Letter of the week: Neville Cameron, Coromandel.
I have total sympathy for Monique Hodgson (Weekend Herald, June 19) regarding house auctions.
I drove from Coromandel to Tauranga to attend an auction. The salesperson had assured me that this property was with in my range.
The house passed in, and I was top bidder. I was invited to negotiate afterwards, which involved being harangued by salesmen, who became unpleasant.
The entire process was a waste of my time and money, the concept of secret reserves is stupid and wastes everybody's time. Most purchasers have an absolute bottom line.
The reserve should be advertised to save people like myself from making unwanted journeys.
I trust arithmetic over economics. Arithmetic is much harder to tell lies with.
The Government will be by far the largest buyer of electric vehicles and, with only 191 purchased so far, that leaves 14,909 "to be replaced by 2025/26". Good luck to anybody else even getting on the waiting list for one.
As the "rebate" ($8700 each) is eligible for all purchases, almost $130 million will be sucked back by Government, funded by the rest of us who can't or don't replace our cars, utes, wagons. If the penalty/fine regime doesn't fully fund this new tax grab, then taxpayers have to pay for the rebates.
What about 1.2 million tonnes of coal to Huntly every year, making 2.4 million tonnes of CO2 for electricity users?
Worse, we buy poor quality coal from Indonesia to do it, instead of our own high-grade coal mines and workers.
Used cars may use petrol, but used car imports are a global recycling of resources and actually very minor global polluters.
Arithmetic tells us that manufacturing 1.5 to 2 tonnes of vehicle; steel, plastic, with rare and toxic materials is a much worse global energy and pollution solution, than using one already existing.
Tony Olissoff, Mt Roskill.
John Roughan suggests (Weekend Herald, June 19) that the 21st Century's epoch of terrorism might have ended after the Christchurch attack.
The number murdered in terrorist attacks is approximately 10,000 per year, matched by an equal number injured, and this number is steady post-Christchurch, at the average for this century.
In the last month there have been over 800 murdered in 17 countries including five polio vaccinators and 10 mine clearance workers in Afghanistan.
Look beyond Western countries.
Stewart Hawkins, St Heliers.
Kelly Tonkin, convicted of a $100 million fraud (Weekend Herald, June 19), is just one of a long line of such fraudsters who have one thing in common: their massively fraudulent behaviour runs unnoticed for years or decades. What does this say about the quality of company auditing in New Zealand?
These fraudulent companies' activities only come to light when they are on the point of collapse and investors can no longer get their money out.
Those investors then face years in courts because our utterly inadequate commercial laws make it so difficult for investors to get their money returned equitably to them.
Welcome to the Wild West.
Andrew Tichbon, Green Bay.
Suggesting we spend money destined for infrastructure projects into inflated America's Cup wages is just compounding the infrastructure malaise that has dogged New Zealand for the last 50 years.
While we might not all agree with the cycle bridge project, what Fran O'Sullivan (Weekend Herald, June 19) is actually suggesting is we take $100 million out of the infrastructure pot and put it into Team New Zealand's wage pot.
The failure to secure the next America's Cup regatta here begs the question; if this event was so vital for our economy, why aren't local businesses rushing in to sponsor Team New Zealand?
Neil Anderson, Algies Bay.
Cup runneth over
I disagree with Fran O'Sullivan's article (Weekend Herald, June 19) where she promotes backing the America's Cup team ahead of the cycle/walking bridge over Auckland harbour.
The America's Cup regatta is a fine show, but it comes along and then, so soon, is all over
with only the memories and the debates about how much value it was to our economy.
Our original harbour bridge was designed with a walkway but, because of rising costs and increasing negativity from many quarters, the design was simplified and the walkway removed.
Previous Governments have had to bite the bullet and widen the bridge and I applaud this
Government for biting the bullet and confirming, finally, the construction of this cycle/walkway bridge.
Cost/benefit assessments do not matter at all. This bridge will be there after many, many America's Cup races have been run and forgotten. It should have happened a long time ago and I look forward to being able to cross the harbour on it for the first time.
Rhys Morgan, Northcote Pt.
Auckland Council closed sports pitches this morning (June 19) after overnight rain, citing surface water on the pitch. This resulted in thousands of kids missing out on team sports.
The sun came out and the well-drained pitches would have been useable.
In this world where Covid could deliver another level 3 lockdown with no notice and lead to weeks without outdoor team activities for our kids, the council needs to look beyond perceived potential damage to the pitches and think more of the mental health of the sports kids who for no real reason were deprived of their exercise today.
The mental health of all is paramount and council and government officials need to recognise that over something like a sports pitch that might get a little bit muddy.
Peter Webster, Titirangi.
Columnist Bruce Cotterill (Weekend Herald, June 19) makes some valid points re: truth in the media, and the need for both factual reporting and "to challenge the announcements and commentary coming from our decision-makers".
I do believe, though, he rather negates his whole argument by using emotive terms such as "the lefties in our media".
Ah, yes. Truth. But only on his terms, it would seem.
David White, Pāpāmoa Beach.
A quick word
Here's a fun thought. David Seymour defects to National and immediately becomes leader. I wonder how the 500,000 defaulting National voters at the last election would respond? Colin Nicholls, Mt Eden.
The "example" set by the Prime Minister simply encourages more of the behaviours which have created a shortage of vaccines for the vulnerable in the community in the first place. Wendy Campbell, Lynfield.
Incentives for jabs are all undone when viewing nightly the many close up jabs shown on TV. Pam Grant, Ōrewa.
Those who waste food (Weekend Herald, June 19) have presumably never lived in wartime or suffered hardship. "Bubble and squeak", a mixture of left-overs cooked in a frypan, was one of our favourite childhood dinners. Pamela Russell, Ōrākei.
What on earth has Phil Goff done (Weekend Herald, June 19) to earn one of the plum diplomatic postings on offer? Paul Beck, West Harbour.
Electric cars are so silent in their operation that they constitute a menace to pedestrians and other traffic. Is it timely to reintroduce the erstwhile requirement that they be preceded by a man waving a red flag? Peter Clapshaw, Remuera.
Following the Government EV car rebate announcement, inquiries for EV cars increased by 454 per cent and for utes just 3 per cent. It seems the Government and most Kiwis are reading from the same page. R. Laybourn, Hamilton.
Can we please have a rest of, say, three months from Aunty Reg of Albany who uses the letters to the editor as a free platform to overtly promote the current Prime Minister? Alastair Irving, Ōrewa.
I have had time to ruminate on John Roughan's (Weekend Herald, June 19) comments from a different angle than when the film was first mooted and realise I had made too quick a conclusion. His writings are very informative and have given me "food for thought". Kay Wheeler, Huapai.
If Mr Dalton sails off with NZ's Cup to foreign shores he need not bother to sail back. Derek Smith, Newmarket.
My wife and I must have spent getting-on for $1000 on hospital car parking. On top are meals in the hospital cafeterias. These cost an arm and a leg for even a light snack. R Berrington, Ōrewa.
Spin doctors are using the word "fee" to describe the new charges being made for CO2 on vehicles. The correct word is "tax" as it is a penalty to raise money imposed by a government. It is not a fee which is a charge for services. Roger Russell, Campbells Bay.
Why hasn't our Government shut down all those obscene commercials about utility vehicles and their owners? No other communist country would tolerate this. Graham Steenson, Whakatane.
Double, bubble travel and trouble, fire burn, and Covid bubble. Andrew Montgomery, Remuera.