Home' Hastings Mail : January 17th 2012 Contents 6 HASTINGS MAIL, JANUARY 18, 2012
There are some amazing places in Hastings to
explore on foot. Take the family for a walk on your
favourite beach, around Te Mata Park or just to
the shops. Enjoy everything that Hastings has to
offer and best of all it's good for our environment,
good for you and good for your pocket.
Walking is another great way to
enjoy a Sustainable Summer with
Sus'd and Hastings District Council.
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
Help us: A Christchurch couple want to join the Mission party, but do not
have anywhere to stay.
Couples need beds
Can someone help us please? I
have been very remiss! I was
thrilled and delighted to secure
tickets to Rod Stewart on
February 25 directly from the
Mission Estate Winery, but I have
just not got around to booking
accommodation for two or three
I m hoping an accommodation
operator may get a cancellation
and can offer us accommodation
for February 24 and 25.
My internet search was
primarily websites like Last
Minute and Wotif -- and I wonder
if those agencies have booking
allocations which they had
exhausted and that the operators
may in fact still have availability.
So much has happened here in
Christchurch -- many earthquakes
since September 2010 when our
house was damaged beyond repair
and was written off for demolition.
We have opted to build what
will be our retirement house in
North Canterbury, despite having
lived in Christchurch practically
all our lives.
We have not been at all
interested in travelling since
September 4 and I have searched
the net to no avail for
accommodation for us and my
husband s brother and his wife.
So if anyone in Napier or
surrounds can come to our rescue
I would be so grateful. Phone
021 353 240.
Hail the helpers
On December 27 I was driving up
to Gisborne when I lost control of
the car and there was a man and
his son from Onekawa, who were
so good to us.
They stopped for the whole time
until the police and a towtruck
appeared to take us to Wairoa,
and I just wanted to say that I
really appreciated it.
Luckily, the car only needed a
change of wheel.
I would also like to thank the
four girls in a white car, one of
whom rang the police.
Your mum should be so proud of
Thanks again to all. Judi Burns
Good surf eroded
Napier residents have seen the
mess caused by the council in its
dealings with the Westshore
shingle heap. Why would the
residents let the council have a
free hand in fixing erosion along
Hardinge Rd. What erosion?
The port shelters Hardinge Rd
and little to no swell comes in
there now. Years ago it was
known throughout New Zealand
as a great surf spot. This surf spot
is gone now and the council
wishes to ruin what little is left.
The fishing boats and fizz boats
would cause more erosion than
the odd swell that can come into
the sheltered Hardinge Rd.
Haven t we learned our lessons
with the council spending on
erosion protection over the years
that does not work.
The council says it has used a
consultant to work out what is to
be done. I hope it s not the same
consultant used for Westshore.
Port parking poor
No doubt most readers would be
heartened by the growth statistics
and expansion plans [for Napier
Port] mentioned in your article of
May I suggest the harbour
board also include in its proposed
changes the provision of a modest
number of public parking spaces
near the Southern entrance gates
to cater for people meeting
passengers off the tourist vessels.
Currently folk have to park on
Breakwater Rd and walk to the
gates, regardless of weather.
Suitable land between
Breakwater Rd and the port entry
road is available so could we
please hear from the port
authorities why such a provision
[is not] included in their plans?
For any visitor to Napier, a
strange sight which may have one
wondering whether they are
seeing double, is the sight of two
opposite each other in the city.
As Countdown owner
Progressive Enterprises rebrands
all its Countdown, Foodtown and
Woolworths supermarkets as
new-look Countdown stores, a
situation has occurred around the
country where there are now two
Countdown stores opposite each
A solution for this would be for
the well-known Woolworths name
to be kept alive and in situations
where there are two Progressive
Enterprises owned stores next to
each other, have one branded as a
Woolworths using the new
supermarket logo. This would at
least give consumers the
impression of choice and would
keep alive one of New Zealand s
long established retail names.
A recent newspaper photo of the
ritual burning of poached
elephant tusks (ivory), attended
by African leaders shows how
shallow thinking applies to those
persons. How much better it
would be for them to sell to the
businesses that make ivory goods
thus lessening the need for
poaching, reducing poachers
nefarious deeds by removing their
markets, then give the monies
accrued to the starving peoples in
the Horn of Africa. Would they
waste gold in this way? I think
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