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readers have their say... Find out the WORD on the Street. Q: Do you like New Zealand’s national anthem? Do you think it needs to change?

Sherry Hughs, Miramar “The song needs to be faster, to make it sound brighter. But I like the words, they’re meaningful.”

Baxter Ennis, Kilbirnie

Franz Tanael, Kilbirnie

Adinenne Sisson, Hataitai

Jocelyn Wilson, Island Bay

Claudia Mason, Miramar

“It’s fine, there is no change needed.”

“Yes I like it, I sang it a lot at college and am proud to sing it.”

“I like the national anthem and know it very well, therefore I don’t think it needs changing.”

“Love it, I don’t want it changed because it stands for the nation and embraces all the other nations.”

“Prefer it the way it is, would be a waste of money changing it.”

LETTERS to the editor Get Council priorities straight

Let us all be proud of the country we live in

Dear Ed, I am in total support of Margaret Davis (CSN, July 23) regarding the priority of Council spending. Their primary role is to “ensure” that the basic utilities are maintained first and foremost. You only have to visit Island Bay and look at the seawall that after two years still remains unfixed to wonder just what this Council is up to! That in its self is a disgrace. The on-going flooding in

Dear Ed, I am so surprised to hear Rachel KielTaylor (CSN, July 30) talk so negatively about New Zealand. I find it so funny that many people want to immigrate here for the lifestyle when supposedly Britain, Europe and America seem to be so much ‘greener’ in their approach to living! Having lived overseas for many years I could not wait to bring my family back

Kilbirnie is yet another disgrace. The on-going obsession with cycle lanes is yet another disgrace. I won’t mention the “blue tsunami lines” that’s just too embarrassing. For the Mayor and the Councillors to agree to the latest rates hike shows a complete disrespect for the intelligence of the Wellington ratepayers. Jim Smythe, Vogeltown

Those in glass houses… Gidday guys, I loved your THUMBS DOWN to Dom Harvey for ‘publicly shaming’ some wannabe celeb. A little question, aren’t y’all just as guilty of ‘public shaming’?

Quite curious to hear how you defend your glass house. Otherwise this week’s Cook Strait News is up to your usual standard. Bo

Cycleway will help not so confident cyclists Dear Ed, after going to a public meeting or two, reading some documents a year or two ago (does seem like ages) and talking to people I made a submission re the cycleway starting at Island Bay. My submission was mostly in favour with a few queries about some bus stops, etc. The cycleway is a start

(and has to start somewhere) and it will help the not so confident cyclists like me and all the school kids use their bikes more safely and maybe more often. We can then take our place with other modern cities. I can’t wait. Shirley Hampton, Island Bay

Letters on issues of community interest are welcomed. Guidelines are that they should be no longer than 150 words. They must be signed and a street address provided to show good faith, even if a nom de plume is provided for publication. The editor reserves the right to abridge letters or withhold unsuitable letters from publication. Send or fax them to the address on page two, or email them to Please note that your name and street address must also be provided in e mails.

here to green grass, single dwelling houses with land, wide roads and short drives to get to the coast or the country. Not to mention the temperate weather with clear blue skies! All this whinging about how terrible New Zealand is just getting too much. We should celebrate what we have here in New Zealand – not what we don’t have!

You will never get me going back to high density apartment living, being crammed on public transport, travelling for hours to get to any kind of decent outdoors and grey skies because of general pollution! We have a very special country here – let’s stop imposing other countries living standards/solutions and be proud of the country we live in! Tom Wright, Kelburn

ARRIVALS GATE Reader Tom Wright from Kelburn says after living overseas he could not wait to return to New Zealand.

Cities where lots of people walk and cycle are attractive cities Dear Ed, I have cycled in Wellington and the Hutt Valley for 35 years and have lamented the lack of safe cycling infrastructure. Most people choose not to cycle because it feels too dangerous. It is fantastic that Wellington City councillors have voted to proceed with the Island Bay Cycleway, the start of

a network of protected cycleways in Wellington. I have also spent time cycling in The Netherlands, and renewed that experience in June. The contrast is stark. There, everyone seems to cycle. In cities of similar size to Wellington you see children of all ages cycling to school, to the pool, a whole classroom out with

a teacher or two; parents with one or two small kids on bike seats; grandparents cycling beside their grandchildren; people of all ages just going about their business, on a bike. It feels natural to just hop on a bike to go anywhere! All this is possible mainly because in the 1970s the Dutch decided to turn away from the car-centric policies that in

the post-war boom were killing its cities and its citizens, and to embrace more inclusive transport policies - leading them to invest in safe cycling infrastructure. Cities where lots of people walk and cycle are attractive cities to live in. Let’s make Wellington one of those cities! Andrew Carman, Brooklyn

Worried about being euthanised in her fifties Dear Ed, Peter Bellam (CSN, July 30) it is great to see that you have been so gullible having been sucked into this propaganda about how fat people are getting, how car dominated New Zealand is and how scary it is to step out your front door. I think you’ll find that the world is just not that black and white – people don’t just drive cars because they are anti-walking and anti-cycling!

Just go ask a few mothers around how easy it is to make sure the kids get to school as well as get themselves to work on time, to get the food shopping for the week, get everyone to their sports events etc. Also take a minute to ask a variety of elderly people what impact older age has on their mobility! I also suggest that you travel the world and then you will see that little old New Zealand is not that

car obsessed and remains pretty green and clean in comparison to other parts of the world. In my opinion I think that you are being undemocratic and not community spirited by assuming that because people are not wanting speed bumps in a road that is too narrow to go fast and have grave doubts about the safety of the proposed cycleway are anti-walking and biking. I would also say that you

are being ageist – don’t forget that older people were once children, more than likely rode bikes, and probably were parents of small children and may even now be grandparents – so it is unwise to assume that they don’t know the issues for all! It is people like you, with your ageist attitude, that make me paranoid we will all be euthanised by our fifties! Fiona Gilbert, Newtown

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