North Shore Times : November 25th 2010
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It had, so thank you so much to the lady who handed it in. You didn't leave your name or contact details but I am so grateful. Thank you again. Marie Dewhirst Sydney Use tear gas This is the best way for police to bring the teenage partying on the North Shore to an abrupt end. As a Devonport resident, I have seen first-hand the way the partiers laugh in the face of police, throw bottles at them, and enjoy the drama of the entire situation. Several teenagers were taking photos with their mobile phones of the police and helicopters then sending them to their friends while laughing. Obviously, the police are getting zero respect. It took almost three hours for the police to get the situation under control. It makes one wonder if they ever really had control or if the partiers would have gone home at that time anyway. Tear gas is the solution. Its effects are temporary, but highly effective. The partiers should be warned that they have 10 minutes to disperse before the tear gas is administered. It would quickly bring the bottle-throwing and laughing to an end, and there is no way partiers would be able to go home and tell their naive parents that they were not in attendance because their eyes would tell a different story. Right now, these teenagers are not giving the police a second thought which can be evidenced from their comments on Facebook. They are openly and defiantly breaking the law, and the tactics used by the police are enabling them to continue doing it. Guns and clubs are too extreme, but tear gas is the solution. Victoria Hoffman Devonport People's voice With regard to the article (NST, November 18), Takapuna plans excite Brown, Len Brown should talk less to the Takapuna Beach Business Association and ask North Shore residents if they want a ferry wharf at Takapuna. He might well find that a large number of them are not particularly excited by this prospect, and in fact place greater value on enjoying a relatively unspoiled beachscape. The business association has been pushing for this wharf since the mid-1990s to pull in a few extra shoppers and put a bit more money in their tills. The association is now able to lobby a mayor who has little empathy with the beach-oriented North Shore lifestyle and who will likely be easily swayed by green sounding (but ultimately shallow) transport arguments. This means there is a real risk that the business association might finally get its self-serving way. North Shore residents must start making their views known on this or we might get a wharf foisted on us that nobody but a few Takapuna retailers wants. Terry Tolich Castor Bay No anthem or flags It was great to see the supercross come to Auckland, nice to see that sort of event in our small country. I thoroughly enjoyed it but I was disappointed no one sung the national anthem,and where were the flags? Surely we as New Zealanders haven't become that unpatriotic? Richard Lunjevich Beach Haven Name of beach? In your article on the stairway at J F Kennedy Park you refer to it as being in Campbells Bay. Castor Bay runs south from Aberdeen Rd to the northern shore of the Milford Marina so the park is in Castor Bay. What is a puzzle is the beach below the park that is newly opened up by the stairs. Bays are usually defined by their shape and points or outcrops of land at each end. Campbells Bay is to the north but should finish at Red Bluff. Castor Bay is south but should finish at Rahopara Pt. Is the beach between Red Bluff and Rahopara Pt nameless? Roger Russell Castor Bay Meet in Devonport It is good to read that Chris Darby, the new Devonport- Takapuna Local Board chairman, has as one of his main priorities, connecting with residents and listening to their issues''. It is not so pleasing to read three paragraphs later that apparently all the twice monthly meetings will be held at the old council chamber in Takapuna. Devonport has a fine council building which served the borough council for some decades and then the community board. Devonport residents were given a good opportunity to bring matters of concern to the board at a forum preceding meetings. In our new situation one of the board's two meetings each month should be held in Devonport. The last thing we want to see for this piece of family silver'' is for it to be flogged off.Joyce Fairgray Devonport Letters should not exceed 250 words and must have full name, residential address and phone number. Hard-copy letters must have a legible signature. Only your name and suburb are published. Initials, pen names or email attachments are not accepted. The editor reserves the right to edit, abridge or withhold any correspondence without explanation. Opinions expressed must be genuinely held by the letter writer. Letters may be referred to others for right of reply before publication. Mail: North Shore Times, PO Box 33-235, Takapuna Fax: 486-6700 Email: email@example.com. Te reo and hegemonic paradigms Interesting -- the biggest mailbag of the year after my last columns with enlightening insights into people's thought processes -- and a clear guide to a public difference of opinion. Plus a widening of my vocabulary, but not in Maori -- a complaint about my hegemonic paradigm'' and carte blanche'' in the one sentence sent me reaching for a dictionary, a lawyer or a medical textbook. (From the Oxford diction- ary: Hegemony = dominance; paradigm = a pattern under- lying a theory or method- ology; carte blanche = full dis- cretionary power given to one person.) One intriguing comment from a reader with a clinical position in Maori health: By the