Mahurangi Matters 7 August 2019 - Readers Views

By: Mahurangi Matters - 7 August 2019 Readers Letters

Dangers of 5G
In response to Simon Green’s letter to the editor (MM July 17), I congratulate Mahurangi Matters for publishing an article on 5G (MM July 3). It is, in fact, a very serious matter, and I suggest that Simon Green does some real in depth research and not rely on sources who have conflicts of interest. Most mainstream media will not publish a lot of information on the dangers of 5G or any other danger that arises from the huge increase in electro-magnetic fields (EMF) we are exposed to for various reasons, including the income generated by the telecommunications industry. We are lucky to have a publication like MM which looks at real issues. If this was not a serious concern why would Belgium be taking a precautionary approach? Switzerland has put a halt on it.  Rome, Florence and Geneva have called for a moratorium on the 5G roll out due to concerns over adverse health effects.  In many countries across the planet, thousands have taken to the streets protesting and saying “no” to 5G. There are hundreds of highly qualified scientists and doctors all over the world crying out against the health effects 5G will cause. More than 10,000 peer reviewed scientific studies demonstrate harm to human health from RF radiation, including chronic conditions such as cancer, heart disease, diabetes, DNA damage, tissue degeneration, premature aging, infertility, disruption in cell metabolism, insomnia, stress, anxiety and depression, as well as a range of acute conditions. There are countless websites set up to educate and inform the public by highly qualified people – some of whom no longer work in the government and telecommunications industry because they understand how dangerous this technology is. You can Google Barrie Trower or Neil Cherry for a start. Google John Patterson, one of Australia’s leading radiation experts – a man who has been at the cutting edge of communications technology for the past 33 years. You will see he states this technology “poses a devastating risk to human life, to nature and to the planet that supports it”. Or you can even start with the basic information at 5g.org.nz. Do not attack Lis Martinac who, while not a doctor or a scientist, is a courageous woman who is helping to educate. She should be applauded for not idly standing by doing nothing while we watch the health of humans, birds, insects and trees disintegrate.
Helen Bartrom, Snells Beach


Coastal concern
Your article “Climate changes threatens low-lying coastal properties” (MM July 17) is very timely. Raising the question of further residential development on coastal land is needed now. Indeed, we have been extremely slow in realising that sea level rise has been around for decades. Some 15 years ago, I observed water in the roadside ditches around Point Wells. There had been no recent rain and two hours later the water had receded. It was, of course, sea water. Since then, councils have continued to approve urban development in that peat and sand flat area. So, who pays for either sea defences or retreat, involving removal of buildings etc.? Also, the Council’s infrastructure needed to support the coastal subdivisions will have been made redundant, too. As a ratepayer who has chosen to move to higher ground, will I be liable for the future costs of today’s dubious decisions?
Michael Dymond, Warkworth.


Democracy my foot
Councillor Sayers says that the court injunction to stop Auckland Council passing its freedom camping by-law is a victory for Auckland’s democracy (MM July 3). Somehow his version of democracy differs from mine. Getting the majority of councillors to support your view is democracy; democracy is not having a friendly neighbourhood Queens Council and enough money to take a court injunction.
Neil Anderson, Algies Bay

To be clear, there has been no court injunction. However, Mayor Phil Goff did defer a Council vote on the freedom camping bylaw pending the consideration of legal implications. – Ed


Water stains
I am aware that Warkworth’s water supply was changed recently. Hubby and I bought a brand new glass electric jug a couple of months ago and since we have had this I have tried unsuccessfully to clean what I understand to be limescale off the inside metal base of the kettle. Scrubbing with a bristle brush loosens a bit, which is left floating in flakes in the water. CLR (calcium, lime, rust remover) is not suitable or safe for removal of this. Our water passes through two filter systems, which are kept in check, and this residue is also left on our bench top glass water jug. I, therefore, ask that this is brought to the attention of the powers that be and that more effective filters are put in place. If you don’t have a glass kettle, you would probably be unaware of the damage. This scale seems resistant to cleaning off even with a Steelo soap pad.
G Taylor, Warkworth

Watercare spokesperson Claire Hooton says since December, Warkworth’s water supply has been sourced from two groundwater bores. These have a higher mineral content than the previous river source. This higher mineral content can result in staining and Watercare is currently reviewing different cleaning methods to advise users. Meanwhile, Steve Reynolds, Master & Commander at Aqua Filter Rodney, says the scaling is predominantly silica – one of the most stubborn minerals known in water treatment. Standard water filters are ineffective, though there are specialist products which will significantly reduce the level of silica. Otherwise, the best solution is to replace the kettle regularly or ignore the scale, which is not harmful – Ed.

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