Master’s clean flue idea

South Waikato News - - NEWS - By ADEN MILES

With a crown of thorns around his head and a bell tied around his an­kle he jin­gled his way into last week’s Clean Air Bylaw hear­ings to pro­mote hap­pi­ness and so­cial well­be­ing.

Toko­roa’s res­i­dent poet Master Le Parne po­et­i­cally submitted his ob­jec­tion to the bylaw ‘‘It is an is­sue that af­fects a broad spec­trum of peo­ple. The poor and the more, and in the end the poor al­ways pay more.’’ He rhymed.

The Master con­tin­ued to wax lyri­cal about the so­cial con­se­quences to the peo­ple.

‘‘There are so­cial con­se­quences to take into con­sid­er­a­tion and could be the cause of more suf­fer­ing and hope­less­ness.

‘‘Peo­ple who strug­gle to put food on the ta­ble, let alone pay elec­tric­ity bills.

‘‘Too many of our chil­dren (are) liv­ing in con- di­tions that most of us would find un­ac­cept­able. But that’s the sad re­al­ity of the mat­ter,’’ he said.

The Master gave coun­cil a few ideas on how to im­prove air qual­ity.

‘‘There are prob­a­bly a big pro­por­tion of peo­ple with plenty of flues out there that haven’t been cleaned for years.

‘‘As a prop­erty in­vestor we’ve had am­ple ex­pe­ri­ence with our prop­er­ties in this re­gard and we think that ev­ery­one who gets their flues changed gets a gold tick on their prop­erty base at coun­cil.’’

SWEEP­ING OUT PROB­LEM: Master Le Parne po­et­i­cally pre­sented ideas on how to fix the pol­lu­tion, chim­ney sweep­ing be­ing one of them.

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