Eden Park’s fu­ture Prime­time TV

Weekend Herald - - Viewpoints -

No won­der main­stream tele­vi­sion is los­ing view­ers to other me­dia when Fri­day’s prime­time view­ing has four chan­nels show­ing movies dat­ing from 1984 on­ward, the lat­est from 1999. One Har­ri­son Ford film is so old he ac­tu­ally looks hand­some!

Al­lan Weeks, Orewa The calls to close Eden Park only ever come from two cor­ners. Ei­ther coun­cil­lors who want to get their greedy lit­tle hands on the prime real es­tate, or neigh­bours who moved in well af­ter the sta­dium was built and who have pe­ti­tioned ever since to re­move it. Surely not as an artificial means of in­creas­ing their prop­erty value? Your cor­re­spon­dent Tony War­ing from Grey Lynn claims the sta­dium is too small for cricket and too big for rugby. Has he been to cricket or rugby there? The close prox­im­ity to the play­ers dur­ing a game of cricket adds at­mos­phere.

Eden Park also holds 20,000 more peo­ple than any other sta­dium in New Zealand and is sold out for ev­ery All Blacks test. With a crowd of 50,000, no other sta­dium has the same at­mos­phere and in­ten­sity.

With over 100 years of his­tory, our home of rugby, Eden Park, should be listed as a his­tor­i­cal site.

Kent Mil­lar, Block­house Bay

Avon­dale an­swer

How short­sighted is Auckland Coun­cil with its lack of vi­sion for an al­ter­na­tive to Eden Park? Western Springs will never work for cricket as it isn’t a proper oval shape and the seat­ing now is lim­ited to the east­ern banks. We have a real al­ter­na­tive at Avon­dale with room for a 40,000 seated arena for rugby, foot­ball and league. Sell­ing Eden Park would more than pay for the cost of the race­course and for some of the de­vel­op­ments.

Ex­ist­ing pub­lic trans­port op­tions in­clude Avon­dale Rail Sta­tion or New Lynn. Buses go through Avon­dale and for cars there is the North­west­ern Mo­tor­way. As fab­u­lous as a down­town sta­dium would be, can we af­ford it and where is the cricket oval? Robert Wark, Herne Bay

Busy har­bours

The pic­ture of the Celebrity Sol­stice in the Her­ald should cause many to avoid the next tragedy. The key points to take on board are al­ways wear a life jacket, make sure you have fuel, have a phone in a water­proof bag, cruise ships should be es­corted into har­bour at all times, check on the wa­ter­ways be­ing clear be­fore pro­ceed­ing. There’s a need for com­mon sense but think be­fore pro­ceed­ing in a busy har­bour.

Ken Shelvey, Pauanui

Po­lice re­sponse

I read 50 po­lice at­tended last week’s in­ci­dent of a per­son point­ing a gun at an air­craft. Surely 20 could have at­tended other in­ci­dents? I was as­saulted at my prop­erty at Christ­mas and robbed at gun­point in Au­gust. Both times the re­sponse from po­lice was good but there was no com­mu­ni­ca­tion after­wards. Per­haps po­lice are im­mune to it but to most peo­ple such an ex­pe­ri­ence is trau­matic. In the as­sault case no in­for­ma­tion of rights was given and the pro­ce­dure was for­eign to us. I had to call to in­quire what was hap­pen­ing . . . which was noth­ing.

Hamish Walsh, Devon­port

Monarch but­ter­flies

I agree with Ge­off Le­vick that wasps are killing the monarch cater­pil­lars. These wasps with long, dan­gling red legs ac­tively seek them out. I once saw a prey­ing man­tis drink a big cater­pil­lar like it was a smoothie, and just re­cently a small round spi­der made off with a tiny cater­pil­lar, so monarch cater­pil­lars are ap­par­ently not toxic enough for these crea­tures. My swan plants were grow­ing in buck­ets, out­side. I saw three but­ter­flies, now none. There are just not any now.

Jan­ina Hop­kins, Glen­field

As­sisted dy­ing

Like David Sey­mour, I am tired of the de­lib­er­ate mis­in­for­ma­tion about the End of Life Choice bill. But ev­ery place an as­sisted-dy­ing bill has been in­tro­duced, a vo­cal mi­nor­ity has scare­mon­gered.

Par­lia­men­tar­i­ans in the coun­tries and states that now have as­sisted­dy­ing laws recog­nised these peo­ple as a mi­nor­ity of undeclared reli­gious con­ser­va­tives in­vent­ing “con­cerns” to frighten the un­in­formed.

The cit­i­zens of those lib­eral ju­ris­dic­tions do not want their laws re­pealed. The proph­e­sised dan­gers have not even­tu­ated else­where. Nor will they here.

Ann David, Waikanae

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