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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
We can thank Chris Horne
(Letters, August 1) for his perfect
summary of the Green case
against roads and cars.
Point 1: Peak Oil means that
the roads will be empty before
Point 2: Induced traffic means
that any roads we build will fill up
with traffic congestion as fast as
we build them.
I hope the Greens most
prominent public advocates keep
up this standard of logic. The
voters need to more clearly get the
connection between the habitual
smoking of pot, and Green policy
formulation. PHILIP G HAYWARD
Mike Moore famously said after
the 1990 election loss that the
phone was off the hook and the
public weren t listening .
Nowadays when opposition
leaders find themselves not
connecting with the electorate,
this seems to be the stock answer.
Phil Goff s problems lie mainly
in the fact that when he was
anointed leader of the Labour
Party by Helen Clark, there was
no real discussion about a
replacement within the
parliamentary wing, and for most
of his parliamentary career, the
policies he supported were similar
to those National proposes today.
Labour has consistently
underestimated John Key.
When Bill English was leader of
the National Party, it was Key
who acted as king maker when
Don Brash rolled him.
Even when members of the
National Party were meeting with
the Exclusive Brethren, Key
denied all knowledge.
And when Brash failed to take
National to electoral success, it
was Key who stepped up to take
over the leadership of the party.
Labour seems to have forgotten
how to connect with the
electorate. Witness Len Brown s
. . . rise in Auckland. He just went
about it, getting things done, and
ensuring he stayed connected
with his base supporters.(Abridged)
It was great to see that George
Nepia is to be further remembered
with a play.
Nepia was not only a famous
rugby player, but a wonderful
New Zealander. On the eve of the
World Cup it is perfect timing for
a play celebrating his life.
It did seem odd, though, seeing
an image of Nepia in the Westpac
Stadium, which was built more
than a decade after he died!
Victoria University vice-
chancellor Pat Walsh seems to
have been unfairly targeted by the
students who are calling for his
sacking (September 1).
Mr Walsh is in an impossible
position. He is not getting the
funding the university requires to
maintain its standards.
The Rugby World Cup
finally starts tomorrow
and many New Zealand
household televisions will be set
permanently on the sports
It s time to get excited, time
to pull out and don supporters
gear, time to find the black
facepaint, time to do the
Mexican wave. No doubt the
haka will be performed all over
Courtenay Place -- and many
other parts of New Zealand --
over the next six weeks.
The World Cup is exciting,
not just for Wellington and the
other cities that will host
games, but for the whole
Rugby World Cup chief
Martin Snedden has constantly
pushed the theme of New Zea-
land being one stadium of four
While many people support
the cup, it evokes mixed
emotions in others.
We report on our front page
today that some people feel the
cup is an intrusion in their
Many hospitality workers
will indeed be working crazy
hours, trying to keep rugby fans
and others fed and watered.
Granted, too, trying to organ-
ise an event during the next
eight weeks is going to be
tough. Even if you re not a
rugby fan, putting your birth-
day dinner on the same night as
the All Blacks play is hardly
using common sense.
And let s not pick on the
Rugby World Cup. Plenty of
other events cause the same
sorts of hassles.
The races in January, Toast
Martinborough in November,
even the Royal Wedding in
April. Such occasions appeal to
a certain range of people, but
still can cause headaches for
people trying to plan an event
or have a conversation about
something not related.
The World Cup is going to be
fun. It will result -- or has
already resulted -- in a huge
number of tourists and non-
Wellingtonians arriving in the
city. This brings opportunities
to meet and greet those from
other countries and cultures.
Let s not forget also that a
large number of events sched-
uled over the next six weeks are
not rugby themed.
Fashion shows, theatre plays,
a music festival -- all these offer
new and exciting experiences
for the public and almost cer-
tainly wouldn t have happened
if the World Cup hadn t come to
People complain that the
noise in the CBD will keep
them awake. Yet these people
have chosen to live in the cen-
The CBD is not a residential
area where peace and quiet can
be expected. If you crave the
not-so-social life, live in a house
in the suburbs, not an apart-
ment in Tory St.
It s a miracle we got the tour-
nament at all. The stars really
had to be in alignment for the
vote to go New Zealand s way.
For New Zealand this is a
to host one of the world s
biggest sports events.
What makes it even better, of
course, is that we boast one of
the best rugby teams in the
world, or at least we think we
do.This is our time to show we
are not some backwards,
behind-the-times village at the
bottom of the world.
Let s embrace the tourna-
ment and all it has to offer.
The city isn t closing down. If
you don t like rugby you can
still grab a coffee, a beer, a pair
of new shoes or anything else
you normally do.
The World Cup just means
there is more of it all available,
and you can buy them till later
in the evening. A win-win
The Wellington Holocaust
Research and Education
Centre won a New Zealand
diversity award last month.
Inge Woolfe, a founding
director, accepted the award.
Residents can use Trash
Palace e-cycle centre in
Broken Hill Rd, Porirua, for
free, including for dumping
old televisions. There is a $12
charge for commercial use.
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