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Thursday May 25, 2017

readers have their say... Find out the WORD on the Street.

Q: How do you feel about the Rugby Sevens leaving Wellington?

Ann Watt, Kilbirnie

John Wallaart, Newtown

“I’m quite disappointed, I’ve “It’s a bit sad.” never been but I used to work in town and a highlight was seeing all the costumes.”

Ray Gruschow, Newtown

Alan Downes, Newtown

Antony Ramloge, Newtown

“I’m not too worried. They probably had their time. There are lots of other events.”

“I think it’s a bit of a shame. We had a carnival we’re now not going to have. I think it’s a real pity we lost it.”

“It’s sucks. It’s not my world but I think the capital city should have it.”

Aagon Wills, Newtown “It’s sad. I used to go a few years ago. I don’t think Wellington wanted it. Good luck to Hamilton.”

LETTERS to the editor 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.

The NZ Marginalised Generation Dear Ed, Andrew Little has stooped to using the same old fake Labour housing policies of 40 years ago - they didn’t worked then, but now the young Gen IT voters are aware in that they too will be deprived of access to decent housing ownership just as the over 30 per cent of

Babyboomers were back then! Labour brings nothing new and steals the young people’s unaffordable dreams. Cr Paul Eagle the self-appointed Wellington City Council housing leader with auto email reply has no new pensioner flats for all the deprived 30 per cent of Babyboomers now retiring.

WCC rental housing is only for the many thousands of new immigrants every year and not for the aging or the young New Zealand born citizens. The failure of Little to secure more seats than Winston Peters party this election will be seen in results of a ‘Winston-spring’ where

the ‘Marginalised young’ only trust Winston. I certainly will not be voting for Eagle again after being disappointed by him opting out for a parliamentary seat when he has done absolutely nothing for the City Citizens! Martin Beck, Mornington

Have your voice heard on the Cycleway Dear Editor, We have had two days whereby we can view proposals of how we want to have The Parade, and WCC is going to put it out to the Wellington Public vote. A lot of people, when the time

comes, may say, why should I vote it is not our problem. Well I would like to say it is a problem for all Wellington people in the long run, because if the Biking enthusiasts from all the suburbs are the only

ones to vote, the Council will then use this design in all the suburbs, and believe me, you would not want that. As an elderly disabled lady, my life is in danger every time I try to alight or exit my car.

for instance, has to leave their suburb if they want to visit a bank, use a public swimming pool, visit an optician or a Winz office…. And of course in so doing they will form opinions of suburbs other than their own. That is all. Thanks to the people mentioned above. And Mr Westfold’s natural burial comments serve to remind us that NONE of us knows how long we will be around to squabble in the letters pages of the Cook Strait News! Christine Swift, Island Bay


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Taking away parking outside their homes. Please take the time to study this and help us return The Parade to the safe street it was originally. Heather Bevan, Island Bay

French still useful to Kiwis

Gratitude Due Dear Editor, This is a very belated expression of thanks to Hector Westfold and Maureen Cope for their recent input supporting my (seemingly) unwelcome letters to Cook Strait News. Thanks people. And, as Mr Westfold rightly says, it is always wiser to comment on an issue than to attack the person raising the issue. Rose Wu in particular, seems to hold the view that only the residents of a suburb should be eligible to comment on that suburb’s issues. That is unrealistic. Anyone who lives in Island Bay,

Young Mothers cannot safely take their children, especially with more than one, from their cars. Miramar residents have had Devonshire Rd. redesigned without any consultation by WCC.

Dear Editor, About the article (CSN Mar 30) and all the letters evoked by it, notably Josie and Tim Dalman’s letter (May 18), I’ve already written that I’m against teaching French at the Newtown or any other State school before secondary level. However, the Dalmans, though right in saying French isn’t one of the languages heard in Newtown’s streets (or any others in New Zealand, I agree) seem to be implying that it shouldn’t be taught at any State schools at all. In those schools, it has been compulsory for only “professional/academic” courses; though of course English has been compulsory for all courses. As for making “indigenous” languages compulsory school subjects, take a look at the Irish Free State/ Republic, since 1921: making Gaelic compulsory as a school subject has been a flop, though public-sector bodies have to be officially bilingual. The only people who speak Gaelic as their everyday language are those in the West, who also can speak English, while all the rest, who seem to forget their Gaelic when they leave school, speak only English. Learning French as a foreign lan-

guage largely dates back to about 1650, when it had become THE language of culture, diplomacy, fashion, etc. for most of Europe, so that a knowledge of French meant a great deal to educated, aristocratic, or fashionable people. And it was also useful, in time, to such people when they visited France or its overseas colonies. It is still a world language, so that people who know both French and English can usually manage adequately when visiting any civilised country - there are usually locals who know French and/or English. This cannot be said for languages like Arabic, Russian, Spanish, Chinese, Japanese, etc., even though they are very important in their own regions; but even there, a considerable number of people know French or English. So here in NZ, learning French is still very useful to our many Kiwis who travel overseas. Apart from that, being able to read great French literature in its original language is an asset. H Westfold, Miramar

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