Tokoroa has such beautiful wide roads, most towns or cities would be rather envious I am sure, such forward looking planning. Why is it then that we seem to maintain them simply to paint white lines on and to restrict their full use?
The footpaths on the other hand seem to attract all sorts of traffic and are fully utilised. We use them for parking, which I thought was illegal; we use them for cycling which is also iffy. Some businesses in town regard them as an extension of their premises!
Mobility scooters use them, push chairs and prams also share with the pedestrian. So some sort of understanding of who and for what the footpaths are intended would be beneficial
Why not try and encourage the cycles back on to the roads (young children at parent’s discretion) Instead of restricting motor traffic with white lines turn them in to cycle lanes. Let’s get some benefit out of such wide underutilised roads. Get people out of their cars and on their cycles. It’s what you call a win win situation. The environment and people’s health would both benefit.
With the development of Cougar Park Mountain Bike Track and the River Trail Tokoroa could become a cycle town Mecca. Cycling in general is on the up and up, let’s get in there and utilise our assets not paint white lines on them. Roger Freeman,
Tokoroa benefit ensures there is no real poverty of the sort in third-world countries.
If any family in New Zealand sends their children to school hungry it is not the state, but the parents who should be questioned.
Emergencies are also covered. But beneficiaries continue to have babies when already unemployed and without means to raise their children.
New Zealand has almost the highest rate of sole parenthood in the OECD – and lowest rate of sole parent employment. International evidence shows that requiring sole parents on a benefit to take up work is the single most effective way of reducing child poverty. Denis Shuker,