Three cheers for the councillor from Howick – he talks sensibly about the folly of flying a Maori flag

February 3, 2010

Alf was cheered by the news that Manukau City Council has rejected a proposal to fly a Maori flag at its offices on Waitangi Day.

He has made no secret of his opposition to the flying of a flag that symbolises Maori separatism.

The Manukau council’s policy and activities committee – or a majority of it – seems to agree. It met yesterday to discuss the issue for the third time in two years and voted not to fly the flag on civic flagpoles.

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Ban the blokes

February 4, 2009

Blokes who don’t know where to go to find a harlot in Manukau have been given some useful guidance today by the burghers (and burgheresses) of that troubled city, who earnestly tell us they intend setting up a working party to formulate a plan to address street prostitution.

The council’s Policy and Activities Committee has resolved that the aim of the plan is to make Manukau free of street prostitution.

It sounds as achievable as Helen Clark’s ambition to make New Zealand carbon-neutral.

It’s tempting to tell these busy-bodies where to go. But Alf observes that the busy-bodies have told the street-walkers’ prospective customers from out of town where to go.
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