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It was so great to see Scott Martlew, The
Mail (August 23), doing so well.
It s great to see the twins (Scott and
Michael) doing so well.
They were both very good players at the
North Beach Tennis Club, and very
They played in the Saturday competition.
When they were members of the club, we
had two sets of twins playing in the finals.
They were lovely kids to have. Scott used to
go kayaking after tennis.
He comes from a sporting family. It s
wonderful to see the support he has had.
We wish him and the family all the best
from the North Beach club. Ethna Rouse
North Beach Tennis Club
Count the cost
In a recent letter published by The Mail
(August 23) Gary Knight accuses Tony
Milne and I, who share similar views
regarding the harms associated with
pokies, of sentiments devoid of reality .
The reality is that there are serious
ongoing issues with the pokie trusts.
Department of Internal Affairs (DIA)
stats from April 2011 show the average
return across the country was 41.5 per cent,
with only four trusts returning more than
50 per cent of their proceeds to the
An April 2011 DIA report showed one
trust spending excessive and
unreasonable amounts of money on such
things as social entertainment and
events , rebranding, remuneration, and
hiring PR firms to lobby politicians --
merely one very real instance of a system
severely lacking in integrity.
Pokies are demonstrably more addictive
and harmful than other forms of gambling;
one in four people who play will become
addicted. Those addicts will affect five to 10
This costs Christchurch about $13
million in reduced GDP a year and 630
If the price of reducing pokies in our city
is that a few social gamblers miss out on a
bit of fun, then I think that is a more than
worthwhile price to pay. Paul McMahon
Community Board Member
Recently I got caught up in a farcical
Labour Party street corner meeting on
The speaker was Tony Milne -- or would
have been had things gone according to
With Mr Milne were two of his comrades,
all three in anachronistic socialist red
I asked Mr Milne how a party that had
sold 21 of our government-owned assets in
the eighties could now be opposed to the
sale of the last few remaining assets.
I was told I would have to wait for a reply
till after he had given his speech to this
audience of one (me).
But he found he was talking to himself,
as the sound system wasn t working.
While his comrades tried to get the sound
system going, unsuccessfully, Mr Milne told
me Labour s asset sales had been a
mistake and, having now recognised this,
Labour was opposed to National s proposed
sales. A convenient and hypocritical about-
turn as voters are, more and more,
struggling to find a difference between
Labour and National. Allan Stokell, Shirley
Story: Playground to replace Centennial
Query - if the Government is paid by us,
uses our money, then legally we should
decree what our money buys. Also we
should have a no-confidence option
introduced to voting during elections.
We should also have the option to fire
ministers. Ministerial portfolios should be
handled by experts in the field they
represent from years of experience, not the
current way of giving muppets something
to mess with.
Democracy should work this way.
Otherwise we re being dictated to.
What floors me is that you give Kiwis a
voting paper and it turns into a popularity
contest, where we try to be on the winning
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