Rules to live by
King David established his centre of power in Jerusalem. His son, King Solomon, built the first temple there.
The Old Testament of the Bible simply tells the stories where life was good when the laws of the prophets were kept. When society and leaders strayed from them things went pear-shaped, with disasters of all kinds, until Jewish society pulled itself together and recovery came as God forgave them.
Their biggest mistake was the rejection of Christ’s teachings and organising His death 2000 years ago.
They, like many others, didn’t recognise the resurrection of Christ. A true Christian does.
Aristotle was a genius who died, aged 62, in 322 BC. He pondered many subjects. Christ simply taught the rules to live by as no one else has, and with authority. World problems could
be solved if people obeyed his instructions.
I met one authority. An old kuia sitting in her little garden, smiling at growing ku¯ mara and other vegetables. Her hands were painful with arthritis as she filled a kit with ku¯ mara for me, as I had brought her a couple of snapper I had caught.
I protested that there was no need for her to give me anything in return. She said, “Listen boy (I was 40), the more I give the more God gives me!”
I understood why people in that settlement ended up having a cup of tea with her when they needed loving, wise advice. SAM McHARG
It is about our reserve. The boatyard has long had all the consents it requires to function on its own land, as it did under the previous owners from 1974. The present owner is the first to assert claims to the adjoining public land, including by means of ‘adverse possession’, a tenuous legal stratagem to be compared with a child’s claim of finders keepers.
By that measure any individual could lay claim to any of the nation’s public reserves as free real estate.
The second is that the article is an improvement on that earlier printed in the Advocate and Herald insofar as it lays some initial emphasis on the fact that the challenged and quashed ‘easements’ were ‘granted’, not directly by DOC or the Minister of conservation, but in fact by the FNDC, acting under a ministerial delegation. However that was in 2015, whereas your article states it was in 2006.
The FNDC in 2006 made a recommendation for the grant of ‘easements’ to DOC, and in 2007, the DOC decision declined some of the FNDC proposals, as did the Court of Appeal in July this year, for much the same reasons.
DOC had previously made the same decision in 2000, and did so subsequently in 2013. This is because the boatyard owner refused to allow the registration of the granted easements, and has kept applying for extra private rights over public reserve, again, and again and again. These were the extra private rights that were the downfall of the FNDC’s grant of purported ‘easements’ in 2015.
By the boatyard owner’s estimates, his applications and court proceedings have cost the districts ratepayers and the country’s taxpayers approximately $1.5 million to date. Mayor Carter publicly claimed these rising costs to be a