Thank you

The Northland Age - - Opinion -

I am writ­ing of be­half of Far North Com­mu­nity Hos­pice to say thank you for sup­port­ing us in Hos­pice Aware­ness Week 2019.

Thank you for your gen­eros­ity of time, laugh­ter and money. Thank you for shar­ing your sto­ries with us.

Thank you for tak­ing part in the Bright and Bold so­cial.

Thank you for danc­ing the night away to Kur­few at the RSA.

Thank you for your hugs.

Thank you for buy­ing our raf­fle tick­ets. Thank you for the words of en­cour­age­ment and thanks.

Thank you for your do­na­tion of time and sell­ing raf­fle tick­ets at Pak ‘n Save.

Thank you to all our volunteers, who are in­cred­i­ble am­bas­sadors for Far North Com­mu­nity Hos­pice and tak­ing the time to vol­un­teer.

I would like to ac­knowl­edge and thank these busi­nesses and peo­ple for their sup­port for the Bright and Bold so­cial cel­e­brat­ing Hos­pice Aware­ness Week 2019: Far North REAP, the RSA, Pak’nSave, Kaitaia Hospi­tal, Gary Steed, Peter Jack­son, Surf Far North, North Drift, Dianne Thomp­son, Lo­gan Camp­bell, Far North Honda, Repco, Car­ring­ton Es­tate,Waitapu Es­tate, Marston Moor, Knights the Jewellers, Juken New Zealand, Ra­mada Taipa, Kaitaia Mo­tor­cy­cles, Far North Gas, First Na­tional Kaitaia, Kaitaia Glass and Alu­minium, Laser Elec­tri­cal. By sup­port­ing us, Far North Com­mu­nity Hos­pice, you are help­ing us to look af­ter mem­bers of our own com­mu­nity at a time in their lives where they need it. Thank you for help­ing us do this. MAR­GARET TOLLADAY AND THE

FAR NORTH COM­MU­NITY HOS­PICE TEAM

Kaitaia Glenn Rain­ham, the act­ing gen­eral man­ager In­fra­struc­ture and As­set Man­age­ment, stated in the North­land Age (Now it’s a full hose ban, May 16) that the council was tak­ing im­me­di­ate steps to re­duce the water taken from the river (great news, should have done that a long time ago) by sup­ple­ment­ing the water from the town’s back-up water source, the Kauri dam. Each source would pro­vide half the water taken for treat­ment.

Rain­ham fails to say when the tak­ing of water from the Kauri dam would start.

The Kauri dam hasn't supplied water yet due to the power net­work that feeds the water pumps need­ing ex­ten­sive main­te­nance. Fur­ther, it was only on late Wed­nes­day, May 15 that a portable gen­er­a­tor ar­rived so the pump mo­tors at the pump­ing sta­tion could be used.

On Satur­day, May 18 some coun­cil­lors vis­ited the Ngakahu whenua, where the dam is sit­u­ated, and clearly smelled the earthy smell com­ing from the ac­tual dam.

Rain­ham also fails to dis­close that the vol­ume of water that could be taken from the Kauri dam is the top 1.5 metres. Af­ter that the water would prob­a­bly be un­treat­able. This be­ing the case, the water from the Kauri dam would only last be­tween four and seven days, de­spite the council’s chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer, Shaun Clarke, claim­ing in the North­land Age (April 2017) that the Kauri dam stands in a state of readi­ness.

Council needs to stop the mis­lead­ing of ratepay­ers/res­i­dents re­gard­ing Kaitaia’s water and the Kauri dam. Most of the state­ments com­ing out of council re the Kauri dam are from newly im­ported staff with no his­toric knowl­edge of the is­sues re Kaitaia’s water or the dam.

DES MAHONEYSEC­RETARY /

TRUS­TEE Ngakahu Ngakohu Whanau Ahu Whenua Trust

Kaitaia (Kafirs) who now ques­tion that Is­lam is “the re­li­gion of peace”. He also ac­knowl­edges that the Ko­ran is a “shock­ing book” (in point of fact 24 per cent of the Me­d­ina Ko­ran is de­voted to sub­ju­gat­ing Kafirs by ji­had).

If, how­ever he thinks that this is shock­ing, then he could do well to read the Sira (Mo­ham­mad’s bi­og­ra­phy). A full 67 per cent of this is de­voted to de­stroy­ing us. (See Dr Bill Warner: ‘Sharia Law for Non-Mus­lims.’) Mr Matthews’ pri­mary the­sis is that de­spite Is­lam’s hos­til­ity to­wards Kafirs, we can still, none­the­less, have real friend­ships. As “proof”

of this he again cites, but at greater length, the friend­ships that he has had with Mus­lims. More, how­ever, does not nec­es­sar­ily mean truer.

