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Big thanks: March organiser is thrilled at the 'no fracking' turnout.
Oops: Move to Hawke's Bay 'permamently'?
Who checks this?
Your article on the low building
consents was interesting (January
18, page 7).
Even more so when you look at
the photograph of the billboard
which states make it
Is it a council or builders
Does anyone ever check before
paying out big money for printing
such advertisements? John Akers
More than money
Thanks to all the amazing people
who attended the rally in Napier
last Wednesday and the many
more who supported us in various
It was a brilliant turnout and
we definitely sent a strong
message to council and hopefully
government. Hopefully the
attention generated by our rally
has helped raise the levels of
awareness about the dangers of
fracking to the wider public.
It isn t easy giving up your time
and making a stand like we did
but it is empowering to be doing
something to help create the
spiritually fulfilling and socially
just future that we all want.
The question most asked since
the rally was How did you get to
Napier? and of course I drove
from our farm at Elsthorpe.
We are all addicted to oil to
varying degrees and just like the
people asking the question I am a
mortal human being trying to do
the best I can for my family and
I guess I realise that our
collective prosperity ultimately
depends on the prosperity of all
other life that we share this
Therefore, to get over this
addiction we need help from not
only those around us but the
councils and government who are
supposed to be there to support
our health and prosperity.
We have been telling ourselves
for such a long time now that a
growing economy is critical to our
prosperity, that it has become a
religion that we don t question
(some may be offended that I am
We pursue this economic
growth regardless of the
consequences. Of course we need
an economy but it must operate
within ecological limits.
Our wealth is not just our
money it is equally social,
sustainability, balanced and
equitable development), political
(independence, sovereignty and
security of nation state and
governance), cultural (entity,
unity and harmony, preserving
and promoting culture and
Drilling and fracking for
oil in Hawke s Bay does not
increase this wealth and
ultimately will not make us
Well -- what can I say! We
have been overwhelmed by
the response to my plea
for us when we go to Napier
for the Rod Stewart concert
at the Mission winery on
February 25 [Letters,
January 18]. From Monday of last
week and right up until today,
Monday, January 23, I estimate
that I have received over 100
phone calls and at least 80 texts to
my mobile phone.
The kindness of Hawke s Bay
people has been immense and the
concern shown for us and all
Canterbury people suffering from
the Canterbury earthquakes has
been so very heart-warming.
I have endeavoured to respond
to every text and apologise to
anyone I missed.
I also attempted to respond to
voice messages on my phone, and
again, I apologise if I haven t
responded to these personally.
So by way of the wonderful
Napier Mail and the Hastings
Mail, I would like to thank the so
very kind people of Hawke s Bay
for responding to our plight.
Brent and I and Graham and
Anne are really looking forward to
our visit to Hawke s Bay at the
end of February and know that we
will be amongst very caring
Thank you all.
Lynne and Brent Stewart
Anne and Graham Stewart
After your article on the front
page of last week s Napier Mail,I
am even more confused about the
A new penguin complex at the
aquarium? It states that the
aquarium will be caring for
injured penguins and breeding.
What about DOC s policy of
minimum intervention and not
supporting animals in captivity
unless for conservation reasons?
Blue penguins are not on any
endangered or at risk lists that I
am aware of.
How come Marineland was not
able to look after any other species
of penguins in the past when it
had the expertise, facilities and
offered their support?
Especially to penguins that are
endangered and on the risk list.
A reason the Napier City
Council said it closed Marineland
was because DOC wanted to
phase out captive marine
So why has Auckland zoo been
granted a permit to keep its
rescued (and I believe now
healthy) seals in the time that
this policy has been mooted.
I presume DOC will have to
grant a permit to other facilities
which may offer to re-house
Marineland s marine animals.
So why did Marineland have to
close? NCC said it wasn t feasible,
why? When it seems that DOC
has the discretion to make
allowances for marine animals to
be in captive situations.
Recently DOC permitted
Marineland to take these animals
in and I believe that they made
the decision if Marineland could
keep the animals or give
permission for their release.
Media statements from the
mayor have stated that court
action by the Friends of
Marineland have stopped
progress on the Marineland issue.
Obviously from this article that
doesn t seem to be the case at all.
It all smells very fishy to me.
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