Anzac Day reminds me of K Force and the current situation of the Korean peninsula.

Thousands of Kiwi soldiers served under UN command during the Korean War (1950-1953) to repel Communist North Korea's invasion of South Korea. The armistice was signed in 1953. New Zealanders made sacrifices for the regional stability and the world peace and prosperity.

South Korea's economy is now 40 times bigger than that of North Korea. But the two Koreas have still technically been at war.

It is often called the last vestige of the Cold War. Last year the world was in a highly volatile situation with North Korea's nuclear development.

However, this year seems different. North Korea pledges to suspend missile and nuclear testing ahead of the upcoming inter-Korean and the US-North Korea summits.


While many people are still sceptical that North Korea will continue to develop its nuclear programme in secret or extract concessions on sanctions, I expect that they will achieve success in denuclearising the peninsula and establish permanent peace.

I think North Korea actually has no choice but to swallow the unwelcome situation caused by the UN's economic sanctions and the US, South Korea and its allies' overpowering capabilities.


Once again there has been no mention of lowering the speed limit in Brunswick Park from 70km/h to 50km/h. For 12 years we've been trying to lower this limit - we have school children walking home on the road when it is wet as we don't have pavements, people on bikes, horses and joggers ... This is a residential area and the police agreed years ago the speed limit needed lowering, as do the majority of residents.


A very interesting article on our future energy demands and I usually get bored reading the blurb. But Rachel Stewart (Opinion, April 18) wrote an inspiring article I can use at work to develop a council initiative that focuses on reducing farmers' carbon footprint by planting trees and off-setting costs on their rates.