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Thursday April 5, 2018

readers have their say... Find out the WORD on the Street.

Question: Do you support the council’s plan for a rainbow crossing for Cuba Street?

Brodie Barlow, Island Bay “It’s a cool idea. Visiting people will say they haven’t seen a road like it before.”

Sam Hannaway, Houghton Bay “Yes. It brightens up Cuba St and it is showing support for the LGBT community.”

Kate Langston, Newtown “It think it brightens up people’s days and it’s great we are showing support for LGBT people.”

Olivia Vriens, Island Bay “If it’s a legal crossing you have got to have signs to identify it. It’s not a bad idea but I have reservations about the cost.”

Lisa Jackson, Island Bay “It’s an unnecessary use of ratepayers’ money. There are better ways to spend the money.”

Brett Lyons, Island Bay “If it’s no worse than a normal one and it works then why not? It’s nice to see new things.”

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.

Don’t be fooled over who really poisoned the spy Re: Russian ex-spy poisoning in UK – it’s more likely the covert actions of an American spy. I applaud Winston Peters for his hesitant wisdom regarding the frenzied beat-up towards blaming the Russians regarding the UK spy poisoning – when the truth be known it will be an American agent who orchestrated it and not Russian retaliation. Have we not learnt anything since

Tony Blair plunged the UK into attacking Iraq with war-mongering America over non-existent weapons of mass destruction? Now Theresa May hastens to blame Russia as America insists, ahead of any conclusive evidence. When we see Trump about to make yet another ardent declaration at the podium it seems more liken to a Marineworld show of a seal clapping his own flippers.

This will not be the first time America has killed a spy and then blamed it on Russia. From the Cold War to a Trade War – America is still at War. New Zealand is better protected through the balanced caution of both China and Russia against such deviant American actions. Martin Beck, Mornington

Arrogance of Kiwibank means it’s time to change Dear Editor, I complained to the banking ombudsman regarding Kiwibank’s new imposed changes. I have since received an email from Angelia - no surname given – Kiwibank complaints resolution specialist, which gives absolutely no answers or reasons to my complaints, she only provided me with the

banks “solutions”. What annoys pensioner Baby Boomers most are the younger generations spouting out condescending ‘solutions’ instead of giving us real answers! Do we have to resort to applying for OIA to get answers and reasons? Forcing their customers into on-line banking through their customer relations

“Solutions” is an arrogant lame excuse for reality of what is really going down with Kiwibank’s future. Kiwibank is not a major player in the New Zealand banking market, yet the young directors are reneging on the service and fee principles that formed the foundation of Kiwibank in trying to compete with the Big

Aussie banks; in Kiwibank, servicing secondary mortgages for their privileged customers to purchase more flats and a bach at the beach rather than service their core poor customers. Build it and they will come is an old American con. In a few years Kiwibank would realise their service mistake and will have to return back to their old

suburban branches at further costs to the bank and their customers! Kiwibank’s service attitude towards its customers is arrogant. I think it is time to change banks. Martin Beck, Mornington [abridged]

Town Hall strengthening set to get under way Wellingtonians will notice the start of work on the Town Hall refurbishment soon, when earthquake strengthening gets under way on the 114-year-old building. Work starts in the next two weeks to secure the unreinforced masonry (brick) parapets and facades, before the main refurbishment starts later in the year. Wellington Mayor Justin Lester says this is a pivotal moment for Wellington.

“The Town Hall has been at the centre of the city’s civic and cultural life for generations. “This week we are starting the three-year journey to bring back the Town Hall.” The building has been closed since 2013 and is due to be reopened in 2021 as a joint facility between Wellington City Council, Victoria University’s New Zealand School of Music and the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra. The Mayor says the Town Hall

is one of a number of heritage buildings around the CBD that require work to make sure the public is protected from the risk of falling masonry in an earthquake. This follows a decision by the Minister for Building and Construction after the Kaikoura earthquake to take action to secure unreinforced masonry on buildings in busy, hightraffic areas that are vulnerable in an earthquake. Council Chief City Planner

David Chick says over the next two weeks the public will notice timber hoardings being erected along the Town Hall’s Wakefield Street and Civic Square frontages to ensure pedestrian safety. The lane between the Town Hall and the Michael Fowler Centre will be closed and pedestrians redirected, while the centre’s car park close in four to six weeks’ time and remain inaccessible for 18 months. A prefabricated building will

be located in the car park as a temporary rehearsal studio for the Royal New Zealand Ballet, which is moving out of the St James Theatre to make way for earthquake strengthening work there. Wakefield Street will remain open, but there will be the temporary loss of some short term car parks. The main construction work on the Town Hall is due to start in late 2018 after a main contractor is selected.

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