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Thursday June 14, 2018

readers have their say... Find out the WORD on the Street. Question: What do you do to cope with cold days during winter?

Walter Cook, Miramar “I’m lucky I live with a rich sister – she owns the place. Her house is heated by one of those radiator systems. It’s the warmest house I’ve been in in winter – it’s womb-like.”

John McDonald, ex-Miramar “I just rug up warm. I go to the pictures or stay home by the fire and read. I do handiwork indoors as well.”

Robyn McDonald, Miramar “I go to Kilbirnie Pool and do aqua-jogging. They also have a spa pool there which I use. I do baking and have warm soup at home on cold days.”

John Haansta, ex-Miramar “The place I live in is Canton where it’s 35 degrees right now. When I’m here I walk a lot, keep busy teaching judo and jujitsu.“

Michelle Bush, Melrose “If I’m really cold in my house I vacuum. I also go to the gym and run around after kids.”

Kamini Soma, Miramar “I go to Yoga for the People in the city. It’s nice and warm and I can stay fit and look good for summer.”

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LETTERS to the editor

Benefit boost should be in line with official winter months

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 news@wsn.co.nz. Please note that your name and street address must also be provided in e mails.

Dear Editor; All of us WINZ beneficiaries are certainly grateful for the temporary augmentation of our benefits during the three months of July-to-September 2018. We’d have been still more grateful if it had been for the four months beginning with June; but if it must be only three, I think our “official” winter of June-toAugust would have been better. I know there is occasionally a mild winter, or one where the really cold

weather doesn’t start till late June; and meteorologists cannot forecast which parts of a winter will be the hardest; but this year the cold, windy, wet weather began in mid-May. And we old people know that, as a general rule, those three calendar months are the coldest, wettest, and windiest in the whole year Not only frosts and strong, cold winds, but also rain, hail, sleet, and snow; so it’s clothes dryers as well as space heaters.

A sidelight: old or middle-aged Kiwis ought also to recall what the Government promised us 30 years ago: deregulation/ privatisation/competition would give us cheaper electricity and gas. The witty and erudite PM David Lange must have known we’d get it “on the Greek Calends”: he surely knew that sarcastic phrase from Ancient Rome - the Greeks had no Calends at all! H Westfold; Miramar

Predator falcons won’t be welcomed by all Dear Editor; About your front-cover article and photo (CSN, June 7), it was unavoidable that the recent local upsurge of birdlife would include the native falcons; but this should not be welcomed without qualification. All hawks are predatory, and

are seldom popular among people who keep hens or small pets like tame cage birds, white mice, and young rabbits, when such pets are allowed out into home gardens. From childhood memories of Taranaki dairy farms that had poultry including chickens and

ducklings, I can tell you that hawks were/are seen as pests and enemies. They possibly have a useful function as scavengers, and as killers of some smaller fellow-pests. However, I doubt that a proliferatiion of hawks will be, on the whole, any great blessing to the

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Greater Wellington Region. From those same memories, I’m hoping we shall now get more of our native nocturnal birds of prey, moreporks, to keep the rodents’ numbers down. I still fondly remember our native owls as they hooted during those 1940s nights, and that they are

happy with not only native trees and shrubs, but exotic ones as well. So unlike our City Council, the moreporks don’t try to be politically correct! H Westfold, Miramar

Wellington ranked NZ’s most creative city Wellington, fresh from retaining its crown as the world’s most liveable city, has now also defended its title as New Zealand’s most creative city for the second year in a row, according to the latest Infometrics Creativity Index. The index puts Wellington ahead of Auckland, Queenstown and Dunedin, which also rank highly on the list. Five of the top 10 creative areas are in the Wellington region. The index looks at the proportion of a city’s workforce that is involved in creative and artistic occupations and industries, and points to

a link between the creative arts and economic development, particularly in technology. It shows that not only is Wellington by far the most creative city, with more than 10,000 people employed, but its economy is also by far the most knowledge intensive. Earlier this year, Wellington Mayor Justin Lester announced a $127 million injection into the city’s arts and creative sector. According to Infometrics, at the beginning of the millennium the creative sector contributed slightly more than 5 percent of the city’s GDP, which grew to 6.5 percent by 2016.

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