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Today I have written to the NZTA regarding the state of Coulter bridge crossing the Waihou River into Te Aroha, it is a real danger as far as the footpath is concerned. The concrete has worn away exposing very uneven surfaces and the expansion joints are also a significant trip hazard. The paint is well past its use-by date. It is an eyesore Council has brought it up at different times however like the Morrinsville Roundabout it seems like it is shouting into the wind. It is disgraceful allowing an expensive asset to deteriorate like this. As a gateway into Te Aroha, it paints an image that is not helpful in the promotion of the town as a tourist destination. The bridge is some 92 years old and right now it looks like it is twice that age. NZTA needs to pull finger and get on with repairing the footpath and maintaining the bridge rather than letting it deteriorate.
Dear neighbours and NZ Gardener family,
Our April issue should be with our subscribers now and available in supermarkets and service stations (having been distributed prior to the lockdown restrictions). Whether or not it's on the stands yet is a bit patchy ... but then the incredibly brave and hard-working supermarket staff have quite a bit on their plate right now so I understand if there is a delay! Please, please, please everyone ... don't go out to buy it! Normally of course we love you buying NZ Gardener but right now it's far more important that you stay home and stay safe. (You can buy a copy with your online shopping though! That's safe and I think we are all in the market for something uplifting to read right now).
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