Thursday September 28, 2017
readers have their say... Find out the WORD on the Street. Question: What did you think of the election night outcome?
Karen Adams, Te Aro “I’m really disappointed. I voted Green [for my party vote].”
Heather Galbraith, Melrose “I’m pretty stunned. I’m very sceptical of what will come out of a Labour/Green/NZ First coalition.”
Jack Gittings, Mt Cook “Quite disappointed in the New Zealand public who had been thinking selfishly and not of their country and community.”
Luka Lokmer, Mt Cook “It’s terrifyingly funny. Winston Peters is the dude - he must be having the best time in the world right now. ”
John Price, Brooklyn “I think with MMP it’s a good thing that the minority parties have a say in running the country.”
Chris Rabey, Berhampore “Winston has got both parties by the short and curlies. But 98 percent of politicians’ promises aren’t fulfilled in three years.”
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Blame the Labour/Green councils Dear Editor, While I sympathise with the Tramways Union’s Kevin Sullivan over the shameful way our long-serving bus drivers are being treated, it should be made clear that this is not the fault of the National Government. The fault lies fairly and squarely in the hands of the regional and city councils, both Labour/Green
controlled. One would be expected, at least philosophically, to protect the workers who will all be made redundant with the change of contracts and the other to protect the environment, which will be damaged by replacing trolley buses with diesels for the forseeable future, commencing next month.
It is ironic really, because it contradicts both groups’ ideologies. What really hurts is that this situation is being inflicted upon us without any meaningful consultation. They keep telling us that they know what’s best for us. What would George Orwell think about that? Tony Sutcliffe Strathmore
Save Opoutere YHA hostel campaign Dear Editor, Campaigners are desperately trying to prevent the closure of the iconic Opoutere Youth Hostel near Whangamata and YHA members living in the Cook Strait News circulation area could make the difference. The Youth Hostel Association
of New Zealand (YHANZ) national board has made a unilateral decision to close the much-loved hostel next Easter in defiance of a notice of motion to be considered at the organisation’s annual meeting in Wellington on October 28 seeking to have any decision on
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the hostel’s future delayed until full and meaningful consultation can take place between all interested parties. The Save Opoutere Campaign will need enough supportive members at the October AGM to force a change in heart by the board.
Given that proxy votes are not allowed a handful of votes could impact the outcome and they could come from YHA members who live in the Cook Strait News circulation area. (Last year’s AGM was attended by less than 70 people). For this reason we are urging
all YHA members who don’t want to see Opoutere closed to make a special effort to attend this meeting and register their support on Facebook at Save Opoutere YHA Hostel. David Wildish Save Opoutere Youth Hostel Campaign
Media to blame for election outcome Dear Editor, New Zealanders do not deserve MMP – we should revert back to First Past the Post because journalists and media personalities cannot comprehend more than two parties at once - one for each hand. They were wrong with Brexit and Trump and ignored us.
New Zealand is going to get the “change of government” sought - a new National and NZ First government, not the FPP kind of mentality change being postured by the split-personality media. Voting for either of the two main parties simply cancelled out each other, only a third party vote is a
government-changing vote. Along with the advanced voting, we should make voting compulsory and ban all pre-election polls, party TV advertising and public hoardings - as these are not democratically compatible or necessary. Martin Beck, Mornington
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Victoria University of Wellington’s council voted to increase undergraduate and postgraduate tuition fees by two percent in 2018. Chancellor Sir Neville Jordan said the council made the decision after consultation with staff and students. “As a council, we understand the impact tuition fees have on students,” Sir Neville said. “However, it is also our job to ensure that we are adequately
resourced to continue to offer our students the quality education they deserve and to deliver on Victoria’s commitment to providing a student experience that is second to none. “I would also like to emphasise that the decision to raise student fees is to ensure we provide an environment in which our students thrive. “This includes a quality educational experience, modern facilities and a comprehensive network of student
support services.” Vice-Chancellor Professor Grant Guilford says while the additional income from the two percent fee increase in 2018 will be welcome, it will not fill the gap between Victoria University’s costs and its revenue. Victoria’s council also voted to increase the Student Services Levy in 2018 by approximately 3.5 percent.
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