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NORTH HARBOUR NEWS, JULY 15, 2011
Tackling the Rugby
World Cup fine print
Just who were the mindless,
obsessed people who apparently
assigned away features of our city
and the country just for the sake
of having this World Rugby Cup?
I know Helen Clark was there
in a specially-gifted All Blacks jer-
sey. And so was the rugby big boss
Jock Hobbs before his illness.
Did they or anyone in the hys-
terically over-happy New Zealand
delegation to London actually look
at the small print on the tourna-
ment agreement they signed?
Did anyone ask Aucklanders,
for instance, before the deed was
done, what they thought about the
strong-arm organisation tactics
that apparently had our proxy
Did anyone realise what effect
the small text would have on the
way our community lives during
those weeks of mayhem?
Did any minister or MP see the
consequences when Parliament
put the world cup script into law?
To keep overseas rugby admini-
strators happy, the almighty
world cup organisers for instance,
nearly gave a red card to the high
hopes of New Plymouth’s
Westown Primary School.
Previously unexplained cup
trading rules could have cost the
school thousands of dollars and all
the essentials that cash might
The school was almost officially
sidelined from letting out its
grounds to park 300 cars at $10 on
each of the three afternoons when
world cup footie is on at nearby
A small print ban, which the
cup organisers say prohibits ‘‘com-
mercial enterprises’’ within 500
metres of cup grounds, very
nearly wiped out a harmless
money-spinner and public service
dating back to the great days
when Taranaki was a shield-
holder more than 50 years ago.
Fortunately common sense
prevailed and the school was
granted a reprieve after the story
burst into print.
‘‘Commercial enterprise?’’ Get
It’s the same set of draconian
conditions blocking any advertis-
ing on shops or businesses in the
‘‘clear zone’’ around Eden Park –
except by the high-rolling event
sponsors of course – no street
trading, no pamphlets, no selling
of specials which aren’t in normal
run of stock, no non-RFC
hoardings even in the transport
routes into the ‘‘clear zone’’.
In the mailbag:
‘‘Thought you might enjoy this
interesting prayer given in Kan-
sas at the opening session of their
senate. It seems prayer still
upsets some people.
‘‘When minister Joe Wright was
asked to open the new session of
the Kansas Senate everyone was
expecting the usual generalities,
but this is what they heard:
‘Heavenly Father, we come
before you today to ask your for-
giveness and to seek your direc-
tion and guidance. We know your
word says woe to those who call
evil good, but that is exactly what
we have done.
‘We have lost our spiritual equi-
librium and reversed our values.
‘We have exploited the poor and
called it the lottery.
‘We have rewarded laziness and
called it welfare
‘We have killed our unborn and
called it choice.
‘We have shot abortionists and
called it justifiable.
‘We have neglected to discipline
our children and called it building
‘We have abused power and
called it politics.
neighbour’s possessions and called
‘We have polluted the air with
profanity and pornography and
called it freedom of expression.
‘We have ridiculed the time-
honoured values of our forefathers
and called it enlightenment.
‘Search us, oh God, and know
our hearts today; cleanse us from
every sin and set us free. Amen’!’’
‘‘My name is Katie. I have two
little boys aged two and eight
months. I was raised by a single
mother who for the most part was
loving, albeit in a violent relation-
‘‘I also was in a violent relation-
ship from the age of 17 to 24.
‘‘I fell pregnant to another man
at the end of that relationship,
and he was very supportive of me,
even though I continued to see my
ex who was still violent – even
though I was pregnant.
‘‘Upon having my eldest son, my
mother who is now a senior social
worker, reminded me of some of
the case studies she did while
training and the stories we
watched on TV together about
some of these little angels you
have written about.
‘‘One of the things she really
drummed into me was that these
babies are at great risk of being
abused by step-parents.
‘‘With her ongoing support and
the patience of my whanau and
my kid’s father I was able to break
all ties to that horrible man, who
I now know would have had no
qualms in inflicting pain on my
beautiful innocent son. As I said
before we went on to have another
‘‘I read your website and sobbed
the whole way through all of the
descriptions of all of those babies’
‘‘I can understand how people
can make some really bad
decisions but I fail to comprehend
how people can treat defenceless
children like they are less than
‘‘I am writing this email to you
because you obviously have a
passion for this cause, and as a
survivor of all sorts of abuse and
the woman responsible for two
lives, I would like to put my hand
up and offer my time to help you
where I can.
‘‘Or I would like to know what I
can do to help put an end to viol-
ence towards our tamariki!
‘‘I am not a scholar or anyone
important, and I know everyone
has a sad story, but I love my chil-
dren and believe that they all
have the right to be safe, loved
‘‘Thank you for making a stand!
Nga mihi ki a koe (greetings to
you in appreciation). Na Katie.’’
● Reader’s opportunity: Write
and give Katie ideas on worth-
while child causes.
‘‘I’ve just read your latest
opinion piece – how scammers
tried to rob the quake victims.
‘‘Love your suggested war cry
‘Phish off, Spammers!’ as you
press the delete key. Thanks
again for highlighting the existing
websites out there for Fairfax
‘‘We plan to up the educational
resources around cyber security
over the coming months once
funding comes through, so do keep
in touch if you have concerns over
other ‘techie’ issues as we’re
always happy to help.’’
Hails, senior cybersafety consult-
‘‘About the letter from pen-
sioners in Panmure over thieves
stealing their lemons. The sol-
ution may seem a bit radical but it
works. The next time the lemons
are green on the tree cut them off.
The low life will no doubt be dis-
appointed but I bet they won’t
come back again. I’ve tried it and
it works.’’ – Ron Carroll, Hillcrest
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Scientist shares his breakthrough
For 30 years Professor Amit Gos-
wami was a theoretical nuclear
physicist at the University of Ore-
His textbook on quantum mech-
anics is studied at universities
around the world. But now he
says a ‘‘mystical breakthrough’’
gave him answers to his deepest
scientific questions and led him to
understand how the great com-
mon ills – global warming, econ-
omic meltdowns, skyrocketing
healthcare systems – could have
their solutions in a new science.
The professor, who is visiting
New Zealand in early August, is
adamant that science based on
matter is ending and a new fron-
tier is opening. It is one that says
consciousness or how we think is
the basis of the world, rather than
solid three-dimensional reality.
His ideas are popular in the
United Kingdom, Europe and the
United States. He’s been featured
in documentaries and written a
string of books about his ideas.
He believes New Zealand will
contribute greatly to this new
paradigm of science.
Professor Goswami will be
speaking at Corelli School of the
Arts, Browns Bay, on August 4
and the North Harbour Events
Centre in Albany on August 6.
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