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Safe zone: Clive School students Harrison Stuart, 6,
sister Elise, 9, and Mikayla Power, 9, next to a new
road safety sign on School Rd.
A new ‘‘school zone’’ road safety programme at
Clive School is having a noticeable impact on the
behaviour of motorists.
Hastings District Council has erected white
rails on both sides of School Rd at each end of the
school zone project, which aims to significantly
reduce driver speed and enhance pedestrian and
White dragon-teeth markings and maroon
stripes have also been painted on the road surface,
and new reflective signs inform motorists what
times students are going to and from school.
Clive School principal Brian Eales says the
signs are already having an impact.
‘‘It’s made a noticeable difference to the speeds
at which motorists are coming down the road into
the school zone.
‘‘They are slowing down a lot earlier now,’’ he
The effectiveness of the Clive School zone pilot
is being closely monitored by the council, school
Napier doesn’t want Hastings
What a joke. Hastings Mayor Mr Yule is hell bent on
amalgamation of his city with ours even though the people of
Napier don’t want it. He is using his position as chair of Local
Government New Zealand to try and force it on those who don’t
want it. He says if he takes a petition under the Local
Government Act that the Local Government Commission will
consider a proposal if 10 per cent of the voters back it. Then it
would go to a referendum. Does that mean that if 11 per cent
don’t back it they would not hold a referendum? How biased is
his proposal? It is laughable and totally one-sided to try and get
what only he wants. If he can’t manage to get rid of the
Hastings District Council debt then he should resign and let
someone else that can be the mayor.
Enjoy marine life naturally
To suggest that seals should be kept in captivity at Marineland
so that visitors can see them is absurd. New Zealand seals have
four regular ‘‘haul-ashore’’ places along the Hawke’s Bay coast,
and during winter, can been seen in their hundreds. During the
past 20 years, the number of seals in these places has shown a
Apart from those places, it is not unusual to see seals at other
places on our coasts. New Zealand seals are not rare visitors,
but still need protection from roving dogs and cruel humans.
While no indication was given of the age of the children, to
use children to collect signatures to retain Marineland borders
on the unethical. Children should instead be taught to
understand the implications of free-living creatures in
captivity. Teaching our children to appreciate our natural
environment and the flora and fauna that live in it is so dear
to my heart that I have been engaged in just that for many
For marine life, begin with rock pools off Hardinge Rd at low
tide. These pools teem with marine life, in a natural habitat. Te
Angi Angi Marine Reserve is another place where children are
entranced by the marine life. Snorkel, dive, explore the habitats
and habits, colours, shapes, sizes of these creatures where they
Labour parties’ cash cows
We have Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard
trying to imposing a Super Tax on their cash cow,
the mining industry.
Here we have the Labour leader, coming up
with new innovative ideas, but really trying to
follow her example. Who are New Zealand’s cash
cows, oh, that is easy, it is the farmers. So we will
hit them with a super tax to pay for our dreams.
Mr Goff, dream on, to mix metaphors, it is the
straw that will kill the fatted calf.
I was taught, many years ago, you reward those
that achieve, you don’t stab them in the back.
Philip M Ward
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