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Letters to the Editor



Global warming warning
The following is an extract from an article published in the Washington Post – a startling warning about global warming and rising sea levels:

“The Arctic Ocean is warming up, icebergs are growing scarcer and in some places the seals are finding the water too hot, according to a report to the Commerce Department yesterday from Consulate, at Bergen, Norway. Reports from fishermen, seal hunters and explorers all point to a radical change in climate conditions and hitherto unheard-of temperatures in the Arctic zone. Great masses of ice have been replaced by moraines of earth and stones, while at many points well known glaciers have entirely disappeared. Within a few years it is predicted that due to the ice melt the sea will rise and make most coastal cities uninhabitable.”

Wow! Scary stuff, isn’t it? Except that this report was published in the Washington Post on November 2, 1922 – over 94 years ago!

Mitch Morgan


Cannabis truth
The new jargon is “fake news”, which seems to replace the old jargon “conspiracy theorists”, who could be deemed to be “conspiracy exposers”.

The Bill just signed into US law by President Obama, and anybody wanting a copy of that Bill has free access to it, will now allow restriction (read censorship) of those who attempt to expose the real truths, and allow the promulgation of “fake truths”.

For decades we have been exposed to “fake truth” regarding cannabis, and many refuse to accept that they have been fed these fake truths, despite the science which has exposed the true benefits of cannabis. Were it not for the internet, we would still be accepting these “fake truths”.

Whether or not we accept the real truth is our choice, but we must not allow those who are entrenched in their distorted perceptions of the truth from the decades of “fake truth”, to force us to accept legislation which is based on these “fake truths”.

We should all be grateful to Julian Assange of Wikileaks, who, at great personal cost, has allowed those who are still able to critically think, to read the truth.

Based on the truth of real science, cannabis should be re-legalised immediately.

Beverley Aldridge & Kath Pattinson


All about water
For months I am waiting for the Mangawhai harbour water testing results. But we get absolutely no information, not about nitrogen, not about E. coli. All the information Kaipara District Council (KDC) and their Harbour Health Advisory

Panel release is that “the results need further interpretation and more targeted testing”.

All on-site septic systems have been mentioned as the reason for polluting our estuary. Therefore the KDC have built the Mangawhai Waste Water Treatment Plant costing $60 million.

Is all the money spent for nothing?

Gael MacConachy mentioned in the last Focus edition that some people “wisely catch their shower water” to use it for garden watering. But KDC’s Waste Water By Law has made it by definition compulsory to pipe all household water to the treatment plant. Now we have to choose to be wise or obey the law.

Councils Town Planning Advisory Panel has asked our opinion to prefer town water or alternative rainwater supply. But in the same time the new Council upgrades the town water reticulation again without proper consultation and proper research.

I only hope the Council will not make the same mistake like with the waste water treatment and block modern solutions with mandatory connections to the town water supply. Rain water supply with proper information about water saving and purification systems are the environmental better solution.

More information about Mangawhai’s future planning is available at mangawhailongterm.org.nz.

Christian Simon


Sad death
The sad death of my brother-in-law Bill Worsfold this week was a milestone for the district.

Bill was a straightforward forthright person who will almost certainly be best remembered as a man with the courage of his convictions, turning a dairy farm into a prosperous nursery for native trees, and whose company is now engaged in one of the largest native tree reforestation programmes in the district.

He was also praised shortly before his death by the local police for employing local lads and in many cases giving them a good start in life. A recent television documentary also gave praise to his work.

Bill was a true environmentalist who practiced what he preached for the benefit of mankind.

Roy Vaughan

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