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My son and I found a patch of clovers on our lawn and man­aged to pick around 40 four leaf clovers. I spent hours dur­ing my high school years look­ing for one dur­ing my lunch breaks and never found one. We re­cently found so many and I am truly blown away. This was with the help of my 7-year-old son who found the first one, and I then fol­lowed suit. Did you know that the chance of find­ing one is 1 in 10,000?



I have for many years won­dered what be­came of the 1914 The Gate­way of Rem­ber­ance 1918 at the en­trance of St An­drews Church Hall, New Lynn, built by Rev. W P Rankin. I am most in­ter­ested to know as three mem­bers of my fam­ily who served and re­turned had their names en­graved on the mar­ble inserts which adorned both sides of the arch­way, the same as were many other fam­i­lies’ names of the dis­trict. The let­ter­ing of the names were in black. What hap­pened? Where is it now? LIL­LIAN LEES

New Lynn

If you know the an­swer please write to the Western Leader at edwl@snl.co.nz.


The hor­ror of it all now, is that the num­bers of peo­ple com­ing to a com­plete stop at stop signs or even red lights is rapidly di­min­ish­ing, whereas the num­bers of in­juries and fa­tal­i­ties be­cause of the afore­men­tioned ac­tion is steadily in­creas­ing. Enough is enough peo­ple, stop means stop.



I al­ways stop but most peo­ple don’t. I stand near the cor­ner of Te Atatu Rd and Ti­r­i­moana Rd, Glen­dene, at the bus stop and see 90 per cent of driv­ers not stop­ping. I want the job of stand­ing with a cam­era for no wages, just com­mis­sion, and I will be rich. I stop and count. 2001 ... 2002 , then if clear go. It should be 3 sec­onds, which is the law. The law also says if you are one back from a car which has stopped you also have to stop when you move to the line. BRUCE CLARKE

Te Atatu¯ South


The clo­sure of char­ter schools has been in the works for a while now. There were dis­cus­sions the same time (for­mer ed­u­ca­tion min­is­ter)

There ap­pears to be no rea­son Van­guard can’t come back un­der the um­brella of the Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion as a school of ‘‘spe­cial char­ac­ter’’. If it is do­ing as well as re­ported it can con­tinue to do so un­der the Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion while main­tain­ing their ap­proach. My big­gest con­cern with char­ter schools was the hir­ing of non-reg­is­tered teach­ers and the fact they are profit driven. CHRIS HOLMWOOD

Ra¯ nui


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Kash Passmore

Kash Passmore and her son found 40 four leaf clovers.

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