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ORAKEI ROAD RAIL OVERBRIDGE COMPLETE
Local businesses are open and keen to serve you
The bridge works are now complete and the project team
thanks local community and businesses for their patience.
Tra c on this busy road was maintained in both directions
at most times as the bridge was demolished and rebuilt
with careful planning and some night works.
With the completion of the bridge, Auckland Transport
is taking this opportunity to resurface and improve road
amenities, so as to minimise overall disruption. Funded
by Auckland Transport and Orakei Local Board, a new
footpath connection being built under the bridge will
improve connectivity and safety for pedestrians. This will
be complete later this month.
Local businesses are open to customers. Please support
the businesses, while enjoying the views of the basin from
the widened span of the new bridge.
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gay couple in
Thanks very much for the
balanced article on the difficult
topic of the Flavell Bill on the
front page on Friday (August 10).
I just wanted to draw your
attention to a couple of points in
the piece that need clarifyin.
The bill was not a government
proposal as stated, but rather was
a private member s bill which the
Government agreed to support at
its first reading.
I was described as an Ellerslie
cricket coach but I am actually the
club secretary and
communications manager at
Ellerslie Cricket Club.
Ellerslie Cricket Club
Congratulations to the Courier for
a very fair and balanced
presentation of what people
understand to be involved in this
proposal. What is noticeable is
that those who support this do so
on the basis of equal rights . One
has to admire the gay movement
public relations advocates for
their achievement here.
Many years ago now the gay
movement took a common word:
gay = joyful, light-hearted, bright
(Oxford Dictionary), and gave it a
completely new meaning in a
They have now done the same
with marriage . This began with
replacing the words wife and
husband with marriage partner .
In fact, gay couples already have
the same rights as married
couples under the Civil Union Act,
legislation passed expressly to
bring this about. The small
number of couples choosing to use
this option -- about one civil union
for every 200 marriages (NZ
Statistics Department) would
suggest that equal rights is not
the main concern of gay couples.
Our politicians are self-
professed experts in words and
law. Let us hope that New
Zealand law will reflect reality
and the complementary nature of
male and female.
Kids a different story
Re Gay marriage (East & Bays
Courier, August 10)
Living together s one thing, no
one else is affected.
But introducing children into a
relationship which the majority
are unfamiliar with is risky and
selfish in the extreme.
Why should children be forced
into a family structure outside the
This radical departure to
legalise gay marriage will open a
can of worms society will have to
grapple with down the line, that s
If a referendum was taken with
every voter participating, it s
certain the great majority would
be against it.
But in this permissive world,
who would care?
Talk about the tail wagging the
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