Not the right person to publicise
The October 31 edition of the Hutt News ran a ‘‘story’’ about the founder and current President of the NZ Prostitutes Collective, Catherine Healy. This item had featured in the DomPost previously. Was this article locally newsworthy? Why did the Hutt News choose to reproduce this article?
My younger children can usually safely use the Hutt News as a resource for speeches, schools projects and homework - this is as it should be. Please keep our paper free of this sort of material especially the kind that elevates prostitution to the status of a legitimate career choice.
On a more positive note, the life story on Leo Buchanan - who is actually a local hero (unlike Catherine Healy of the Prostitutes Collective) having been born in Petone - was very edifying and quite inspiring. Thanks for choosing to publish that.
We chose to reproduce the article because Catherine was born and grew up in Eastbourne and continues to live there. She is part of the Lower
Hutt community. Just like Leo Buchanan, she has made a significant impact in improving the lives of people. Leo concentrated on improving the health of Maori children and Catherine on the welfare of prostitutes.
I aman older lady living in a retirement village in the Hutt.
Usually, I take the train into town but today had to drive in to pick up a special Christmas toy for my grandson at Toyworld on Ballance St.
I found a space (even though I have a disabled plaque, I didn’t have to use it) and went up to pay for my parking.
The screen was completely obliterated by sun strike. I tried to put coins in but the machine refused to take them. I read something on the side about using my smartphone to pay the fee. Well, I only have a very old cellphone to call my husband in case of an emergency.
I really didn’t know what to do so just rushed in to get the toy and got back out before a parking warden came by.
Earlier in the day I had parked in Hutt central and used coins to pay for my time.
What is an old person to do? Should we just stay out of the central city? There must be more like me that find it hard to keep up with modern technology but want to do the right thing. Please help.
NATS AND ‘SHAMBLES’
Re the ‘‘shambles’’ on the first day of Parliament, so this is the way the National Party is going to head into its version of making New Zealand great again. Believe it or not, Simon Bridges and Bill English, New Zealand got the election result it voted for.
I don’t know of anyone nowadays who would admit to having voted forMMPat the time, but I do know that it is the democratic way that our prime minister and his/her party have been elected.
And by the way, the horror I have is not of a youthful, caring and enthusiastic party leader and her team, but of a barking mad team who just cannot accept that it was defeated. National had its time – it should just eat crow and accept that New Zealand wanted a change.
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Parking is made so difficult, should the elderly just stay away from the central city?