur­rent sham­bles at Christchurch DHB. Swe­den is prob­a­bly the most heav­ily taxed na­tion on earth but no­body com­plains as hospi­tal wait­ing lists are min­i­mal and there are multi-ben­e­fits for pen­sion­ers, in other words a model so­ci­ety. So long as we can see that our taxes are be­ing used wisely and be­ing put to good use, we should be glad to pay them and do so un­grudg­ingly. For my part, know­ing, for ex­am­ple, that a prompt ap­point­ment for a prostate prob­lem can be ex­pected cer­tainly beats fifty dol­lars ex­tra a week in the hand.

Frank Bailey

rec­tify mat­ters by in­ten­si­fy­ing its PR, it is hardly sur­pris­ing that so few let­ters have been sub­mit­ted to Con­ver­sa­tions about the na­tional elec­tion. The ‘Meet the Can­di­dates’ event held at Toi Ohomai was earnest and painful. Seven can­di­dates gave prepre­pared an­swers to two ques­tions; what are they each go­ing to do for stu­dents and for Te Reo Maori. They all spoke well, with im­pres­sive surety, but with the sun di­rectly be­hind them.

The re­sult was a blind­ing bid war of raw pork, with­out any se­ri­ous ac­knowl­edge­ment of the event’s co-hosts; Toi Ohomai’s Mul­ti­cul­tural So­ci­ety. I waited in vain for any ref­er­ence to what any of the can­di­dates would do to boost the glue that holds our com­mu­nity to­gether on a day-to­day ba­sis; prac­ti­cal in­ter­cul­tur­al­ism.

Only Na­tional and NZ First can­di­dates seemed to have any inkling of the need to bal­ance the needs of peo­ple, profit, planet and progress to sus­tain pros­per­ity. Most seemed mired in a self­ish pol­i­tics of eth­nic­ity.

Reynold Macpher­son

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