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Thursday June 1, 2017

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

Q: We asked Roseneath School students how they celebrated their new hall

Abigail Graham, Roseneath School

Aston Varga, Roseneath School

Rosa Donaldson, Roseneath School

Benji Candaland, Roseneath School

Olivia Manthel-Brown, Roseneath School

“I played the tour guide in the science production. I like the new hall.”

“I wrote the play and I played the angry guy. I like the new kitchen in the hall”

“I was a mummy.”

“I was one of the Wright brothers.”

“I was a mad scientist. The new sound system in the hall is good.”

Gatsby Cohen, Roseneath School “I was another mad scientist. The new hall looks heaps better.”

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.

Credit to those who take responsibility Dear Editor, Full credit to Martin Matthews, the A.G. for stepping down after the irregularities and possibly spurious redundancies in the Ministry were apparently allowed, condoned or seen as smart management during his previous job. This possibly explains the

reason for the exorbitant salaries in the top echelons of business. They really face responsibility and their cessation of income must be hard. I am sure the general public of NZ would support him not having to face a stand-down period before he gets unemploy-

ment of job seeker support, foregoing his wages , salary and bonuses during the investigation. Possibly the committee who appointed should face some censure for insufficient ‘due dilligence’. Paul Franken Strathmore Park

The Island Bay Cycle Elephant Dear Editor, I do agree with Heather Bevan and Ms Swift, that it is vital that Island Bay people have their say on the present 6 proposals for the Island Bay Cycle Bay (one including simple putting it back to how it was - yippie). My view is also that people living in other suburbs also should take a strong interest in their own suburb as

well as the city as a whole. Thus I recall working with a group of old concerned citizens in 2010 to fight city hall when the proposal by Celia Wade-Brown (then the local councillor) and Iona Pannett to put a ‘wet hostel’ in Riddell St, Island Bay. Wonderful concept, just not in that residential street, thanks! The citizens won. Alas, because of

lack of community action Island Bay lost their bank, post office, best fish and chip shop, petrol station, and certainly to access any public facility have to exit the valley. So here is now the opportunity for ‘Love the Bay’ to step ahead on resolution of the cycleway, or will it be spoilt for all of us. ($1.2 million in construction = $2 million in

consultation?). Mind you, the new Johnsonville Library was approved at $16m and now blown out to $23m. The sports centre in Kilbirne was planned at $34m and went to $47m on completion. Wish my bank account could be as flexible as these increases. Rose Wu Kilbirnie

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Stop with the boring cycleway

Dear Editor, The best option for the Island Bay Cycleway is to return it to it’s original form ie car parks next to kerb and cycleway marked next as it used to be. Christy and Ann Ryan

Dear Editor, If the WCC hasn’t got the message about the Island Bay cycleway by now they never will. How many more workshops, public meetings and opinion polls do we have to read about? We live in a democracy and as the majority of


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Island Bay residents see the cycleway as the unworkable, dangerous disaster it is, stop boring the rest of Wellington to death and get rid of the thing. N.D.McCabe Strathmore Park

Not what we meant Dear Editor, We note H Westfolds letter (May 25) regarding our objection to the teaching of French at Newtown Primary State school. We did not imply that French shouldn’t be taught at College, nor did we say French is an unimportant language. (We both have and do use it.). This Mr Westfold we notice, always jumps ahead in his writings, then always quotes some mystical irrelevant matter centuries ago. Now he even implies that only civilised countries are English or French, and even bangs away at many other countries. All of the countries he refers to such as Russian, Chinese, Spanish etc, are countries made from many centuries of culture and language, and not the western white Christian world he laments over. Our point was only that the Principal of Newtown Primary school should give us clarification as why should a French Immersion unit be started there, when the ethnic diversity of the school must surely not need it. I do hope that this Mr Westfold would present logic and reason, and not attack writers as he is prone to. Tim Dalman, Te Aro

Find the facts first Dear Editor, I have been reading the letters re setting up a bilingual French class at Newtown School with amusement and much frustration. People seem to have opinions without fi rst fi nding out the facts. They are not hard to fi nd on the internet or by ringing the principal or Alliance Francaise who made the application. It is now a moot point as, after much work the board of trustees has decided not to host this. However, I want to point out that the objective of a bi-lingual class is to support the children in

their learning so they can read, write and speak fluently in both languages and to develop their cultural knowledge. The children who would have attended this unit would come from French families and many would already speak in both languages. New Zealand is one of the few countries in the world where most of its population speaks only one language. Learning a language is not just about that language but has many more advantages. Ann Mace Miramar

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