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Thursday June 15, 2017

readers have their say... Find out the WORD on the Street. Question: We asked Rongotai College students what their hopes for next year were.

Ryder Smith, Rongotai College “Getting better at my instrument and performing more.”

Tobias Maling, Rongotai College “Pursuing music.”

Reuben Hill-Smith, Rongotai College “I’m looking at doing architecture at Vic or Auckland.”

Tom Hughes, Rongotai College “Law and or science at Otago.”

Ryan Yee, Rongotai College “I’m thinking about Computer Science at Vic.”

Daniel Gibbs, Rongotai College “Computer Science at Vic.”

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.

Where are the facts? Dear Editor, We share Ann Mace’s frustration over the lack of facts concerning the quest by a few to have a bilingual unit be forced upon Newtown Primary school. We challenged the Principal with no response. The public Board of Trustees minutes in April 2017 show that after a 6 week consultation period with the parents and interested persons, although it wasn’t greatly advertised




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as needing any broad wider community input, 155 persons made submissions. 48 per cent opposed the concept. But then 73 submitters’ supported it. BUT of those 26 persons did NOT identify themselves (as being genuine!) and 5 persons were clearly identified as NOT being of the school community. The Ministry of Education were not strongly in support tho they agreed to fund a teacher if the proposal attracted 25 students, which it didn’t get. It was estimated that the overhead running costs was as high as $100,000-00pa (classroom, heating, resources) would have to be

drawn off the general funds of the school (an not funded by the French as purported to be) thus the BOT with wisdom, common-sense, purpose and all the facts, voted down the proposal with over a 70 per cent majority. So it seems like a small elite group of “CBD professionals” after going to the French Film Festival thought it would be great for their few own children to be provided for at the expense of the greater good and real ethnic diversity of this special school. Shame on them. If there was collusion then those involved should fall on their swords. Tim Dalman, Te Aro

Wellington mayor joins calls for single use levy Mayor of Wellington, Justin Lester, has joined forces with other New Zealand mayors to encourage a call on central government to reduce plastic bag waste. The Mayors of Auckland, Wellington, Dunedin jointly launched an open letter to Mayors around the country last week to call on central government to institute a national levy on single use plastic bags, or to give local authorities the power to do so themselves. Currently, New Zealanders use around 1.6 billion plastic bags a year. On average, a plastic bag is used for 12 minutes before it enters the waste stream. A 2016 WasteMINZ report released on

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Thursday shows that nearly two thirds of New Zealanders supported a levy on plastic bags if charities benefitted from the levy. Mr Lester said he believed a levy in the United Kingdom had been a great success. “This has been proven to work overseas. “When the UK brought in just a 5p levy in 2015, they saw an 86 per cent decrease in the number of plastic bags going to landfills,” he said. Plastic Free July takes place next month aiming to raise awareness of the problems with single use plastic bags and encourage people to try living plastic free.

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