Infighting disappointing

Disappointing to read that the infighting has already started at the Western Bay of Plenty Council. Councillors Mike Lally and Margaret Murray-Benge are entitled to feel aggrieved that they did not get the appointments they felt they deserved when the... Read More

Constitutional outrage?

Environment Minister Nick Smith, backed by the Maori Party has announced changes to the RMA Act with the requirement for local Councils to enter into agreements with iwi on how they can be involved in the resource management process. The Labour Party's... Read More

Cycling in cycle lanes risk being doored

Re: Cycle lanes on Windsor Rd near Otumoetai College. I see Windsor Rd in the vicinity of Otumoetai College has been resealed recently. This is an excellent opportunity for Tauranga City Council to dispense with the ludicrously narrow cycle lanes painted... Read More

Growing respectful sons

Local men are being asked to think about what kind of guy they wanna be? And what they value? This challenge comes from White Ribbon's campaign promoting respectful relationships. Most men do not use violence towards women because they value fairness... Read More

Common sense has died!

Re: Trying to put positive slant on the absolute disaster being inflicted on our fine town of Te Puke. It is bad enough that a small group have displaced our fine motto of Te Puke being ‘The Kiwifruit Kapital of the World'?  Now we have... Read More

Air raid-style sirens needed

The recent uproar in local media over the Tauranga City Council's failure to properly address the disaster warning issues shows that the universal criticism is completely justified. The petition currently circulating is a good initiative but in... Read More

Who do the ABs play for?

I believe they represent the New Zealand Rugby Union. But you would never know from their strip. Nowhere is New Zealand mentioned or the NZ flag displayed. A German footwear supplier is displayed, as is an American insurance company. A silver fern with... Read More

Biting the hand that feeds me

I get annoyed when I read letters such as those written by P Dey and M Leabourn as published in The Weekend Sun of November 4. Regardless of who got here first (P Dey's letter), Maori lore has told us forever that when they arrived on these shores... Read More

Scaremongering in state of emergencies?

In a past life I was involved in Civil Defence events and it was always a serious concern to me the general press exaggerated events to the public, achieving a level of hysteria by the incorrect use of adjectives. It is very important the different avenues... Read More

Our Dog Doodoo Alley?

Re: Waikareao walkway. I'm beginning to think this walkway should be renamed Dog Doodoo Alley. I've walked this potentially excellent walkway several times a week for the last few years and am saddened by the increasing amount of dog poo on... Read More

Opinion Poll

What did you do when quake hit the Kaikoura area early last Monday morning and a tsunami warning was sent out?

Heeded the warning and quickly made our way to higher ground.
Didn't receive a tsunami warning at all.
Received a tsunami warning from Civil Defence but was too late - when we woke that morning.
Ignored the warning.

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