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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



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.

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