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Howick and Pakuranga Times : Howick and Pakuranga Times, Monday, March 4, 2013
10 --- Howick and Pakuranga Times, Monday, March 4, 2013 www.times.co.nz 120767 MAD MIKE'S GONE FISHING SALE! EAUREPAIRES HOWICK winner of the Howick Courtesy Award 2011 and 2012 How sy Award 2012 Come catch a deal! 33 Wellington St Howick 534 4975 WINZ Quotes Welcome HOWICK TYRES & ALIGNMENT trading as Beaurepaires Howick HOWICK TYRES & ALIGNMENT trading as Beaurepaires Howick 18A Crescent Lane, Botany Town Centre. PH 265 1116 Hairdressing & Retail 120885 GENEVIEVE & FAITH Book before March 28, 2013 and receive 10% OFF a cut, colour & blowwave (conditions apply) + complimentary treatment for all clients. (special conditions apply) We welcome our existing and all new clients. WELCOMES TO THE TEAM... THE WOMEN'S GUIDE TO EVERYTHING! SPIKED: This fishing sinker was found in sand at a popular swimming beach. Photo supplied Dangerous objects I’VE followed with interest the ongoing comments regarding the increasing presence of fsh- ermen surfcasting at Bucklands Beach. I took my two-year-old grand- daughter for a swim at Buck- lands Beach recently about 3pm and fortunately she was wearing plastic sandals. I, however, had no shoes on. I discovered a sinker with 30mm grapnel wires protruding, which I retrieved from the sand about halfway between the high tide mark and low tide mark. This type of sinker is used extensively for casting. Had the tide been further in, it would not have been seen. Fortunately on this occasion no injury occurred, but I wonder how long it is before someone stands on an object such as this, which has the potential to cause serious injury. Cathy Flavell, Howick Cheap shot AS A homeowner, I too am con- cerned about cheap high-rise housing, but I cannot believe your correspondent’s letter about such (Times, February 25). I live near the Ti Rakau and Gossamer Drives area and I’m astounded the letter writers fnd me and others who live in the other areas mentioned are sec- ond-class, and communist. I am neither. Everybody deserves reasonable priced hous- ing, not just them. Many people living in those other areas are also hard work- ing. I’m ashamed that I live within 10 kilometres of people like them. Isitacaseofagoodidea,but not in my yard? Don’t pass judgment on people you don’t know. Hopefully, they will put a slummy high-rise next to you in the future. L Chilvers-Auger, Pakuranga Operation clean sweep OUT with the old and in with the new. Like rats leaving a sinking ship, members that were elected under the C&R banner are deserting the association faster than one can blink (Times, Feb- ruary 25). With credibility and integ- rity lost and their true colours exposed, the people have seen them for what they are. Some members are now want- ing to stand as independents, yeah right. The public will not or can’t be that stupid. What will the next move be when the pressure mounts, follow the piper into the sea? I believe it’s time for the long suffering public to vote for peo- ple that will put the public’s interest frst and give the present members their marching orders. It will be a great day for democracy in New Zealand when people that care and lis- ten to the electorate are elected to public offce. And the sooner, the better. Alderman David Andrew Upfold, Past mayor, Queensburgh, South Africa, 1992-1995, Pakuranga STUMPED: Residents and readers of the Times are missing the trees recently chopped down in the Howick ward. Times photo Marianne Kelly Quality cut IT’S with dismay that I read about Marianne Kelly’s article in the Times of January 21, ‘Street trees removed’. These trees take 50-plus years to grow this size, beautify our mundane urban space, provide shade and give pleasure to kids climbing them. And the local board decides to remove them because they are disturbing some pavements. If a pavement is out of align- ment, does it really matter? It gives the place character. “Auck- land Transport was advised the only long-term solution was removal of the trees, as they’ll eventually outgrow the narrow 1.3-metre grass berm width.’ That sounds like a four let- ter word that rhymes with trap. Maybe make a fexible section of pavement to accommodate the distortion. Some trees do have to be man- aged and cut back from time to time of course, but let’s be more careful with our green space please. Thanks for highlighting the matter. Steve Lincoln, Mellons Bay Question of leadership WE ELECTED Michael Wil- liams to represent us – drinking and driving does not represent me, nor should it represent you. Drinking and driving is a seri- ous issue and for many years, local and national government has overtly brought to our atten- tion that it causes mayhem and death on our roads. We’ve all heard “if you drink and drive then you are a bloody idiot”, but why is it that the Howick Local Board chairman and board members believe a convicted drink-driver is ft to lead our community. Making an apology doesn’t change the fact that Mr Williams chose to drive whilst drunk (Times, February 25). Apologies are made with the intent that the recipient of the apology (us) perceives the wrong doer (Mr Williams) as no longer a threat. Yet Mr Williams states this is the frst time he has ever appeared in court facing charges, not that this is the frst time he has driven whilst drunk. How can this so-called com- munity leader feel that an apology could make things better? Arro- gance springs to mind. I believe the man is a “bloody idiot” and local board members who voted to keep Mr Williams in his role should take some responsibility, put their hands up and resign along with Mr Williams. Are these the type of people that should be representing us? For the safety of all, I say no. 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