Hibiscus Matters Letters - June 13, 2018

By: Hibiscus Matters readers

Pizza spoils movie

Mike Kirk, Waiwera
Hoyts Cinema, Whangaparaoa, Saturday night. My wife and I sat in our seats for the film The Bookshop. A civilised film, with actors and a script – hence our attendance. Twenty minutes into the film, all is well. Then an usher appears to our right with a box. A flat large box, containing a pizza. Yes, I thought it was a cinema but it turns out we had mistakenly entered a restaurant at teatime (7pm). As the pizza carrying usher could not reach his customer in the middle of our row, he asked us to hand it down to them, via a few other customers who had paid to watch a film in peace, not assist the pizza selling foyer outlet in making money. Yes, this is grumpy old man territory. I have to admit that what I refer to as “standards”– involving a little restraint and reining in one’s appetite for a whole two hours (at the risk of starvation)  –have died a death. License rules all. I must have what I want when I want it – stuff anyone else.

Hoyts was offered the opportunity to respond to this letter, but failed to do so by the paper’s deadline

Community services

Mark Webb, Hatfields Beach
Pleased to see the Mayor promising that local services will be kept in Orewa (HM June 1). I think it is clear that a facility the size of the Orewa Service Centre is not really needed now – especially when you compare it to meeting spaces and service centres in other areas, which seem to be perfectly adequate. What does niggle though is that local ratepayers paid for it and we are about to see that investment spread throughout Auckland. The best way to give back to this community, in equal measure, would be to ensure that the site is sold to an organisation that can provide a community service. Health services would be ideal.

Residents also see red

Eric Bennett, Red Beach (abridged)
Regarding your article on page 5 of the Hibiscus Matters June 1 edition – it is not only the parents seeing red, it is the residents who live adjacent to the school who are not too happy either. I live in The Boulevard, which is a private road that continues off Lucy Foster Lane adjacent to the back entrance to Red Beach School. On both sides of 9am and 3pm, to drive up Lucy Foster Lane (a narrow road) is to ‘run the gauntlet’, with cars parked each side of the road leaving only just enough room for a small vehicle to manoeuvre its way through. Hopefully there will be no need for any emergency services at those times! Thoughtless parents swing their car doors open with no thought for approaching vehicles. It is chaos. Cars even park in our private road and on the footpath even though there is a sign that reads “The Boulevard Private Road no exit”. What happened to walking? In HM’s story, Auckland Transport spokesman Mark Hannan says “But we will issue tickets at Red Beach and other schools for unsafe practices…” In five years living here I have never seen a traffic officer anywhere near Lucy Foster Lane. Another statement – “A large number have been ticketed by Auckland transport as a result”. About time some tickets were issued in our area for unsafe practices and illegal parking.

The search is on for this memorial to the Whangaparaoa Town Centre cat, after a resident brought this picture of the plaque into Hibiscus Matters, saying he wanted to find out where it had gone. The memorial was originally placed at the Top of the Plaza (where Eddie Law 100% is located). Eddie Law remembers the plaque well and says he suspects it was shifted by Auckland Council and Watercare during refurbishment of the area in 2011. Eddie says that the cat first came to the town centre when there was a butcher’s shop there. The butcher used to feed the cat, called Gerard, and soon it was waiting for him when he got to work. He got attached to Gerard, and when the butcher left, the owner of the flower stall at the Top of the Plaza, Lou Ramsdale, took over feeding the cat. Eddie says that it was Lou who bought the plaque after the cat died. The cat was well known around the town and must have thrived on all this attention – if the plaque is right, he lived for 23 years. Auckland Council is searching its records to try and find out what happened. In the meantime, if any readers can help solve the mystery of the missing memorial, please email terry@localmatters.co.nz


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