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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
I m very disappointed by the
closure of Miramar PostShop. It
gave excellent service to the
Now we have the option of going
all the way to Kilbirnie, where the
service is not as good. In Kilbirnie
there s always -- even before the
Miramar closure -- a long queue
and not enough tellers.
PostShop at the Miramar New
World petrol station and compete
for a place in the queue with the
petrol station customers and
suffer the lack of knowledge about
postal services of the new tellers.
I wonder if there ever would be
any company that will think about
the customer before making such
decisions as the closure of the
Miramar PostShop? Yeah right!
Pat on the back
I wish to praise the mayor, Celia
Wade-Brown, and the city council
for the fencing around Central
Park in Brooklyn Rd. The fence
has helped to eliminate rubbish
going into the park.
I have also noticed the stream
has become much cleaner since
the work in the park was
There has been a lot of talk
about protecting streams and
rivers within New Zealand and it
is good to at last see a council
making a positive difference
within the environment.
I m surprised Ms Smith
(December 8) was amazed to find
the Miramar Postshop had gone:
we had had a few months of notice
that it was to close and there had
been at least a month s notice of
the exact date.
Nevertheless, she s now saying
just what a great many of us had
indignantly been saying from
when we were first told.
The statements by New Zealand
Post Ltd s spokesman, John
Tulloch, are essentially a weak
non-answer to our annoyance.
The new Miramar postal centre
is a downgraded, second-class
service, and will be especially less
helpful to us old people and the
We are being forced to do more
for ourselves at the new centre, or
else travel to Kilbirnie, Newtown,
or the central city for what used to
be right here in our community.
The new centre is at a less
convenient site; and I m
wondering whether we would
have been given even that if we
hadn t protested so loudly about
our impending loss.
What Mr Tulloch s statements
boil down to is: We ve reduced
our service; so take it or leave it.
That s always been what is said
by a monopoly, or a publicly-
owned one, at least. Service comes
second, and to hell with the most
vulnerable users of its services.
Experimentation. John Key has
failed to convince New Zealanders
that the private-public mixed
ownership model might be the
way forward so far as the
education system goes.
Now he brings in charter
schools, using ACT, as a coalition
partner, and tries to discredit
MMP at the same time.
National Standards might
identify those children not
succeeding at school, but unless
the Government is prepared to
follow up and invest in those
failing children, then those
standards will be but a blight on
Does Wgtn merit
safe city status?
Wellington is a desig-
nated safe com-
munity, but the brutal
murder of Radio New Zealand
journalist Phil Cottrell has left
many wondering just how safe
the city is.
Mr Cottrell was savagely
beaten in Boulcott St just after
5.30am on Saturday as he
walked home from work. The
attack happened in broad day-
light, along a busy thorough-
Police have called it a ran-
dom event and Mayor Celia
Wade-Brown has insisted Wel-
lington is a safe city.
Yet three other men were
assaulted during the same
weekend, in what police said
were separate incidents.
Those incidents took place in
Courtenay Pl in the early hours
of the morning.
It paints a grim picture
indeed of Wellington.
Detective Senior Sergeant
Scott Miller, of Wellington CIB,
said Mr Cottrell s death was the
first homicide in Wellington in
a public place this year and
that there had been just one
homicide last year in a public
He said violence in New Zea-
land generally and in Welling-
ton in particular had fallen dur-
ing the past few years.
Yet to the year ending June
2011, police recorded 1026
serious assaults resulting in
injury in the Wellington region,
an increase from 961 the pre-
So, does Wellington really
deserve its safe community
To qualify for World Health
Organisation safe community
status, those who run the city
must be aware of safety issues
in the community, be actively
addressing those issues and
continue to do so.
What is being done to make
Wellington a safer place?
In 2001, Wellington City
Council spent $5 million
introducing its City Safety
strategy, after the 1999
Residents Satisfaction Survey
reported that just 30 per cent of
respondents felt safe in the city
Walkwise safety officers now
patrol the central city streets
day and night, better street
lighting and CCTV cameras
have been installed in streets
and malls, and the council has
worked with transport
providers to offer an after-
midnight bus and pre-paid taxi
For their part, the police have
ramped up community patrols,
run several safety campaigns
and set up the Crime Preven-
They also patrol the city s
streets, especially along
Courtenay Pl, Lambton Quay
and Cuba St on Friday and
It is heartening to note that
the police and council have put
their weight behind making
Wellington a safer place to live,
work and play.
Their efforts do seem to be
paying off. Though up on last
year s figure, the number of
serious assaults is still a lot
more respectable than its high
of 1243 in 2006-07.
Wellington is a comparatively
safe city, almost certainly safer
than most other major cities
around the world.
Even so, bad things do hap-
pen, as the tragic death of Mr
Everyone should be able to
enjoy themselves when out and
about in the CBD, but we all
need to be aware of the risks,
particularly at night.
So here are a few tips for
staying safe: stick with your
friends and stay in well-lit
areas, avoid taking shortcuts
through vacant blocks, parks or
alleys, and arrange for someone
to pick you up or take a taxi
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