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The Palmy de­bate con­tin­ues

I write in re­sponse to Pete French’s let­ter about his dis­ap­point­ment with Sun­day’s (and I can only as­sume the en­tire nation’s) “Palmy bash­ing” [Jan­uary 16]. I’d just like to clear up the gross mis­con­cep­tion that “it’s BS” – no, Palmy’s a night­mare. I’ll give it to Pete that it’s a great place to live and raise a fam­ily, but I fear that I must add that this is only the case if you’re to­tally un­aware of the al­ter­na­tives and care lit­tle for the state of your child’s school­ing. It was men­tioned that the re­gion hosts a wide va­ri­ety of whole­some out­door ac­tiv­i­ties, but I’d like to point out that you can do nearly none of those things lo­cally – you may as well live in cen­tral Auck­land.

Pete men­tioned the peo­ple be­ing down to earth; I’ve never been to a less friendly place in all of New Zealand. When I first moved to Palmy I was taken aback by the cold at­ti­tude with which I was gen­er­ally re­garded. Usu­ally I find it ex­tremely easy to in­ter­act with new peo­ple, but for the first time in my life this wasn’t the case in Palmer­ston North. I could cite nu­mer­ous cases of my friends get­ting at­tacked and badly beaten when walk­ing at night, and if you’re look­ing for a fight I’d sug­gest you look

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