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THE WELLINGTONIAN, JUNE 16, 2011
Greens back Chauvel for Ohariu
All things considered,
Greens MP Gareth
Hughes would be happy to
see Charles Chauvel win the
Ohariu electorate seat from
United Future leader Peter
I think Charles is a great guy,
and a good MP, Mr Hughes said.
I ve been in touch with him,
saying I m not contesting the
candidate vote. I ve been inviting
him to events I ve been hosting in
the electorate. We ve got a good
Of late, Mr Hughes has been
getting lots of emails urging
him to drop out of the electorate
He won t go that far, but he
will be telling people to cast only
their party vote for the Greens.
Such deals -- and they re
happening on both sides of the
political divide -- are turning
Ohariu into a fascinating
marginal seat at the election.
Dunne has a 1000-vote
majority which would dissolve if
even half the people who voted
for Mr Hughes last time switched
Similarly, National advised its
supporters last time to vote for
Dunne but even so, 10,000 voters
in 2008 still supported National
candidate Katrina Shanks.
There is no sign yet whether
National will endorse Dunne
again, for this year s election.
Right now, Mr Hughes points
out laconically, the IPredict bet-
ting website rates Dunne as
having a 50/50 chance of being
Does Mr Hughes find it hard to
ask people for the party vote
while telling them he s not
interested in being their local
The way I look at it, this is a
true MMP position I m taking. I
want to represent issues in Par-
liament, national issues. I don t
want to just focus on geographic
issues. Some people do a good job
of that, he said.
So I m going out there asking
for the party vote so that I can
represent people across the
country on transport issues, digi-
tal issues, housing issues.
Right. That could be taken to
mean that he s got more import-
ant things to worry about than
doing the donkey work for his
constituents. No, no, he insists.
It s not more important, it s
different. It s a benefit of our
electoral system that both elec-
torate and national issues get
represented in Parliament.
On average, the Ohariu elec-
torate is white, wealthy and
That s not quite how Mr
Hughes sees it. Wealthy suburbs
such as Khandallah, he points
out, co-exist with Newlands.
Johnsonville enjoys good pub-
lic transport, while Newlands
has almost none.
When not criticising the
alleged folly of the Transmission
Gully project, Mr Hughes is an
advocate for a light rail system
that would no longer drop
commuters at the railway station
at the edge of town, but would
carry them through the CBD,
It might seem counter-
intuitive to campaign for a light
rail link in a different electorate.
But the main beneficiaries would
be the people of Ohariu.
Come November, Mr Hughes
expects Dunne will be campaign-
ing again as the moderating
brake on a National Government.
Yet as a single member, I
don t think he has much influ-
ence. As Revenue Minister, he s
delivered the Government s tax
policies. I haven t seen him speak
against government policy.
So the image of Mr Reasonable
or Mr Sensible may not have
No. I think people in the elec-
torate are getting sick of him,
because it is essentially Mr
Bland, and Mr Whichever Way
the Wind Blows.
In support of
The recent hullabaloo about the
Wellywood sign looked
remarkably like an episode from
The Madness of Crowds, with
floods of tacky letters to
newspapers and a fleet of cars
going round and round the
Previous examples that come to
mind are witch hunts, lynch mobs
and internet bubbles.
Wellywood is a one-word,
internationally attractive slogan.
It is infinitely better than any
construction that has been
mentioned to date and is
absolutely, positively the best
choice for the airport site.
Rape is about
power not sex
Is H Westfold actually trying to
imply (June 2) that the number of
rapes has risen a significant
amount since the times of my
grandmother and mother?
Does he have any statistics to
back this up?
Muslim women are some of the
most conservatively dressed
women in the world. Yet rape is a
major problem in Islamic
countries. The prophet
Muhammad even married a girl
when she was six and
consummated the marriage when
she was nine!
Rapists don t rape because they
are sexually attracted to someone;
they rape because they want to
have power and control over
So to state that provocatively
dressed women induce a man to
rape them is completely false.
H Westfold says that surely the
number of sexual attacks would
significantly fall if today s females
were as sensibly dressed as their
mothers or grandmothers were
dressed. He has to prove that a
significant number of females are
sexually attacked because of their
clothes, to be taken seriously.
Work for over-65s
Beverly Benton is an icon and is
I am reaching 65 and planned to
retire as I believe there are so
many young ones who are
unemployed because jobs are
being held on to, often by those
However, the closer I get to 65
the less I wish to retire.
When I consider my current
wage compared to the benefit
offered to over-65s, there is no
denying that we are
disadvantaged after all the years
of work and taxes paid.
The Government needs to look
at incentives to free up the
workforce for the younger ones
and give them the self-esteem
they deserve, while the older ones
retire to worry about their future
income without the benefits they
incur while working.
No need for
Why does Martin Howard (June 2)
have smelly recycling ?
Washing clean all containers
before putting them aside for
recycling (and rubbish too) is a
matter of consideration for the
collectors and sorters,and
discourages scavenging animals
So there should not be any
smelly recycling or even rubbish.
should be used
Kate Melzer of Lyall Bay says
(June 2) that cyclists shouldn t
have to use the Oriental Bay cycle
path because it would slow them
She would much rather
commute at 30kmh on the road
and put herself in danger with the
drivers of cars and trucks, who are
also trying to commute.
If there isn t enough road to
share, which is the real problem,
wouldn t it make sense to use the
cycle path and eliminate the
danger for cyclists?
As a cyclist and motorist, I urge
cyclists to use the cycle paths
provided all the way around
Oriental Bay and Evans Bay.
This would minimise and
sometimes eliminate the danger.
If this means a slower speed for
some of the trip, it isn t any
different from what Ms Melzer
expects of motorists. CLIFF GOTT
Council needs to
enforce its bylaws
Isn t it ironic that the council can
find no way to enforce its own
bylaws against taxi drivers who
park illegally (June 2), but
that there are plenty of resources
to prosecute -- or should
that be persecute? -- private
No doubt there are too many
taxis in Wellington, and they do
clog up parking spaces that are
supposed to be for the ordinary
The area around Bond St, parts
of The Terrace, Waring Taylor St
and others are regularly clogged
If the council is serious about
dealing with this problem, it
would have tidied up the bylaws
years ago so they were
It s much easier for the council
to pursue ordinary motorists than
deal with the real cause of
congestion and lack of parking
Mr Visser and the council have
got their priorities all wrong and
it s time our elected councillors
took a firm stand. JOHN BISHOP
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