Hibiscus Matters letters - April 1, 2020 (unpublished)

By: Hibiscus Matters readers

Dogs on beaches

Louisa Geller, Arkles Bay
It seems incredible that Council issued no fines for breaches of the summer dog on beach bylaw on Coast beaches (HM March 4). Everywhere I went this summer, whatever time of day, there were dogs both leashed and unleashed on the beaches. Owners appeared not to care about the restrictions, as they were often right by the signs. I called out to a couple once or twice, so I know what Richard Field is talking about. All you get is angry looks and abuse. This abuse of the bylaw has given dog owners a bad name and Council should be doing a lot more about it.

Path needs work

Gary Regtien, Orewa (abridged)
I totally agree with Colin Selfe (HM, March 4) relating to the “Serpentine path” where pavers have been laid on shifting sands and tree roots. This dangerous, narrow path is between the Orewa Surf Lifesaving Club carpark and the playground. My suggestion to Council is to pick up the pavers and construct a nice, wide concrete footpath similar to the one towards the South bridge. Selling the bricks could help pay for it? And forget the ‘snaking’ design as well!

Low cost service fills gap

Michelle Ware, Gulf Harbour
Further to your article on the Silverdale animal charity offering low cost pet desexing and microchipping (HM March 4). What a wonderful service for the betterment of all cats and dogs in our community. No one can disagree that there is a huge problem with entire cats and dogs. Through the many volunteer organisations trapping, desexing and rehoming cats, we are seeing improvements. Whilst I agree to own a cat or dog is a privilege, I do however believe that, in NZ, pet ownership is not only for the “privileged”. I have felt for some time that increasing veterinary bills will put pet ownership out of the reach of many loving lower income families. To at least have microchipping and desexing done for a reasonable donation makes that more possible. Our vets will still have these animals for the rest of their lives. In recent years, a local established vet clinic became part of a large corporation of clinics and the cost to spay a dog immediately increased by $100.

I support my local vet clinic, and recommend it. I do not believe this new service is an “insult to the veterinary profession”. It is filling a very needy gap. Well done to the dedicated people involved.

Whangaparaoa College teacher Melanie Brown’s Level 1 Food Tech class made a generous contribution to Love Soup in the form of frozen meals and baking that the students made themselves. The 2-person meals included macaroni cheese, lasagne, fettuccine, chicken Alfredo, pizzas and vegie bakes. Melanie says she is proud of her students. “At a time of uncertainty and increased stress and anxiety we were so happy to be able to provide frozen meals and baked goods to Love Soup. We hope they will support people who may be confined to their homes or struggling in the current economic environment,” she says. Julie King of Love Soup says the students’ generosity reminds us, in difficult times, that we are never alone.

The In Good Form team from Christchurch was on Moana Reserve in Orewa last week, creating the sand sculpture that has been an annual attraction for six years. This went ahead, although the sandcastle competition on Orewa Beach was cancelled. The sculptors began work on Wednesday, March 18 and completed the piece on Sunday, March 22. The undersea scene included an octopus, fish, starfish, turtles, a hammerhead shark and stingrays. One of the sculptors said the cheeky option of including a virus hiding among the coral had been considered. The weather was kind to the sculptors this year, making their work a pleasure in the open seaside air, with many people stopping to look and chat.



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