If I were the boss, I’d sack the designer of the new timetables. What was simple has now become complicated and difficult to understand. For people in our area, it is a set back with the loss of Pomaria Rd and part of Rathgar Rd which no longer exist. This means longer walks, less convenience and if you get to the city, two buses instead of the current one. In some cases, there is no bus shelter like there used to be. Why does the timetable use the terms clockwise and anticlockwise when to and from tell you which direction you’re going? A letter to Auckland Transport had the usual no reply. Indeed no address these days, they just tell you to go online. People in our area were surprised their usual patronised bus stops have disappeared, after so many years. So much for consultation.
With less than 100 days until the general election, voter attention turns to the various candidates across the political spectrum who are vying for legislative representation. A fundamental voter consideration for supporting a candidate is the answer to the question ‘‘can we trust the candidate?’’ For Clutha Southland MP Todd Barclay, given the recent revelations about his surreptitious use of a dictaphone with a staff member, the answer to this question is now an emphatic no. The wet stain of Barclay’s actions is now bleeding all over the integrity of the National Party, and the only way to staunch the wound is to cauterise the cause. Todd Barclay can either step down from his role, or he can be pushed, but either way – he needs to go. DYLAN TIPENE
REST HOME FEES
We all know that the government is paying more to aged care workers from July 1 which we welcome. However, we deplore the increases in fees for 35 pre cent of rest home residents who have assets over the $224,000 threshold. Fee increases have been announced by the rest homes up to $365 extra for a month. The other 65 per cent of rest home residents are subsidised by the state and only receive a small sum towards living expenses from their national superannuation. We at Greypower are your advocacy group to lobby respective organisations and the government for our elderly and
My grandson, who is keen to have a job, was at the Glen Eden WINZ office on Friday, June 2. He was being interviewed by an assistant and when he got up to leave, he inadvertently left his wallet and birth certificate on the chair next to the one he’d been sitting on. So of course, sadly, on returning twice to WINZ, the wallet had been stolen and the birth certificate has vanished too. What a sad and sorry society we live in nowadays. But on the other hand, we all may have an opportunity each day to do something kind and what a wonderful blessing Givealittle is too.
Te Atatu South
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Dylan Tipene said Todd Barclay needs to go.