Your thoughts on our Eco is­sue

NZ House & Garden - - TALKBACK -

Pos­i­tive, not preachy

A few of you had an opin­ion on ed­i­tor Sally Dug­gan’s email newsletter. Sally quoted a friend who reck­ons cam­paign­ing gree­nies are the new-age ver­sion of re­li­gious zealots, and that mak­ing peo­ple feel guilty causes them to switch off. That’s why our July Eco is­sue was “pos­i­tive, not preachy”, Sally said. Here’s what you thought:


Just wanted to let you know this is the most in­spir­ing NZ House & Gar­den mes­sage I have read in ages. I am now on my way to get this is­sue. I agree with your friend. Guilt is no way to change the world for the bet­ter.

Diana Law, Christchurch


I am one of those cam­paign­ing gree­nies and I took of­fence to your let­ter. Peo­ple need to be made aware of the ef­fect they’re hav­ing on the en­vi­ron­ment. Do­ing away with plas­tic bags is not enough. No­body needs a 200sqm home. They’re ex­pen­sive, have a big car­bon foot­print and cost a lot to keep warm no mat­ter how much in­su­la­tion they have. I re­cently had a 60sqm brand new house built. For me, it’s the per­fect size, has a won­der­ful view and my monthly elec­tric­ity bill is no more than $60, with a gas cal­i­font and gas cooker. Time to think out­side the box (very large boxes) and think smaller, ecofriendly and cheap to heat.

Joanna Ba­gley, Waipu


It gave me great plea­sure to read about the fam­ily from Hanmer Springs – my favourite place in the world (“Into the trees,” July 2018). When I was young, my par­ents used to hire a house there over Christ­mas. My fa­ther and I swam ev­ery morn­ing in the hot pools – one for males and one for fe­males. The nurses from the hospi­tal went around the district singing carols on Christ­mas Eve. I could wan­der through the for­est – once I came across a large open space full of wild flow­ers and but­ter­flies. It was said a man was per­ma­nently sta­tioned in a hut high up in the trees in sum­mer to watch for fire. Best wishes for a happy life to the Reid fam­ily.

Mar­garet Foster, Kapiti Coast

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