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Thursday September 27, 2018

readers have their say... Find out the WORD on the Street. Q: Have reports of needles found in Australian strawberries put you off buying them?

Aurora Soliz, Kilbirnie No. It’s made me very cautious though. I now chop them in half and then three times longways. It’s nice because they last longer for my son.

Nick Treadgold, Newtown I don’t buy strawberries at this time of year. Hopefully by Christmas time when I do, it will have been forgotten about.

Joe Hamilton, Miramar Not really. I find it’s a weird way of trying to scare the public. I’d eat them as normal.

Mary Richard, Newtown It’s been a while since I bought them. It’s very bad how it’s encouraged people to be copycats. It has made me concerned.

Barbara Strathdee, Vogeltown No, I will cut them up, I make them for fruit salad anyway. The amount of anger and severe penalties will make whoever did it think twice now.

Rose Forsyth, Island Bay No. I cut my fruit up anyway. I feel sorry for the growers who have to dump their product. All that time and money, so sad.

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.

Islam is a religion, not a culture Dear Editor The article on September 13 ‘Local Muslims to showcase Kilbirnie mosque’ opens with a significant misnomer in stating that ‘Wellingtonians have a chance to experience another culture [...] when the Kilbirnie mosque opens

Who’s really to blame for bus fiasco Dear Editor, Of recent times, the City Council has washed its hands of this. The Regional Council has taken to making sly digs at NZ Bus and the Tramways Union. The real core of the problem is that both Councils were determined to push this through come hell or high water. To suggest that it’s all the fault of NZ Bus buses being too small, overlooking the fact that until a few months ago, NZ Bus had 62 large, pollution-free, fit-for-

purpose buses which were thrown off the roads before a viable alternative was in place. Secondly, NZ Bus drivers had decades of knowledge of Wellington streets. What would go where, when and how and they were thrown on the scrapheap of redundancy. All because that was necessary for Transit to submit the lowest tender! Tony Sutcliffe Strathmore

Jam jar covers a basic necessity I am one of a group of women who like to make the most of the lemon harvest by making lemon marmalade and lemon honey. But we have struck a problem; we cannot find packets of cellophane jam jar covers in our local supermarkets. We have tried asking staff in a number of supermarkets in

our area and elsewhere with no success. I think that jam jar covers should be one of the basic necessities stocked by our supermarkets to encourage those who wish to preserve their home grown produce instead of wasting it. Helen Bathurst Miramar

Councillors need to be challenged on liquor-ban stance Dear editor We appreciate the suggestion of Christine [Swift] (CSN September 20) that the issue of smoking goes hand in hand with issues of poor public behaviour when associated with alcohol drinking, as sadly experienced by the good people of Kilbirnie, but society is still a long way off banning public smoking, isn’t it? Meantime it would seem urgent that for the good elderly and all normal people of Kilbirnie that a liquor ban be

put in place ASAP as we no longer go shopping in Bay Road because of the threatening drunks. Where are our Councillors on this matter? We challenge them to publicly state their support for a ban. We do hope ratepayers make their collective voice heard by making a submission on line to Council before September 30. Yours sincerely Mattie & Sandie Cho Lyall Bay

its doors to the public later this month.’ Islam is not a ‘culture’ - it is a global religion that includes people of many different ethnicities and cultures. One can be a Pakeha NZer culturally and also adhere to the religion of Islam.

This is an important distinction to make. ‘Religion’ and ‘culture’ are often interrelated (eg. in the case of Judaism or Hinduism) but they are not the same. Richard Noble Newtown

Disabled parking in, general parking out Dear Editor It was good to see that there will be a disabled park outside the fi re station in Brooklyn (Cook Strait News 20/9). But it doesn’t compensate for the general carparks lost thanks to the new bus hub. For a start, where the No 7 going to town stops at the library has taken two precious car parks. The temporary bus stop outside the Chinese takeaway on Cleveland Street, means another three or four fewer parks.

And now I see that the turnaround outside the library, which has been inconveniently taken up by roadworks (making the new bus hub) for the last three months or so, is supposedly permanantly unavailable for Brooklyn drivers because it has been dedicated for buses only. I wonder how many will take any notice of that! Yours faithfully David Lindsay Brooklyn

Councillors on notice over Kilbirnie liquor ban Dear Editor I support the need to have a public street liquor ban in Kilbirnie and would urge all locals to make a submission before September 30 by letter or online submission to Council. We have put up with the drunks for too long when we just want to go and shop without having the disorderly behaviour in our faces. The Council Officers are remiss in not supporting us, just like when we had the

roadworks upgrade that went on for too long. I’m watching the Councillors on this and if they support us, great. If not, we will vote them out, just like the other lot (GWRC) who stuffed the bus system. Also Christine [Swift] should stay in her own backyard in Island Bay where they are still talking about the cycleway costing us ratepayers millions! Yours sincerely Sarah R Wu Kilbirnie

Wellington most optimistic region A net 30 percent of households in the Wellington region expect their local economy to strengthen over the coming year, according to the Westpac-McDermott Miller Regional Economic Confidence survey for the September 2018 quarter. While this is lower than the net 39 percent recorded for June quarter, households in the capital remain the most optimistic of

the major metropolitan regions. “Falling confidence is likely to reflect the impact of a slower housing market,” says Westpac Chief Economist Dominick Stephens. “That said, confidence in the region’s prospects still remain relatively upbeat, mainly because of an expected increase in public sector activity.”

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