Your thoughts on our Eco issue
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:
OFF TO BUY IT
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
GREENIE AND PROUD
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
HAPPY IN HANMER SPRINGS
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