Silly actions

Reading once again about a rescue of a 30-year-old Auckland man who fell at Omanawa Falls (Bay of Plenty Times, February 26) is quite infuriating.

Despite the many warning and No Entry signs, there are still people trying to prove ... whatever, by going to Omanawa Falls.

This recent episode involved the police, fire services, St John Ambulance and a rescue helicopter to help.


Well, does he know what that stupid action of his has cost? Does he care?

But people like this should be made to care by being fined for trespassing. If we keep just ignoring those who blatantly ignore the No Entry signs this will keep happening.

Let these people pay for their stupidity, let it hurt their wallets.

Make sure that it's just not worth the risk of a hefty fine and do something before it becomes a "recovery" and not a rescue.

Isabel Ashmore

Census time
As you settle down to complete your census forms consider this.

Once again a government agency has introduced authoritarian actions without the public being informed of these procedures or actions ratified.

The exclusive question on Maori ancestry appears singularly racist. Nowhere does the Treaty sanction this.


If the statisticians consider ancestry a defining mark of 2018 New Zealand why are all other ethnicities ignored?

Is it intended to present to the world an increase in our indigenous numbers?

Is it to entitle those with a small percentage of Maori blood, privileges denied to other ethnic groups?

How many part-Maori, as they all are, will tick "Maori" without also indicating the larger number, that of their non-Maori ancestors?

Whatever the reasons the public has the right to know.

Bryan Johnson

Museum site

In response to the article (BOP Times, March 3) concerning Ada Taylor's stance that she doesn't want our much needed museum to be built on Cliff Rd, was because she and her mates want to keep the bowling green there.

I find that unbelievable, with Tauranga's rapid growth and the amount of tourists that visit here, that Ada can not see that the museum is well overdue.

A large amount of ratepayers' fees go to the storage of the precious and exciting artefacts that none of us have had the pleasure of seeing yet.

It is time for our city to show our past, present and future with the displays that could be.

There are plenty of other bowling greens here in Tauranga, and remember Ada the artefacts will still be here long after the bowlers have passed away.

M Y Brooks