HER­ITAGE STRAT­EGY

The Tribune (NZ) - - CONVERSATIONS -

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

CY­CLE BRIDGE

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

Fox­ton

EASTER TRAD­ING

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

HOUS­ING CRI­SIS

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

Ten­ants Union

Photo: SUP­PLIED

The site for a new bridge across the Manawatu River has been cho­sen.

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