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Thursday February 1, 2018

LETTERS to the editor Continued from page 8.

Our national day should be “New Zealand Day” Dear Editor; Re your Jan. 25 “Word on the Street”, it would be a good idea for us to call February 6 to cease naming the holiday Waitangi Day, and to call it New Zealand Day. True, as Ms Sharland says, this could be the name of any day in the year; but this is also true of some other public holidays; and New Zealand Day would seem to unite all residents of our country, of all races, in thinking of its entire existence from all time, and of things we can all be proud of. Let’s face it: from 1990, if not earlier, Waitangi Day has been, in practice, a day of interracial friction and ill will that gets worse and worse, with unchecked, provocative, lawless behaviour.

Incidentally, all the expenses for all the Maori participants at Waitangi itself are paid by the taxpayers. Ms Flutey is misinformed: it was changed from Waitangi Day to New Zealand Day for a few years before being changed back to Waitangi Day, perhaps from a desire to gain support from Maori voters for the Government that changed it back. I don’t think most non-Maori residents, at the time, cared much about which name was used; but after recent experiences, a significant number of such people may now be more in favour of “New Zaland Day”. H Westfold, Miramar

No integrity among bottle store chains It was good to see Rose Wu back from her sojourn and in good stead. But there is another important Newtown issue that needs airing - the bottle store chain are determined to push their Newtown application against the goodwill of all its residents! While the chain group may project their integrity - the Newtown residents have worked hard over the years and the

resulting reduction in alcohol related incidence in Newtown would increase if another cheap bottle store opened here. Such so-called honest chains demand the police maintain constant patrol pressure on unemployed Newtown pedestrians, while the chain stores weave their doings behind in comfort. Martin Beck, Mornington

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