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Could have been avoided easily

All this carry on could have been avoided had she abided by the rules. She failed to provide a passport when required and then took a year to supposedly find it.

A replacement would have taken about 6 weeks and fixed the problem. Why wasn't that done?

Hardly NZ Immigrations fault for a problem of her own making. Sad for the kids but pays to stick to the rules or suffer the consequences.

The selfish aged

I am not sure which cohort comprises the 'Me generation', but you are to be congratulated for not blaming young people for all the ills of the world. Selfishness is across all age groups. Young people need to know self assertion for necessary protection.

Food above all is about health

Food - meals -  are above all about health of which nutrition is a large part but not total.

The sight and smell and "appetising" of food is important to the human body's digestive precursors stimulating saliva and other digestive aids and has a strong pyschological component to health as well including alleviating boredom and increasing will to live and recovery.

In this debate, the whole significance of these aspects of meals is trivilised by health professionals, government and now teaching bodies. 

Yes "a cultural icon", of economic and social values, but primarily foood is about health, well-being and recovery. The cost of appetising meals versus meals not eaten or poorly consumed is measurable, and should be part of the economical analysis.

Wind farm

I'd like to point out that while stressing that this wind farm proposal is contentious probably results in the opposition of the wind farm liking your reporting better, there has never been a wind farm in modern history which was not controversial. The same goes, by the way, for playgrounds. Because who in their right mind would want to hear kids laughing and yelling outside their house all day long, when they could easily do that "somewhere else, where it doesn't bother me"?  This wind farm will do its bit for the community and against climate change, so that our kids will have a reason for joy even in the future. 

Pot calling kettle Greenpeace

I have very little respect for Greenpeace these days as it is, but calling 100 Nobel Laureates who oppose Greenpeace ridiculous stance on Golden Rice a 'publicity stunt' is pot calling the kettle black. 

'Better deal for ratepayers'

'Better deal for ratepayers' should be the headline.

Stop focusing on the negative just once in a while ODT.  You never know, you may just like it. 

Spending on cycleways to placate a vocal few

It is a very narrow view to think cycleway spending is spent for the sole benefit of cyclists. How many of the 97% of commuters are now better off for not having to slow down for a mere second or two, in order to give a cyclist space on the road?  The way I see it, it is this outrageous outcry of "inconveneience" from a few arrogant drivers that has prompted the spend. Worse still, it is the inability to show a little patience and courtesy from some drivers, as demanded by the law, that has resulted in the need for this spending to provide safety to other road users.

Food is medicine

Food - meals -  are above all about health, of which nutrition is a large part but not total. The sight and smell and "appetising" factor of food is important to the human body's digestive precursors stimulating saliva and other digestive aids and has a strong pyschological component to health as well including alleviating boredom and increasing will to live and recovery.
In this debate, the whole significance of thesse aspects of meal is trivilised by health professionals, government and now teaching bodies. Yes "a cultural icon", of economic and social values but primarily foood is about health, well-being and recovery. It is and has a medical benefit which can be costed out as bed-stay nights and medical benefit to enhancing health just as medicines are.

Who cares for the poor?

Mmmmm! Time to get out the knitting, sharpen the pitchforks and build the guillotine?

Albert Finney night school axed

Adult Community Education was cut in 2009. In particular, Art classes.
Originally, night schools offered practical classes in woodwork and metalwork. You popped along to tech to be trained in lathework on an authentic recreation of the industrial factory floor. With the coming of new thinking, it was no longer enough to just crack into it. There had to be introductions, with everyone sitting in a circle sharing their hopes, dreams and reasons for being there.
I give up. I only need to make some ashtrays for the missus.

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