Northern News : August 24th 2011
8 NORTHERN NEWS, AUGUST 24, 2011 LETTERS 30 Oakridge Drive (off Cannon Drive), Kerikeri Craig White, Manager 09 407 8549 | 0800 221 800 www.visionseniorliving.co.nz MEMBER THREE VILLAS AVAILABLE NOW FIXED FEES FOR LIFE * BIG/VSL381/BOI1R GUIDELINES The Northern News welcomes letters to the editor. Just bear in mind these rules. Letters should not exceed 250 words. All letters must have full name, residential address and phone number. Hard copy letters must have a legible signature. Only your name and suburb are published. Initials, pen names or email attachments are not accepted. We prefer letters about local issues. Open letters and poetry are seldom used. All correspondence to the editor is assumed to be for publication unless marked otherwise. The editor reserves the right to abridge or withhold any correspondence without explanation. Letters may be edited for sense, paper's style, brevity, good taste and to protect the rights and reputations of individuals and groups. Write to The Editor, 60 Broadway, Kaikohe Email: email@example.com Closed door I m angry at the strident covert process of the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries and the Northland Regional Council over the closed door meetings they are conducting with regard to research and development of fish farming in Northland. The matter of Stephenson s Island is not new as this was a debate 10 to 15 years past. Our sub-tribes are not opposed to any development that has economic benefits to the north and is job creating, but such developments must be sustainable, and the Crown entities will have serious opposition if we are not involved. I agree with Dean Baigent-Mercer about the current impact on the fishery in Whangaroa and other parts of Northland. There has to be a long term plan over aquaculture and the communities and subtribes concerned must be party to this process. The sub-tribes of Northland NgaPuhi are now head on with regard to settlement and past redress of issues of 170 years past and these Crown bodies immediately are on the pathway to creating new grievances. This nonsense must stop forthwith and NRC and the ministry take a deep breath and start consulting with the appropriate tangata whenua sub-tribes, not the Runanga. When are they ever going to come up front and be transparent rather than have these discussions behind closed doors or even worse setting up deals? I hope that they have not selectively shoulder- tapped certain Maori interests as party to this saga. Director-general Wayne McNee must show transparent leadership in such developments, and start the process of collective participation, or we will oppose every move on this matter and that will be disappointing for Whangaroa and Northland. For further information call (09) 402-5437 or 027-502-9607. Rihari Dargaville Chairman, Whangaroa sub tribe Treaty claimants and chair of the Matangirau land blocks including vested shareholdings in Stephenson's Island Stolen bike Last weekend, I, my husband and our 13-year-old son decided to try out the new Okaihau to Kaikohe cycleway. We enjoyed the ride and were impressed by all the work that has gone into the trail building, the trail itself, the fencing along each side, bridges, weed clearing and native tree planting. However, while we were having an after- ride snack in a Kaikohe Chinese food restaurant someone stole our son s bike. When he noticed it was gone we rushed outside and questioned bystanders who told us three young boys had sauntered by and liked the look of the bike, so decided to wheel it home with them. I followed the trail down a few streets where people reported seeing the three boys and the bike but eventually lost the scent. I have read the extensive up-beat media coverage about this bike trail and the prosperity it will bring to Kaikohe and would like to point out that this kind of behaviour will undermine all this good work and these good intentions. Several years ago we spent five days riding the Otago Rail Trail and were amazed that the company transporting our belongings would just leave our packs piled up at the front gate of our overnight accommodation and nothing disappeared. The stolen bike, should anyone come across it, is a Merida Matts, coloured white with front suspension and disc brakes. It has two Kids Triathlon stickers on the top tube. Perhaps the parents or guardians of the boys who arrived home with this new acquisition might like to question where it came from and hand it in to the police. Marilyn Cox Waipu Correction Re your Aug 17 edition story, Divided over free camping, I would like to correct the following statement attributed to me: Don Hurst was not happy with a proposed site in Russell. Mr Hurst is one of several residents who looks after a reserve which has been nominated as suitable for self-contained units. The council reserve site I spoke about at the council hearing on July 28 is not a proposed site for camping or campervans nor did I refer to it as such. Also, the reserve mentioned -- which we take care of and pay mowing costs on -- has not been nominated as suitable for self-contained units by the council, or anyone else.SoIamatalossto understand how the writer of these comments got it so wrong! Don Hurst Russell Editor's note: So are we! Our source was the minutes of a Far North District Council meeting on July 28 which record Mr Hurst s submission at a hearing on the issue of freedom camping. We have pointed this out to Mr Hurst who agrees the council minute taker appears to have got it wrong. We understand the matter is being looked into. Plea for patience Northland police are asking motorists to be aware of the increased numbers of visitors on our roads during the Rugby World Cup. There will be two games in Whangarei, Tonga v Canada on Sept- ember 14 and Tonga v Japan on September 21. Police are expecting more traffic, particularly visitors who are coming to watch the games and those who are taking the opportunity to travel around Northland. Police say the increase may cause some conges- tion and delays. They urge people to be patient and not take unnecess- ary risks. Storm gives lesson Grey Power says the recent freezing weather has caused unnecessary suffering from cold houses. The government s new clean heat policy pays householders $800 to remove older wood burners in polluted air- sheds. But Grey Power says do not remove your wood burner when you install a heat pump because many pumps ice up on the outdoor con- denser in freezing temperatures and use extra electricity to thaw out, while putting no heat at all into the home. Grey Power s advice for freezing weather days is to use your wood burner, or even a LPG heater as emergency heating. A warm house is more important than the com- plete avoidance of an occasional smoky atmos- phere, it says.
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