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Thursday March 10, 2016

LETTERS to the editor “Tea towel republic” Dear Ed, It seems, what is scary about this expensive flag referendum is that our democracy has been manipulated and diminished. Andrew Little has not ardently stated that he would restore our democracy – there is no distinction between him and his dirty republican Labour predecessor Helen Clark - who previously ignored 70 per cent of New Zealanders to push her own personal agenda. Remember, National did not win - we only voted to

get rid of Clark. Andrew Little is hiding in the shadows – he simply needs to make a very strong stance against this flag change with a ‘promise to restore our democracy’ if he wants to gain any ground towards the next election. If he is wrong - then he is wrong. People would accept that, but not his dithering. We do not want a tea towel republic. Martin Beck Wellington

Selfish driving Dear Ed, If I were to insist on walking everywhere with my arms outstretched I would soon be stopped for hindering others, endangering cyclists and being unreasonably obstructive. If I were to insist on walking and moving everywhere like that I probably would finish up in a cell or mental institution. Yet a large number of motorist do the equivalent

of this unimpeded. Drivers as sole occupants are seldom seen as selfish or unstable even though their vehicle sticks way out beyond the space they need as a single person. A luxury or wastefulness tax could either make them pay for extra roads or free up needlessly cluttered roads Paul Franken Strathmore Park


Parks Week a success so far Wellington City Council’s Parks Week officially kicked off on Monday. From guided walks on some of the city’s most stunning tracks, to outdoor yoga, four-wheel driving and a film presentation and question and answer session with an award-winning overseas filmmaker, Parks Week is all about celebrating the role parks play in keeping our communities and natural environment healthy. Mayor of Wellington, Celia Wade Brown, said she was excited about the “busy and diverse” Parks Week programme. “One of the things that make Wellington so special is our accessible natural environment,” she said. “We are a compact city close to the Town Belt and lovely beaches and it is so easy for people of all ages to enjoy a daily dose of nature.

“Wellington leads the way for city populations to co-exist with nature. Parks Week is a chance to step out and experience Wellington at its best.” The council’s environment partnership leader, Tim Park, said this year, Parks Week was bigger-than-ever. “Parks Week offers something for everyone, not just those who are passionate about the outdoors. “I’d recommend going on one of our guided walks. They’re a fantastic way to get a new perspective on Wellington. You’ll literally see the city from a different angle – but you’ll also hear some fascinating local stories along the way.” Parks week runs until March 13. For more information, head to

Cycleway dilemma Dear Ed, This is a dilemma brought about by the design of the new cycleway in Island Bay. This morning I was in the car, waiting to make a right turn south from Humber Street onto The Parade. Just when I thought it was clear to turn, two cyclists rode across the parade in front of me. Who has right of way? At the time these cyclists were leaving the footpath, on that white strip which goes round behind the bus stop. Because technically they had been on the footpath I thought I had the right of way. I stopped

the car in time, because I didn't want to be the criminal who knocked an eight year old boy off his bike. My concern is that this boy’s cycling companion (a woman) might be grooming him to think that just because he is on the cycleway, he has the right of way. I hope subjects like this are discussed at the Island Bay primary school, which is where I presume the young lad was headed at just after 8.30am that morning. Christine Swift Island Bay

Something for everyone Gasworks has been famous in Miramar and the surrounding suburbs for more than four years. General Manager, Teigan Carnegie who has recently taken over the role, is excited to announce the launch of their new menu which includes old favourites such as slow braised BBQ pork spare ribs and the classic pulled pork burger as well as some new vibrant dishes like Moroccan rubbed lamp rump, basil pesto stuffed chicken breast and roast pumpkin salad. Experienced Head Chef Rachel Johnson has also recently joined the friendly team at the Miramar bar and eatery. Together they hope to “provide a place where people from all walks of life can come, relax and enjoy themselves while not having to worry too much about the cost”. “We feel it is important that our local community has a hub they can come to regardless of their background. We get the opportunity to meet some truly inspiring people and put smiles on hundreds of faces every day, that’s something that is pretty special about The Gasworks”. If you’re looking for a meal out with friends or family the All You Can Eat Ribs Is a local favourite on a Wednesday night and if you beat the record, your meal is free! As well as this, kids dine free on Monday evenings with every main meal purchased. These are just some of their

weekly specials. To find out more visit their Facebook Page. Teigan tells us “we love bringing people together, whether it be a sports team out for a drink after their game or a family reunion, we really get a kick out of seeing people enjoy themselves and knowing we were a part of it”. On a Friday night you can enjoy live music with a different band playing every week; these are announced on their Facebook page where you can also find competitions to win vouchers and more. The Gasworks is perfect for showing live sport on the big screen, including the Hurricanes, UFC fights and All Blacks plus others on request. If you’re looking for more of an intimate dining experience, their large premises can take you away from the action on the screen into the quiet restaurant where you can enjoy some quality time with your loved ones. Giving back to the community is at the core of The Gasworks and they do this through many avenues including hosting charity quiz nights. “We are here to support the community and feel it is vital that we do our part in ensuring the Eastern suburbs continue to thrive”.  For more information visit their website at, Facebook: Miramar Gasworks or email

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