time said performances are completed there is little time for actual patient care.'' Another reader can't understand -- like me -- why radio's Morning Report lapses regularly into Maori, followed by ponderous translations. One last chorus on powhiri, karakia and waiata before the topic takes a back seat. William Ropata, Otara: As social commentators like Pat Booth continue to expose their racism, it is prudent for us all to be reminded that when we think about what makes our nation uniquely special on the global land- scape, then it is our indigen- ous Maori culture that we have to recognise as our unique essence. It is not, as some in society may believe, a clean-green image (hardly true) or our anti-nuclear stance (hardly unique). When Pat Booth's hege- monic paradigm gives him carte blanche to apply his cul- tural mindset on traditional tikanga values, he needs to be reminded that the practice is racist, historical and unhelpful. Women do not take the front row at a powhiri as a sign of submission but rather as an indication of respect by men towards women. Our whanau are a most important consideration. Just a couple of hundred years ago in rather more tumultuous times, if women were lost then so was the tribe. Intentions of visitors could easily be a precursor to war, and so women stayed behind a protective barrier of menfolk. The underlying values of tikanga never change, even in these rather more (but not entirely) peaceful times. So women in the second row at powhiri still has relevance today. It would come as a shock to Pakeha that in the quest for a bicultural society it is they who must change. Maori are bicultural already. Racism seeks to destroy the oppressor as well as the oppressed.'' Brian Rowe, St Heliers: It is high time that so-called Maori protocol was confined to Maori occasions. The swearing-in of the new Auck- land city mayor and council- lors was definitely not one. Also to allow the deputy mayor to be relegated to a second row seat shows a weakness and bias in leader- ship which is worrying. We are both heartily sick of Maori welcoming parties greeting every important visi- tor with a haka, poking tongues and lengthy harangues that the visitors don't understand. They even travel overseas, on any excuse, to welcome, greet, bless, whatever, at the taxpayers' expense.'' Jill Duncalfe: Men sit- ting in front is role differen- tiation, not gender inequality. Just like in most homes men do the heavy work like clean- ing out the guttering on the roof and women take care of the social contact side of life. Both roles are very important to healthy family life. Men sitting in front at powhiri traditionally pro- tected the women from a possible attack. Women, as bearers of children were important, and men were stronger fighters. Okay there's no likelihood of being attacked during a powhiri these days, so why bother? This is how our different ideas of what a person is comes into it. We European New Zealanders think of a person as an individual pres- ence, standing on their per- sonal strengths, personal rights, self confidence, self esteem and self assertion and self autonomy. There is another idea about what a person is -- that a person is a point that stands on a line of persons from the past and into the future. So rather than being a singular presence, a person is a presence in the company of those people who have passed away and those who are members of their wider fam- ily even though they might not be physically present. When a person is encountered like this there is a non-physical dimension to their presence that needs to be attended to. This is what a powhiri takes care of. It's a different type of safety that acknowledges the potential for spiritual or psychic danger and the powhiri ensures this kind of safety for both visitors and hosts. In any healthy partner- ship, one person's ideas are respected by the other person and vice versa. For example, if a man thinks it's worth making time to watch the game on TV and his partner thinks it's worth making time to go to a book club, a partner worth holding on to would support their other half, rather than put them down. Likewise with our part- nership with Maori. Let's put our money where our mouth is and start practising this egalitarianism we value so highly.'' Graham Oliver: I too want to understand what is being said at powhiri. Conse- quently I have started to learn te reo. I try to live by the maxim seek first to understand then to be understood'. I can rec- ommend it. Kia kaha.'' Ron Hood: What's happened to our cultural pro- tocol of ladies first? This goes back centuries and precedes the alleged Maori settlements in New Zealand even if this is assumed to be as early as 925 AD. In 925, the knights of old were bowing to the ladies and stepping back to allow them to enter the court or room ahead of them. That is our protocol and precedes the first marae ever built in New Zealand.'' Henry Perkins, Botany Downs: It's time someone spoke up. Some years ago a friend commented that the way we seem to get Maori ceremony -- sometimes very lengthy -- imposed on us whenever something was opened, it wouldn't be long before we had to have a kara- kia before we opened an envelope. I think at each future council or local board meeting they should be required to stand while the national anthem is played (not sung) using a tape or CD if necess- ary. Powhiri, etc, could then follow if desired, but the order of precedence would be established. In a similar vein, when are the All Blacks ever going to sing the national anthem with the same vigour they put into the haka?''
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