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Letters should not exceed 200 words and should carry the name, residential address and contact telephone number of the author. Nom de plumes not accepted. Letters to the Editor Featured letter each week will receive a Times pen. Washing dirty linen THE behaviour of our Howick Local Board has shown how easy it is to construct towering edi- fces out of modest structures, and also how to wash dirty linen in the public arena (Times, Janu- ary 31, 24, 17; December 20, 13, 6, 2012). We, the public, don’t actually want to know. For better or for worse, you are all our elected representatives. Either get on with the job, or limp down the fnal strait till October, when we will endeav- our to apply more strategy and forethought in the postal ballot box. Political parties running sub- sidiaries in local body elections should not be endorsed. Independent candidates; inde- pendent of both party politics and personal agenda, should be the order of the day. Why? Because this very public and heated fracas would appear to be more about the “also-rans” ver- sus the “A-team”, than from any manifest matters. Sadly, it detracts from their sterling achievements. Board obligations: copious reading, monthly meetings, workshops, site visits, portfo- lio responsibilities and meeting attendances. And, admittedly there was no forewarning that there would be such demanding workloads for elected members. Especially considering the Howick Local Board represents the ffth largest urban area in New Zealand, and lest we forget, an educated and very demanding population. Some have diligently applied themselves, in contrast, perhaps, to others, not so. Heather Mackay, Bucklands Beach Reward for gifted child ON JANUARY 22, I had the mis- fortune to lock my car keys in my vehicle outside the John Russell Menswear shop in Moore Street, Howick. Amidst the onlookers who gathered, there was a young boy with his parents. With great encouragement from his mother, and with a few very brave attempts, he managed to squeeze his little arm through a very narrow opening of the window, managing to hook up the button with cheers from the onlookers. I mistakenly thought his mother worked at John Rus- sell’s, so I called into the shop with a little gift, which I’ve left there for him. I hope his parents see this and contact the shop. Z Spencer, Howick Silly moos SEND a cow to China, we make one sale. Keep the cow here and supply dairy products, we make sales forever. Any country, including New Zealand that supply live dairy cows is short-sighted, as when China has enough cows to supply its own markets, our exports of dairy products will dry up – more Kiwis out of work. I wonder how long before we start importing milk powder and butter? They’re about the only prod- ucts we don’t import from China. Bob Wichman, Botany I'VE been following the Howick Local Board political dramas and I'm not impressed (Times, January 31, 24, 17; December 20, 13, 6, 2012). The perception is our elected members are operating with blatant political motivations. Is perception reality? I certainly hope not. It may be idealistic to think voters could expect the local board to operate with more integrity than in city council or Parliament. I have higher expectations of the local board. It has more opportunities to be on the coalface of our community. I attended nearly all of the monthly board meetings in 2012. I was not surprised by what we've seen in the media as of late. The public monthly board meetings often resemble a game of poker, and sometimes even a high school debate. One of the memorable meetings included one of the members lighting reworks. Do we need such antics? The last public meeting [on January 21] was a complete circus: smoke and mirrors, mimes, the strongman, rent a mob, and even an ultimate ghter. It was di cult to watch certain board members remaining silent. Chairman Michael Williams was strictly enforcing protocol, which was problematic, in that it appeared as if he had broken protocol in his dealings with deputy-chair Adele White and opposing members. David Collings' defence of Ms White appeared noble. However, his win at all cost approach was over the top and he went too far. Eventually only the rent mob portion of the Adele supporters was cheering him on, the rest wishing he'd stop. The Howick Local Board should include more than just career politicians. I hope we see multiple board seats turn over in the next election. Mike Turinsky, Howick The division amongst Howick Local Board members, who sat on Monday night for their rst regular business meeting of 2013, continues to generate widespread interest. Times photo Chris Harrowell IS THE POLITICAL PERCEPTION REALITY?
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