Out­age eggsasper­at­ing

The Northland Age - - Opinion -

Your cor­re­spon­dent Feed­back wel­come(Age letters Novem­ber 29)and pre­vi­ous letters in re­gards to what Top En­ergy say is frus­trat­ing to their cus­tomer is to say the least in re­gards to un­planned out­ages.

I sup­pose like many planned for the out­age sched­uled for Sun­day, Novem­ber 18, where my

power went off ex­actly on the hour of 8am un­til af­ter 5pm. Whereby I planned and hired a gen­er­a­tor for the day to keep my in­cu­ba­tor con­tain­ing rare breed eggs alive.

All went well for my planned hatch­ings.

On the Mon­day, Novem­ber 19, guess what, here we go again “on off on . . .” an­other out­age this one with­out no warn­ing or no­ti­fi­ca­tion.This last­ing over an hour did come back then off again.

My whole in­ter­est plan­ning and sched­ule or­ders went down the gur­gler with the lost of all fer­tile hatch­ing eggs.

So all Top En­ergy can say is “frus­trat­ing” doesn't re­ally cut the­mus­tard. JOHN TIL­SON

Kaitaia I re­fer to your ex­cel­lent ed­i­to­rial (Age, Novem­ber 20) and I re­gret that I am com­ment­ing so long af­ter the fact hav­ing been away from the North for two weeks due to fam­ily mat­ters.

The deputy chair of the ‘Oruru Hall Com­mit­tee, Kath Adams, has been mag­nif­i­cent in lead­ing the lo­cal com­mu­nity “fight” to re­tain and up­grade the Hall (Swamp Palace).

It was dur­ing my ini­tial time as chair­man in 2014 that we thought we had se­cured $593,000 to re-es­tab­lish this his­toric and much loved build­ing. As you note noth­ing ma­te­ri­alised . . . ex­cept vague and un­sub­stan­ti­ated prom­ises.

The hall com­mit­tee meets this week to re­spond to Mayor John Carter's in­terim of­fer of $190,000, which the FNDC sug­gests will en­able us to take over the re­spon­si­bil­i­ties of op­er­at­ing Swamp Palace and get­ting started again. (Watch this space)

The lo­cal com­mu­nity and the hall com­mit­tee are very grate­ful for clear ex­pres­sions of sup­port from the North­land Age, which we note has been a great en­cour­age­ment to us for many years. Thank you very much.

JOHN FOLKARD ‘Oruru Hall Chair­man put the work in then, maybe its hous­ing pol­icy would be vastly dif­fer­ent,” King swings with a left up­per­cut.

Then: “Na­tional's plan was bet­ter. By in­creas­ing the over­all sup­ply of hous­ing in gen­eral, first home buy­ers on low in­comes could use the Ki­wiSaver, HomeS­tart and Wel­come Home loan schemes to get a de­posit to­gether and buy their first home” he swings in with a right cross.

What he fails to men­tion — and this is the suck­er­punch — is that Na­tional was in power for nine years and not only

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