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16 — Botany and Ormiston Times, Thursday, June 4, 2015 www.times.co.nz 127456-V8EastTamakiRdPrestonRdOrmistonRdLaidlowWayLionBreweriesWEAREHERETeIrirangiDrChapelRd Send your burning question to email@example.com and we will give it a go. Your view It pays to give your opinion. Your feedback matters to us. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org; text 875, use the word bot as first word in text and then add your comment; or comment on our Facebook page, facebook.com/timesonlinenz, and be in to win a double pass to Hoyts Cinema, Botany Justice system RE TEINA Pora. It is amazing what a small bible given to this inmate by the prison chaplain has achieved. Life- changing I would say. That is the good news. The bad news relates to our justice system in NZ. It is in need of serious overhaul from the police to the court system. The police training has been shown to be deficient yet again in its conduct of homicide cases. The adversary system of prosecution and defense is not achieving a very high rate of justice. Allan Thomas, Doherty, Bain and now Pora suffered imprisonment unjustly. The taxpayer has already paid for the police salaries and much of the prosecution and defense costs and now we will be paying yet again for the compensation for past incompetence. Perhaps it is time for an enquiry into the police culture with a view to up-grading the training and court procedures. In the statistics, we are well behind the UK in achieving justice within our system as it stands. We all deserve better - both the convicted inmates and the tax-paying public. Ian George Cultural integration I LEARNT after reading the story in Botany and Ormiston Times that 3G and 4G is not about technology but about doing good deeds. It’s wonderful to know that the Buddhist Temple in Flat Bush has opened its arms to the community and are welcoming school children in the neighbouring schools. That’s what I call true cultural integration and living in harmony. It is also good to know that the schools and colleges in the area are equally open to visiting one of the biggest temples in New Zealand to gain wisdom and have a cultural exchange. Now that is true education. Thank you for bringing the story to our letterbox and making us all aware of the positive news in our area. Pam Singh, Point View Drive Correction THANK you for publishing my article “An eye-opening experience” in the Botany and Ormiston Times of May 28. I did notice, though, that in the introduction you mentioned that I am a Pakuranga College student. I just wish to point out that I am no longer at Pakuranga College but am in my first year at the University of Auckland. Micaela Meder Super is a right THE GOVERNMENT’S budget was a lost opportunity. There was little in it which addressed some of the serious issues faced by retired New Zealanders. The only positive was the $98 million for elective surgery and $320m for district health boards over the next three years. While we welcome this budget allocation, we still have a growing population of elderly people and a growing list of available remedies for the conditions suffered by them and that needs to be taken into account as well. I am deeply disappointed that superannuation was had again become a political football with critical comment from the ACT party and Labour opposition. It was misleading to suggest national superannuation was unaffordable or that the age of entitlement should be increased beyond 65 years just because payments would exceed $1 billion in three years’ time. The New Zealand Superannuation fund is now worth almost $30bn and growing and that is in spite of the government halting contributions from 2009. Thousands of superannuitants on a fixed income were struggling to exist with increases in food costs, electricity, rates and household maintenance etc. New Zealand has had a low wage economy for almost 40 years and there is a growing inequality between rich and poor and that is a key issue which this budget fails to address. It is important to understand that national superannuation was not a benefit but an entitlement which most recipients have paid into for 50 years of their working lives. It was theirs by right, not by privilege or charity. Terry King Grey Power Federation national president AS the FIFA boss Sepp Blatter has finally stepped down yesterday amidst allegations of corruption, controversy and conspiracy from different quarters, we asked a cross-section from our rugby-loving nation what they thought of it. Dan Mcglone, draftsman: At long last Sepp Blatter resigned. From the little information I have, I think it was long overdue. It was the honourable thing to do. Sounds like he is a crook and they caught up with him. Where there is money there is corruption, especially if the money is not theirs. Unfortunately most people’s morals tend to stray with money these days. James Lee, property management: I think the buck stops with Blatter and he should take responsibility for what has happened. An organisation that involves lots of money with so many countries involved that are hungry for a vote is bound to have some extent of corruption. Whatever the result of the investigation, Blatter is responsible because it happened during his reign as FIFA boss. Viacheslav Kuznetsov, ice skating professional: If there were allegations of corruption why did they not ask Blatter to step down earlier? Why now? I think there is a lot more happening with international agencies involved that we don’t know. With a new FIFA boss there will be some changes in the beginning but it won’t last long. FIFA is big business and where there is money, there is corruption. Having said that, in all those years Blatter was there, he did a lot for FIFA. Peter Maclean, student: Only good things can come out of it now that Sepp Blatter has resigned. There were a lot of powers at play and though we don’t know the whole story, I think it is a positive step in the right direction. Word on the street Online feedback Share your comments on facebook.com/timesonlinenz THE OFFICIAL launch of Piccolo ■ Park Early Learning Centre, formerly the historic Guys Homestead on Ti Rakau Drive, East Tamaki, garnered a lot of interest. Christine Hurst posted: “I lived in that house for a while, so its great to see it being used again! Grace Palatchie Kershaw Kershaw commented: “How awesome for the children. Even better to see this homestead finally come alive again. Nothing better than the sounds of play and laughter from children to breathe life into a building and surrounds that have sat unused for so long.” Burning uestion What is risk rating? UNDER risk rating, the annual ACC licence levy (which you pay when you relicense your car) reflects how well your car protects people in a crash. There are four levy bands, ranging from band 1 (vehicles with the most risk) to band 4 (vehicles with the least risk). How are cars rated? Most cars are rated using real life crash data, collected from over 5.5 million police-reported crashes in Australia and New Zealand since 1987. Newer cars, for which there’s insufficient real life crash data, are rated based on NCAP ratings. Are only newer cars in the safest levy band? Cars are rated not on their age, but on how well their design/ manufacture influences injury outcomes. There are many cars more than 10 years old in the safest levy band.
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