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We’d like to ex­press ap­pre­ci­a­tion to Bramha Naidoo and his staff of LJ’s Seafood Restau­rant, in Ti Rakau Drive, Botany, for the setup, won­der­ful ser­vice and dis­counted meals en­joyed by our mem­bers.

The pre­sen­ta­tion of the food was as mouth-wa­ter­ing as the food. The ser­vice was fab­u­lous too. All the staff mem­bers were friendly, at­ten­tive, smil­ing and made us feel wel­comed and com­fort­able.

Se­nior cit­i­zens are im­por­tant mem­bers of our com­mu­nity. They are our par­ents and our grand­par­ents, peo­ple who have con­trib­uted to the his­tory of our com­mu­nity and our fam­i­lies in so many ways. One of the re­cent ve­hi­cle crashes in Mel­lons Bay Road.

Se­niors have a thing or two to teach about en­dur­ing change and han­dling life’s ad­ver­sity. Even if a se­nior’s hear­ing or mem­ory isn’t what it was in the past, our elders have great wis­dom to im­part.

East­ern Sub­urbs Se­nior Cit­i­zens Club

num­ber of ques­tions miss­ing, as the ques­tions asked are de­signed to pro­vide the an­swers the coun­cil wants. Some of the miss­ing ques­tions are:

Do you want less (es­pe­cially highly paid) coun­cil em­ploy­ees with huge re­dun­dancy pay­ments? The coun­cil has more staff than the com­bined coun­cils that were amal­ga­mated to form the Auck­land Coun­cil.

Do you want your rates to pay for coun­cil em­ploy­ees to go into the en­ter­tain­ment busi­ness? Movies in Parks, V8 car rac­ing, Pride pa­rades, Mu­sic in Parks etc.

Do you want un­elected peo­ple who you can’t vote out mak­ing de­ci­sions for you? We have some cost­ing us mil­lions of dol­lars and they are flex­ing their mus­cles.

There are many more cases that I have not listed that in­volve the use of ratepay­ers money for pur­poses other than core ser­vices.

Coun­cils are elected to pro­vide wa­ter, roads, rub­bish col­lec­tions and other core ser­vices, not get into ed­u­ca­tion, en­ter­tain­ment and child wel­fare etc etc.

Arthur Moore Paku­ranga

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