Nanny state

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What a pa­thetic nanny state we have be­come. How did it hap­pen? When did we al­low our­selves to be treated like chil­dren?

At Farewell Spit, Doc banned ac­cess to the beach be­cause of the dan­ger of ex­plod­ing whales. I sus­pect the dan­ger from a fall­ing me­te­orite would be greater.

The pop­u­lar walk­ing track to Sharplin Falls has also been closed (per­ma­nently) be­cause of the dan­ger of fall­ing rocks. That must mean that most tramp­ing tracks in the moun­tains should also be closed.

Now a friend who lives on the Kapiti Coast tells me a nearby bush walk has been closed be­cause of the dan­ger of ‘‘fall­ing or­chids’’.

All of th­ese ‘‘dan­gers’’ may or not be real but it’s time to say to the bu­reau­crats in­volved that our safety is not yours to con­trol.

Put up a warn­ing sign if you must, then go home and have a cup of cof­fee. Dan­ger can be per­ceived ev­ery­where if you look for it. That is the world we live in. Brian Moore Mt Pleas­ant

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