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Real New Zealanders?
It is with interest I note a group of ‘New Zealanders’ have shattered the rules of the lockdown by setting up road blocks on state highways and preventing ‘non-residents’ from passing through.

Now, I know the housing situation in New Zealand is critical, but to have a house right on State Highway 1 and other state highways, and consequently able to operate a road block whilst remaining in your home is quite remarkable. After all, isn’t that what we have to do? Remain in our homes unless we are required as essential workers?

It is also amazing that while most New Zealanders are following the rules during this period, the police and authorities are condoning this action.

Why should we remain in our homes when this flagrant abuse of the rules continues by a few ‘New Zealanders’ who seem to have adopted, embraced and cemented the apartheid philosophy regime that has become so universal in this country? Separate development is NOT working in unity or being kind to others that we are being cajoled to do at this terrible time.

But then again what can we expect from a government who seem to be talking a lot, changing the rules minute by minute with minimal real action to implement the regulations that they have imposed.

And of course it would be inappropriate and hurtful to comment on the $50m given to a section of ‘New Zealanders’ due to them being left out of the handout to which ALL New Zealanders have access to and is paid by taxpayers. Yeah right!

There is a fine line between common sense and paranoia!

Peter Matheson


Covid-19 virus

The deadly Covid-19 virus is rapidly spreading,

From country to country who knows where it’s heading.

For the old and the young it holds no fears,

And for too many it ends in tears.

Stay indoors don’t take the risk,

If you have to go out make it brisk.

You’re bound to see someone when you’re out,

No hugging or kissing just wave and shout.

Keep your distance all the time,

Follow guidelines and toe the line.

By phone or internet keep in touch with family and friends,

Praying and hoping this virus ends.

Charlie Mennell


Road review needed
I've read the article comments from people who experience the road conditions in Lawrence Road and Cames Road with some interest as I live in Black Swamp Road, and I felt myself nodding in agreement. The dust generated here in the peak hours traffic every work day can be really bad and is always annoying.

For those fellow sufferers, a couple of differences we have: the trade and heavy vehicles prohibited along Cames Road are allowed along Black Swamp Road and the speed limit here is 100 kph. There are signs asking people to slow down because of the dust, but these seem to make no difference at all.

I've asked the council about having a lower limit as that would help the residents and make little difference to the road users going to the golf course at Tara Iti. It might even save a few accidents as a fair number of trucks belt along this road when it really isn't safe to do that.

Initially the council were going to have a speed review last year, then that was combined with the one being carried out by the NZTA, then it was due to be dealt with purely statistically without input from the public and now it seems to be unclear whether any review will take place at all.

I'd suggest interested readers should let their local councillors know about their concerns and ask when a review of speeds limits and a limit on traffic allowed is going to take place for all our dustiest roads.

David Medland-Slater

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