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readers have their say... Find out the WORD on the Street. Q: What do you think of BP’s practice of unequal pricing? Would you travel further to get cheaper petrol?

Jordy Kataene, Wainuiomata “It’s bad from an ethical sense, I would rather it was equal everywhere. I don’t, but my grandad does.”

Scott Williams, Upper Hutt “I don’t agree with it. No, but I do get annoyed that you have to fudge around with supermarket receipts to get discounts.”

Ange Gaeta, Berhampore “I don’t think it’s fair. I filled up at Otaki on the way back from Taupo and it was 16c a litre cheaper. If cheaper petrol was, say, 30km away maybe I will [travel].”

Fay Far, Island Bay “That’s crooked. It should be the same price everywhere. No, we don’t go very far to fill up.”

Bernard Moulton, Island Bay “It’s the way that life ticks; I guess there’s nothing wrong with that. It seems a bit idiotic [to travel for cheaper petrol].”

Fafi Zibadinobic, Miramar “I don’t like it. It’s unethical. For me to go to Upper Hutt [to get cheaper petrol], that’s not fair. It should be the same everywhere.”

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.

Light rail cheerleaders should consider problems of Edinburgh model We are full of ‘airy-fairy’ stuff about Light Rail (otherwise known as Trams) with the regular cheerleaders piping up again recently, but I would beg your readers to read about the Edinburgh Trams, even if only on Wikipedia. Edinburgh is very similar to Wellington; capital city of a sparsely populated country and topographically challenged. The project was budgeted at £350 million over five

China responsible for thaw in Korean relations Dear Editor, Re: my previous letter in March, the Korean 38th demarcation parallel line dissolved with the Olympic Games unification though China’s influence who wants to get the US military out of the South China Sea. With the latest meetings, South Korea no longer has to rely on any American protec-

tion - North Korea has the big bomb, so does not need to keep its test site. China’s objectives are evolving. Trump is out of the loop, he has absolutely nothing to take credit for! But the Japanese people will have to reconsider their standing soon. Martin Beck, Mornington

Praise for publishing sports results Dear Editor, Like many sport’s lovers the inclusion of local Rugby and now football results in your paper is very creditable and must be congratulated. With the Dom Post deciding not to touch local Sport like it used to, at least with this service and articles grassroots sports has an outlet thanks to you. Sadly Fairfax Media Ltd join the NZ Post letting all of us down with no service and greed or a larger profit first. Well done. Peter Jack, Strathmore Park

years and commenced in 2004 from the Railway Station (Waverley) to the Airport and Port at Leith. It was cancelled twice by the City Council but rescued by the Westminster Government as a bribe to the Scottish Nationalists, Including a new Parliament Building to repace the one destroyed as it was in the way of the tracks! It is hoped that a scaled down tramway will be com-

pleted by 2019. Cost so far: £1.25 billion. It is also worthy of note that the only major incident so far, apart from the destruction of many historic buildings and huge traffic disruption, has been the death of a cyclist whose wheels got caught in the tram tracks! Tony Sutcliffe Strathmore

Councillor’s vision at odds with what will actually happen Dear Editor, Cr Chris Calvi-Freeman of the eastern suburbs did not comprehend my opening sentence in that Newtown is sorely misled. Obviously Chris is an obedient ”A” personality who correctly parrots what’s directed by local big business then reacts, rather than thinking through the situation for himself. Should he ever ask - why they would purchase Newtown property

for a tunnel when there is already a vacant tunnel site route available at Mt Vic waiting for a light rail new flyover application approval? While he may believe absolutely in the Council’s PR proposals, sadly they will all gradually diminish in civic progress to end up with light rail not going through Newtown. The ‘revolutionising’ that Chris dreams of would refer more to the transformation of ‘Tsunami Alley’

using ratepayers to subsidize Shelly Bay development and a $25m grant of taxpayer’s money for Jackson’s film industry, finance which could be better served in Newtown, not to forget the added expense of digging very deep foundations on old swampy ground for all the new high-rise constructions at Kilbirnie. Martin Beck, Mornington

Generous donation to help save tiny lives New cutting-edge training manikins are helping Wellington’s doctors and nurses hone their resuscitation skills and save tiny lives. The ‘Premature Anne’ is a state-of-the-art, realistically-proportioned, 25-week premature manikin designed to be used in simulation training. Two models – worth a combined total of almost $9000 – were recently donated to the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) at Wellington Regional Hospital.

They were gifted by the Neonatal Trust with funds from the 2017 New Zealand Financial Markets Association (NZFMA) Thomson Reuters Charity Golf Classic. Wellington’s NICU cares for more than 1100 neonatal babies each year – some as small as 500g, the equivalent of a block of butter – and having these manikins to train with will help doctors and nurses give these babies an even better fighting chance.

NICU nurse manager Rosemary Escott demonstrates use of the ‘Premature Anne’ for Maria Chandler from the New Zealand Financial Markets Association and her daughter Grace Chandler. PHOTO: Supplied

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