Polls un­re­li­able

Waikato Times - - LETTERS -

The present day re­search polls by land­line phone, mobile phones and texts are not ac­cu­rate. Re­spon­dents are not in­ter­viewed face to face, as such the re­spon­dent can say what they like. When re­spon­dent was con­tacted by phone or text, re­spon­dent may be busy or hav­ing a prob­lem or may be un­der the in­flu­ence of liquor or driv­ing a ve­hi­cle and if the in­ter­viewer put the ques­tion, you will never get the ac­cu­rate an­swer. Present tele­phone and text re­search is not ac­cu­rate. Some may not know even the po­lit­i­cal par­ties con­test­ing the elec­tions.

Years ago they used to do face-to-face in­ter­views and the in­ter­viewer can judge from the face ex­pres­sion, body lan­guage and the way they an­swer whether they are say­ing the truth or not.

All el­i­gi­ble vot­ers should cast their votes if they want a good gov­ern­ment to gov­ern the coun­try. Coun­try should go for­ward. Just think, 10 years ago did we have beg­gars in our streets beg­ging for food and pick­ing up cig­a­rette butts? Did we have so many daily bur­glar­ies in dairies, ser­vice sta­tions and food out­lets? What was the price of a house 10 years ago? How many home­less peo­ple were there in the streets? Ten years ago what was the price of fuel, bread and milk?

Con­sider all this and do not waste your vote and do not be­lieve elec­tion prom­ises.


Mano Manoha­ran


in­ap­pro­pri­ate’’. A bold state­ment but un­for­tu­nately falls short of clar­i­fy­ing where th­ese ar­eas are. Given his gov­ern­ment’s in­tent to al­low min­ing on Sched­ule 4 Con­ser­va­tion land at Paraki­wai or even Karanga­hake, there can’t be many ar­eas in ex­is­tence that meet his vague level of what is in­ap­pro­pri­ate.

I be­lieve that he is philo­soph­i­cal about be­ing a Na­tional Party MP that toes the party line. It will be the peo­ple who are ac­tively op­pos­ing min­ing on our beau­ti­ful Coro­man­del, peo­ple he pur­ports to rep­re­sent, who will save the day, and of course the views he has from his bach at Kuao­tunu – his favourite beach on the Coro­man­del. Lucky him – my land at Kuao­tunu is – again – un­der ex­plo­ration li­cence and I am not count­ing on him to pro­tect it.

Martin Smith


so­cial­ist, Jacinda Ardern be­lieves that ne­olib­er­al­ism has failed New Zealand and we need a more in­ter­ven­tion­ist gov­ern­ment (Times, Septem­ber 13). Con­trary to her be­lief, ne­olib­er­al­ism has brought huge ben­e­fits to New Zealand.

In­ter­ven­tion­ist gov­ern­ments try pick­ing win­ners and mostly fail. They also be­lieve that that they, the in­ter­ven­tion­ist politi­cians, know what’s best for you and me. They be­lieve we can’t be trusted to make the right de­ci­sions for our­selves and for the coun­try while so­cial­ist politi­cians, sup­pos­edly pos­sessed of su­pe­rior knowl­edge and wis­dom, can.

She is too young to re­call that the last in­ter­ven­tion­ist gov­ern­ment of the Mul­doon era, brought the coun­try to the verge of bank­ruptcy. Over time, the gov­ern­ment had in­ter­vened in al­most ev­ery eco­nomic and so­cial sec­tor. If gov­ern­ment didn’t own it, then it con­trolled it with masses of re­stric­tive rules and reg­u­la­tions.

The hous­ing cri­sis is mainly the re­sult of gov­ern­ment, both lo­cal and cen­tral, re­strict­ing the amount of land made avail­able for hous­ing. The Re­source Man­age­ment Act is one of the most in­ter­ven­tion­ist pieces of leg­is­la­tion ever passed, re­sult­ing as it does, in huge un­pro­duc­tive costs to all and sundry with very few if any real ben­e­fits.

Vince Ash­worth


Mok­i­hinui and Ru­atani­wha hy­dro schemes or the min­ing on Den­nis­ton Plateau and Coro­man­del Penin­sula is bet­ter – how­ever th­ese are only ad hoc re­ac­tive mea­sures.

We need to act in a uni­fied and de­ci­sive man­ner to bring about the im­per­a­tive long-term changes to tackle the enor­mous task at hand.

The nec­es­sary cat­a­lyst to make this hap­pen is to chan­nel our col­lec­tive vot­ing be­hav­iour into elect­ing a proac­tive gov­ern­ment.

Evo­lu­tion has taught us that species which are un­able to adapt to chang­ing cir­cum­stances are doomed to ex­tinc­tion.

Will homo sapi­ens be wise enough to change?

Sabine Pahl


male. And end­ing prefer­ably with a straight sin­gle note that all can reach.

Tony Kirby


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