Strangers’ kind­ness lauded

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We would like to ac­knowl­edge the tremen­dous help we re­ceived when our car blew up out­side Pu­taruru on Au­gust 18.

Spe­cial thanks to the very help­ful lady and her son who pro­vided in­su­la­tion tape; the gen­tle­man and his daugh­ter who had a screw­driver so we could do run­ning re­pairs; and the kind staff at the BP sta­tion who came to our aid when we blew up again com­ing into the fore­court.

Terna van der Merwe from Pu­taruru Arms Mo­tel, you are amaz­ing and we will al­ways re­mem­ber your kind­ness, and last but not least, Jeff from the Pu­taruru Ser­vice Sta­tion.

Take a bow and thank you. R and A Slater Whanga­mata

Fine fi­asco

Wow! A $380,230 fine for a stuff-up in the rel­a­tively sim­ple ex­er­cise of ad­min­is­ter­ing a con­tract. I’m amazed that our coun­cil even called for ten­ders, given its prac­tice of giv­ing out work on a jobs-for- the-boys ba­sis, or so the mayor in­formed me.

So, has the idiot or id­iots re­spon­si­ble for this fi­asco been fired yet? If not, why not?

Oh, how silly of me, of course they haven’t, the long-suf­fer­ing ratepay­ers will foot the bill so there’s noth­ing re­ally to worry about. F Law­ton Toko­roa


I agree with part of M Smith’s let­ter from last week. While some­one should be held to ac­count for this mas­sive loss to ratepay­ers, I agree a com­mis­sioner should be put into our coun­cil and all coun­cil­lors stood down. It seems if you are re­lated to a coun­cil­lor you will be well looked af­ter by ratepay­ers’ money but if you are not (most of us) you pick up the bill.

This feels like a Tui ad­vert: ‘‘Our coun­cil does not base de­ci­sions on blood­lines’’. . . ‘‘Yeah right!’’ Makes you won­der if any­one in MPL is re­lated to any­one within coun­cil? (Edited) S Jones Toko­roa

Road rage

Let’s for­get about who said what be­tween the pa­per and the coun­cil. There are more im­por­tant things to worry about. One be­ing the state of our roads and streets around Toko­roa. Our coun­cil spends thou­sands of dol­lars on our roads and still they are shock­ing. Look at John St. They dug it up re­sealed it; not even a month old yet and it is full of patches al­ready. The road­ing crew will blame the weather not poor work­man­ship. Come on coun­cil road­ing man­ager, check on the state of our streets be­fore you award the next con­tract. The work is not up to a suit­able stan­dard. L Pinker­ton


Al­co­hol rules

Daily, I see first­hand the dam­age al­co­hol can do on a so­ci­ety. I be­lieve the min­i­mum al­co­hol pur­chas­ing age should be raised to 20, cou­pled with other mea­sures to deal with our binge drink­ing cul­ture.

The Sal­va­tion Army has five goals when it comes to the al­co­hol law re­form de­bate.

Max­i­mum open­ing hours across the coun­try for the sale of al­co­hol; with a sug­ges­tion that off li­cences be open 9am10pm. Pur­chase age 20 In­crease al­co­hol tax. Greater re­stric­tions on how al­co­hol is pro­moted

A greater fo­cus on pro­vid­ing al­co­hol coun­selling.

I be­lieve leav­ing the pur­chas­ing age at 18 would be dis­as­trous for us as a coun­try.

The ques­tion we need to ask is what kind of fu­ture foun­da­tions do we want to be build­ing in our fam­i­lies and community?

Ready to Drink (RTD) spir­its will be reg­u­lated by the in­dus­try that makes and mar­kets them. The Law Com­mis­sion noted in its re­port that RTDs were the pre­ferred drink for 14 to 24-yearolds, par­tic­u­larly women, so self reg­u­la­tion sounds like a fox look­ing af­ter the hen­house. C Bri­dle Toko­roa

Tree van­dal

For months and months now we have had a van­dal in our parks in Toko­roa.

He or she is cut­ting the lower branches from trees. The one that re­ally broke my heart was the stun­ning tree in Lan­caster Re­serve. The branches touched the ground and in au­tumn it was an amaz­ing sight with its red and golden leaves. It looked like a blaz­ing cone of colour. I was dev­as­tated to come across it af­ter the van­dal had done their work, cut­ting off the bot­tom branches. As far as I know, this prac­tice is only done in forestry, so that the trunk is nice and straight when the tree is sent to the mill. The trees in our park are or­na­men­tal, they are not go­ing to be cut on ma­tu­rity. This is not be­ing done at the re­quest of the coun­cil, so surely tak­ing a chain­saw to a tree in a pub­lic park is a crim­i­nal act.

The vol­un­teers who had planted new na­tive trees in the Tas­man Re­serve were very an­noyed to find that they too had been tar­geted by this van­dal with a chain­saw. I ask that this per­son leave their blasted chain­saw in their own home and leave our trees alone. P More Toko­roa

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