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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
Ben Burn Park
How is it over the top , as
suggested by Curtis Nixon
(January 19), to make a simple
observation about the timing of
the attack on Ben Burn Park?
We may never know whether
the arson was politically
motivated or just an act of
I was merely pointing out
whoever was responsible had
many weeks before that date to
strike, but chose after the election
to do so.
What is over the top is the
ever-increasing queue at the City
Mission for food parcels and low-
income families being taxed to the
hilt (effectively robbing the poor),
while the politicians and fat cats
get richer by giving themselves
unnecessary pay rises and tax
This is adding fuel to the fire
regarding people in general
suffering from low self-esteem
and powerlessness in society.
I was pleased to see The
Wellingtonian (January 19)
expose the money-grabbing antics
of the professional fund-raisers
who prowl the city streets preying
on the generosity of passers-by.
These people use the good
reputations of organisations such
as Red Cross to elicit quite large
amounts of money.
What is never said is how much
of the donated money never finds
its way to the people who need it.
The administrative costs,
including the collectors wages,
It is startling to learn that up to
90 per cent of the first year of a
long-term donation goes to
administration costs and that the
collectors on the streets are being
promised weekly salaries of up to
I much prefer to donate to the
amateur collectors who turn out
once a year for a specific charity
and collect money in a bucket.
The business of
Charity is evidently big business.
Organisations such as
Cornucopia exist primarily to
make profits, not to provide
assistance to the world s needy.
Of course Oxfam, Red Cross,
IHC and the rest of them are only
too happy to have Cornucopia on
board. Even if Cornucopia keeps
80 per cent of the money raised, it
still means at least some is going
to the charity organisations.
The same thing is evident every
year in the Fight for Life charity
boxing event in Auckland. The
boxers and organisers of that
event keep a great percentage of
the money raised, but some still
leaks out to a genuine charity.
It is, however, difficult to
overlook the stench of greed and
profit-making in such ventures.
According to my dictionary,
Cornucopia is a goat s horn
overflowing with fruit, flowers,
and grain, signifying prosperity.
Enough said. MARK TAYLOR
I am sick to death of these Occupy
Wellington protesters. They have
been camping in a popular and
picturesque part of Wellington for
months and have stubbornly
refused to move.
Despite the city council going
through various legal steps, the
protesters have simply been
remarks spot on
Gareth Morgan, one of
the owners of the
Phoenix football club, is
to be congratulated for his out-
spoken comments this week
about the Wellington stadium.
Morgan is one of a group of
several businessman who
stepped in last year to save the
Phoenix when former owner
Terry Serepisos ran into
He tweeted last weekend that
he was disappointed the
Phoenix were not drawing more
spectators to home games.
simplistic, as it would be with
Twitter messages restricted to
Morgan felt perhaps ticket
prices -- the cheapest adult
tickets cost $29 and for a family
of four it s $70 -- was a reason.
He was prepared to mount a
defence of the prices, but found
that wasn t the spectators main
Rather, the food and bever-
age situation was a major
Morgan had a think about it
and knew the punters were
right. The food is of poor qual-
ity, there is little choice because
of the monopoly situation, and
there is price gouging taking
Certainly spectators at the
stadium need to dig deeper to
pay for a beer than they do at
most pubs around town.
Credit to Morgan. He was on
radio on Tuesday slamming the
His comments won t have
endeared him to stadium chief
executive David Gray or
Stadium Trust chairman Paul
Collins, but he s right.
Instead of complaining about
Morgan, they should fix the
Morgan has said that if crowd
sizes don t improve, the
Phoenix owners would look at
taking more games to other
20,000-strong crowd that
attended a Phoenix game at
Eden Park recently.
Several factors need to be
considered before such a drastic
measure as moving more games
elsewhere is taken.
The Phoenix have had a great
run lately, with two away wins
in a row, and are now third on
the points table.
Spectators love to support
winning teams and that will
hopefully be seen in the Phoen-
ix s next home games.
Further, a couple of weeks
ago the Phoenix played Perth at
home and the weather con-
ditions would have tested Scott
of the Antarctic. About 3600
people turned up that day. They
should have been paid for
It is not really fair to compare
the crowd size at a one-off game
in Auckland with those in Wel-
lington, where the Phoenix
appear regularly. If the Phoenix
played every week in Auckland,
the size of the crowds would
soon drop markedly.
In general, Wellington fans
are great sports followers, and
especially in football.
For proof, think back to the
Bahrain-New Zealand World
Cup qualifier in 2009, one of the
great occasions in New Zealand
Or recall the crowd David
Beckham s Los Angeles galaxy
attracted compared to when the
team played in Auckland.
More recently, what about
the full houses the Phoenix
drew for their Australian Foot-
ball League play-off matches
Wellington is where the
Phoenix should be playing their
home games. If the team con-
tinues winning, the crowds will
return. Morgan can be assured
Unfortunately, there s no
guarantee the food and bever-
age situation will be any better.
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