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Thursday November 30, 2017

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.

Politicians need to stop cuts to public services Dear Editor, They’re closing our Newtown Post Office – someone will probably apply for a liquor licence there. We will have to go to overcrowded long queues at Kilbirnie or into the City. They’re also cancelling out 29 shopping bus to Newtown – it was never suppose to be a profitable route and will now become a two-bus two-hour route service under

No safe way to cross Dear Editor, I have been following your articles on the proposed cycle ways in Wellington City recently. It seems to me that the council are focusing on areas that don’t actually require new cycleways and are neglecting safety issues for cyclists and pedestrians by failing to come up with a solution to cross Cobham Drive safely near the ASB Centre. The ASB is well used by many children during the week and even more

heavily utilized over the weekend. Currently there is no safe way to cross from Cobham Drive to the ASB directly without a car. A safe crossing needs to be implemented for the safety of everyone. This could be done by utilizing the Troy St roundabout as a midway point for a walkway/cycle way between the ASB, the fire station, and Cobham Drive. Joe Horvath Kilbirine

the new company – a total disruption to the poor suburb of Wellington. Bus drivers go on a stop-work Wednesday – for their awards, not our service. An economic downturn due for 2018 – more unemployed unable to fill, drive their cars, but have to take four buses and four hours a day – just like Jaffalanders. It’s called business company progress. It adversely affects the public, not the

companies. This new coalition goverment should make it highly undesirable for companies to make so-called profitable cuts to their public services, but they (the politicians) do not have to utilise the public transport system – chauffer-driven electric limos are already in their Christmas stocking filler! Martin Beck Mornington

The mercy call in the middle of nowhere

Brooklyn’s Aisha Wainwright is volunteering on board the Africa Mercy. PHOTO: Supplied

What Joe Horvath’s proposal for a three-way overbridge at the Troy St roundabout would look like. IMAGE: Supplied

Aggressive irrationality Dear Editor, It was satisfying to see the cover report in Cook Strait News on some down to earth common sense (“Protest Kayak Rides In”, November 23). The Regional Council’s openly contradictory rationale of promoting electric transport and adding diesel buses to replace electric trolleys is truly “ridiculous”! The response elicited from Wellington Mayor Lester was informative.

Given the openly aggressive irrationality of the Regional Council on this issue it is notable that the Mayor has refused to challenge that “rationale ridiculous” with the non-ridiculous action of holding onto the trolley wires which the WCC owns. The claim of it being too costly is just an excuse as the removal of the wires would be a comparably expensive exercise. Richard Keller LyallBay

Aisha Wainwright of Brooklyn did what most trampers do when they reached a high point on the Heaphy Track, miles and days from anywhere. She held up her phone and searched for those elusive bars which give mobile phone connection. To Aisha’s great surprise, she received an email offering her a dreamed-of nursing position on board the world’s largest civilian hospital ship operated by the not-for-profit Mercy Ships. She walked out of the bush that day committed to following her dream - with only five weeks to get her affairs in order to travel to west Africa. As she completed her hike, the 23-year-old’s mind was full of a growing to-do-list. Vaccinations and travel plans to places she had barely heard of were amongst the most urgent items to accomplish. Aisha is now in Doula, Cameroon - mid-way through her two-month tour voluntary service

on board the Africa Mercy. The paediatric nurse is working shifts in the Mercy Ship wards caring for patients recovering from free essential surgery. Aisha explains that the medical team is currently proving three surgical specialties - maxillofacial which covers facial tumours, cleft palates and cleft lips; burns and plastics which covers burn contractures, gigantism on the limbs, duplication of digits and club feet/ hands, and women’s services which covers fistulas, hysterectomies, and other women’s issues. All of the medical and surgical services provided by Mercy Ships are completely free, thanks largely to the volunteer work of the 450-strong international crew. Aisha’s work features in the programme The Surgery Ship, which won Best Human Interest Documentary at AIB Awards in London. It will make its New Zealand television premiere tomorrow at 7.30pm on National Geographic (SKY channel 072).

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