‘FEED ME, SEYMOUR’
Little Shop collectibles are a subversive marketing tactic designed to bypass adults and go direct to the little shoppers.
Many children diligently collect the individually wrapped, tiny items; with varying degrees of obsession every time the otherwise dreaded grocery shopping is done.
Supportive parents nurture the happy obsession and organise swap meets (some of which have become violent affairs), or litter facebook feeds with their desire to collect missing pieces.
Some even purchase accessories to go with them. Spending money on groceries and dragging the family through the supermarket is now given a silver lining thanks to the ‘super marketing’ of foodstuffs.
The next generation’s brand loyalty has been gifted wrapped in shiny packets, and perhaps our children’s delight might be worth the environmental cost, the subconscious manipulation of their developing minds, and the hundreds of mini plastic grocery items messing up kids bedrooms.
One of the lowest forms of marketing in my opinion.
Rachel Offord Palmerston North
WARMTH OR RENT
The first Monday in October has been designated as International Tenants Day/ UN Habitat Day.
This year the theme is on housing and energy.
Every householder’s budget is greatly affected by the costs of energy, and in New Zealand households spend increasingly more on energy.
Poor housing conditions, such as the inability to properly heat the home can have a negative impact on a tenant’s health and well-being.
The Manawatu Tenants Union has noticed an increase in the number of tenants facing the decision to either pay their power bill or their rent during the winter months.
Cold indoor temperatures are determined by a combination of factors. Energy inefficient building design can make homes difficult to heat.
Moreover, low household incoˆme and high energy prices exacerbate heating affordability. Fuel poverty is a recognised social problem around the world.
It should be noted that New Zealand has some of the coldest houses in the developed world.
Kevin Reilly. Manawatu Tenants Union
Manawatu Cancer Society endorses the Palmerston North Parents Centre calling for legislation banning smoking in cars carrying children.
While smokers may advocate for their right to smoke, our children have the right to breathe clean air that won’t compromise their health.
Children are particularly vulnerable to secondhand smoke due to their smaller lungs, higher respiratory rates and immature immune systems.
Children and teenagers whose parents and caregivers smoke are more likely to become smokers themselves.
The move to ban smoking in our cars sends a clear message that second-hand smoke is hurting our children.
Let us speak up for our children who are not in a position to speak for themselves, and create a safer smokefree environment for future generations.
Kerry Hocquard Manawatu Cancer Society, community health advocate