Letters To The Editor
It is with regret that we have to respond to a letter to the editor that was published by the Lifestyler on June 21, in regards to recycling in the Kaipara District.
We would just like to clarify and reassure ratepayers, that statements made in that letter, that Kaipara Refuse does not recycle anything but two items and the rest goes to landfill is totally incorrect.
Anybody that has been to our Ruawai Depot to see the process that occurs once the 14 different categories of recycling have been sorted will know this is incorrect.
The recycling gets sorted, baled and transported to Auckland to our various markets. The recycling market is very volatile and the $2 per car fee introduced at the Awakino Road Transfer Station is to help with the costs involved for the above process. We at Kaipara Refuse take pride and work very hard to provide a great recycling service for the Kaipara District ratepayers, and invite them to come and look at the recycling process at our Ruawai Depot, check out our webpage kaipararefuse.co.nz, or give us a call on 09 439 2146.
The Kaipara Refuse Team
The run walk held in Dargaville recently was a wonderful success. The Dargaville vets as the major sponsor of this Sport Northland event wanted to change the route so the Dargaville township could benefit from the many visitors into our town. With 600 competitors and probable 200 supporters it was a great opportunity for our town. The food businesses that opened did a roaring trade. Unfortunately most of the other businesses decided to remain closed. This was a huge opportunity missed by our main street businesses. I believe strongly that it is important to support our local businesses but they must earn our support. Unfortunately they did not take the opportunity to open to a large audience of mostly outsiders. I hope next year they will.
In closing I wish to say that this is my personal view not necessarily that of Sport Northland
Regards, Chris Biddles
I note with great cynicism, that Kaipara Refuse has finally gotten its way and is to charge ratepayers $2.00 for their recycling. This fee was to be started in January, but because some local and not so local residents who take their recycling to the Dargaville Transfer Station were upset, this move was put on hold.
I sent an email to the mayor Mr Greg Gent at the time requesting clarification of the ability of the contractor to arbitrarily place a fee on recycling. I received an answer to say that ‘the council was reviewing its options'.
Just wondering how many ratepayers realise that the only items of recyclable plastics that are actually recycled are clear milk bottles and ice cream containers. All other recyclable plastics dealt with by Kaipara Refuse, go directly to landfill. So much for environmental sustainability.
Concerned local (Name and address supplied)
The Northern Wairoa Memorial RSA wish to thank wholeheartedly the people of Dargaville and outlying area for their most generous donations to our Poppy Day collection. This money will go exclusively to the welfare fund for the benefit of our Returned Services people in need of assistance. The total amount collected was $6114. Well done!
Mr Gent told your paper that he and Peter Wethey only stood on the basis of an undertaking from the minister that the government would look after the litigation.
Other candidates in that same election received no such comforting words from the government. Many of your readers won't care about that, but alarm bells might ring about government interference in what are supposed to be independent elections. Mr Gent says that he wants no part of the litigation, but he thinks it's OK for the ratepayers to pay for it.
Do we need another election, on a level playing field? The government can't ‘help' Mr Gent. It was precisely because it set up Winder's engagement illegally that he had to be terminated. Putting in another Crown Manager won't fix that.
In fact, Mr Gent did not tell the Lifestyler of any ‘undertaking from the minister that government would look after litigation'. Mr Winder was appointed as Crown Manager three months before the local body elections. Thus all candidates would have been aware of the appointment and its purpose.