E-scooter mis­use just lat­est ex­pres­sion of Kiwi self­ish­ness

Herald on Sunday - - EDITORIAL -

We have just re­turned from a trip over­seas where we saw many of th­ese types of e-scoot­ers and bikes around.

We ini­tially thought what a great idea. Then we thought, no, not in NZ, as we have a very self-cen­tred, selfish and de­struc­tive “me, my­self and I” men­tal­ity that was in­tro­duced un­der Roger­nomics and suc­ces­sive gov­ern­ments have fos­tered and pan­dered to.

We were away for seven weeks and never wit­nessed ex­ces­sive speed nor stu­pid­ity. We ar­rived home to be greeted with the news th­ese scoot­ers had been in­tro­duced and were re­sult­ing in the may­hem we had an­tic­i­pated.

NZ is now an ag­gres­sive and selfish so­ci­ety. Ev­ery­one thinks they can do as they please, re­gard­less of the ef­fects on those around them or so­ci­ety in gen­eral.

I am not just re­fer­ring to the scooter is­sue. The prob­lem is big­ger than that and get­ting worse. Gra­ham Hansen, How­ick

Young rid­ers dis­turb­ing sight

I was dis­turbed to read about the el­derly lady knocked over by a young Lime scooter rider on Ta­maki Drive. Some­thing must be done about th­ese things. They look such fun, but are not toys.

On Fri­day I saw a lo­cal girl in school uni­form hurtling along Jer­vois Rd on one and thought I’d read that rid­ers must be 18+ and hold a driver’s li­cence.

I was equally sur­prised (and dis­tressed) to nearly col­lect a young boy 8-9 years old on the front of my car as I came up my drive on to Sars­field St, Herne Bay. He swerved on to the grass verge and just stared at me with a filthy look. I waited, ex­pect­ing a par­ent or older kid to ap­pear, but no one did, and off he went.

Who’s mon­i­tor­ing the renters? If you need a credit card to get the scooter mov­ing, the par­ents of this boy would be re­spon­si­ble for dam­age to my car if he had hit it. In a way, I wish he had so I could have lo­cated such ir­re­spon­si­ble and reck­less adults. Ross Black, Herne Bay

Mine gas-filled time bomb

At last some­one with heavy in­dus­trial main­te­nance knowl­edge has his say on the Pike River Mine tragedy (HoS, let­ters, Nov 4), good on you Paul Leonard!

There is that much wrong with this mine’s gov­er­nance my mind bog­gles. All con­nected with the coal­face should have had one safety thought con­stantly — it was like work­ing in a gas-filled time bomb, strong ven­ti­la­tion was es­sen­tial.

Dig cok­ing-coal at the coal­face and the la­tent meth­ane gas pours out. If it had been an open-cast mine, how dif­fer­ent it would have been. Open spa­ces al­low harm­less gas dis­per­sion and, if re­quired, rapid evac­u­a­tion of the site.

There is talk of “do-gooder par­ties” pre­vent­ing an open-cast mine be­ing con­sented to. But with­out them, big busi­ness would soon have the en­tire coun­try­side in a mess. Harold Thomas, Orewa

Brave New World

I am very im­pressed with New World’s ad­ver­tise­ment in to­day’s pa­per, as ev­ery price (ex­cept one of $4.50) is in even dol­lars, not the usual 99c prices; sur­pris­ingly even Church Road wines are two for $25 when wine prices ev­ery­where seem­ingly must end in 99c. The Dol­lar Days ad­vert looks so pro­fes­sional.

I hate the 99c price ad­ver­tise­ments, in­clud­ing Count­down who end many prices in 99c, just like most hard­ware stores, home ap­pli­ance shops, Bike Barn with all bikes its end­ing in $99 etc. It is a bad mar­ket­ing way of life in re­tail.

New World’s is the first su­per­mar­ket news­pa­per ad­ver­tise­ment I have seen with­out even one sin­gle prod­uct price end­ing in 99c. At long last. Pro­fes­sional ad­ver­tis­ing as it should be. Mur­ray Hunter, Ti­ti­rangi

Smooth talk in banks

Do bank cus­tomers have any re­course when re­ceiv­ing bad ad­vice from overzeal­ous, smooth-talk­ing per­sonal bankers who put their hand­some bonuses ahead of cus­tomers’ in­ter­ests or is it a case of buyer be­ware?

In the case of John Key, is it a case of poacher turned game­keeper? Bruce Tubb, Bel­mont

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