Western Leader : December 2nd 2010
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Roger Evans Ranui Candidate I was astounded at the Western Leader report of November 25 that Chris Carter would consider running as an independent against any Labour candidate other than Phil Tywford, which coincided with the withdrawal by Greg Presland. I call on Phil Tywford, asIamsureheisan honourable fellow, to publicly repudiate such comments. Otherwise it throws the whole selection process into the spectre of backroom deals to avoid possible defeat at the hands of an expected strong National candidate to replace Henare. Labour can stand on its own record in opposition with a good local candidate -- no matter whom National chooses -- who can make a successful transition beyond the present situation. Michael Kidd Ranui Unique plants Contrary to Nicky Foster's claim that road planting with native plants is uninspiring'' (Western Leader, November 25), I would like to especially congratulate the landscape designers responsible for the recent New Lynn redevelop- ment for their ability to provide a strong sense of local identity along with a strong architectural quality to the planting. By contrast, much of our private planting interventions, especially in the west, reflect a weedy cosmopolitan flora that undermines the unique visual qualities of the New Zealand landscape. New Zealand vegetation is truly unique in the world and it is important to our very identity. It is also important to the relationship we have with the land we live in. Public planting should increasingly celebrate our special natural heritage. Dr Len Gillman Head of School of Applied Sciences AUT University Mine families My heart goes out to the families in Greymouth who have lost loved ones in the mine. Nothing will bring back those who have been lost but can I urge readers to give financial support to any appeal which is managed by one of our banks to assist the families because they will need help in the future for various expenses and costs, such as education for the children who have lost a father. Johann Nordberg Te Atatu South RULES Letters should not exceed 250 words and must have full name, residential address and phone number. Mail: Western Leader, PO Box 21-167, Henderson Fax: 837-1760 Email: email@example.com.
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