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Thursday July 20, 2017

readers have their say... Find out the WORD on the Street. Question: What are you looking forward to in the later half of the year?

Pete Edge, Island Bay “I’m definitely excited about A Doll’s House.”

Gretta Purcell, Newtown “I’m looking forward to seeing World of Wearable Arts.”

LETTERS to the editor

Brendan Giddens, Newtown “A holiday.”

Kate Hardwick, Newtown “The weather getting warmer.”

Ruby Roche, Newtown “Warmer weather.”

Lucy Roche, Newtown “Definitely warmer weather.”

(Cont. on page 9)

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.

Magic in the gardens Dear Editor, A little paragraph in our latest Cook Strait News (CSN July 13, p.4) has made me think happy thoughts. The call is going out for ‘summer stars’ to perform in the Summer Magic series of outdoor concerts at the Botanic Garden. (An optimistic prospect to think about after the winter weather inflicted on Wellington this week.) This event must be the launching pad for many careers.




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What consultation? Dear Editor, We may excuse GWRC Councillor Donaldson for her lack of experience at this level of governance of Bus Transport but she cannot be excused for not consulting with Bus users. GWRC are determined to inflict a completely new Bus Service upon us and I can only comment on the Eastern Suburbs. To date we have no knowledge of whatever new timetables require any change to the ‘Hubs’ at Kilbirnie. What we hve at the moment works quite well subject to minor, inexpensive tweaks, principally the removal of a handful of car parks in Rongotai Road. There is much rumour that the Hubs are to facilitate new routes which will mean changing buses in Kilbirnie. This is nonsense as most passengers from the Peninsula will wish to travel at least to Newtown, Courtenay Place or the Railway. At no stage have we been

consulted about what we want or need. A so called consultation meeting was barely advertised and, of course poorly attended. To add insult to injury, Go Wellington and our loyal, dedicated Bus drivers are about to lose their contracts to an alternative, untested tenderer who, at this point has no buses and nowhere to park them, should they be able to acquire them. And if they do, they are unlikely to be Electric or Hybrid but second hand, deisel-beching monsters from Auckland! May I suggest that Cr Donaldson makes a name for herself and puts all the changes on hold until a viable non (or lesser) polluting bus fleet is available. The Trolley busses should be good for another couple of years, given that the Overhead wires heve only recently been upgraded. Tony Sutcliffe Strathmore Park

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Likewise Eb and Sparrow appeared one summer as a new group. Since then they too have gone on to perform and tour round New Zealand. Last summer I was really impressed with the Maori Sidesteps and the Crimson Club, and I understand the Sidesteps have a NZ tour lined up. Roll on summer! Christine Swift Island Bay


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