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A sa­cred place in our city and th­ese early in­hab­i­tants de­serve far bet­ter. His­tor­i­cally, an amaz­ingly rich place for a wan­der, but al­ways marred by the ne­glect. Very pleased if its go­ing to be prop­erly looked af­ter.’’ – Trudy Hut­ton-Baas

‘‘I re­mem­ber when the Ash­hurst Ceme­tery was in such a bad state. Now it’s beau­ti­ful. I hope they can do it up to that stan­dard.’’

Zina Hin­drup


As a political ac­tivist I have been re­flect­ing on 2015. As the win­dow on the Trans-Pa­cific Part­ner­ship Agree­ment (TPPA) closed more tightly, thou­sands of New Zealan­ders in towns and cities through­out our coun­try, in­clud­ing Palmer­ston North, bravely protested to send a mes­sage to the Na­tional govern­ment: ‘TPPA – Walk Away!’

Af­ter five years of deny­ing that the TPPA would mean higher medicines and act as a bill of rights for for­eign in­vestors, the PrimeMin­is­ter changed­his tune. At the same time the holy grail of a bo­nanza for the dairy in­dus­try had not tran­spired

Th­ese and other trade-offs on our sovereignty con­tin­ued to be made un­der a shroud of se­crecy. As we asked many times, ‘‘What is the govern­ment so de­ter­mined to hide?"

Peo­ple were fed up with be­ing in­sulted by our Trade Min­is­ter, Tim Groser. We wanted to live in a gen­uine democ­racy that puts peo­ple, not for­eign in­vestors and multi­na­tional cor­po­ra­tions, first. We wanted the right to de­cide our own fu­tures, as be­fits a mod­ern democ­racy, and to be able to de­liver on the Treaty of Wai­tangi

And we ex­pected our elected govern­ment to lis­ten to the peo­ple’s cry, ‘‘TPPA is not okay, we’re go­ing to fight it all the way"

Dion Martin Palmer­ston North


It is oh, so sad that in fu­ture years ev­ery pub­lic hol­i­day will, for too many fam­i­lies, be the time to re­mem­ber the ac­ci­dent that caused the pre­ma­ture pass­ing of a loved one.

Al­though such ac­ci­dents oc­cur through­out the year, there is an over­whelm­ing poignancy when they oc­cur at hol­i­day times, par­tic­u­larly dur­ing the Christ­mas and New Year pe­riod. The num­bers of drown­ings have risen and the road toll is greater than that in 2014..

As to the causes, the cell phone has been shown to be a lethal weapon in the hands of some driv­ers, and re­mains a po­ten­tial threat to road users. Ig­no­rance of the per­ils of ocean rips, and the sheer stu­pid­ity of those who swim out­side the safety flags, looms large. Climbers and tram­pers can and do add to the hol­i­day toll.

There are of course those ac­ci­dents that no one could have fore­cast, such as the tragic death of the young boy struck by a boat while be­ing towed on wa­ter skis.

A mo­ment’s inat­ten­tion by any of us while driv­ing can have dis­as­trous con­se­quences. The sober­ing fact is that many who die on our roads do so through no fault of their own. Alas the grim toll has be­come an in­evitable part of pub­lic hol­i­days..

One can, how­ever take heart from the ef­forts of the po­lice in push­ing home the mes­sage of tak­ing care on the roads, and how they han­dle the grim tasks of at­tend­ing the scenes of ac­ci­dents and vis­it­ing the be­reaved. We owe much to po­lice, paramedics, and vol­un­teers who keep our breaches safe. With­out their skills and ded­i­ca­tion, the an­nual toll of hol­i­day deaths and in­jury would be much higher..

Don Robert­son, Palmer­ston North CON­TACT US The Tribune wel­comes let­ters. They should not ex­ceed 250 words and must carry a gen­uine name, home ad­dress and day­time phone num­ber. Pref­er­ence is given to let­ters ex­clu­sive to The Tribune. Let­ters may be edited, abridged or omit­ted with­out ex­pla­na­tion. They can be emailed to tribune@msl.co.nz or posted to PO Box 3, Palmer­ston North to be re­ceived by 4pm on the Thurs­day prior to pub­li­ca­tion.

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