Letters to the editor
It is slightly ironic that within a few weeks of The Leader ceasing to print the weekly Tide Table that the district should be hammered by one of the worst tidal events experienced for many years. ‘‘Fore warned is fore armed’’, is the old adage, and knowing the heights as well as the times of HW on any day is a vital piece of information for the many of us who live near the coast. I would urge the Fairfax heirarchy, who I’m sure have the interests of our community at heart, to have the tables printed again on a regular basis.
P Peters, Motueka
It was sad to read recently that a petition has been started for the change of election process within Tasman District Council (TDC) from First Past the Post (FPP) to Single Transferable Vote (STV). The proponent is also from Golden Bay. If STV is successful, the Local Government Commission (LGC) will write new rules for this process.
The five TDC Wards (Lakes Murchison, Richmond, Moutere Waimea, Motueka and Golden Bay) could disappear. All Councillors could be elected from the Richmond area. Loss of rural representation. No Wards, no Community Boards, that is also possible. If Nick Smith stands for Mayor in Nelson and wins? Southern Link (go Nick) and amalgamation (go away Nick) will no doubt be sought. STV there? All Councillors could be Nelson based. Loss of rural representation. I hope not.
Barry Dowler, Tasman