Tell us what you love about life in New Zealand - and what needs to change. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
I am thinking of going into the robbery business. It would seem that all I need is a beanie, a mask and a note demanding cash. I would like to think bank staff undergo training on how to handle these situations. Without question, if a robber is armed, then staff safety is paramount. However, claiming to have a weapon does not constitute an immediate threat. A proper response to "Show me the money" should be, "Show me the gun". I would argue that a knife does not present a threat to a teller behind a screen and counter. Banks need to be more defensive.
Grateful thanks to Tim at Dick Smith Electronics in Takapuna for helping us out when we were having difficulty accessing the internet on our laptop. Although our computer is no longer under warranty, he willingly provided great customer service and advice.
I was really disappointed to find a supermarket trolley rolling around in my driveway when I was heading out to work for the day. The person was obviously too lazy to put the trolley where it belonged. How hard is it? It ended up scratching my car, so it's going to cost me about $200.
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A huge vote of thanks to Bill Gosden and his marvellous team for organising a lineup of fantastic films suiting all tastes at the annual NZ International Film Festival. Special thanks to Bill for bringing us the New Zealand premiere of a very special New Zealand film from Rebecca Tansley and Flavio Villani, Crossing Rachmaninov - absolutely wonderful. Go and see it.
To the lady in the fly-eyes glasses heading to Waiau Pa on Friday night: You were cutting over the white line. Don't toot at me, stay on your own side of the road.
To the gentleman who helped my 90-year-old mother use her Gold Card for the first time on a bus from Takapuna to Elderwood Lane: Thank you so much. We had no idea she would attempt that. She has macular degeneration and is quite blind. Thank you also for helping her get off at the right bus stop. She was enormously thrilled with her adventure.