From the Editor...

The October issue has many snippets of news and views... and as always please let us know what you think?

Excellent news for the Leys Institute from the September Waitemata Local Board meeting! The council report tabled on the indicative business case for the four options for the Leys has recommended seismic strengthening, upgrading and full restoration of library services.

Starting with a total reprieve for the Western Springs pine forest, let’s stop the destruction of so much tree cover in the central city. It’s time to call on bureaucrats and elected members to halt this anarchy. Stop killing trees NOW.

A new Council initiative known as Innovative Streets has merit, but it is unclear to us at Ponsonby News how it could be enacted on busy streets such as Ponsonby Road. Is it just another mechanism to get more cars off the road?

We would like to call on locals to ask the council to place their berm on the ‘NO Spray’ register. Even if only one in every three houses applied this would be almost civil disobidence. Does our council intend to wait until one of our citizens gets cancer and sues the city for damages? New owners of glyphosate products Bayer have already shelled out $10 billion to cover court costs in the U.S. Some wit pointed out that Bayer will need more aspirin to counter the pain in coming months. There are at least a further 1500 court cases pending.

We welcome to the ‘hood’ the new Fitzroy Hotel located on Richmond Road. Certainly not even the minutest of detail was spared in ensuring the hotel environment is flawless. And the commitment to complete, unreserved service will ensure that every guest’s need is taken care of.

Since the first lockdown, sports, fitness and wellness providers have had to innovate and adapt how they delivered their expertise and services to clients. Many offered Zoom sessions, online classes and a range of support during lockdown.

The latest poll, as we went to press, puts Labour at 48%, National 31%, ACT 7% and the Greens 6% as the only parties who will be elected to the 2020 Parliament. This means Labour could govern alone.

Our cover story this issue is Lisa Reihana’s amazing artwork featured on the wall of Open Café. The photo was admired by PM Jacinda Ardern and Auckland Central Labour candidate Helen White.

Remember Artweek begins on 10 October and ends on 18 October – enjoy! Don’t forget to vote on Saturday 17 October. (MARTIN LEACH)

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