I very much support the current PNCC plans to develop a heritage strategy. We have a duty to be guardians of our history and pass it on to future generations. Our priorities should be to identify those parts of our culture and heritage that are considered significant to the community and identify those that are most at risk, and work on strategies to preserve them. In particular with the new earthquake strengthening requirements I am concerned that heritage buildings will be lost, especially those currently owned privately. It is important to recognise that these buildings have intrinsic value to the whole community and so the community will need to help with their preservation for future generations. Places like the Hoffman Kiln, the old Electric Power Station, the Savage Crescent development, All Saints Church, The Grand, Caccia Birch and the Regent Theatre are particularly important as iconic buildings and places, some of which have national significance as well.
They tell a story ofwhere we have come from, how society has changed and are part of our identity. Historic buildings, neighbourhoods and landscapes embody the intentions, assumptions and lives of those who built, worked or lived in them. Preserving their stories is an important part of building a healthy community.
Lorna Johnson Palmerston North
I amso looking forward to the cycleway across the Manawatu River which is finally going to happen after all these years.
As a Palmerston North City Council councillor, I remember Cr Chris Teo Sherrell bring the ‘concept’ to the table. I think Chris deserves a medal in having the foresight eight years ago for such a bridge.
It was ‘laughed’ out of the council chamber at the time by the majority of councillors but it is obvious PNCC has had a change of heart, leadership and councillor ‘mix’ to make it happen. Congratulations to all who have made it happen and I trust Chris gets to be the first cyclist over the bridge for creating and pushing the idea, as it is his major form of transport. What could be more appropriate? A cyclist who practises what he preaches. Michael Feyen
Dion Martin, you seem hung up on Easter Sunday [ Tribune July 6] and sound like a member of the Christian minority.
Easter Sunday is just another Sunday to over half of the population of New Zealand.
This means the Christian minority is dictating to the majority of Kiwis who aren’t Christian what they can and can’t do.
The government is very ‘‘in touch’’ with New Zealand, and is following the statistics showing Christianity is no longer the ‘cult de jour’ in NZ and its numbers are falling with each census.
I’m sure there are always going to be people who want to earn money by working Easter Sunday, as there are people who want the freedom to choose to shop on Easter Sunday.
If you don’t want to shop on Easter Sunday then don’t, but don’t ever think you can tell me and the other 51.1 per cent (approx, census 2013) of nonChristian Kiwis when we are allowed to shop!
AlWinder Palmerston North
Politics for the most part fails to address the questions that matter most and what people care about, such as a fair society and the public good. So, it is encouraging to hear that the Labour Party has the courage and the political will to try and address the housing crisis that has engulfed New Zealand. Access to a home is a fundamental human need that should be available to all.
The time for change is now as the crisis is real. We have to think in the long-term for the benefit of all New Zealanders. Kevin Reilly, Manawatu
The site for a new bridge across the Manawatu River has been chosen.