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Thursday October 19, 2017

readers have their say... Find out the WORD on the Street. Question: Do you use plastic supermarket bags? Do you support New World and Countdown phasing them out?

Daisy Sharpe, Island Bay “Sometimes, I have a few of them I use. I think it’s a good idea.”

Rebecca Sore, Island Bay “Yes, I’m trying not to, but sometimes I forget. I think its great, it all helps us.”

Deborah Anderson, Houghton Valley “I try to avoid them. I carry stuff out if I don’t have [a cloth bag]. I’m very supportive.”

Siva Kandan, Mt Victoria “I still use them if I forget or my wife doesn’t remind me. Yes, I support that.”

Kenji Le Garrec, Te Aro “Yes. I’m not proud of it. I try to use [cloth bags] but forget sometimes. We don’t use them in New Caledonia.”

Helen Thompson, Napier “I don’t think there should be plastic bags. At the supermarket we prefer cardboard boxes as well as our own.”

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.

Procastinating Winston shows lawyer in him Dear Editor; A columnist in another journal suggested that Winston Peters, on election night, had silently decided his coalition plan for NZ First, so that the delay was just part of his act. We can remember that he kept us waiting for over a month in the same situation years ago; and I’m wondering whether his penchant for delay is

partly from the lawyer in him. There’s never been any danger that the legal profession will underestimate its own importance; and it is notorious for taking its own sweet time over anything lawyers - plus the judges promoted from lawyers - are asked to do for anyone. This all boosts their feeling of power and self-esteem. From what I know of lawyers, and what I’ve heard and read about them, I’ve learnt that it’s best to scout them unless it’s unavoidable to use them. They just love to make us wait, and they charge us steeply for the favour of being kept waiting; they refuse to hurry for anyone. They are a highly privileged profession. Yes, I’ve encountered the same arrogant, bossy attitudes among ordinary office staff. A little new authority goes to the heads of a few, especially Poms, male and female, who

think they are now Napoleon or Catherine the Great, and make themselves obnoxious to all the rest! However, lawyers have a monopoly of some things they do; while some other things are possible without a lawyer, but difficult. I often think of Shakespeare’s “King Henry the Sixth: Part One”, and the rebellion by Jack Cade and his illiterate mob. One of them says, “The first thing we do, let’s kill all the lawyers.” It’s not only the uneducated, but also many others, who sympathise with that feeling. No, most people don’t want to kill lawyers; but a great many would like to accelerate them by (metaphorically) a hard kick in the arse! H Westfold, Miramar

Line-up for Coastella Music Festival announced Coastella Music Festival has announced its line-up for 2018, which includes energetic folk and indie rock, Japanese banjo, brass and Balkan madness. Iconic New Zealand band The Black Seeds will bring their contemporary groove reggae rhythms and the Hot Potato Band blend world music influences with an Australian edge to create a sound of brass and drums ‘known to cause a severe case of happy fever’. Other international offerings are George & Noriko with a unique sound of Japanese banjo blues, their energetic and original music earning them a place as finalists on Australia’s Got Talent 2012 and favourites at CubaDupa 2017. My Baby (NZ / Netherlands) join the festival from Amsterdam with their roots driven hypnotic dance music, and The Young Folk

(Ireland) have a sound which has seen them compared with Fleet Foxes, Bon Iver and Crosby Stills & Nash. Jordie Lane and the Sleepers (Australia) play psychedelic rock reminiscent of The Beatles’ Sergeant Pepper. Coastella features a main stage set in a natural grassy amphitheatre, a lake stage offering an idyllic setting to relax with friends, and Tiny Town returns, the 10 foot shipping container converted into an intimate musical venue, offering a chance to get up close and personal with some of the bands. Food vendors will once again be hand-picked by Visa Wellington On A Plate.  Coastella will be held at the Southward Car Museum, Kapiti on February 17, 2018. Tickets are available at

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