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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
Ohariu MP Peter Dunne voted for
a Budget that has no clear vision
or economic growth strategy for
It is short-term pain, but
without a plan for long-term gain.
The public service spending
cuts signalled in the Budget show
a lack of leadership.
A billion dollars of savings, but
no specifics on where these
savings can be found, or which
programmes or jobs will be safe.
This is a shirking of
responsibility, and public service
workers deserve better from their
The Budget s crowning
achievement is a hastened return
But Inland Revenue s figures
state a $4 billion gap between
their tax forecasts and the
Treasury s overly optimistic
forecasts, the latter of which are
used to frame the Budget s path to
As Revenue Minister, Dunne
would have been well aware of
this massive discrepancy, but
voted for the Budget regardless.
It doesn't have
to be smelly
Martin Howard (June 2) has me
puzzled: We don t want smelly
recycling hanging round for a
fortnight. Why smelly ? Does he
not wash discarded containers as
instructed, before putting them
out? Dirty plastic and cardboard,
of course, go into the rubbish.
I ve just been out to sniff at our
recycling. No nasty smells there,
so it can be done cleanly.
Martin Howard s letter (June 2)
was disappointing and petty. It is
not hard to find out which week to
put out what recycling bin if you
read the recycling guide under the
wheelie bin s lid, or fridge magnet
(which came with the bins), or go
on the city council website.
Or just put out the same
recycling bin as your neighbours
who have mastered the simple
recycling system. As to Mr
Howard s complaints of smelly
recycling, it is a quick and easy
task to rinse your milk bottles and
so on before putting them in your
Deciding to place it all in the
one yellow bag and get on with
life will cause my generation to
suffer from overflowing landfills,
simply because of Mr Howard and
other people s laziness to rinse
things, and incompetence in
putting wheelie and green bins
out on the right day.
BELLA MOORE, 16,
Faith in new
Unfortunately Martin Howard
(June 2) has missed the entire
point of my letter regarding the
new recycling system recently
introduced by Wellington City
Council. I am not enjoying any
guessing game in regard to when
to put out my recycling because
there is no guessing game.
The point I made was there
should be no difficulty in knowing
when to put out rubbish and
recycling and what items to put
out because we all received a
simple list of instructions and a
calendar to guide us as we all get
used to this new system of glass
bin one week, other recyclables
the following week.
A cynical grab
Greedy Wellington city
councillors need to have
a rethink before setting
in stone new CBD parking fees
and rules later this month.
The council has proposed in
its draft plan, to be confirmed
on June 29, that parking fees
rise from $4 an hour to $5.
Further, it wants to extend the
time these fees apply until 8pm
most days and until 10pm on
This is money-grabbing at its
Since the council floated its
suggestions some months ago,
there have been complaints in
various forums -- letters to the
editor, talkback radio, reader
responses to blogs. However, for
most Wellingtonians, fighting
city hall seems a bit like trying
to turn around an ocean-liner.
The rise in parking fees
works out at 18 per cent and
will make Wellington the most
expensive city in the country in
which to park.
Council officials note there
hasn t been a rise for several
years, while not mentioning the
considerable rates rises that
have been imposed annually.
managers and others involved
with evening businesses are
desperately disappointed at the
proposal to extend parking fees
much later into the evening.
The argument the council
uses is specious at best -- it will
encourage a greater turnover of
cars, and so assist businesses.
In fact, it will discourage
Wellingtonians from venturing
into the city to attend films or
It will go a considerable dis-
tance towards snuffing out the
evening life from Wellington,
and will take some of the buzz
out of the city.
Overseas studies are clear on
As parking fees rise and
hours are extended, businesses
suffer. Why does the council
ignore the evidence?
It seems the almighty dollar
rules. For the sake of wringing
out more money from its
citizens, the council is willing to
trample over businesses.
One council communications
officer, Stavros Michael, has
used the expression chaos on
our streets when explaining
why so many parking tickets
are issued. Apparently the issu-
ing of more tickets will eradi-
cate the chaos Mr Michael has
These latest proposed
initiatives have nothing to do
with chaos on the streets. They
are more to do with the council
raking in cash.
There s been a good example
recently in Miramar. Since the
Roxy Cinema opened, the num-
ber of traffic wardens patrolling
nearby has increased notice-
ably. Why? Chaos on the
Not at all. Rather the
wardens and their masters
sensed there was easy money to
be made ticketing the cars of
people attending an evening
movie or eating at the cafe at
The same sort of mentality
has induced tickets to be issued
to football fans parking near
the stadium to attend All
Whites or Phoenix matches.
On some such occasions, the
money-grabbing was so
glaringly obvious and the public
outrage so huge that the council
had to back down and ignore
tickets issued under those cir-
The council revels in its Abso-
lutely Positively Wellington
But it s a two-way deal. It
requires Wellingtonians to sup-
port the various initiatives
around the city for that special
spirit to be engendered.
This latest plan to fleece its
citizens of more money hardly
makes residents feel absolutely
positive about Wellington.
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