Western Leader : December 3rd 2010
2 WESTERN LEADER, DECEMBER 3, 2010 OPINION Ph 835 0070 Alderman Dr, Henderson For current promotions visit our facebook page from our website www.thefalls.co.nz Send your completed crossword, name & phone number to: WESTERN LEADER - CROSSWORD, P.O. Box 21167, Henderson The first correct entry drawn 8/12/2010 will win brunch for two at The Falls. The winner will be notified by phone. WIN WIN Brunch for two at Last Weeks Winner: Jennie Eames Te Atatu South Office Ph 837 0340 Fax 837 1760 Editor Claire Haynes email: edwl@snl co nz Sales Manager Julie Cooper email: julie cooper@snl co nz Circulation Ph 525 2022 Fax 580 1648 email: delivery@snl co nz Classifieds Ph 525 2100 Fax 580 1643 email: email@example.com 66,735 Audited Circulation (ABC Jan-Dec '09.) 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We were well pleased with the weather, larger number and highly decorated floats and walking groups, to wel- come in the Christmas season. With increased numbers came greater crowd control difficulties. While the majority of parents restrained their excited children responsibly -- which is always challenging -- there were several spots that this was not always the case, in spite of repeated requests. We need to meet police and health and safety regulations to conduct a parade. This year s floats included a huge Lendich articulated truck that needed more space to make sweeping right-angled turns. Fortunately the firm crowd control measures have result- ed in no reported injuries for the ninth record year. We were pleased to see the happy waving children wel- coming Santa to Henderson in safety which has encouraged us to plan the parade again next year. We hope you enjoyed the occasion as much as we Rotar- ians enjoyed bringing it to you. We look forward to seeing you all next year. Merry Christmas.Roger Laloli Chairman Henderson Rotary Christmas parade Ban anthems It is seldom if ever I find my- self agreeing with Mr Willie Jackson, but his comments on other countries anthems really hit the spot. Why are people so ill-mannered? Other teams come to this country to play, they entertain and so- called sports fans abuse them. I have yet to understand the pleasure they get from their behaviour. I do believe the anthem God Save the Queen is still a New Zealand anthem, correct me if I am wrong. As for the Aussie anthem, they at least have endeavoured to right the wrongs of the past and tried to join the 21st century unlike some cultures which are still mired in in the old ways. Actually it would be a great idea to ban anthems from all sporting events, most are terrible dirges and add nothing to a sporting occasion. What do others think? P Carter New Lynn Baby on board This letter is addressed to the woman driving the black 4x4 car in Henderson at about 7am on Thursday, November 25.Madam, if the baby you were holding in one arm and bottle feeding with the other while driving is too much of an inconvenience may I make a suggestion to you? The suggestion is you give the baby (who appeared no older than three months old) to a family member who would value the baby s safety and indeed life above whatever the heck seemed more important to you that you would put not only the baby s life but also other road users lives in danger. And just one other thing. I was the man in the silver car stopped at the traffic lights which you had to swing over into the next lane to avoid hitting the back of. Steve Mulholland Henderson On guard I had to smile when reading your cover story, Still on guard at 70, in the November 4 edition. Brian Webber looks very much the local stalwart with arms crossed over his chest and a gruff expression on his face. There is no doubt this man takes water safety very seriously -- and a good thing. West Auckland s beautiful beaches often belie the dangerous shifting currents waiting to meet unprepared swimmers just offshore. I am glad we have a bloke like Brian with local know- ledge and experience watching our beaches. They don t make them like they used to and Brian s 50 plus-years of dedi- cated service is an inspiration to a new generation. Let s all make Brian s job a bit easier this summer and stick to swimming between the flags! Paula Bennett MP for Waitakere Cyclists v cars In response to G Ashford and cyclists training. Yes some cyclists do need training, but in 75 percent of the accidents between cars and cycles the motorist was at fault. So the greatest need is for motorist training. You say that cyclists should pay ACC levies. Well they already do. Cycling is classified as a recreational sport so the levies are part of the earners premium that PAYE taxpayers pay. You say that riding a cycle in New Zealand is single file . Not correct. The road code clearly says cyclists may ride two abreast and may claim the whole lane if necessary. You also say if they want to share the road then they should obey the road rules . Well most cyclists do. Do all motorists obey the road rules? It would be the same percentage of offenders in both groups who disobey the rules, and yet I don t hear calls for all motorists to be banned from the road. It seems to be a perverse law of nature that motorists can spot and remember every time a cyclist makes a mistake but have great difficulty spotting a cyclist at an intersection to give way to them. People say that cyclists don t pay to use the roads. Well 95 percent of all cycling is on local council roads, these are paid for by council rates, and we all pay rates.W Parlevliet Massey Party signs I see in the letters to the editor Jeremy Greenbrook-Held and Greg Presland are both per- plexed at Paula Bennet s signs for a constituency meeting. I also thought this was odd. However, both these gentle- man were Labour (Future West) candidates in the recent local body elections with Mr Presland high up in the west s Labour Party and was standing for Chris Carter s seat. Over the last year we have seen Labour Party meetings regularly advertised with signs like Paula s, for David Cunliffe and Carmel Sepuloni s meetings, so let s not get hypocritical guys. Mike Jolley Henderson Kelston liquor store theft Police hope this man can help them with their investigation into a theft from a liquor store in Kelston. Alcohol was stolen from the King Dicks liquor store on October 16 at about 9.10pm. Police want to speak with a man about the incident who is described as a Maori or Polynesian of solid build with tattoos down both arms. Contact constable Mike Simmons at the Henderson police on 839-0622 or call the anonymous Crimestop- pers hotline on 0800- 555-111 if you can help police Festival at the park The annual Waitakere Christmas Festival is on tomorrow night, 5pm at Parrs Park, Oratia. Organisers recom- mend people get there about 3pm to get a spot. This year s event will be hosted by com- edian Pio Terei, who is patron of the festival. It s a variety show with experienced and novice entertainers -- all from west Auck- land. There will be food caravans and a licensed area. See www.waitakerechrist masfestival.co.nz for details. Christmas markets The festive season will be celebrated at the first anniversary of the Ranui Farmers Market tonight. A year into its oper- ation the market s organ- iser Rosanna Leman is proud to have a loyal fol- lowing who turn up rain or shine. The market stocks fresh produce and flow- ers and will hold two additional Christmas markets featuring gift and craft stalls. The Christmas mar- kets will feature live entertainment, a bouncy castle and Santa Claus will be making a special appearance. The extra markets will be held from 3.30pm to 8pm on December 10 and December 17 at Ranui of Community House, 474 Swanson Rd.
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