The New Zealand Herald

Park bosses let weeds take over

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On a recent visit to Grey Lynn Park I noticed the beautiful deciduous trees are being slowly destroyed by ivy. These are mature trees which have been or are being strangled by this horrible weed. There is also wild ginger plant. Before the change of maintenanc­e providers for our parks, the weeds were controlled and parks were well maintained. Now it seems that little care is taken. Please save our trees in Grey Lynn Park.

Pam Smith, Forrest Hill. It is of concern that the Government and the Auckland Council see only tax, rates and charges as the way to fund projects. There is no sign of them cutting costs. In fact, costs and cavalier spending on things we don’t need are heading skywards. If businesses in the real world of commerce operated in such a way they would go broke. Lean and mean? No, fat and thriftless. John Clements, Orewa. We have now had a second dreadful case of malicious sexual harassment by female students against male teachers with no consequenc­es for the perpetrato­rs. If I was a teacher I would install hidden CCTV cameras so that there was no chance of a personal vendetta costing me my job and a lot of money. Many of us have not forgotten how Peter Ellis was framed and found guilty, which ruined his career.

Dave Miller, St Marys Bay. an appropriat­e age.

Maybe parents would like to make their own decisions about if and when their child is ready for social media. Signing a digital consent or online policy is used by schools to demonstrat­e parental approval of their practices, but to withhold a signature means withholdin­g many forms of tech use and ostracisin­g your child from the group.

Paediatric­ians and parents have concerns about some aspects of tech use in schools, particular­ly for young children. Perhaps schools could look closely at the research and use evidence-based practice with technology. Perhaps there are other ways to engage children.

A. Scott, Grey Lynn. I can’t let John Roughan’s column go unchalleng­ed. His journey time has “hardly changed in decades” because an efficient bus service complement­s the motorway he uses. His daily commute to the CBD may be “tolerable” but for people forced to travel across Auckland, it’s anything but. I choose to live on a train and bus route but neither goes near my workplace.

Your columnist fails to mention the impact of clogged motorways on climate change or lost productivi­ty. And finally, many of us would cycle to work if it was safe (it isn’t). I love Auckland. I’m tired of seeing it trashed by an obsession with cars and roads. Increasing public transport and walking and cycling infrastruc­ture, coupled with incentives to encourage people to change their travel behaviour, is the way to go. All power to the Government.

Kate Thompson, Meadowbank.

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