Let­ters to the ed­i­tor

The Leader (Tasman) - - UNDER ONE ROOF -


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

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