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8 — Howick and Pakuranga Times, Monday, July 21, 2014 www.times.co.nz FREE* Food Safety and Customer Service Course Are you working with food or dealing with customers? Would you like to improve your knowledge on food safety, customer service and communication skills? Enrol with Manukau Institute of Technology and learn new skills in a fun hands-on environment. 122696 AT THE AUCKLAND SPCA Auckland SPCA, 50 Westney Rd, Mangere. Ph: 09 256 7300. Visit our website at www.spca.org.nz FIND YOUR BEST FRIEND Call me anytime M: 022 478 6924 DDI: 09 213 7379 E: email@example.com .nz FACEBOOK: SumwaiWongRE W: barfoot.co .nz/s .wong3 124020 Sumwai Wong. Successful Real Estate. Everything Sumwai does is about you and your goals. Not so super city I WRITE on the farce we call Auck- land Mayor Len Brown’s most live- able city. During the past 40 years as residents of Howick, my family has used Eastern and Bucklands Beaches daily. Whilst walking our dog and enjoying the lifestyle such an environment offers, I have often thought how lucky we were to have such facilities. It’s therefore with dismay I write this letter regarding some of the changes that the various coun- cil amalgamations have brought about. As most people will know, the residents of Howick have under- gone two council consolidation attempts forced upon us by govern- ment decisions. The first change placed Howick under the wing of Manukau City Council and brought upon us a hefty rates rise. The second amalgamation saw us joined together as the Auckland super-city and this change also hit us with rates rises. During the past two years, our rates have risen 10 per cent per annum. As a fixed income family this cost increase is hard to fund. I’m convinced that when Rodney Hide pushed the super-city angle he was of the opinion such changes would bring about a more econom- ical operation. How wrong he was. I’m disgusted with the level of basic services provided by the council. A case in point is the cleaning and operation of toilet facilities at Eastern and Bucklands Beaches. They’re often left in a terrible state of hygiene. Someone in our council “think tank” has concluded that to save costs let’s just lock the doors and then we will not have to clean them. Examples of this are on Thurs- day, July 10, and Friday, July 11, all the toilet facilities at Bucklands Beach were securely locked. This included the two toilets on the main beachfront road and the one situated in the boatyard. Over at Eastern Beach the saga was repeated. One of the two gent’s toilets on The Esplanade has been perma- nently locked since February. I have discussed this aspect of council performance with How- ick councillor Sharon Stewart and local board member Steve Udy. I’ve also telephoned various peo- ple at the council offices regarding this issue, but little improvement has been noted. I accept some of the blame pos- sibly lies with a small percentage of the residents’ performance, as the toilets have been left in a disgust- ing state. I have to question the value of this penny-pinching approach to such an issue, as the money saved will hardly fund Mr Brown’s model railway dreams. I’d ask that we start to get our priorities sorted out before we lose forever the New Zealand clean and green first impressions. A. E. Cullum, Howick Who would I trust? I SEE Prime Minister John Key is taking a 10-day break before the upcoming general election on Sep- tember 20. That means I have only 10 days to brace myself for some 60-plus days of election drivel and counter drivel and nonsense, up to and probably well after the national poll. Iforonewillnotputanyofmy hard earned money into any politi- cal party’s coffers. I feel there is no need to encour- age them at all, in order to promote them and their dubious political party and their various causes. They can do it all with their own money and in their own time, as they get a lot more money to spend than I do, as an old-age pensioner. I get by okay, and I intend for it to stay that way, as I don’t intend to give any money away, and I cer- tainly won’t get caught up in any political party euphoria, no matter what their so-called good inten- tions may be or are for real. I was asked recently who would I trust the most, a politician or a used car salesman? My real answer would be totally unprintable here. Barry Southon, Burswood Taking responsibility IN RESPONSE to the ongoing de- bate regarding connection between Christianity and morals, brought on by your correspondent Ian George, I would like to add my two cents worth (Times, June 30, July 7, 14). I’m 38 years old. I am not reli- gious, neither pro nor anti-Chris- tian at that. If anything, I am rather an athe- ist. I love heavy metal music and have been strongly involved in the heavy metal scene since I was 15. By all counts, in the past 20 years or so my morals should have been suffered greatly. However, looking back at my life, I realise with great surprise that I have never been arrested, never burned a church, nor have burgled, robbed at knife point or murdered anyone. I guess the reason I have never been in trouble with the authori- ties may have something to do with the fact that I skipped through the Bible a few years back and it magically without my knowledge, installed certain values into my subconscious. On the other hand, I wonder sometimes if the reason for it is my equally non-religious parents, who taught me as a child that I should not take what does not belong to me or hurt people, but instead treat others with compassion and respect. I find myself asking, what would Mr George do if he did not find God? Would he be a criminal right now, committing burglaries and murders, or would simple common sense somehow prevent him from such grim fate? In my opinion, no amount of reli- gious teachings can prevent a per- son from becoming a criminal. The values and morals should be taught to children from the early age by their parents. It is parents’ responsibility to teach their kids the basics of behav- iour, in order for them to grow up to become fully functioning, responsible adults. God and religion have nothing to do with it. Max Thrasher, Half Moon Bay [Max Thrasher can be heard playing his heavy metal music on Howick Village Radio, local area 88.1FM and at www.howickvillageradio.co.nz, on Monday nights from 7-9pm]. Letters to the editor Featured letter each week will receive a Times pen. SAVING THE STREAM: The Times featured the front page story last Thursday about the efforts of Macleans College students who are cleaning up the Macleans Stream. Members of the environmental group committee pictured by their beloved waterway are Sarah Knott, Andy Kwak, Aishwarya Gopalakrishnan and Rachel Cooper. The story headlined ‘Breathing life into stream’ can be read at www.times.co.nz. Times photo Wayne Martin Letters to the Editor can be sent to: The Editor, Times Newspapers, PO Box 259-243, Botany, Auckland 2163 or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or fax (09) 271-8073. Letters should not exceed 200 words and should carry the name, residential address and contact telephone number of the author. Nom de plumes not accepted.
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