An oa­sis that ap­pears as a mi­rage 100 times is no more proof of the ex­is­tence of an oa­sis than a sin­gle mi­rage sight­ing.

Clearly he missed my point about epis­temic on­to­log­i­cal con­fu­sions.

I would re­spect­fully sug­gest that Mr Matthews fa­mil­iarise him­self with the “sa­cred” forms of Is­lamic de­cep­tion — taqiyya, kit­man, tawriya and mu­runa — and re­flect, if it is not too dis­so­nan­cein­duc­ing, on whether he is a vic­tim.

Chris­tian, and for­mer Le­banese ci­ti­zen Brid­get Gabriel (see ‘Be­cause they Hate’) learned just how loyal Mus­lim friends were once Mus­lims came to power in Le­banon — they turned on her; they read­ily ad­mit­ted that the “friend­ship” was al­ways fake, and that she and her fam­ily had just been use­ful fools.

Since Mr Matthews only uses anec­do­tal ev­i­dence I might re­fer to my own life.

Eas­ily the best and most mem­o­rable friend of my youth was a Malaysian stu­dent. When we met sev­eral years ago he read­ily ad­mit­ted to hav­ing de­ceived me — I had been use­ful to him with his stud­ies.

I was not sur­prised. Mus­lims, it seems, are the only de­mo­graphic that can “beat” a lie de­tec­tor — see for­mer Mus­lim Nonie Daw­ish (‘Wholly Dif­fer­ent’ and ‘Cruel and Usual Pun­ish­ment’.)

For all Mus­lims, Mo­hamed lived the perfect life, everything that he did should be copied. In­stances of his de­ceit abound, from ly­ing to his 12 wives (in­clud­ing his 6-year-old bride Aisha) to most fa­mously break­ing The Treaty of Hudubu­jaya (ref. for ex­am­ple, The Life of Mo­hammed ,A Guillaume).

Mr Matthews’ “proof by mir­a­cle” is no proof at all. Ac­ci­den­tal con­junc­tions of con­tin­gen­cies do not prove causal­ity. His com­mit­ment to Christiani­ty is heart­en­ing, if only be­cause it is only Chris­tians who have his­tor­i­cally been able to make a stand against the jug­ger­naut of Is­lam, al­beit at the cost of circa 60 mil­lion lives. (See The Tears of Ji­had.)

Sadly though, and speak­ing in gen­eral, their con­scious or un­con­scious wish to act out of good­will, re­frain from be­ing judg­men­tal, for­give and be their brother’s keeper makes them vul­ner­a­ble to an ide­ol­ogy that is far deeper in its hos­til­ity to­wards them than most could ever imag­ine.

There is no equiv­a­lent to the Chris­tian Golden Rule in Is­lam.

I leave Mr Matthews to take com­fort in his mem­o­ries, and if he so wishes to have the last word. On this topic of Mus­lim friend­ships I am done.

K McNAUGHTON

Kaitaia A re­cent New Zealand Her­ald Cab­i­net Re­port Card de­fies ra­tional be­lief; 26 wannabes av­er­ag­ing around 6.5/10 as re­ward for fail­ure af­ter fail­ure — Ki­wiBuild, trans­porta­tion, Provin­cial Growth Fund, with re­view com­mit­tees com­ing out their ears.

The three bot­tom-ranked play­ers, viz Messrs Twyford, Clark and Jones, are cor­rect, but sev­eral oth­ers should join them. Three out of the top six-ranked have no rea­son to (be) in such rar­i­fied air, and as for Ms Ardern, apart from the Christchur­ch carry on, she has shown ap­palling lead­er­ship qual­i­ties.

She fails to con­trol Cab­i­net (two al­ready gone, and sev­eral oth­ers should join them). She has the ul­ti­mate re­spon­si­bil­ity for the fail­ures and be­havioural is­sues.

In some cases as­sess­ment should have been a mi­nus and/or ‘F’ for fail, and an­other six show such racial bias that Ki­wis have ev­ery rea­son to be fear­ful of out­comes and the fu­ture of their coun­try.

The phi­los­o­phy of envy, fail­ure, ig­no­rance and ar­ro­gance and the ‘equal’ shar­ing of mis­ery is alive and well, and will con­tinue to thrive, and with these nitwits in con­trol — be afraid, very afraid!

As the na­tional an­them says, God De­fend New Zealand, be­cause it’s hard to see any­one on the po­lit­i­cal front do­ing the job.

The pri­vate sec­tor would see this lot gone by lunchtime. ROB PATER­SON Mount Maun­ganui

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