Rants&Raves: Beautiful NZ not so clean

By Anna Harrison

I see so many cigarette butts everywhere! Photo / iStock
I see so many cigarette butts everywhere! Photo / iStock


I can't believe the arrogance of some drivers. A man stopped his car at the Papakura Mobil carwash entrance the other day then got out and locked his car. He then went inside the service station to buy a carwash ticket. I already had a ticket but I had to wait behind his car until he came back. The carwash was empty. When I suggested it would have been good to buy a ticket first while parking his car elsewhere, I got told! A little consideration for others would go a long way to making Auckland a better city to live in.



I wish to commend the helpful Sikh bus driver of the 625 bus (approx 17.15 hrs) to Glen Innes last Tuesday. He went out of his way to assist a blind passenger off the bus and to point her in the right direction to get to the address she was looking for. It is heart-warming to know there are people who are so helpful.



I'm an international student and I love living in this beautiful country. But it's not so clean as I thought. I see so many cigarette butts everywhere! People smoke in places like our parks and bus/train stop areas and lots of people/children are breathing in second-hand smoke. There should be consequences for people smoking in public places.



An extremely kind man helped my 93-year-old very distressed father home from somewhere in Auckland (I think Blockhouse Bay) after he got lost. He got dad to follow him in his car home to Greenhithe, on the North Shore. An enormous heartfelt thank you to that man for rescuing him. The world needs more good people like you.



Have just been to Perth and taken note of the price of fruit and vegetables. A sample: Hass avocados 1.80 each, onions 90c kg, oranges 1.70 kg. These are in Australian dollars but the price difference with NZ begs the question, why are we being so ripped off? Many grocery items are cheaper but their freight costs to West Australia are a lot higher than ours.



I parked my tour van outside the Fox Tavern and when I returned Dan (aka Sione) had left a note saying he or his fellow workers had accidentally scratched and dented the van's rear. He then paid to repair the damage. Really appreciate the honesty.


- NZ Herald

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