Thursday January 18, 2018
readers have their say... Find out the WORD on the Street. Question: Should learning another language be compulsory at school?
Leanne Dilnot, Island Bay “Yes, it would be handy to have Maori taught in schools here. It’s supposed to be much easier to learn than other languages.”
David Witt, Owhiro Bay “I think it’s a good idea. I was brought up with a second language and it was compulsory. Language widens your attitude.”
Leone Hunter, Lower Hutt “It should be optional. Some people find it really hard, some will enjoy it.”
Michael Reddell, Island Bay “I don’t think it should be compulsory. My kids are choosing to learn a language. That’s the best way.”
Kath Boswell, Brooklyn “I don’t agree with anything compulsory but am keen for New Zealanders to learn te reo Maori. Younger kids are more open to learning languages.”
Heath Marks, Island Bay “I don’t think it should be compulsory but if you want to, yes. I’d be very annoyed if I had to.”
LETTERS to the editor
Mayor’s prophecies have nothing on the Bible Dear Editor; Re your CSN, Jan. 11, I wore my frequent cynical grin while reading what our young Mayor Mr Lester plans/ dreams Wellington will be like 100 years hence. Prominent people have been making such rosy longterm prophecies for 200-plus years now - sometimes based on their contemporary trends and knowledge, but always combined with wishful thinking,
and nearly always wildly wrong when the time has fully come. The prophets are always dead and gone by that time, will never get the public roasting that false prophets deserve, so at present can safely prophesy whatever pleasant things they like. Knowing all this, one thinks not of kakapos and kiwis in the backyard, so much as of metaphorical kangaroos in the top paddock,
bats in the belfry, or bees in the bonnet, in these optimistic predictions made by human wisdom. By the same token, if there should indeed be a colossal figure of our Ms Jacinda Ardern in 2118 Wellington, my guess is that it won’t be as our greatest Prime Minister, but as a sort of later Guy Fawkes who somehow succeeded in doing what he unsuccessfully planned to do - destroy Parliament, in effect. The only infallible prophecies are those
of the Bible; so as well as horrific natural disasters, there are soon going to be the inevitable consequences of all the wicked legislation and social degeneration, getting rapidly worse and worse, over the last half-century. This chaotic situation will be with us within ten or even five years, let alone a hundred; so I’m glad I’ll soon kick the bucket. H Westfold, Miramar
Time to reduce parking on Crawford Road? Dear Editor: Crawford Road is the main road between Kilbirnie and Newtown. Bus and other traffic relies on that route. It seems time to reconsider whether car parking is a good idea on Crawford Road. 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.
As transport in Wellington is re-invented for the future there may a better combination of facilities on Crawford Road in which there are fewer or no car parks. Richard Keller Lyall Bay 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 news@ wsn.co.nz. Please note that your name and street address must also be provided in e mails.
Childhood asthma and the school holidays Asthma is a common illness in New Zealand, affecting one in six Kiwi kids. Over the school holidays children are often exposed to many varying environments, which is different to what they usually would on a normal school week. Doing things like going away on family trips, being looked after by other caregivers in new environments, or attending sleep overs at friends’ homes, can mean that your child is exposed to
their asthma triggers. “A trigger is something that makes asthma worse or brings on an attack,” Head of Education and Research for the Asthma and Respiratory Foundation NZ, Teresa Demetriou says. “Knowing as much as you can about your child’s asthma triggers can help you to reduce exposure to them, making your child’s asthma easier to handle.”
Cook Strait News 18-01-18