Thursday March 3, 2016
readers have their say... Find out the WORD on the Street.
Q: What is your favourite fruit or vegetable?
Fiona Soffe Kilbirnie “My favourite fruit would have to be mangoes and I like all veggies.”
Joan Martin Newtown
Sue Maifi Newtown
Shaylee Biskowiak Kilbirnie
Madh Raj Kilbirnie
“My favourite fruit are cherries and favourite vegetable is kumara.”
“Probably an orange and I like watercress.”
“Watermelon. It’s the goto fruit.”
“Mandarins, they are easy on the go.”
Grant Beattie Kilbirnie “I love roast pumpkin.”
LETTERS to the editor
Sad to see festival “canned” Dear Ed, It does seem sad that Kilbirnie’s Bay Road festival in March has been canned this year (Cook Strait News, February 25). It gave the local shops a chance to set up little stalls outside their premises and offer specials. It also gave groups who use the community centre a chance to demonstrate their skills to local residents. Especially sad, though, is that one year (2015) someone decides to wrest control of an annual fair from a long-standing organiser, then the following year has to admit he can’t ‘handle the jandal’. Why did he try to fix something that ‘wasn't broke’? Last year I went to both festival and fair and
both had their good points. This year there is likely to be just one generic fair which just happens to be located at St Pats - but, so what - St Pats is a brilliant venue in itself. Recently the Island Bay Festival took place and many local residents along The Parade put little trading tables at their gates and entered into the spirit of the occasion. Kilbirnie could have done something similar. Maybe the Kilbirnie Business Network is something of a dysfunctional animal (my educated guess) and this is the real reason for the canning of this year’s Bay Road event, three weeks ahead of its scheduled celebration. Christine Swift, Island Bay
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Safe on bike Dear Ed, I recently biked the length of Island Bay’s new cycleway. I can honestly say it’s the first time I’ve felt safe on a bike in Wellington. Thanks to the cycleway I can now confidently take my children out riding without worrying about whether they’ll be blown into a car lane, blasted from the draft of a bus or a truck, or have a car door opened on them. The cycleway is a great contribution to Wellington’s reputation as a progressive and innovative city – congratulations to those councillors who have the vision and guts to make this change for the better. Give people time to get used to the cycleway, make some adjustments where they’re needed and let’s get on with enjoying this great new community asset. Mark Lindsay Island Bay
Working together Dear Ed, Your headline last week (February 25), ‘End of an era?’ was surely premature. Between Martin Wilson and the Kilbirnie businessmen, a good concept could be worked out. After all, Mr Wilson is organising a “World Food Day’ for Sun, 13 March this year at St Pats. The Kilbirnie Festival will never be as good as the Newtown Festival but still worthwhile. Last year it came out that The Businessmen’s Association had not even talked to Mr Wilson, the organiser of all previous
Kilbirnie Festivals, prior to starting to organise their own plan. That was never going to work well then. It has not worked well this year either. But next year can be another try and between them surely something good can be achieved. If the association will not talk to Mr Wilson about next year, it would look like they would rather let the Bay Road version of the festival fail than talk to Mr Wilson. What’s behind that? Sincerely, Richard Keller Lyall Bay
Stavros' Statues Dear Ed, I'd like to say a huge thank you to Stavros for making all the wonderful gravity-defying stone and wooden statues along the south coast. They are a pleasure to view and they delight me and my young fam-
ily when we see them. I am amazed by your dedication to remaking them - after storms, human destruction and the likes. Please continue to make them - they are fantastic! Frances Ryan Wellington
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