Rodney Times : January 13th 2011
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In the event of late payment the advertiser will be liable for market rate interest and all collection costs. 22 RODNEY TIMES, JANUARY 13, 2011 NEWS The bad news -- Tracy's a fake! Traffic jam: The northern gateway was supposed to free up traffic and yet passing lanes are closed in the holidays. Sorry to tell you, but the old rule applies. If you overspent at Christmas then someone came waving money at you from an unusual source and you thought it was too good to be true -- you were right. Too good and a fake. This is the e-mail I got -- not once but twice: Dear customer, We are pleased to inform you that upon review of your fiscal activity we have determined that you are eligible to receive a tax refund of NZD 54.90 under section 291 (c) (9) of the Inland Revenue Code. Please submit the tax refund request and allow us 3-5 days in order to process it. To get your refund, please access the Inland Revenue e-file form. Note: For security reasons, we will record your ip-address, the date and time. Deliberate wrong inputs are criminally pursued and indicted. Note: Because this letter could help resolve any questions regarding your exempt status, you should keep it in your permanent records. -- Tracy Godfrey, director, Tax Refunds Dept, Copyright 2010 Inland Rev- enue. The official advice: It s a fake. One clue: Have you ever had the IRD talk about your fiscal activity ? Don t open it. Delete it and, if you want to talk to a real IRD tax person about it, the official email address is email@example.com. If you ve been stung like this -- tell me about it. If you chose the northern gateway for your holiday route -- and faced a repeat nerve- racking performance coming home -- you ll have had tons of time to ponder the strange ways of traffic engineers and control experts. Like the decision to close passing lanes at the height of the traffic year. Having spent the odd millions siting and building them to free up flow, the experts close them and put everyone back to being alter- nately bullied and handi- capped by the fleets of slow- moving camper vans, towed boats, trailers and caravan or being monstered by the sheer bulk of those huge trucks. If police planners have a theory that justifies this strange lack of logic, tell us about it. It will make a new topic for frustrated drivers to debate while spending hours at each end of their holiday on what often seems the biggest parking area in the country. And while they re at it, why don t police use some old- fashioned techniques like pointsmen on those Wark- worth traffic lights which help create the whole stop-start process causing the traffic snarl-ups and high blood pres- sure back down the road. I reckon that human con- trols there could go a long way towards preventing the north- bound multi-lane chaos which has become chronic on the peak-traffic holiday days around the tunnel entrance. It may, of course, mean that some radar camera exponents have to scrap ticketing at times and actually relate to drivers needs rather than add to police fine revenue. In the mailbag: It is stupid for police to pursue someone for a minor offence. You were hoping for an engine immobiliser -- and I agree, they were science fic- tion. However, these days, since nearly all cars rely on electronics to function, any- thing which disrupts that should be able to bring any car to a halt. Something which generates a very strong electromagnetic pulse should do it. It could be shielded to pre- vent affecting the police cars, and would have the added advantage that not only should it bring the offender s vehicle to a stop, but they would then have to fork out for new electronics. Surely we can t be far away from this can we? -- Bob Jenner An electronic (EMF) engine disabler would be a fantastic tool. EMF is already used and is being developed in warfare applications by both the United States and Russian military and it is apparently able to be directed quite accu- rately. However, I think that a police management that dith- ers about for years as to whether their staff should have the armament to defend themselves from armed attackers will dither even longer as to whether EMF is the best tool to replace police chases. Criminals will flee and police must chase them and apprehend them. If criminals are young and stupid and get killed in the process of fleeing or harm innocent bystanders that is a very bad outcome. But there is a subtle line drawn between the two that is all too often sheeted home against the police rather than against the fleeing crim. I would hope that your column will be more attuned to the need to support our police force than to suggest that they should stop chasing crims and stand by while they escape to create havoc in someone else s lives. -- O Blackburn This column does not suggest no pursuits. I have made the point that if the 19 who died in chases last year had been police there would be greater urgency in finding an alternative tactic. Five days into the new year, the first death of 2011 went into the file -- a 15-year-old. The high price of being ranted at. Did you notice in the Sunday Star-Times that bills sent in by so-called iwi for the dawn ceremony for the new council and the inauguration later in the day amount so far to $45,720? Whereas 15 years ago three groups in and around Auck- land s immediate vicinity were recognised as having iwi status (the others are family groups or hapu), there are now 19 recognised iwi groups who got in on the celebrations -- $800 was spent flying some from Great Barrier (Ngati Rehua) and $4000 for mileage for others. They were all fed and watered at a cost of $3000. Each representative received $315 to attend two events. And about 30 people out of 1500 in the town hall under- stood what they were saying. Must surely set a record. -- Name provided To contact Pat Booth email offpat@ snl.co.nz or write care of this newspaper. Revved up for Black Swamp Rod Run Hot wheels, above: Maggie Aitken and Joe ''The Rock'' Prictor, of Warkworth, in the Black Swamp Rod Run last Saturday. Family affair, left: Three-year-old Shyla Martin gives a wave while mum Hayley, from Riverhead, leads a group of hot rods. About 100 classic cars and hot rods showed up for the fifth annual Black Swamp Rod Run at Mangawhai last Saturday. The line-up of mostly Amer- ican cars and pick-ups gath- ered at Mangawhai Beach School before heading for Waipu. The drivers then made their way back to Mangawhai for a get-together with food and music. In the squad Three Rodney-Hibiscus Coast volleyball players will be in the second leg of the National Beach Volleyball Tour tomorrow in Hamilton. Johann Timmer, Danielle Quigley and Tyler Paul have just completed the tour s first leg, the North Harbour Open, at North Shore s Mairangi Bay. After playing at the Hamil- ton Open, they travel to the Karapiro Open on January 18, and then the New Zealand Open at Mt Maunganui on January 23.
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