Nor West News : January 20th 2011
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Young children have the ability to learn a second or even several languages easily as this is a time when their brains are growing and developing at an incredible rate. Studies have shown that children who learn a second language are able to become proficient in all curriculum areas at a faster rate than they would by learning in just one language. At the Te Awaroa and Parakai Primary schools, children learn te reo Maori and quickly become proficient. Parents are welcome to become involved in their child's education and assist in the daily class activities. They are encouraged to share their knowledge and expertise in playing an instrument, mau rakau, weaving, carving and sharing local stories and history. Kuia and kaumatua are welcome to visit the classes and get to know the children. In turn, the children learn to respect their elders and value their knowledge and experience. To find out more about this unique educational pathway for your child, phone (09) 420-7434. Bernie Malizia South Kaipara Spouting politics I see that the prime minister has announced that if National does not win this year's election, he will be retiring from politics, forcing a byelection in Helensville. Given that John Key has no connection with Helensville -- other than being the MP -- this news comes as no surprise. Mr Key has used the seat as a vehicle to fulfil his life-long goal of being prime minister and I think his constituents are right to feel a little taken advantage of in this respect. Living in Parnell and holidaying in Hawaii, he has no interest in serving the people of Helensville. In contrast, I am dedicated to being your local MP. I live in the electorate, my parents live here, I grew up here and I went to school here. This is my community. My pledge to the people of Helensville is to represent them first and foremost -- something the incumbent MP has failed miserably in doing. Jeremy Greenbrook-Held Labour's local candidate for Helensville Slow down In New Zealand the horse on the road is a legal vehicle. Therefore, should another vehicle actively cause an accident by speeding, accelerating or other aggressive driving, that driver is liable to prosecution and jail. The Road Code directs us to slow down when passing a horse and rider, which means toasafespeedof30to 50kmh, not the token 90kmh that happens. The less intelligent aggressors often have to brake urgently at the next corner because they have actively accelerated in some form of rage as they pass. Interestingly, they see the option of carnage and awful damage to all concerned, to live with for the rest of their life, as an option to courtesy and slowing a little. Live and let live. The country road is a corridor for all vehicles -- tractors, quads, horses, bikes and pedestrians. Contractors are flat out right now and at some risk from the idiotic driving habits of the impatient. Only on motorways has the car absolute priority, but that is not applicable on any other road. Remember 4WDs and trucks are very loud compared to a car, but are so well insulated that the occupants are not aware of the noise factor. I would like to thank those more intelligent, socially aware drivers for their ongoing courtesy and consideration, always the majority by 20 to 1. Please cyclists, yell out well in advance bike coming'' as you approach, to alert the horse rider, and to reassure the horse that it is human- related. Rosemary Parcell South Head Communication At last, one of the board members has finally responded to public comment. Congratulations Thomas Grace. It is nice to get some information even at this late date. Part of modern politics is communication with the people you represent. That communication must be honest and transparent. Not spin-doctoring that the previous district council used to do. So communication with the public on a regular basis would be a good start. I am not surprised that there hasn't been a honeymoon period. All the public were aware of was that Rodney Local Board meetings were being held in Orewa without any reason being given. Keep people in the dark and the wrong perception develops. Yes it makes sense to have the administration for both Rodney and Albany in the one place. However, there should also be meetings and public forums throughout Rodney. That is part of democracy. Even if there is a low attendance, the public must be given the opportunity to attend. And I really don't think there would be a need to transport desks, chairs, sound systems, etc, all over Rodney. That was a bit over the top Thomas. Also it would help if the public had some idea of the agenda that you are working on. There are still many anomalies from the time of the Rodney District Council. Water rates being different between the western and eastern areas. A transport levy that makes up around 20 percent of the residential rate. Funny, we certainly do not have a transport system that warrants that sort of levy. And the biggest joke is a combined charge for wastewater and water utility charges that makes up around 30 percent of the residential rate. This is on top of the water and wastewater charges. And there are many more that are coming to light now we are part of Auckland city. These are areas the board should be working on. Bruce McGechan Helensville RULES Letters should not exceed 250 words and must have full name, residential address and phone number. Only your name and suburb are published. We prefer letters about local issues. All correspondence to the editor is assumed to be for publication unless marked otherwise. The editor reserves the right to abridge or withhold any correspondence without explanation. Letters may be edited. Write to The Editor at: Mail: Nor-west News, PO Box 46, Kumeu. Fax: 412-7806. 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