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Trouble brewing on water quality
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Storage of Hurunui River water is
likely a good thing and will
doubtless enable regional
development. However, the
irrigation project has a number of
lamentable aspects -- foremost
being the permission to allow a 25
per cent increase in nitrate levels
in the river itself. To speak of
water quality under such terms
is laughable. Little wonder then
that under the guise of
government Drinking Water
Standards , little Waipara
township s water supply, for
example, has been chlorinated.
For one like me who can
remember drinking pure, cool
artesian tap water as a child from
a bore in our Christchurch city
home, this is hard to swallow! The
Water Authority has rightly
foreseen that water trouble is
brewing and so the ambulance at
the bottom of the cliff --
chlorination -- is needed. What
better admission do we need then
that water quality is already
compromised? The fact is that this
25 per cent increase in allowable
nitrate levels in the Hurunui
should never have been granted,
and that poor farming practice --
the addition of soluble nitrogen
and superphosphate fertilisers --
must before long, cease.
Listen to land
In response to B Sinclair s Quake
Link letter (Outlook, August 7), I
too fear the response of the land to
the Marriage Amendment Act.
Loose research shows that the
Rates Rebate Act of 1973 spurred
Mt Ngauruhoe into regular
eruptions for two to three years,
while the great snowstorm in
response to the initial readings of
the 1992 Electricity Act were
surely signs of impending doom.
Parliament should listen to the
land, perhaps more than it listens
to its own constituents. Pat Starr
B Sinclair proposes God s wrath
on homosexuality as a reason for
Since God s word is timeless,
would this correspondent help me
understand other scriptures:
Lev 11:10 states that eating
shellfish is an abomination also. I
eat oysters. Are there separate
departments in Hell for shellfish
eaters and homosexuals?
My friends trim their hair,
including around their temples,
which is forbidden by Lev. 19:27.
How should they die?
Lev.21:20 states that I may not
approach the altar of God if I have
a defect in my sight. I wear
reading glasses and am a midget,
equally hideous to the Lord. How
may I redeem myself in His eyes?
Lev.25:44 states that I may
possess slaves provided they are
purchased from neighbouring
nations. Does this apply to
Exodus 21:7 sanctions selling a
daughter into slavery. In this day
and age, what is a fair price?
I know I am allowed no contact
with a woman in her period of
menstrual uncleanliness (Lev
15:19-24). The problem is, how do
I tell? Most women take offence if
My son insists on working the
day of the Sabbath. Exodus 35:2
clearly states he should be put to
death. Am I morally obligated to
kill him myself?
Inertia on rates
Dr Gousmett s letter (August 7)
correctly sums up the rating
situation in line with what we
have been saying for almost three
Between 1945 and 1989, five
select committees advocated
changing the rating system and
even the Shand report of 2007
declared it unsustainable, so
successive governments (not only
National) have chosen to pass
Central Government alone has
the power (but so far no
willingness) to make a change,
which we hope will become a
major issue in the 2014 elections.
However, two other major players
share this inertia -- Local
Government NZ, and the Society
of Local Government Managers.
Although individual members
may recognise the shortcomings of
the present system, at these
groups representative levels, no
apparent effort is being made
The status quo is comfortable
for both organisations, as it
empowers them to raise local
taxes to whatever level is required
to cover their spending.
This is why we encourage
ratepayers to quiz candidates in
the local government elections
regarding their preparedness to
advocate from the inside for
It may be like asking the turkey
to vote for an early Christmas, but
being elected to represent the
electorate s best interests, they
should have the courage to do
what is necessary, right, and just.
Murphy urges teens to drive safely
By PETER HIDE
TALKING SAFETY: Greg Murphy has been relaying his safety message to
schools in Canterbury.
V8 SUPERCAR driver Greg
Murphy took his safety message
on the road this week, visiting
senior pupils and members of
SADD (Students Against Driving
Drunk) in the Rangiora High
School library, before spreading
his views to a bigger audience in
the assembly hall.
A four times winner of the
Bathurst 1000 race in Australia,
Murphy discussed the importance
of road safety and the impact
young drivers can have on New
Zealand roads, themselves and
Most of the students he spoke to
in the library held provisional
drivers licences, with one holding
a learner s licence.
Murphy is a passionate advo-
cate for increasing youth safety
initiatives, such as raising the
driving age, lowering blood
alcohol levels for young drivers
and undergoing compulsory pro-
fessional driving instruction
before being eligible for a licence.
He said he was not there to give
them tips on driving, but to tell
them some of the risks involved in
driving a car.
A large percentage of young
drivers -- perhaps as many as 70
per cent -- are on a restricted
licence, which means they are not
allowed to carry people in cars
at night, except those who are
fully licensed. So that rules out
carrying your mates.
Restricted and learner drivers
were not experienced enough to
handle car crashes, Murphy said.
And 20 per cent of you will
have a crash.
He said making significant
changes in the way drivers are
taught is the name of the game,
especially with the New Zealand
road conditions and the circum-
stances of many crashes.
You just don t want to be
around when somebody has an
accident, because it s not a very
nice thing to be involved in a
Murphy, now 40, said there was
a huge responsibility in owning
your own car, and some time
should be spent in making sure
the car was safe, especially
since you have something that can
hurt somebody .
Now in its sixth year, the road
safety programme, which had
Murphy visiting schools around
Canterbury, is organised by the
Motor Trades Association (MTA).
So far this year in Canterbury,
there have been 29 road deaths
across all age groups. This is
higher than any other region and
the MTA wants to see it reduced.
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