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Thursday July 7, 2016

readers have their say... Find out the WORD on the Street. With the Island Bay cycleway set to be reviewed do you think it should stay as it is, be changed back to how it was, or would you like to see a different design?

Anna Kennerley Island Bay

Ian Verhoeven Island Bay

Richard Marshall Island Bay

“It’s absolutely ridiculous. I don’t know who designed it but they weren’t thinking straight it is quite dangerous.”

“How it used to be, we have had more accidents now, it used to be safe.”

“Go back to what it was, it’s too much of a hazard someone will get killed.”

Jason Lewis Island Bay “Go back to exactly what it was. Because The Parade is the gateway to the South Coast, and it is not fair on all those people who have been here for generations… who have paid their rates for years and who have to park their car away from the curb.”

Leanne Hubmann Island Bay

Maiha Walker Island Bay

“I would like to say go back to what it was but I am concerned about the amount of money we need to spend doing that.”

“It needs to be changed to the way it was. It just seems to be a hassle with people getting injured and hurt.”

LETTERS to the editor Last of an era Dear Ed, It is with sad heart I have watched the demolition of the shops and houses on Riddiford and Normanby St, as it was the last contact with my family history. I went to St Joseph's School in Daniel St. Now Mercy Park, the original St Thomas's was burnt down where my mother and father

were married, as I was. My grandparents lived in Gordon Pl which is now Wellington Social Services, and my grandfather worked in Culleys Bakery, at 219 Riddiford St. He was a master baker, and died on the premises in 1942. My family acquired the properties in Normanby, Riddiford, and Donald McLean St,

about the 1990s. Culleys by this time was The Hot Bread Shop. When the business came up for sale we purchased it and with alterations reopened it as a Cafe and Bakery. The original ovens were still being used for baking the bread. It unfortunately took a toll on the family, though also was a learning curve for the

physical contest is long gone. Now a tiny mosquito has pricked the balloon if fantasy by causing the withdrawal of many top athletes, causing the mediocre to rise to the top as dross. It would be far better if all participant countries were to revive the spirit of Olympic peace, not just suspension for the duration, but a real commitment of all participant countries to commit or the cessation of sectarian barbarism. Paul Franken Strathmore Park

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.


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cottage was built of heart Rimu, and we were very sad to see it demolished. However, when approached we had decided to sell the properties and no longer had a say on what was to be done with the buildings in the area. Heather Bevan Island Bay

Lazy letter writers

Olympic fiasco Dear Ed, The frenetic fight for the fantasy of superiority is failing. I think the medals presented at this year’s Olympics should be black edged or have the bar sinister added. Many entries, presently considered below acceptable standard are suddenly elevated, eligible by the removal of the Russian candidates. Bankruptcy of the organising country; the ridiculous cost completely disregarding the initial concept of clotheless citizens without country or regional backing fairly competing in a

younger members, with my eldest grandson becoming a barista while still at college. There were always plans for redevelopment, but as my husband and sons grew older, it seemed to grow more distant. When insulating the little Cottage at 2 Normanby my son found the walls lined with newspapers dated 1870, the

Dear Ed, I was interested to read Mr Westfold’s letter (CSN 23.6) concerning duplication of letters to Wellington newspapers by rule-breaking readers. Ironically, on the same page were two letters which had also been sent to The Wellingtonian. These

duplicated letters were in response to letters duplicated to The Wellingtonian by James Barber. Enough of this duplicity, I say! Christine Swift Island Bay

Join the beach to the park Dear Ed, Significant erosion will continue in the area of the damaged wall. It seems a pity that the road was not removed and the beach allowed to join the adjacent

park. A pathway could have followed the original route. Don Bagnall Wellington

Not the ‘status quo’ Dear Ed, The most popular option chosen by the community was not the status quo. Vicki Greco’s assertion that the "community have the outcome that they want" is incorrect. The seawall is unsustainable and antiquated, it's a short term solution. The next time it's scuttled

by a southerly swell it won't be replaced. It's laughable that some suggested having a road with cars running between the beach and Shorland Park protects children from drowning. Ian McCallum Island Bay

Part of local history Dear Ed, Many thanks to all concerned for the completion of the Island Bay seawall. These features are part of our

local history. Sister Catherine Hannan Island Bay

Calling on nominations Nominations will soon open for the Greater Wellington Regional Council elections and people are being encouraged to think about putting their names forward. People who are passionate about the region and the role of the council, whether it be in public trans-

port, environmental protection, flood management or water quality, should consider standing as a councillor. Nominations open July 15 and close at midday on Friday, August 12.  Head to for more information.

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