Central Leader : November 24th 2010
23 CENTRAL LEADER, NOVEMBER 24, 2010 LETTERS The ultimate in permanent weather protection. 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WIN $500 3266638AA *conditions apply GUIDELINES Letters should not exceed 250 words and must have full name, residential address and phone number. Mail: Central Leader, Private Bag 56910, Dominion Rd, Auckland. Fax: 630-5432, email: email@example.com. Bus chaos Who made the decision to send the Sandringham Rd buses up Dominion Rd on the weekend of November 6, just so that some blokes playing a game could have prior right of access to Eden Park? It was absolutely chaos -- passengers wanting to get off in Kingsland or Sandringham Rd were forced to travel up through the Valley Rd shopping centre, then down a street that had cars lining each side of it -- barely enough room for the bus to go through. Cars were reversing and backing away from the oncoming bus to get out of its way, there was no way any of them would be getting through. When we finally got to Sandringham Rd it was virtually deserted. Exactly what is wrong with allowing the normal bus routes to be kept to its scheduled route as usual? There are only about four movements an hour. Why disrupt everyone? And what is more, why not allow the Eden Park ticket holders to get on these ordinary 248 and 243 buses? They could then be dropped outside the park. There were vacancies on the bus but instead they were declined and had to wait for some special bus'' -- hardly the most efficient and friendly way of transporting people to the park. I can think of no good reason why the residents of Sandringham Rd/ Gribblehurst/Kingsland areas have to suffer these disruptions and this is to go on for four hours until 10.30pm. Great organisation -- yeah right.GILLIAN DANCE Mt Albert Disparaging I found Pat Booth's Off Pat column somewhat off (November 10). There is no doubt that Pakeha and Maori working out how to be with one another in new ways in the public arena has often been an uncomfortable and imperfect process over the past 30 years especially. Pat's column highlights this and it reminds me how remiss Pakeha have been in educating one another about bicultural matters -- it's not just up to Maori to constantly educate and explain. Unfortunately, in coping with his discomfort, Pat has written a piece that is disparaging in tone as well as confusing and ill- informed. It seems he wants acceptance of people's differences as long as it is just his difference. We Pakeha as the majority group in New Zealand are fortunate indeed to have our mono-cultural certainties disrupted by Maori. There is always something to learn from this disruption. I found it disappointing that a Pakeha elder like Pat was unable to interpret these awkward cross- cultural encounters as opportunities to learn about himself and cultural difference. Maori TV screened an excellent documentary (November 14) that critiqued the place of powhiri in contemporary New Zealand life. It picked up on points from Pat's column but presented a more rounded and useful discussion. Hopefully he will catch a repeat screening. ROSE YUKICH Balmoral Liquor stores Suzanne Paul is so on the pulse in her letter (November 3). I was bitterly disappointed to see yet another liquor shop open in our community. This one just around the corner from me in Morningside Drive, basically across the road from Westfield St Lukes. Surely there is no need for one there when Foodtown already sells liquor and there is another one only about one kilometre away on New North Rd. Howcomeweasa community were not informed? This insidious infestation of our community must stop. It seems to me that the local corner dairies are being replaced with grog shops, unneeded and unwanted in our community. I am deeply concerned that, with the known link between alcohol and crime, crime can only get worse with the spread of liquor shops. I value my community and want to see it rid of crime and graffiti. That is one reason why I grabbed the concept of community patrols. I thank Claudette Hauiti for her letter of support for the community patrols (November 3). I am heartened by the response from the community in volunteering assistance. The support continues to grow and with the backing from the Mt Albert Residents Association I am positive we can make a difference. TONY MAYES St Lukes Xmas bargains at Crazy Clearance Bargains galore: Crazy Clearance has something for everyone and Christmas bargains galore. Worth finding: Crazy Clearance is at 31a Veronica Street, New Lynn, behind the Greenstone factory. If you blink you might miss Crazy Clearance's unobtrusive location, but you won't want to miss out on all they have to offer. Crazy Clearance is owned by Chinu and Vijaya Chaudhari and features bulk-purchased clearance goods with damaged packaging, ends of lines, and products with close to best before'' dates. Customers get to reap the low, low bargain prices for food and non- food items such as pet food and accessories, clothing, handbags and household appliances such as blenders. You'll find that the majority of goods in store are well-known New Zealand brands; only 10 to 15 percent of items are imported. Stock is ever-changing with new products arriv- ing every week. Quality products and great sales can be found in-store in the lead up to Christmas with lots of bulk food options for your Christmas Party. We like to keep prices low so that the more we sell the cheaper we can buy, which in turn benefits our customers,'' says Chinu. Crazy Clearance is open Monday to Friday from 9am to 6pm and on weekends 10am to 5.30pm with plenty of parking right outside. They offer a 100 percent refund if the cus- tomer is not happy with any purchase. You'll find Crazy Clearance at 31a Veronica Street, New Lynn, opposite the Lynmall carpark and behind the Greenstone factory. Email crazyclearance @ymail.com for enquiries.
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