Don’t be sucked in

The Northland Age - - Opinion -

Peo­ple, don’t be sucked in by this cap­i­tal gains tax. It is aimed at mid­dle New Zealand again, and I be­lieve us Baby Boomers in par­tic­u­lar.

A large pro­por­tion of us were cru­ci­fied by Roger­nomics and his looney tune poli­cies that once again aca­demics thought to be clever. Maybe it was clever to send ev­ery­one broke, home­less, job­less etc. Labour are ready to re­lease another dev­as­tat­ing pol­icy on us all and re­peat the mad­ness again.

We Baby Boomers have taken over 30 years to re­cover from the folly of Roger­nomics, some never could. The ones who have ac­cu­mu­lated some­thing to aid their re­tire­ment, Labour wants to now steal in the name of cap­i­tal gains tax, as all the econ­o­mists say it would be one of the worst in the world.

The wealthy would just move money off shore. The rest of the land­lords will just sell off their rentals so not to be caught with tax, and that will es­ca­late the home­less sit­u­a­tion, cer­tainly in­crease rents. The only ones to ben­e­fit again is Maori busi­ness.

How can Labour say this tax is fair when Ma¯ ori will pay only 17.5 per cent and the rest of us will pay 33 per cent. Plus, I guess it’s so fair that Ma¯ ori char­i­ties (with an in­come of mil­lions) will still pay zero tax as usual.

In my opin­ion Labour is show­ing what na¨ıve, in­com­pe­tent, bungling im­be­ciles they are. They do not have a busi­ness brain be­tween them. They have been over­seas for the last year giv­ing away mil­lions of our money to all and sundry!

Oh, whoops, we need some more money, bet­ter screw the mid­dle class again, which is grind­ing pro­duc­tiv­ity in New Zealand to a halt.

We are over-bur­dened with in­com­pe­tent gov­ern­ment de­part­ments in­sti­gat­ing more time-con­sum­ing com­pli­ance red tape and charges so pro­duc­ers can­not ac­tu­ally get to work and do their job.

‘We are all equal, just some are more equal than oth­ers’.

C HUMPHREYS

Katikati

us al­gae could be a ma­jor health ad­di­tive, and we have plenty of that wait­ing to be har­vested on our kauri dam.

A dinghy, an out­board mo­tor, a few will­ing vol­un­teers to com­post and stew. Hey presto, the lat­est health fad, and what’s left? The most pure, sparkling wa­ter from Herekino.

A COCHRANE

Kaitaia

Her­ald, eu­lo­gises the nau­ti­cal feats of Hec Busby, he should re­mem­ber that when Busby broke down on his pro­mo­tional voy­age it wasn’t a waka that towed him into port. He fur­ther dis­par­ages Euro­pean ships by claim­ing that “dou­ble-hulled ships? (waka) could lit­er­ally sail cir­cles around them.”

I won­der how they would have done at Trafal­gar?

It may be fur­ther noted that Hec Busby’s name­sake, Bri­tish res­i­dent James Busby, was re­ferred to by Ma¯ ori as ‘The Man of War with­out guns.’

BRYAN JOHN­SON

O¯ moko­roa

am not con­nected he humbly apol­o­gised (Fe­bru­ary 14). Now (The bore that isn’t, Fe­bru­ary 19) he says that through his re­search I was not con­sid­ered for the Kaitaia Wa­ter Ref­er­ence Group due to a con­flict of in­ter­est be­cause I have a bore to the aquifer. Wrong again!

The rea­son why a con­flict of in­ter­est was im­posed on me by the Far North District Coun­cil ap­prox­i­mately eight years ago was be­cause my prop­erty was close to a pro­posed aquifer bore on pri­vate land to sup­ply Kaitaia res­i­dents with good wa­ter.

Yes, I do have a bore, 78 feet down. The aquifer is 95 me­tre­s­plus deep.

It may be a good idea, and I sug­gested this to IF Burke, that he con­tacts the North­land Re­gional Coun­cil. They have all the data on who is con­nected to the aquifer. IF Burke de­clined to do this.

In re­gard to the Far North District Coun­cil’s progress to hook into the Sweet­wa­ter aquifer, it’s go­ing to hap­pen very soon. Just re­cently I and a num­ber of elected mem­bers and staff had a very pro­duc­tive meet­ing. We are look­ing at putting a test bore close to Kaitaia, on coun­cil land, where the aquifer is sit­u­ated.

It is ridicu­lous that at this very mo­ment the Sweet­wa­ter aquifer is be­ing used for ir­ri­ga­tion on dairy farms and avo­cado or­chards, with Kaitaia peo­ple drink­ing wa­ter from the Awanui River.

CR MATE RADICH

Sweet­wa­ter

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