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South Taranaki Star - - YOUR LOCAL NEWS -

GRAFITTI

I no­tice the dis­used garage next to Di­mocks 100% in Haw­era’s High Street is still a vis­ual blight.

Six months ago I wrote a let­ter to the ed­i­tor of the Taranaki Star blast­ing the landowner for mak­ing no ef­fort to tidy up this eye­sore that’s rid­dled with graf­fiti.

Since my let­ter and the Mayor speak­ing to the prop­erty owner I can see no ev­i­dence of any im­prove­ments. Ex­cept (iron­i­cally) that the coun­cil has widened and resur­faced the foot­path near the of­fend­ing build­ing.

There’s no ex­cuse for this ar­ro­gant slack­ness. Even if the prop­erty owner was skint the coun­cil is able to of­fer free paint to help cover the of­fen­sive graf­fiti.

What a con­trast, the STDC is spend­ing $12m up­grad­ing Haw­era’s CBD and mak­ing the town look stun­ning, while this prop­erty owner won’t even clean their of­fend­ing build­ing. What’s fur­ther in­cred­u­lous is the dis­used build­ing is for sale.

Bryan Vick­ery

New Ply­mouth We are writ­ing to you to­day, be­cause we need your help.

We be­lieve you have the power to help save young men’s lives with one sim­ple act; mak­ing an ex­emp­tion to your school rules, and let­ting your stu­dents grow mous­taches for a month.

This Novem­ber, men across New Zealand will be grow­ing them to show their sup­port for men’s health and well­be­ing.

But as you might be aware, a num­ber of young men at schools are un­able to par­tic­i­pate be­cause of rules which pro­hibit the growth of fa­cial hair.

If you al­ready al­low your stu­dents to par­tic­i­pate in Movem­ber this year, please for­give us. But if you don’t, please hear why we think you should.

Men don’t like to talk about their health. Un­like women, who are en­cour­aged from a young age to be open about their feel­ings, there’s an ex­pec­ta­tion that open­ing up about their health is some sort of weak­ness, that they should ‘take it like a man’.

And as a re­sult, we’re los­ing many of them far too young. New Zealand has the high­est rate of male youth sui­cide in the world.

We have to get them talk­ing to each other, and their re­fusal to do so is, in many ways, more toxic than any dis­ease.

That’s why Movem­ber ex­ists. For the month of Novem­ber, men sport mous­taches for prostate can­cer, tes­tic­u­lar can­cer, men­tal health, sui­cide aware­ness, and other health is­sues af­fect­ing men.

These hairy badges are a way for men to open up con­ver­sa­tions, in­spire do­na­tions and change, in their own, uniquely male, way.

Al­low­ing stu­dents at your school the op­por­tu­nity to par­tic­i­pate in Movem­ber is an in­cred­i­ble op­por­tu­nity to get young men, to­gether as one, talk­ing about is­sues that are af­fect­ing their lives, and cre­at­ing some real change.

You can give them the op­por­tu­nity to grow, not just a mous­tache, but a healthy mind­set.

Let’s get them wear­ing mous­taches on the sports field, in the class­room, in the play­ground, and fac­ing each other man to man, mo to mo, and chang­ing the face of men’s health.

Robert Dunne

The Movem­ber Foun­da­tion

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Graf­fiti dis­fig­ures this dis­used garage in Haw­era.

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