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Thursday December 13, 2018

readers have their say... Find out the WORD on the Street. Question: In light of some recent high-profile murders, do you feel safe in NZ?

Mary Hart, Island Bay “I feel safe in New Zealand, particularly Wellington. I’ve lived in Auckland and in a big city it’s more likely to happen. NZ is much safer than other countries.”

Peter Baylis, Island Bay “I do. We have to accept we live in a complicated society with different cultures. I walk down the street every day and I don’t get harassed.”

LETTERS to the editor

Keryn Hutchens, Upper Hutt “I feel safe. I think you are unlikely to get murdered here. The murders are an aberration. We’ve had crime sprees before.”

Dear Editor: I am disappointed with pedestrian access to the new so-called ‘bus hub’ in Kilbirnie which is operational now. Public transport in the form of buses should be expanded not just be reorganized. In an expanded service there needs to be direct access from pedestrian safe areas such as the Kilbirnie shops to the ‘hub’. Perhaps Paul Franken’s suggestion (CSN,


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Nov 22) of a covered walkway would suffice by encouraging pedestrians to relax into that route in any kind of weather and also get the attention of vehicle drivers. Or perhaps a pedestrian bridge would be in order. The evident lack of interest in this need by ‘the designers and carry-outers’ Mr Franken refers to, whoever they are, is characterised by Mr Franken using a

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Dear Editor, Mayor Lester and WCC councillors who are responsible for the underlying agendas and deliberately working against the ratepayers’ wishes have no integrity - they sold out to big-business long ago. Mayor Lester ascribes himself as a civic engineer specialist in deciding to impose his own personal version for the Island Bay cycleway, rather than accepting the residents’ preferred option E. With the impending gentrification of Newtown under our ‘do nothing’ mayor for the ratepayers and citizens, Lester’s big-business capitalist system is now out to make lots of money by transforming old Newtown into a modern upper working-class suburb under

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little-known verb, concubination, which the CSN rejects. Now my American dictionary has the noun, concubinage, and the adjective, concubinary, but no verb form. However, I think we should give Mr Franken credit for a logical construction of such a verb, concubination, meaning the creation of an illegitimate relationship. Richard Keller Wellington

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Corey McCullough, Island Bay “It’s still a pretty safe country, there’s just a few bad eggs. Murders have always been happening but people are more aware now because of social media.”

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Peter Wilkinson, Southgate “There is more chance of me getting run over than murdered. I’ve been all over the world and I think here is safest along with Switzerland. I’m more scared when riding my bike.”

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Peter Chapman, Brooklyn “I do. I just think we have a good caring community and we look after each other. There’s possibly a nasty element in certain parts but mostly it’s pretty safe.”

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the guise of ‘progress’ and why Kiwibank abandoned Newtown for Kilbirnie. Newtown is thriving, but rents will rise beyond the workers ‘and the beneficiaries’ means and leases for the small shop operators will force them out. Despite the Shelly Bay demise, the undemocratic changes about to be imposed upon Newtown will see Kilbirnie flourish with the onset of a Light Rail hub via a duplicate Mt Victoria tunnel. As a senior, I have been deprived throughout my life more cunningly under Labour governments than National. Winston Peters should seriously question his coalition partner’s gentrification of Newtown before they destroy it. Martin Beck Mornington

Snoopy’s death a reminder of past cat Dear Editor; I dropped a few tears over the item (CSN Dec 6) about Snoopy the friendly pussycat who lived to be aged 16, only to be killed when a car ran over her. I’m an unashamed aleurophile, even though two of the six men who have agreed to carry my dead body to the grave are aleurophobes who hate cats! I suppose the brute-beasts have no life after this one; but I can’t help hoping that perhaps they might have one after all. I still have fond memories of Muffie, my loved she-cat who also died at age 16 in mid-1979; so it would be nice to think she’s

gone to “the great cat-basket in the sky”. In cold weather she would burrow under the counterpane and sleep with me, but not in the warm weather times: you can always trust a cat to find the warmest spot or the coolest spot as occasion requires! She was a keen catcher of mice and birds all her life; but I guess this wouldn’t be allowed in the after-life. At any rate, it’s good to know that Snoopy had so many friends at the bus-stop in Kingston - the tributes to her were very touching. H Westfold, Miramar

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