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Thursday July 12, 2018

readers have their say... Find out the WORD on the Street. Question: Will you use the Transmission Gully motorway and should it be tolled?

Sophia Dempsey, Newtown “Probably - I’m getting my licence and I’ll be visiting my grandparents in Kapiti. I don’t know about a toll at the moment. You need to know what sort of transport uses it.”

Philip Blyth, Ngaio “Once I get my full driver’s licence, yeah, probably. Yeah, you have to pay for it somehow.”

Ida Di Leva, Island Bay “I think it’s great for people out that way. I’ll definitely use it. No, we pay our rates already.”

Tom Clune, Korokoro “Yeah, I sometimes go to Kapiti. No, it seems a bit silly to put a toll on it. It’s just another tax and won’t get people on public transport.”

Ina Kooistra, Southgate “No, I don’t drive. I’m not against a toll but if people drive on it regularly why not make it fairer by having a card that gives them unlimited use within a period?”

Megan Scott, Island Bay “I suspect I will be. It gives an alternative. I’m not 100 percent sure; someone’s got to pay for it.”

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Council’s response on Te Reo policy inadequate Dear Editor, I refer to Antony Cooper’s letter and our City Council’s response (CSN, July 5). Although I didn’t thin k the Council meant to go as far as he fears in the renaming of suburbs and Wellington itself with Maori names, I certainly agree in principle with Mr Cooper’s objections, and why he makes them. SELF SERVICE

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Surely any discerning reader will see that the Council’s letter doesn’t deal with the specific things feared by Mr Cooper. It ignores them, and instead indulges in a lot of PC generalities that don’t bind the Council to any particular promises or assurances at all, about its Maorification of our city. Would our Mayor himself like to spell out some concrete answers to what Mr Cooper and many other people are worried about? Concerning political correctness and the Loony Left in general, I’m reminded of a saying from Ancient Greece: “Whom the gods would destroy, they first make mad.” Well, either the real God or His adversary Satan seems to have sent the lunacy that

pervades what used to be Christendom; but I prefer to think the latter Old Gentleman has sent his demons to possess the people now running all branches of Government: the legislative, the executive, and the judicial. Not to mention the world of education, from university down to kindergarten, brainwashing the young and impressionable, so that education has been wrecked. Yes, the Devil is probably congratulating his demons on how effectively they have all-but destroyed our world and civilisation itself. [abridged] H Westfold, Miramar

Central library not in line with other main centres Dear Editor, Is it not time that Wellington Central Library opened earlier on Sunday mornings as it does in Christchurch and Auckland? It would make it far more flexible for

those using it, rather than the current 1pm opening time. Martin Beck, Mornington

Theft from cars in central city nearly halve Three years of intelligence-led and preventative policing has helped to reduce car crime in a Wellington city area by almost half Compared to April 2015, reports of theft from cars have dropped by 46 per cent in Te Aro, according to statistics released by NZ Police. Guided by the police, progress has been made through car park building managers and vehicle owners introducing prevention methods. “A lot of work has been done around encouraging parking building owners to upgrade their lighting, security systems and even having staff around to do physical checks,” says Wellington City Area

Commander Chris Bensemann. “The reduction in car crime should be reassuring for city dwellers, workers and visitors alike. “Our goal is to make people be safe and feel safe. “If drivers use secure car parks and keep valuables out of sight, they should be able to leave their vehicle and confidently go about their daily lives and enjoy all the events and venues our city has to offer.” Effective interventions and partnerships have been developed across all police districts and are currently co-ordinated by two prevention coordinators.

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