Letters: Laura Fergusson Trust, trickle down theory, Kāinga Ora, ‘old white dudes’ and the FIFA World Cup
A group gathered outside the former Laura Fergusson Trust building, urging any buyer to restore it as a disabled facility. Photo / Provided, File
Letter of the week: Susan Grimsdell, Auckland Central
The residential complex established in 1966 by the Laura Fergusson Trust has been supported over the years by volunteers and others who have given time and money.
because they understood what wonderful equipment it was. Not too long ago the land it was on was sold but it is now back on the market as it is no longer profitable for the buyer to build on it. The Laura Fergusson complex has 40 units that can accommodate people with disabilities at the moment, and the specialist gym and hydrotherapy pool could be reopened. About 250 people used his services and 62 people had to find new accommodation when the property was sold. The problem is the money, about $11 million a year. Recently, $113 million was found to be given to affluent and able-bodied people to help them buy a new electric vehicle. No one buys a new car, let alone an electric vehicle, unless they are already doing well. It’s shameful that we can find money to help these people, but no money to provide an essential service to the people in our community who need help the most. Encouraging us to use electric vehicles is a very small step towards reducing emissions, but providing people with disabilities with housing and services to help them live full and happy lives is a big step for them. As a society and community, we need to look at our priorities and invest our money where it matters most.
John Roughan (Weekend Herald, November 12) defines inflation as “too much money for too few goods”. In this, he agrees with Grant Robertson’s assertion that National’s tax cuts will be inflationary – they will direct even more money to the market, but will not affect the lack of goods available to the market. ‘purchase. “Luxury Luxon” and “Wonder-Woman Willis” both subscribe to the fallacy theory of “trickle down” – that companies will eagerly reinvest tax cuts into improving their productivity; the resulting gains will trickle down to the economy; which will then grow and benefit all. Also, pigs can fly. John Key and Bill English thought so too, in 2008 – they cut taxes – and raised the GST to pay them. Results? We have stubbornly remained a “low-wage, low-productivity economy,” and national governments have run deficits for years. Vote national – and watch out for flying pigs.
Clyde Scott, Birkenhead.
Excellent presentation by journalist Kate McNamara (Weekend Herald, November 12) regarding largesse at the government housing agency Kāinga Ora. Managerial positions have increased by more than 86%: 319 managers in 2020 increasing to 594 managers in 2022, costing $58 million (2020) and reaching $103 million in 2022. This despite a salary freeze by the Minister of Finance. Finance Grant Robertson on the income of civil servants. at $100,000. Talk about inflation. Additionally, the government will borrow an additional $2.7 billion to fund Kāinga Ora so he can continue spending. Despite warnings, the government will not be able to fully pay off the growing debt over the next 60 years. If you’re not yet convinced that Kāinga Ora is out of control, chief executive Andrew McKenzie said he’s aiming to increase the number of homes by 40,000, but he only has 20,000 on his list. ‘waiting. . . make the sums. The issues raised should concern everyone.
Brian McLachlan, Onerahi.
Regarding the disproportionate increase in the number of cadres in Kāinga Ora (Weekend Herald, November 9)‚ the problem in such institutions is that it is very difficult to get rid of an underperforming bureaucrat. They tend to have their “own office”.
Hamish Walsh, Devonport.
The Weekend Herald (November 12) featured platforming filmmaker Chelsea Winstanley with her “Sorry, Old White Guys, You’ve Had Your Time,” all headlining alongside “Why Generational Labels Are BS.” You can’t have it both ways, especially in a week when filmmaker Dame Jane Campion and artist Dame Robin White (old and white, but not my words) win New Zealand’s highest artistic honors (Icon Awards ) with artist Pasifika Papali ‘Je Fata Feu’u. To rub it further, Simon Wilson reviews the Auckland Town Hall race calling Wayne Brown “Pākehā and Baby Boomer” and Collins “younger and Samoan”, again using the age, gender and age charts. breed. It’s just divisive and insulting.
Helen Hayes, Greytown.
The story (Weekend Herald, November 12) of the teenager facing a daily five-hour commute from his home in Pukekohe to the University of Auckland illustrates just how backward New Zealand has become. Ninety years ago, a certain Edmund Hillary lived in Tuakau and attended Auckland Grammar School. He went back and forth by train, every day. He then climbed a few more mountains.
Murray Reid, Cambridge.
The biggest and most prestigious sporting event in the world is about to start. Unfortunately, there is not a single Kiwi participating in this event. For a country that prides itself on its sporting prowess, this is downright shameful. It’s the sport you have to be good at to be taken seriously as a sporting nation. It’s fine to be good at a variety of minor sports codes, but it’s the game the whole world plays and watches. Not being part of it is a sad indictment of our sporting priorities and abilities.
Frank John, New Plymouth.
A quick word
Chelsea Winstanley’s comment (W.H., November 12), “Sorry old white dudes, you’ve had your time” is ageist, racist and sexist in one sentence. Is it a record? Nick Hamilton, Remuera.
Boot camp may not work for young offenders, but cotton camp doesn’t work either. Mike Wagg, Freeman’s Bay.
Christopher Luxon wants to crack down on youth crime as the Police Association says the public cannot be sure police will even investigate white collar crime. Something is wrong. Ken Taylor, Manger.
National says young offenders need to be “reprogrammed” by sending them to military academies. What an original idea. Expect. I can hear the sound of rolling eyeballs. Alan Johnson, Papatoe.
The managing director of Air New Zealand short-haul said one of the reasons for spiraling domestic air fares at the moment is that demand for seats far outstrips supply. Randal Lockie, Rothesay Bay.
How did we get here asks Greg Bruce (WH, Nov. 12)? Probably when American marketers coined the term “adolescent” in the 1940s. Generational cohorts have been an enduring marketing concept ever since. Marcel Thompson, Te Aroha.
Mary Tallon’s plea for minibus fleets (WH, Nov. 12) should go further. They must be frequent at off-peak hours, electric and preferably free. Peter Thomas, Hamilton.
Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we had a politician who had the courage to do something about the (late) nighttime disturbance of firecrackers in the weeks following November 5th? Neville Swan, West Harbour.
Waka Kotahi can save millions to reduce speed limits – leave them as they are and don’t fix potholes and reduce maintenance expenses. Ian Doube, Rotorua.
What a treat at the women’s rugby final to have so many people doing poi actions to the great Maori music – a must for any future sporting event. Lesley Baillie, Murray’s Bay.
What a victory for exciting and running rugby: the Black Ferns beat the Red Roses. The sooner the rolling maul is ruled illegal, the better. Dennis Ross, Glendowie.
Whenever the All Blacks play at home, the Black Ferns have to play the equivalent women’s team the week before or the day before. Another option is that the All Blacks could play curtain raiser for the Black Ferns. Boris Sokratov, Campbell’s Bay.
Great to read Jacinda Ardern backed the Black Ferns to get equal pay. Will the Prime Minister now come forward and support equal pay for nurses after their 52 month fight? Gary Carter, Gulf Harbour.
black ferns, black boots; it’s so simple. All Blacks, clown shoes; Not that easy. Carol Munckhof, Takanini.