I read again that troublemakers in our schools should not be excluded from school
Again, the rights of those who can't behave are taking the rights off the ones who do.
There are only so many teacher minutes per day per student and why should troublemakers deprive other students of them?
Teachers should not be expected to control them either and it is equally unfair on them to go to work under sufferance to deal with it.
You always remove the rotten fruit from the bowl.
We need to get tougher on those who know they are doing wrong, and who know they can get away with it further proving sugar-coating doesn't work.
Commissioners seem to be working together well
It's so great to live in a democracy where people have the right to be consulted and the right to protest. Yes, the Long Term Plan comes with a hefty rate rise but it's for infrastructure and other work that has been deferred by previous councils.
Yes, it would be great to have a fully functioning, elected council in place, a group of people who worked together for the benefit of Tauranga to achieve common goals.
Sadly, in my opinion, that's not what we had, with the former troubled council having governance problems, and being removed and replaced with commissioners by Local Government Minister Nanaia Mahuta.
The current commissioners seem to be working together well and making decisions they believe are in the best interests of Tauranga now and into the future. And there has been loads of genuine community consultation where they have engaged with people in various places around the city including marae.
Can see the benefits
Merepeka Raukawa-Tait's column (Opinion, July 28) is right on.
Having personally stayed overnight on a marae and also attending a beautiful wedding ceremony at Parawai Marae, I can see the benefits of what Raukawa-Tait is trying to achieve.
So much love and welcoming was evident on my two visits. Raukawa-Tait has my support.
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