Mayor Wayne Brown was interviewed at the Auckland Council offices in Albert Street, Auckland. Photo/Michael Craig
It should be noted that in the first 12 months of medical assistance in dying, 214 people successfully used this route to avoid unbearable suffering and there was no suggestion of coercion or pressure.
Mary Panko, beach paradise
Hayden Munro’s frenzied cheerleading for the Labor Party is so delirious that it must be considered satire.
Mike Wagg, Freeman’s Bay
credit card fraud
There seems to be an increase in credit card fraud. The cry of the banks is to never give out your card details.
But many hotels and car rental companies, to confirm a reservation over the phone, will ask for the expiry date of the card number and even [security] Number.
This I assume is written by a reservations person for all staff to see and all it takes is one dishonest person to pass the details on to the person to use.
A safer system is certainly needed.
Vince West, Milford
Filling a $270 million hole
My humble opinion on the suggestions put forward to plug Auckland Council’s $270m budget hole. I would much rather see the port leased and/or the council’s stake in Auckland Airport sold than a 12% rate hike.
I would be willing to consider civil disobedience for the first time in my life (I’m a former policeman) rather than pay an extra 12% on top of what is already a significant chunk of my old age pension.
Peter Brooks, Mairangi Bay
Amazing, so many people say bank profits are okay
I am amazed at how many people think it is acceptable that the four Australian banks that provide banking services to our country continue to report record profits. They are known to be the most profitable banks in the OECD, and this fact in itself means that the situation must be studied.
What is the advantage for New Zealand of having such a profitable foreign banking sector?
Not only do these profits go overseas, but on the other hand, if there is financial devastation, our funds are not protected. Do people really understand the economics of our banks or is it just another anti-government tool?
KS Agar, Onehunga
The combined profits of the four major New Zealand banks alone amount to $1,200 per New Zealander; how disgusting is that? The first thing they should do is remove all of their earning fees. Thieves.
Glenn Forsyth, Rangatira Park
credit card pain
In all the comments to date on bank profits, I have yet to see the mention of credit card markups.
According to Reserve Bank statistics, approximately $3 billion in credit card debt bearing interest at an average interest rate of 18.6% is currently outstanding each month, earning banks $560 million a year in interest charges only.
It seems likely that this figure can only rise as household incomes and spending continue to be squeezed. It would be nice if the banks recognized this by cutting their usurious rates, which the figures above suggest they can well afford.
Incidentally, if you are considering switching to a New Zealand bank as a recent correspondent suggested, it will have to be done for purely patriotic reasons. Kiwibank’s Visa rate is nearly 2.5% above the RB average, and their term deposit rates are virtually identical to those of Australian banks.
Duncan Simpson, Hobsonville Point
I commend the police who met the 4pm ferry from Waiheke to Auckland on Monday 7th November last. Just before we were due to dock in Auckland the captain announced that there had been a fire alarm in the ferry terminal and there would be a delay so we circled and waited just beyond the hotel Hilton for 20-25 minutes.
A youth with a dog approached and knocked on the door and shouted abuse at the captain for being late. Several minutes later, the youngster again walked with his dog, knocked on the door and continued to shout abuse at the captain, despite the inevitable delay.
It was shocking to be so close to what was going on in a partially enclosed area. We were also worried about the captain’s safety. My brother-in-law went to intervene but my sister stopped him; she later explained that she feared the youth had a knife.
My brother-in-law then said it would be nice if the police could meet the boat; I replied that it was very unlikely to happen because we have such a shortage of police.
It was a huge relief and very reassuring, then, to see the two policemen waiting to meet the ferry when we finally docked. They apprehended the young people, and for their quick action, I want to say a big thank you to them.
Fiona Gray, Auckland
Auckland’s new council inherited a huge financial deficit. Who is willing to bet that the government entering in 2023 will not be in a similar situation?
Nick Hamilton, Remuera
message for work
The polls send Labor a clear pre-election message: co-governance or no governance.
Mike Wagg, Freeman’s Bay
Ardern’s reviewer is wrong
A letter writer said they would rather have Chris Luxon, with his ability to run a 10,000-employee company, in charge of the country, than his opposite, with an apparent inability to run the country. False on two points.
Jacinda Ardern was the head of the International Union of Socialist Youth which is an organization of 145 members including 122 full members and 23 observer members from 106 countries.
Second, she has a degree in communications, which every aspiring leader should have. Luxon doesn’t, which clearly gives him an edge in the debate room for anyone who takes the time to watch the two debate.
On both counts as a leader running the country, Ardern is a clear winner.
Gary Hollis, Mellon Bay
Lack of education
Recent reports have expressed concern over the declining standards of education in the country. A number of reasons were given and concerns were expressed about the long-term consequences for our social cohesion and our ability to function as a first-world, liberal, high-tech and progressive economy. Another consequence will be the growing economic and social distinction between those with a public school education and therefore perceived, rightly or wrongly, as having limited general academic ability, and those with a private school education where achievement and Academic excellence are standards embedded in their curriculum and will increasingly be the source of professional and management groups nationwide. This is not a socially or economically desirable outcome.
Allan M Spence, Waiuku
Luxon in a hurry
Christopher Luxon says there should be fines for parents of children who don’t go to school.
In his rush to seize the law and order vote, did he spend 10 seconds wondering what conditions could lead to truancy? Or initiatives across communities to support families in need and under pressure?
David Cooke, Pt Knight