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Thursday February 22, 2018

readers have their say... Find out the WORD on the Street. Question: Who do you think will be the next leader of the National Party?

Baha Mabaruk, Island Bay “Judith Collins. She has a strong personality and has a good leadership sense. She could be the next Iron Lady.”

Ian Carmichael, Miramar “I don’t know. I don’t know if any will be capable of winning. I would prefer Simon Bridges or Mark Mitchell.”

Gary Wilson, Island Bay “I wouldn’t know. None of them are good enough to beat Labour. Simon Bridges is the best of them.”

Mathew Reade, Strathmore Park “Probably Steven Joyce because he’s got that ‘I can get things done’ attitude. Amy Adams if not him.”

Stella Ramage, Melrose “I really hope it will not be Judith Collins, but I think it will be because she’s been there for some time.”

Mark Ross, Lyall Bay “Amy Adams. I met her and she is a good person and understands the farming sector.”

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 let ters or withhold unsuitable letters from publication. Send or fax them to the address on page two, or email them to news@ Please note that your name and street address must also be provided in e mails.

Banks much less greedy back in the day Dear Editor; I can’t make much sense of Martin Beck’s Feb. 15 letter that attacks mine of Feb. 8; and I conclude he was just looking for an excuse to assail Christine Swift and me about our recent statements on postal services in Miramar. Anyway, the latest shortening of mail clearance times in this suburb very recent; so I wonder whether Mr Beck has been

in Miramar recently. As for banks in general, they are trading enterprises, so must make a profit to stay in business; but in my young days, they were immeasurably less greedy and heartless than banks are now. It now may seem incredible that, in 1952, the highest rate for overdraft interest was 5 percent per annum and those with the best security paid as little

Persecuted Christian will be ultimately rewarded Dear Editor; I sincerely thank Stephen Cotterel, a godly man, for his Feb 15 letter supporting mine of Feb 8. I seem to remember him as a good Evangelical Protestant rescued from Romanism, and as a man victimised by feminism in a divorce from his wife. It’s now a very frequent situation that a man is vilified and hounded by authorities mostly hijacked by feminists. These are invariably haters of Bible-believing Christians

like him and me: they know very well that their notions are condemned by Holy Scripture. Well, Stephen will be compensated and rewarded in the next world, but never in this present one. He was aptly and prophetically named after the protomartyr St Stephen (see Acts, Chapters 7 & 8). There’s an extra-Biblical tradition that he was a very beautiful young guy; and it’s a real plus when a godly Christian is also goodlooking.

paper, however, I was subjected to an insensitive and embarrassingly monocultural rant in a letter by H. Westfold. This enlightened individual maintains that all non-Christian religions are ‘the road to eternal torment’ and that if someone was born in a non-Christian part of the world then ‘God didn’t predestinate and elect them to hear it.’

are understandably hated now. Banking, insurance, stock and station (rural services) firms, meat processors, and the energy industry, are all too vital to be privately owned at all. They should be shared by the State with various trusts and cooperative/mutual companies. [abridged] H Westfold, Miramar

Council issues are of bigger concern I didn’t ask them because of their attractive persons; but the six “polar bears” who’ve agreed to carry my coffin, all Wierenga men, are from a very handsome clan at the Wellington Reformed Church: I want my funeral to be a proper “Wierengafest”; so two of those six, as guitarists, are also happy to play guitar-chords with the piano for the hymns. It cannot be far off now. H Westfold, Miramar

Enough of this anti-community nonsense Dear Editor, Your newspaper certainly caters to a diverse audience. In the edition of Feb 15 I was pleased to read that Ed Trotter has been appointed Principal of Miramar Central School. I do not know Mr Trotter, but he sounds a very decent chap and no doubt will be a good servant to the school and the community it serves. On the next page of the

as 4 percent, which was also the rate for non-profit bodies such as churches, charities, and sports clubs and associations. The banks boasted of how many branches and agencies they had; whereas they now pride themselves on having so few branches and ATMs. It costs money for staff and servicing for them, you see: customers and the public don’t matter. So nearly all the banks

Goodness, this is jolly bad luck for many of Mr Trotter’s 226 students, as they come from 28 ethnicities and no doubt support a healthy variety of religious and cultural beliefs. Can I suggest you give no more press space to such anti-community nonsense? D Wright Miramar

Dear Editor I have read all th e bibles and did bible study with Westfold and Christine [Swift], but saw the writing was on the walls, so embraced the one and only. I am a follower of Jainism which is Hinduism and we believe in the one and only universal god - Om. Readers can form their own opinions as to the barbs of my past cult. Of greater use to us all would be for the council officers to sort out

our local body problems of flooding, water supply security, getting real CBD projects started and completed on time and within budget, and stop with the self-servicing PR and ‘fluffy’ items like funding local festivals and Te Reo. I am my own woman to, and don’t need family to push my walker! Yours sincerely Rose Wu Killbirnie

Editor’s note: Debate on this particular religious issue is now closed.

62 heritage buildings yet to be strengthened Latest figures released by Wellington City Council show that progress is being made to make safe Wellington’s at-risk heritage buildings. Councillor Iona Pannett, who holds the council’s Heritage Portfolio, says the number of earthquake-prone heritage buildings dropped from 198 in October 2014 to 157 in December 2017 - a 20 percent reduction – despite more buildings being added to the list over that time. “The pace of work has definitely quickened recently,” Iona says. “In 2014 we removed just four heritage buildings from the list. In

2017 it was 11 – that’s an increase of 175 percent.” She says the Seddon and Kaikoura earthquakes and the introduction of new legislation have made owners more aware of the need to strengthen their buildings. “There are 19 buildings still on the list where the work has been completed and the owners are just waiting for a final sign-off under the Building Act, and a further 76 are actively being worked on. So in fact there are just 62 heritage buildings still needing to get started on the work.”

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