Thursday May 24, 2018
readers have their say... Find out the WORD on the Street.
Question: Do you support councillors’ latest push to reduce the CBD speed limit to 30km/h?
Karen Rigby, Miramar “I support 30km/h - in certain streets it would work. The problem we have is the amount of traffic. Not all streets though; in Jervois Quay that would be ridiculous.”
Dominic Hygate, Strathmore Park “We need more enclosed areas without cars. There are far too many people … driving cars. We should have a mall going down Willis St between Manners St and Lambton Quay.”
Cheryl Van Dongen, Miramar “Yes it should. It’s very dangerous at times.”
Wayne McDermott, Island Bay “In certain streets I would support it. Smaller, narrower streets like side streets. Not the quays.”
Rosie Fai, Island Bay “No. Fifty is not that fast anyway – it’s a reasonable speed. Traffic is already slow enough. Cops have got better things to do than fining people for going 35km/h.”
Sally Jackson, Island Bay “I think that’s ok. I don’t drive that much through the CBD. If somebody thought it would make a difference then I would be happy to go slower.”
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Democracy under threat by ignorant wreckers Dear Editor; I note (CSN, May 17) the announcement of what our City Council has planned for Matariki 2018. Perhaps the fireworks will be welcome; but I fear they will then be used as an excuse to discontinue the very popular display for Guy Fawkes, which surely has a much better chance of good weather in early November than for Matariki in early July.
Departing from Newtown Kiwibank not hard Dear Editor, It was easy moving from the Newtown Kiwibank before it closes and before the madding rush of local businessmen change. I just made an appointment to open a new online account which
is free for Superannuates, but be sure to get a “change of bank account” form from WINZ, as that takes them two weeks to change over. Martin Beck, Mornington
Hell-bent on political correctness, the Council will doubtless tell us it cannot afford more than one fireworks display per year, and that we must move on from a British custom based on bigotry and sectarian strife, commemorating the fortunate frustration of the 1604 Gunpowder Plot, but allegedly irrelevant to us Kiwis now. As well, fireworks in early July will be part of displacing still more of our British usages
by Yankee ones. “I see no reason/Why Gunpowder Treason/Should ever be forgot”, says the old rhyme. Parliament was saved from destruction, but is now endangered by having been swamped by wreckers. They simply ignore public opinion, or else will try to deceive us that it favours their schemes. If implemented, they will destroy democracy, the rule of law, and Christian civili-
sation itself, whether or not our present legislators, administrators, and judiciary know this. I believe a few of them do know, while the rest are under strong delusion that they will create a world of peace, plenty and mutual love - good enough for the Tui billboard’s “Yeah, right”! H Westfold, Miramar
We need to work on our English skills first Of our three official Languages English is not spoken correctly, so why speak French before English is spoken correctly. The young cannot put a sentence together without using the word “like” every second word. Their diction is so bad they can barely be understood.
I detest the fact that we no longer call our children “children”, but “kids”, which are baby goats. Even in Parliament “children” is not a word used. TV presenters are worse, with any word with a “tu” sounded as “Choo” (Chooseday, evenchaly). If you tune into the sports
channel and a person being interviewed answers the question starting “Yeah-No”. The anchor says “acshally” (Actually). All making me cringe, I could go on with examples but I am limited to 150 words. Heather Bevan Island bay
Sallies’ new Newtown hub sees services merged By Emma Houpt JOURNALISM STUDENT
A local charity group is set to officially open its centre’s doors next month after recently condensing their services into one location in Newtown. Salvation Army Divisional Commander, David Daly believes that the worship and community centre will benefit those who rely on the charity for different types of support. “We know that the people we
are often helping come with all kinds of problems. It’s not just one-problem fixes,” David says. The new centre will consist of treatment programmes, community ministries, an early childhood centre, a church and a family store. Newtown Residents Association President, Rhona Carson anticipates the new centre will not cause any significant concerns for Newtown because of the charities existing presence in the suburb.
“The Salvation Army is already a valuable part of the social services in Newtown. I expect them to work well with the rest of the community to respond to any particular needs or issues that emerge,” Rhona says. “Having these services and their clients in the South of Riddiford St instead of the North might change the dynamic a bit but how that works out remains to be seen.” The Salvation Army decided to rebuild the centre after being
told that several of the original buildings required earthquake strengthening. David thinks that the pressure to rebuild allowed for the charity group to reassess their operational and physical structure. “We see people holistically. We thought this was an opportunity to bring all of those services that were scattered into one area together and look at ways to improve our services in Newtown,” David says. “For the people of Newtown,
it’s going to be an advantage that all of our services are under one roof. We are hoping that it will enrich the community and be a safe place for people to come to when they are lonely.” WCC Newtown Community Liaison Officer, Ray Tuffin agrees that the new centre will further benefit the community. “It will provide support and services to those who have become a part of the Newtown Community. A fantastic community partner in so many ways,” Ray says.
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