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Botany and Ormiston Times : Botany and Ormiston Times Thursday August 6 2015
www.times.co.nz Botany and Ormiston Times, Thursday, August 6, 2015 — 13 30 Springs Rd, East Tamaki. Ph 274 8875 www.tyreseasttamaki.co.nz Tyres BJ East Tamaki Buy 3 or more GT Radial Tyres and receive 1 year roadside assist CP0395 Read more scan the QR Free membership to the GT Drivers Club when you... Comeinforafreetyrecheck! 107939-V3 PHONE FOR A FREE NO-OBLIGATION QUOTE ~ PH 272 4502 FAX 272 4501 WWW.mmfencing.co.nz EMAIL: email@example.com 12/5 Neil Park Dr, East Tamaki Specialists in quality made Trellis & Fencing & Concrete Drive Services M&M CONCRETE SERVICES For all your Concrete needs: Drives, Paths, Patios and all Concrete Repairs. PHONE THE PROFESSIONALS Ph Mike 021 931 261 SPECIALISTS in quality Trellis, Fencing & Retaining Denise Bellingham Director of insurance: Yes, I do feel safe (in the community) but I don’t when that happens. Do the time, no parole. It’s terrible, the public should be notified; people have the right to know. Criminals like that should be put away for such a severe crime and their rights to name suppression should be waived. Santi Daya- Winterbottom Housewife: Quite possibly, they don’t do victims justice. It’s difficult, you feel safe but in reality you don’t know who they are. John Whareaitu Retired: Yes, Criminals shouldn’t be more protected than the public. It’s very said, no good, terrible and absolutely shocking. He needs to be put away, he should be put away. Jody Jansen Manukau Institute of Technology (MIT) student: I think the justice system is not good but it’s a lot better than in other countries. There will always be flaws in each system. They are very lenient with criminals; people get let off with just a slap on the hand. Skye Rivers Student: Yes, I think it is preposterous that criminals are more protected than the victims. It’s as if the justice system is reinforcing the idea that it’s just a brush off the shoulder, that it’s okay, when it’s not. From the saying ‘treat others the way you want to be treated’, my mother has always told me true justice should be an eye for an eye; punish the criminal for the crime they have committed. PUBLIC reaction was strong when Tony Robertson, who killed North Shore mother-of-three, Blessie Gotingco, was given name suppression during his trial. He had served a sentence for abducting and indecently assaulting a five-year-old and was being electronically monitored for another previous crime. The Times asked the public whether they felt that the New Zealand Government spends too much time and money on protecting the privacy and interests of criminals rather than the safety of the public? WORD ON THE STREET 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 Online feedback Share your comments on facebook.com/timesonlinenz I THIS week’s post about at least one person a day running a red light at a Botany intersection has received these responses: Shelley Stevens commented: It obviously doesn’t catch everyone then as I still watch multiple people cram across the intersection after a red on a daily basis, I’ve never seen the camera flash though. Timothy Sparkes wrote: The other night I had a close call at the Ti Rakau, Te Irirangi intersection, when a car went straight on a turn signal. They didn’t even realise as I swerved out of the way. I have now put a drive cam back in my car. I In our comparison of New World Botany’s advertisement in last week’s paper compared to the New World advertisement in our January 17, 1973 edition, we asked who remembered the Big S on Picton St in Howick and got the following answers: Jo Sykes responded: I remember it. It had a cafe inside where I used to meet my friend for lunch every day as we both worked in Howick. Jeanette Schimanski answered: I do when Mr Chermside was the owner of Big S and my house keeping was $14.00 a week, and that was in 1970. The Time’s post on the applications of 1080 poison in the Hunua Ranges to control pests such as rats, mice, possums and stoats drew a shocked response from Alice Whittaker. She said: Wow possums are protected animals here in Australia! Burning uestion Sale of liquor and its consumption is covered by the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012. Hospitality establishments, including retirement villages which provide alcohol in their restaurants, come under the legislation. However, the Minister of Local Government, Paula Bennett, who oversees the legislation, says a common belief that rest home residents need a liquor licence if they want to have a few drinks with friends in their room is absurd and is not true. Most rest homes have a condition around consumption of alcohol, for example, residents are welcome to enjoy alcohol within reason, being considerate of the rights of others within the establishment; or they encourage the healthy use of alcohol but do not supply it. Do seniors in rest homes need a liquor licence if they want to have a tipple with friends in their rooms? Curbing demand FIRSTLY I welcome all immigrants regardless of ethnicity who become New Zealand residents and hopefully citizens. The current debate is all about the real reason for escalating Auckland house prices. The release of names of buyers highlights what everyone in Auckland with an interest in the subject knows and that is Asian buyers represent a majority of purchasers. If in doubt, attend an auction. Worldwide reports advise that mainland Chinese for many reasons are to the forefront of this group and it is unlikely to be different for Auckland. In stating this fact, I am neither racist nor xenophobic. If Asians are the dominant buyers, then what is the split between resident and non-resident. This is what we need to know and I presume what the Labour Party wants to know. It is not a beat up on NZ-resident Asians buying property. The Government continues to state that first home ownership is important for the country. House affordability is now out of reach on the median Auckland income of $85,000. At a recent housing public meeting at Ormiston, the Minister of Housing Nick Smith illustrated how a young couple on the median income could purchase a house and section in Flat Bush for $550,000 using a combination of Home Start and the Welcome Home package. I challenge the Government to find five of these types of properties for sale at this price in Flat Bush (excluding Clover Park & Otara). Nick Smith also agreed at the meeting that the building industry was at near peak capacity and future building issues were not wanted. So much for the increased supply theory which is a long term fix. What we need now are measures to curb demand. We therefore have this Government and our local MP with their heads in the sand. They have done nothing for young people in this or any other Auckland electorate and they continue to use case studies, meant to assist first home buyers, with what appears to be incorrect data. The measures to get some information from non-residents from October is a step in the right direction although timid compared to the Australia response. David Houghton, Botany Downs Poison not approved RE 1080 poison drop looms (Times, July 30). What absolute lies. I am a neighbouring property. I have not approved or granted the use of 1080 50m from our boundary. After several emails, we are still waiting to hear from the Hunua Project Manager what they plan to do re relocating my stock. These animals feed and drink within the aerial drift zone? Who will dredge the carcasses (to prevent secondary poisoning all the way to Kawakawa Bay) from the stream and river that come from Cosseys Dam and pass through the property? The distance from us to the dam is 990 metres. The aerial drop is between us and the dam. How is it not near the ‘Water Catchment Area’? Angela Lloyd-Massey, Email Join us on facebook TimesOnlineNZ WIN! NEW Oral-B PRO5000 Toothbrush Designed for the most high-tech and health savvy, it offers Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity, connecting to your smart phone to record brushing activity to optimise your daily routine – RRP $299. Simply LIKE our Facebook page (www. facebook.com/TimesOnlineNZ) and be in the draw. 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