A long wait for tunnel

When I arrived in Tauranga in 1975 an engineer I was working with described how there was a plan to build a tunnel under the Maungatapu roundabout to service Welcome Bay. We are nearly there. I would have thought in that time a plan was in place for...... Read More

Will they last?

Another con/scam: a new replacement for plastic bags. Well overdue, I admit, but there is more to this. We have been through this at least twice over the last few years. Result: cloth bags that fell to pieces after just a few uses. We can’t even...... Read More

Pet decision puts fauna under threat

Wandering dogs in Papamoa and Greerton, barking dogs in Matua, but more importantly, 9900 dog bites in New Zealand each year, many requiring hospital treatment, and what happens? Housing Minister Twyford has undone years of dog control reform in a flash,...... Read More

No such thing as free

It is fascinating to me to read about free programmes to stop smoking, free tertiary education for first year students, how ‘the council or community boards’ have paid x amount of dollars for this project or that one. For the benefit of those...... Read More

Helping our most vulnerable

Recently, at Tauranga Hospital, I met a man in distress. He explained that his wife was suffering from dementia and she had to shift to another facility in a different rest home. He could not leave with her because he would lose too much money –...... Read More

Proud to be a landlord

I am proud to be a landlord and provide housing for 13 families who either can’t afford or don’t want to own property. That means at some point in the pyramid there are 13 less homeless families; 13 less families for the government to house...... Read More

Vanquishing racism

Results from five referendums opposing Maori wards demonstrates up to 80 per cent of Kiwis are against them. Bleating from mayors and councillors who unilaterally chose to actively promote and endorse Maori wards for Western Bay, Whakatane, Palmerston...... Read More

Thanks for kindness

Last week I lost my mobile phone, along with my library card that was in the phone case pocket. As I had a few important numbers/contacts and the fact that the phone was very new, I was annoyed with myself after searching high and low to no avail. On...... Read More

Longer journey annoys

Re P Hickling’s letter about SH2 (The Weekend Sun, May 18). Katikati to Tauranga is like Papamoa – a real growth area – but it is also a state highway and not designed to take the volume of traffic that uses it. What annoys most people...... Read More

Opinion Poll

Should schools be able to fine parents for parking illegally?

Yes, schools should have the right to fine those putting children in danger.
No, it should be left for police to handle.