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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
Why make a bad
Somalian refugee Sahra Farah is
unemployed, has a four-year-old
daughter and has been waiting for
three years for better Housing
New Zealand accommodation, as
her current flat is damp (June 16).
She s pregnant, so is worried
about how the dampness will
affect her new baby.
Why, though, did she allow
herself to get pregnant when she
has been in poor circumstances for
at least the last three years?
She should not make decisions
which make her even worse off
and expect the taxpayer to pick up
We must run
our own city
I do not believe Council s hands
tied over Basin flyover (June 16).
It is our city, not the New
Zealand Transport Agency s, or
minister Steven Joyce s.
Lambton Ward councillor Iona
Pannett is right about the
Government pushing the proposed
flyover to buy votes.
Indeed, the minister s whole
Roads of National Significance
programme is pork-barrel politics.
The proposed Kapiti
Expressway and Transmission
Gully motorway, twinning of The
Terrace and Mt Victoria tunnels,
Basin Reserve flyover, and four-
laning of Ruahine St and
Wellington Rd cannot be justified
on financial, social or
As councillor Andy Foster says,
we must really wonder about the
Government s approach .
J CHRIS HORNE
I disagree with Bill Ramsay (June
16) that the Wellywood sign is
absolutely, positively the best
choice for the airport site .
The best choice for the site is to
leave it exactly as it is now.
for foot traffic
Footpaths aren t for cyclists. Key
The shared footpath/cycle path
around Oriental Bay is a poor
attempt by Wellington City
Council to provide a place that
isn t safe at all when we commute
at speed, as cars wish to do.
A little further around Oriental
Bay, cyclists get a ticket for riding
on the path. How bizarre is that?
How can Oriental Bay and
bikes, toddlers, strollers, runners,
the elderly, groups stretched
across the entire width, roller-
bladers, people chatting in groups,
and dogs and their leads mingle
My expectations of motorists
would be that cars indicate, that
they use those indicators for three
seconds preceding their turn and
that they have working reverse
That is law, not an option.
Cyclists have been pushed off
roads to make way for cars since
the invention of the motor and
now we are expected to pedal on
the leftovers when we pay taxes
on everything we buy.
I will use the road because it is
wider and only has traffic to move
with, not around or against.
The June 16 letters from N
Woodward and Ms D Parkes,
upset by my earlier letters about
women s provocative dress and
behaviour being an important
contributor to the increase in rape
cases, confirm the evidence that
feminist logic is just a
recrudescence of the old feminine
Good news for
Wellington mayor Celia
Wade-Brown seems to
be finding her feet in
her new job.
Ms Wade-Brown made an
inauspicious start to her mayor-
alty, with several defeats over
issues close to her heart.
It appeared she might be a
lame duck mayor, incapable of
winning an important vote
because so many of the council-
lors were able and willing to
block-vote against her.
However, in the past few
weeks she has won two import-
ant victories over the group
that includes John Morrison, Jo
Coughlan, Ray Ahipene-
Mercer, Simon Marsh, Leonie
Gill and sometimes Ian
First there was the Welly-
wood decision. Ms Wade-Brown
and her supporters, responding
to public outrage, asked the air-
port to reconsider its decision to
install a big Wellywood sign in
the eastern hills.
More significant, perhaps,
was the swimming pool vote
With Ms Coughlan leading
the charge and the usual band
of suspects supporting her, it
appeared ratepayers were going
to fork out $650,000 to investi-
gate whether a $20 million
Olympic-size swimming pool
should be built at the aquatic
centre in Kilbirnie.
The pool funding was put into
the proposed annual plan.
It seemed an absurd allo-
cation of money at a time when
the council was already facing
huge bills because of leaky
homes and earthquake streng-
thening of buildings.
In addition, there is already a
good pool in Kilbirnie and the
suburb has more than its share
of recreational amenities, given
the imminent completion of the
regional sports centre.
When the council met to rec-
ommend an annual plan last
week, the pool feasibility study
was removed, after Ms
Coughlan and company lost the
Ms Wade-Brown had more
good news last week when the
proposed increases in parking
fees in the CBD and the plan to
extend the hours to which fees
applied were also knocked back.
Do the votes confirm a shift
in sentiment towards the
She began her term intent on
being more inclusive, and gave
all her councillors portfolios,
which previous mayor Kerry
Prendergast did not.
Ms Prendergast was more
inclined to identify councillors
who could help her win votes to
push through her agenda.
Ms Wade-Brown can point to
the launch last week of Toward
2040, the long-term plan for a
smarter, greener Wellington,
the New Zealand Transport
Agency-approved and funded
study into light rail (now to be
completed by 2012, not 2013)
and the increased emphasis on
the Great Harbour Way as
other recent indications she is
I have to
expectations, she said last
week. It s about evolution, not
There will always be healthy
disagreement on issues. I am
enjoying making sure people
get a fair hearing, whether I
agree with them or not.
She said she was encouraged
by some councillors responses.
They are generally rising to
the challenge, doing a good job
in their portfolios.
Ms Wade-Brown is an opti-
mistic person, who sees a glass
as 30 per cent full rather than
70 per cent empty.
The signs are that her brand
of consensus politics is starting
to win over enough of her coun-
cillors for her to score some
Just a few months ago that
would have been unthinkable.
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