The Bay of Plenty Times welcomes letters and comments from readers. Below you can read the letters we have published in your newspaper today.
Arrogance is 'a Bay of Plenty attitude'
Re. Violence toward hospital staff a disgrace (Our View, January 29).
Zero tolerance is displayed in our hospitals here. When I moved from Tauranga I noticed the aggressive behaviour some people have there.
It is the same as with the hospitality shown to people who live there and those who visit there.
Zero tolerance and awareness to the Tauranga people who have gone to live there and to the many that don't think its holiday-fever attitude is over.
Arrogance is a Bay of Plenty attitude.
J.C. Paraire, Wellington
On reading of the treatment of this beautiful cat Buddy (News, January 29), who, judging from the photo, is one gorgeous thoroughbred cat, I have to give accolades to the two neighbours who were responsible enough to take action in having him neutered.
The irresponsible action and obvious lack of control from his owner is what is at fault here. If this owner is a former cat-breeder she knows quite well the normal behaviour of cats and has to be well aware of the nuisance and disgraceful behaviour the neighbours have had to put up with. If this cat was such a pedigree why [didn't it have] a collar and/or a micro chip?
Spraying and defecating in the next-door neighbour's garden seems to be a normal behaviour in NZ cats with no control by the owners whatsoever. You control your dog's bathroom habits but cats are left to wander at will.
I have owned cats while living overseas and was quite horrified on my return to NZ at the lack of responsibility and control Kiwis have over their cats.
Our cats were always trained to use their own litter boxes and never once had the need to scratch in the garden next door. The kitty litter business in the States is a billion-dollar industry - why does NZ not adopt the same practice?
K. Neill, Papamoa
Castration a crime
Re: Buddy's castration "matter of life and death".
This is absolutely unbelievable that someone would do this without checking with all the neighbours first. The woman who took it upon herself to do this should be arrested.
Reginald Fever, New Plymouth
Bouquet for show
A big congratulations to the cast and crew of Get Over It, a great production, highlighting what a talented, dedicated group of young people we have in Tauranga.
What a shame that they didn't make the front page of the paper, they spent their holidays rehearsing, building sets and presenting their fantastic show. They did not threaten their lives by jumping off moving trains and seemingly thinking that that was worth being proud of.
Many thanks to Marlise Hughes and Matthew Roderick, writer and director.
Deborah Holmes, Te Puke
Re. Good men doing nothing as evil triumphs (Straight Talk, February 1).
Well put, you have changed my mind. Mr Crosby please send the letters on.
Bruce Rainey, Arataki
Cut cat not alone
Re. Buddy's castration "matter of life and death" (News, January 31). Well I have to say, I have actually done this. If you are not smart enough to keep a valuable cat indoors so it is not out indiscriminately impregnating every stray female on the street and increasing the unwanted feral cat population then you are completely clueless and deserve what you got.
Jenifer Haas, California
Excellent feature re. new Papamoa College (Advertising Feature, January 27).
Stuart Crosby said in his piece: "These students [from Papamoa] have previously had to go to other colleges at Te Puke, Mount Maunganui and Tauranga". That statement is correct.
However the new college zone northern boundary (established by the Ministry of Education) runs from Bahamas Key in a line across to Papamoa Beach Rd. This means that those students from Tahatai Coast School, Papamoa who live north of this boundary (and these will be a good percentage) will still have to attend Mount Maunganui College.
This was done intentionally by the MOE so as not to disadvantage the roll at the Mount college.
The fact that it is a disadvantage to the Tahatai students as it stops them from enrolling at an exciting new college in Papamoa, means they have to travel further to the Mount College and takes them unnecessarily out of the Papamoa area when a new college has been established, doesn't seem to have been considered.
At the time the zoning was announced there was a high level of anger expressed and directed at the MOE by parents of Tahatai pupils and Papamoa residents alike. It appears that this anger may now have subsided.
I will be interested in any responses.
Roger Bailey, Papamoa Beach
Bands on hand
Re. Gaelic Festival. We apologise to the loyal supporters of this festival that it had to be cancelled last weekend. While the weather improved during the morning, we had to make an early decision in the interest of pipe bands travelling from a distance and out of concern for the dancers on the sodden grass.
However, for lovers of pipe band music, an upcoming event is not to be missed. On Saturday, February 26 the Central North Island Pipe Band Championships, doubling as the North Island Championships, are being held in Tauranga. This will consist of the 12 entered bands marching at three-minute intervals down Harington St, along Willow St and into Wharf St from 10.30am. This will be followed at about 12.30pm by music events involving all the bands at the Wharepai Domain on Cameron Rd.
This is all free and is an appetiser for the 2012 National Pipe Band Championships which are to be held in Tauranga on March 9 and 10, 2012. This event, which has not been held in Tauranga since 1994, could attract 40-50 bands, including some from Australia.
Kevin Nally, Bay of Plenty Pipes and Drums, Tauranga
* Healthcare letter. Gr8 letter christine frost, i couldn't agree with you more. We need more folk like you around. even acc would benefit if that was put into place, now thats a thought. Alan.
* Could elderly drivers please keep in mind that some people r trying 2 get 2 work on Sunday morning. Life is harsh and cruel under national. I'm saving up 4 a loaf of bread.
* Michelle curtis u r totally irresponsible u shld have kept yr cat inside at nite goodness knows how many unwanted kittens yr cat has produced
* If a woman has 2 kids taken off her.Tye her tubes i say. So unfair on kids tgt wil neva hav a chanc. Stp havin kds if t cnt love an look afta thm. Maks me angry
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