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10 — Howick and Botany Times, Wednesday, March 26, 2014 www.times.co.nz AT ANY AGE Where: Trinity Methodist Church Hall, 474 Pakuranga Rd YOU CAN When: Mon/Wed/Fri mornings GET FIT!... Time: 9:45am - 10.30am BE FIT!... Cost: $7 per class KEEP FIT! FUN LAUGHTER ALL THE WAY FAB MUSIC THIS IS EXERCISING WITH A DIFFERENCE! Do you want a great? POPULAR STRICTLY STRETCHING CLASS Janet’s class suits people of all ages, all levels of physical ability and especially encouraging people back to exercise properly again. Everyone is welcome. By using her very secure BALLET BARRE to STRETCH You exercise with confidence, because you are supported. This improves IMMEDIATELY ALL AGES Bonus Finishing off with light cardio work without Barre 2014 BE FIT!... KEEP FIT! FUN UN ULA LA LU AU AGH GH G COMEANDCHECKITOUT JANET 125909 RING JANET 09 277 0900 2014 Janet’s up to date dancing certificates make her a trained, professional, skilled teacher and a licensed dedicated zumba instructor. Where: Trinity Methodist When: Cost: $7 SO MUCH FUN IT’S CRAZY! THIS IS EXERCISING WITH A DIFFERENCE!! COMBINING TWO CLASSES INTO ONE CLASS 10:30AM - 12PM NO INJURIES, NO HIGH COST, NO HIDDEN COST! It’s a safe/effective workout with exciting rhythms and easy to follow moves at just the right pace. FOR ALL AGES. Turns a simple chair into the ultimate dance partner. Students get red-hot cardio/ total-body toning. Places still available for Monday stretching and zumba classes limited spaces for wed/friday FANTASTIC VALUE $7 6 Months Interest Free Credit Criteria apply 124800 I STRONGLY oppose the suggested national flag with silver fern on a black background. The tiresome black obsession makes us appear a nation in mourn- ing and, as many claim, the fern resembles a white feather. It is utterly meaningless to out- siders and to us, says nothing at all about the country’s history. Before European settlement, this was not a nation, being devoid of central government and of laws that bound all to the same standard of conduct, the sole penalties for mis- deeds being retaliatory wars and violence. The conclusion, therefore, is that European settlement shaped the nation, introducing a code of con- duct that benefitted both peoples enormously, ultimately enabling us to take a place in the international community. The extremely hard life and ter- rible dangers the settlers endured, while doing much to improve the liv- ing standards of Maori, often suffer- ing violence in the process, deserves much wider recognition and accept- ance as the foundation stone of the nation. Their trials and courage should be part of the school curriculum. There are always wrongs when two peoples first come together, but the end result is what we must always consider. The current flag is a tie that binds us, and our history, together. Lynne Gautier, Pakuranga Keep it the same NO CHANGE – you would have to be blind not to recognise the difference. Kids of my generation knew what our national flag looked like, as most schools had a flag pole and a flag raising ceremony was performed every morning (Times, March 13). But thanks to those along the way who disagreed, the choice to raise our flag or not was taken away from us. The argument that people in other countries don’t know whose flag it is, or it looks like an Aussie flag, doesn’t wash with me. There are dozens of flags that look the same to the majority of us. Most are a mishmash of coloured strips being horizontal or vertical often the same colour. Germany and Belgium are classic. The Nether- lands and Luxembourg are another. Have a look at Italy and Hungary. If anyone can remember a fraction of the world flags, then you would be looking at the Genius of Flags. The most recognisable flags in the world would have to be the Union Jack, Stars and Stripes, the old ham- mer and sickle, and for the rugby playing nations the South African flag. For those who wish to invent a new flag, tell them to go visit the New Zealand cemeteries in Bel- gium, France and elsewhere around the world and then tell me that our flag is not worth keeping. Neil Rose, Dannemora Southern stars IF WE must lose the Union Jack from our flag, let us keep the rest (Times, March 13). The Southern Cross star forma- tion is a lasting and unique feature of ours that shines above one and all. The blue is reminiscent of the sea that surrounds us and it is as cheer- ful as a sunny day. Mary Pepping, Half Moon Bay Letters to the Editor can be sent to: The Editor, Times Newspapers, PO Box 259-243, Botany, Auckland 2163 or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or fax (09) 271-8073. 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. Flag binds us together The Times ran the front page lead story on Thursday, March 13, ‘Key hoists flag debate’, outlining Prime Minister John Key’s reasons for suggesting a change to the national flag. We asked for readers’ comments and a selection is included in today’s Letters to the Editor section. A viewers’ poll also ran on www.times.co.nz. At the close of the survey last Wednesday, 66.7 per cent of the people who took part in the poll voted to retain the national flag as it is. Letters to the Editor Featured letter each week will receive a Times pen.
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