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Thursday March 15, 2018

readers have their say... Find out the WORD on the Street. Question: Should police abandon all pursuits of fleeing vehicles?

Danny Teng, Island Bay “They should keep pursuing them, but when they get the technology then they won’t need to.”

Janine Heinz, Island Bay “I don’t think they should pursue them for traffic problems. For other crimes perhaps drones could be used and the criminals arrested later.”

Iouani Kotsapa, Ohiro Bay “Yes. They create chaos. They should have cameras to get the rego. If someone doesn’t want to be arrested they aren’t going to stop.”

Vicci Holdsworth, Johnsonville “They should definitely pursue criminals. If they let them go they could harm people on the street. It’s not the police’s fault when they crash.”

Gwenyth Moller, Brooklyn “Well if it ends with crashes, then yes. Take the numberplate down and don’t chase them but follow them at a distance.”

Terry Johnson, Lower Hutt “Yes. If you are chasing someone, if you’ve got their registration then you can get them later on. We should adopt what the Aussies are doing.”

LETTERS to the editor

The real reason Trump’s been invited to North Korea

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.

Dear Editor, There are a lot of uninformed opinions being touted by talking heads regarding China’s initiated North Korean invitation to America – Trump cannot take any credit because the so-called tougher sanctions have no bearing upon what is really

Plastic bags symbol of convenient living Dear Editor: I use the required council bags and wash my bins so no other plastic is needed. These little plastic shopping bags are seen as a convenience, yes, though I manage to take shopping bags from home 95 percent of the time. Because they are unnecessary and so numerous they have become symbolic

of a Cult of Convenience as a way of living. There is no future in this which has been known for decades. What does that say about our culture’s determination to survive? Sincerely, Richard Keller Kilbirnie

going down. Chamberlain was sorely duped over Hitler and this is the same game play. The Korean 38th parallel dissolved with the Olympic Games unification through China’s influence, who wants to get the US military out of the South China Sea and if Japan

does not conform with Asia then history will repeat itself. Winston Peters needs to comprehend that the Wellington southern suburbs of New Zealand is in the South Pacific and therefore we are also part of the South China Sea in that we should support China and North Korea into

retaining authority over their seas - just as South Korea suddenly came to realise its vulnerability prior to its Olympic games unification. Getting America out of the South China Sea is what it is all about. Martin Beck, Mornington

Op shops are not dumping grounds Dear Editor, On Sunday I noticed a pile of junk crammed in the doorway of the little Vinnies op shop on corner The Parade and Mersey Street. It is hard to imagine why people would do this, especially when you think they would have been in

full view of anyone sitting in the Empire Café opposite. Island Bay’s Vinnies doesn’t appear to have a back door. This means that the shop employee has to shift all that junk to one side before she can even get inside her own shop!

This sort of behaviour m ight be pa r for the course in Newtown or Kilbirnie but you don’t expect to see it going on in Island Bay! Christine Swift Island Bay

Organiser hopes Kilbirnie Festival will return to suburban centre By Jamie Adams

“Small yet beautifully formed” is how organiser Martin Wilson describes this year’s Kilbirnie Festival. While previous festivals saw Bay St closed to traffic for one Sunday in March, this year’s was mostly held at St Patrick College, a move which Martin says was a hard decision. “Probably the biggest factor was me wanting to focus on our target this year: I wanted quality over quantity. I think we achieved that, with a good little fair. “I didn’t want to have a small crowd in a large street venue. I would rather be cosy in a venue of the right size for the crowd. “To compensate stallholders who had booked a site out on the road, I offered all stalls the choice of a complete refund or a cheaper site in the college grounds.” Despite its secluded location, Martin says the site was superb, with a “stunningly beautiful”

streetscape and college grounds that offered all the necessary facilities. “I am interested in talking to the Kilbirnie community about the possibility of returning this event to Bay Rd and forming a local committee to oversee it,” Martin says. He believes a very good committee is one with experience, competence, is well facilitated, and able to take some risk. “Ideally, the community should own their own festival. But getting the formula right is hard.” The fine weather allowed for a variety of activities, from building unicorns, to riding one of Tranzurban’s new electric buses. The Rongotai College Big Band was also a highlight. Among the stallholders was worm farmer Cam Leslie who not only demonstrated his tumbling bin, but also allowed festival participants to use them for disposal of food scraps and packaging. Cam’s worm farms were on display to highlight how much food waste can end up in landfill instead of compost.

Cam Leslie shows some of the tiger worms from one of the worm farms he has on display for demonstrations. PHOTO: Jamie Adams

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