Eastern Courier : January 12th 2011
7 EASTERN COURIER, JANUARY 12, 2011 NEWS 371 Ti Rakau Drive East Tamaki AUCKLAND ( cnr Huntington Drive & Ti Rakau opposite Gull) Ph 09 250 4650 Stockist of Nuts , Dried Fruits, Organic Products, Gluten Free and much more Your Natural Food Outlet Store bringing you the cheapest nuts in town Brazil Nuts $1.89 Nuts & Nibbles Mix 1kg each $7.99 Cashews Rstd Sltd 900g $9.99each per 100g Ground Almonds $1.89 Walnuts USA 1kg $19.99 Turkish Apricots 900g $9.90 per 100g each each d a i ly. 23 Tamaki Drive, Orakei, Auckland. 0800 80 50 50. Open 9.30am daily 23 Tamaki Driv O k Our new Sand Tigers have arrived. See them for yourself - if you dare! SAVE 10% - Book today at kellytarltons.co.nz KEL0503STAKL Sort out your cash Money management website Sorted has some tips to achieve goals in the new year. Whatever your resolutions are, it s likely they will affect your bank balance. Some plans will leave more money in the wallet, like giving up smoking or bypassing the work vending machine. If that s the case, think of what you will do with the extra funds like saving for a home deposit or paying off debt. See if there are ways you can achieve your resolutions and be kind to your bank balance at the same time. If you want to learn a new skill, you could arrange a skill swap with a friend. If you want to get fit you could organise daily walks or runs with a friend instead of paying for a gym membership. Go to www.sorted. org.nz/resolutions to write your resolutions down and print them out. Seeing them every day will remind you of what you want to achieve, and help you stay motivated to make it happen. The bad news -- Tracy's a fake! LETTERS: We welcome your letters to the editor. 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. We prefer letters about local issues. Open letters and poetry are seldom used. We discourage personal attacks -- try to advance the debate. 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 for sense, paper's style, brevity, good taste and to protect the rights and reputations of individuals and groups. Opinions expressed must be genuinely held by the letter writer. Letters may be referred to others for right of reply before publication. Mail: Eastern Courier, PO Box 76-400, Manukau 2013 Email: email@example.com. Sorry to tell you, but the old rule applies. If you overspent at Christmas, then someone came waving money at you from an unusual source and you thought it was too good to be true -- you were right. Too good and a fake. This is the email I got -- not once but twice: Dear customer, We are pleased to inform you that upon review of your fiscal activity we have determined that you are eligible to receive a tax refund of NZD 54.90 under section 291 (c) (9) of the Inland Revenue Code. Please submit the tax refund request and allow us 3-5 days in order to process it. To get your refund, please access the Inland Revenue e-file form. Note: For security reasons, we will record your ip-address, the date and time. Deliberate wrong inputs are criminally pursued and indicted. Note: Because this letter could help resolve any questions regarding your exempt status, you should keep it in your permanent records. -- Tracy Godfrey, director, Tax Refunds Dept, Copyright 2010 Inland Rev- enue. The official advice: It s a fake. One clue: Have you ever had the IRD talk about your fiscal activity ? Don t open it. Delete it and, if you want to talk to a real IRD tax person about it, the official email address is firstname.lastname@example.org. If you ve been stung like this -- tell me about it. If you chose the northern gateway for your holiday route -- and face a repeat nerve-racking performance coming home -- you ll have had tons of time to ponder the strange ways of traffic engineers and control experts. Like the decision to close passing lanes at the height of the traffic year. Having spent the odd millions siting and building them to free up flow, the experts close them and put everyone back being alter- nately bullied and handi- capped by the fleets of slow- moving camper vans, towed boats, trailers and caravan or being monstered by the sheer bulk of those huge trucks. If police planners have a theory that justifies this strange lack of logic, tell us about it. It will make a new topic for frustrated drivers to debate while spending hours at each end of their holiday on what often seems the biggest park- ing area in the country. And while they re at it, why don t police use some old- fashioned techniques like pointsmen on those Wark- worth traffic lights which help create the whole stop- start process causing the traffic snarl-ups and high blood pressure back down the road? I reckon that human con- trols there could go a long way towards preventing the northbound multi-lane chaos which has become chronic on the peak-traffic holiday days around the tunnel entrance. It may, of course, mean that some radar camera exponents have to scrap ticketing at times and actu- ally relate to drivers needs rather than add to police fine revenue. In the mailbag: It is stupid for police to pursue someone for a minor offence. You were hoping for an engine immobiliser -- and I agree, they were science fic- tion. However, these days, since nearly all cars rely on electronics to function, any- thing which disrupts that should be able to bring any car to a halt. Something which gener- ates a very strong electro- magnetic pulse should do it. It could be shielded to pre- vent affecting the police cars, and would have the added advantage that not only should it bring the offender s vehicle to a stop, but they would then have to fork out for new electronics. Surely we can t be far away from this can we? -- Bob Jenner An electronic (EMF) engine disabler would be a fantastic tool. EMF is already used and is being developed in warfare applications by both the US and Russian military and it is apparently able to be directed quite accurately. However, I think that a police management that dith- ers about for years as to whether their staff should have the armament to defend themselves from armed attackers will dither even longer as to whether EMF is the best tool to replace police chases. Criminals will flee and police must chase them and apprehend them. If criminals are young and stupid and get killed in the process of fleeing or harm innocent bystanders that is a very bad outcome. But there is a subtle line drawn between the two that is all too often sheeted home against the police rather than against the fleeing crim. I would hope that your column will be more attuned to the need to support our police force than to suggest that they should stop chasing crims and stand by while they escape to create havoc in someone else s lives. -- O Blackburn This column does not suggest no pursuits. I have made the point that if the 19 who died in chases last year had been police there would be greater urgency in finding an alternative tactic. Five days into the new year, the first death of 2011 went into the file -- a 15-year-old. The high price of being ranted at. Did you notice in the Sunday Star-Times that bills sent in by so-called iwi for the dawn ceremony for the new council and the inauguration later in the day amounts so far (more to come) to $45,720? Whereas 15 years ago three groups in and around Auckland s immediate vicin- ity were recognised as having iwi status (the others are family groups or hapu), there are now 19 recognised iwi groups who got in on the celebrations -- $800 was spent flying some from Great Bar- rier (Ngati Rehua) and $4000 for mileage for others. They were all fed and watered at a cost of $3000. Each of the representatives received $315 to attend the two events. And about 30 people out of 1500 in the town hall under- stood what they were saying. Must surely set a record. -- Name provided To contact Pat Booth email offpat@ snl.co.nz or write care of this news- paper. All replies are open for publication unless marked Not For Publi- cation.
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