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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR nothing has been done about rabbit trapping for a number of years — the combi guards and netting are a band aid on a more serious problem. DOC have indicated they plan to do some trapping next spring (end of 2018) but this will be too little too late. Spraying has been done for bramble, gorse and broom but not enough. In regards the worst of the tracks I understand they will be doing some repairs, however if too much metal is needed this work will be deferred until sufficient funding is available. I’m not really sure what to make of that situation. A local volunteer group is undertaking a plan to restore the estuary to its original state. This will enhance the public’s enjoyment and provide a better habitat for native birds including the rare fern bird which is now in residence. They have been quite vocal on some occasions when I have been walking through. Unfortunately, with Government reduction in funding to DOC there seems to be insufficient money to take care of this vitally important Scientific Reserve — a popular walk for many people — in the manner in which it deserves. If only DOC would be fairer with its funding distribution. BEVERLEY TAYLOR PARAPARAUMU

Paying for roads

I would like to respond to an article that you had on Jan 17. It was called German system compared to NZ written by Guy Burns.

DISRESPECT: Rubbish dumped by the Waikanae estuary. PHOTO: KAP120218SPLRUBBISH

Rubbish dumped... Do any of your readers recognise this pile of rubbish? As I was walking toward the Waikanae Estuary boardwalk track on Saturday afternoon (Feb 10) I came across the pile of rubbish shown. I thought it might be of interest to your readers to show how little some of our fellow citizens care about the environment. The rubbish was dumped a few metres into the track leading from the junction of Otaihanga and Makora Roads. It would only have taken the owner about five minutes’ drive and a few dollars to deliver it to the Otaihanga recycling centre. STUART GRANT PARAPARAUMU BEACH

...and more rubbish

Last week I had the pleasure of walking the Escarpment Track between Paekakariki and Pukerua Bay with friends. It was challenging, but on a cloudless day we were afforded wonderful views along the way. Our thanks to those locals who laboured for many years to make this possible. On reaching the seating area we stopped for lunch and were concerned for the safety for a local person. We found Kate’s cinema tickets for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, but no sign of their owner. The tickets were stuffed down into the seating. We hope she got home safely and also managed to attend the film in Waikanae. Looking around this lovely spot it was disappointing to see the seating area spoiled with more litter — including food scraps. Perhaps we need signs at each of the two starting points. These could remind people that there are no rubbish bins along the way and that we carry out what we carry in. Pack it in, pack it out. We have been given a wonderful recreational asset here along the Kapiti Coast. We shouldn’t muck it up! RON GIBBARD LEVIN

Lost purchase

I would like to thank the person who picked up a brand new lady’s top. The top has buttons down the front and is cream with a splash of greeny grey colours through it. Sadly I managed to drop it recently in the Coastlands carpark, near Farmers. As you will have no idea who to return it to, would you kindly take it back into Farmers at Coastlands. Simply tell them that last week you found this newly-purchased shirt on the

ground outside. They will contact me as they my contact details and they’re aware that someone may return the shirt that I lost. A huge thank you to the shop assistant who went above and beyond the call of duty to help me when she saw how stressed I was when I was trying to find the garment I had lost. PAMELA WILLIAMS RAUMATI SOUTH

Funding for reserve

I read with great interest your article New Grant for Bush Restoration dated Jan 17. I was impressed that DOC had provided funding of a further $5000 on top of $19,000 already granted. As a very keen conservationist, I applaud DOC’s support of this private individual on private land. It does make me puzzled however. As a frequent user of the Waikanae Scientific Reserve I am curious as to how much funding is directed towards this area. The major part of the reserve (65ha) is Crownowned land administered by DOC. My personal observation is that a deterioration of this area is taking place. The DOC website states “Waikanae Estuary Scientific Reserve is connected to the Kapiti Marine Reserve and to Kapiti Island Nature Reserve, providing a rare sequence of protection for animals which move between sea, river and land habitats. This nationally-significant reserve protects a natural mosaic of freshwater lakelets, saltwater lagoons and marshes, tidal sand flats and sandy beach at the mouth of the Waikanae River.” The reserve includes part of Te Araroa: New Zealand’s Trail, a continuous trail running from Cape Reinga to Bluff. However, with DOC’s encouragement of this public access to the Scientific Reserve comes their responsibility for the safety of the public — a duty of care. The tracks are well used and in a number of areas are becoming quite hazardous. Here and there the public are creating their own tracks to avoid the deep, wide puddles which appear after heavy rain. In doing this, the public are encroaching on plantings done by a local volunteer group. In winter the pooling is permanent and deep. On the boardwalks the vegetation is partially covering the track and makes it difficult for walkers, bikes and buggies to proceed. I have also noticed an increase in the rabbit population and my understanding is that

I know very little about Germany and its internal functions but the thought that I as a ratepayer would have to pay for the maintenance on the road where I live is ridiculous. I have no idea why anyone would agree to this. If I lived on a well-used road. I have to put up with increasing traffic as the community around me grows, kids ripping up the road with their boy racing, trucks etc. I pay already by having more noise, dust and rubbish being thrown out car windows. Now think about those who live on a small cul-de-sac or street who would not have to pay very much at all. Why on this green earth would I want to pay the upgrading of the road? How do the people over in Germany get on with this? This article does not compare the amounts of money that they pay for this ‘advantage’ compared to the NZ equivalent. I would love to have had more information on the options here. LYNETTE JONES RAUMATI BEACH Guy Burns responds: The local government system in North Germany is very complicated with a historical tradition. How much homeowners pay towards costs of road maintenance varies from street to street and house to house, depending on how much ‘others’ use that road. On major roads, house owners may only pay towards footpath maintenance, on minor roads; costs for homeowners are dearer. I’m not advocating such as a system for New Zealand — we have our own traditions.

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