It looked like a chance to lock up every progress-frustrating taniwha in one place – until you read further

April 30, 2011

Can you see the taniwha? No? Then you aren't looking hard enough.

A press statement from the Wellington City Councilsays dragons and taniwha, as well as bears and sharks, “are moving into Opera House Lane”.

Oh joy.

Until he was disabused by subsequent information in the statement, Alf saw this as a great opportunity to round up every bloody taniwha in the country and have them corralled in one place, well out of the way of modern developments they otherwise would frustrate.

But nah, no such luck.

In this case, we are dealing with arty-farty stuff.

At least 20 young people are right now buffing, undercoating and preparing the lane before they take to the fresh canvas with their stencils and paints over the weekend.

Led by the Boys and Girls Institute (BGI), this is the start of a number of projects Wellington City Council wants to undertake in Opera House Lane to improve people’s sense of safety.

Improve our sense of safety?

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Are we enhancing the strength of our choppers with Chinese waste – or does it corrode our IQs?

April 19, 2011

Its water is topped up with chemicals before being piped into Hamilton homes.


Alf is not fussy about what goes into the local water supply, because he does his best never to drink the stuff, including with whisky.

And – yes – he rinses his mouth after cleaning his teeth with whisky too.

Hence he has been indifferent to goings-on at a Hamilton City Council workshop on fluoridation.

Whatever went on, the Waikato District Health Board was not impressed, because it said the workshop had provided no new, robust evidence to support a change in policy.

That policy, obviously, involves tossing chemicals into the local water supply.

“Hamilton continues to have an Aa rated drinking water supply which, with the addition of fluoride, provides an effective, practical and safe means for reducing and controlling the occurrence of tooth decay in communities,” said Medical Officer of Health Dr Felicity Dumble who attended the workshop.

The source of Hamilton’s water supply, it transpires, is the Waikato River.

This river carries all sorts of stuff, much of it unpleasant by some accounts, but it naturally carries between 0.2 and 0.3 ppm (parts per million) fluoride.

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