Book launch not cov­ered

South Waikato News - - OPINION -

What lengths must a girl go to, to be recog­nised as news­wor­thy by our lo­cal me­dia?

It seems you need to be cel­e­brat­ing 50 or 60 years or more, or be out­stand­ing in sport, com­mit­ting a crime or do­ing a public protest.

And yet this week the South Waikato Toko­roa-bred girl, Mar­i­anne El­liott, chose to re­turn to her home­town for the launch of her book, Zen Un­der Fire. Our lo­cal news me­dia were nowhere to be seen.

Not just any book, but an in­cred­i­ble book on her per­sonal ex­pe­ri­ences of be­ing a hu­man rights lawyer, peace­keep­ing with United Na­tions in the war-torn coun­try of Afghanistan.

Mar­i­anne El­liott’s book launch on Tues­day night in Toko­roa was a won­der­ful mo­ment for our re­gion to be proud. You could put a ran­dom bunch of 10 peo­ple to­gether and I wouldn’t mind bet­ting that Mar­i­anne’s achieve­ments on her own would be more than that bunch of 10 col­lec­tively.

The choices she has made with her life and where it has taken her were truly an in­spi­ra­tion to all who heard her. You re­alise that one per­son on their own can in­deed make a dif­fer­ence in this world.

It ab­so­lutely stag­gers me that our lo­cal me­dia chose not to at­tend and cover this event fea­tur­ing a woman who has a heart and love not just for a war-torn coun­try like Afghanistan but also for Toko­roa. MA Bald­win

Pu­taruru they men­tion the cost of van­dal­ism. Take a walk along the banks of the Matarawa from the YMCA to Cullen Cres­cent if you wont to see van­dal­ism. Most le­gal, some not le­gal. All at the in­sti­ga­tion of our coun­cil. These two pic­tures I am for­ward­ing show Toko­roa in­fra­struc­ture wait­ing to be de­stroyed by wil­low trees fall­ing and de­stroy­ing them. One is a pump sta­tion, the other a sewage and water pipe. These are within me­tres of the truck tyre fi­asco. These two struc­tures may not be utilised but a bro­ken sewer pipe over a stream is not a good look.

Where does van­dal­ism be­gin and ne­glect start? R Free­man


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