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After reading your article re
motocross and the complaints
(September 26), I must say I m
pretty frustrated. My family is a
motocross family .
We spend most weekends out
and about somewhere doing
motocross because we love it. Yes
I agree it is a noisy sport.
They are motorbikes after all,
but you make it sound like we are
at the same place every weekend
just making noise.
You will usually find motocross
events are held at different
properties, and events can be a
month or more apart.
We are members of the
Christchurch Off-road Motorcycle
Club, which is filled with
passionate families and people
who love motocross.
Instead of playing PlayStation
or watching TV, our kids are out
in all weather doing what they
The inconvenience of noise for
one day every few months surely
can t be worth taking this sport
away from these families.
We are not hooligans.
We do not want to upset anyone
-- we just want to go and ride
motorbikes and do something that
our kids are passionate about.
Would you rather they be walking
the street causing trouble?
I think not. It s not every day,
not even every month, so please
show some compromise.
How pathetic and sad to read that
the moaners and whingers are
(trying) to stop some young things
(motocross riders in Omihi)
having a good time a few days of
The area looks very remote to
me and they are just using an old
riverbed. To all the intolerant
whingers -- get a life.
The young are having fun and
not hurting anybody -- instead of
turning to booze, boy racing and
destructive behaviour around the
countryside as their only outlet.
Leave horses alone
In response to Kerry Spain s letter
(September 22), I sure hope I don t
run into you on the beach or in the
Your sad face must be so long
that even a horse would trip over
it. I don t own or ride a horse, but
I love to -- along with my grand-
children -- see them happily
meandering along the forest
tracks, happy people doing
It s people like you who try their
best to rid us of anything left of
our good old Kiwi way of life and
spoil it for the rest of us.
I suppose next you ll be wanting
fish hooks to be dulled in case we
hurt our fingers on them. Stick
inside your four walls -- it s a safer
place for people like you.
Many ignore signs
Failure to heed signage is not
confined to horse riders. There are
signs on part of my property
saying No Thoroughfare , Keep
Out, Private Property and yet
runners still choose to trespass
and damage fence wires.
Horse riders have safely
managed to use the Pegasus Bay
forest trails for decades before it
was a managed area.
For those who may have
recently returned to North
Canterbury, since when, exactly
where, why, and by whom are the
Pegasus forest trails area being
Is it time for another public
meeting to establish where the
shortcomings are? Is there
Are users needs being met? Are
barriers and other structures fit
for purpose, including health and
Is there really a need to
resort to covert abuse of
horse riders and threats of
wasting more taxpayers money
when simple courtesy and
communication would do?
Queensland, United States and
France successfully operate
shared trails where walkers, non-
motorised cyclists and horse
riders all co-operate with each
We have a wonderful country
and trail riding is a great way of
experiencing and appreciating it.
As a horse owner, I love to ride my
horses on the beach and in the
forests along the coast from
Waikuku to Woodend.
One of the reasons we came to
live here! As with everything else,
it is a very small number of
disrespective (sic) and
irresponsible people who spoil it
for the 99 per cent who appreciate
and respect the opportunity and
privilege to use these wonderful
spaces to ride.
I would like to stress to these
few to remember your fellow
beach and forest user (be they
riders or pedestrians); you are
sharing this with countless others
who would be absolutely
devastated to lose what we have
through the ignorance of a few.
Another example is the
wonderful trailer park for horse-
users in Waikuku, which has a
gate that needs locking after
entering and leaving.
We have found it left open on a
It is a small courtesy to clean up
after you have used the park,
rather than sweeping out your
trailer and leaving it there for
others. The trees appreciate the
Let s all enjoy this in harmony
and respect for each other, please.
I am writing to convey my shock,
alarm and dismay at the planned
eviction of the Rangiora High
School Nursery School.
My two daughters attended
Nursery School and among their
most prized possessions are the
folders the dedicated, qualified
teachers compiled for them while
Their time at Nursery School
gave them the ground work and
confidence they needed for a
positive start to their school life.
I am shocked to learn that the
Nursery School staff learnt of this
planned eviction by mail.
Has the (school) board even
been into the Nursery School?
Does the board understand the
standing and importance of the
Nursery School in the community?
This decision and delivery seems
to me both cowardice and hugely
Also I find the complete lack of
acknowledgement of the Nursery
School being community funded
nothing short of moral theft.
Why can t the board of trustees
come up with their own
community funding to replace the
building that is needed?
Have things changed so much
that community no longer means
anything to the principal and the
board? (Abridged) Susan Falconer
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