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"A good case for limiting personalized plates," suggests Fiona. Photo / Supplied

By Ana Samways

Aboriginal response

"House hunting can be fun," writes Fleur. "Especially when you email the real estate agent inquiring whether there are any natives on the property and he replies with this ... 'In terms of natives I'm not sure what you mean. The tenants are all from New Zealand so I guess you would call them native. There are no Australians, or Americans, or Germans or any other nationalities which I am aware of."'

One pet forfeit, two pets back

A reader from Mt Wellington enjoyed the Herald story about Tyke the cat being found after two and a half years, but thinks their son and daughter-in-law's story is better. "Tinks (black microchipped Persian) goes missing. Six months after giving up hope someone finds Tinks a few kilometres away. Son catches Tinks (after 3 attempts) not as friendly as he remembers but possibly suffering PTSD. Even when vet check showed no microchip they were still convinced it was Tinks. Fur Baby grandparents (my husband and I) queried the faint white tuft on chest but no, they said it was Tinks! Forward THREE years later (now living in different suburb with a child) son gets call from vet a long way away and they have a microchipped cat belonging to him. OMG the Real Tinks has been found after three years. They now have two cats OT (Original Tinks) and IT (Imposter Tinks). Moral of this story is: get your cat microchipped but also ... kids, your parents are always right! Also if anyone has been missing a black Persian for 3 years I know where you can find it!"

Abusing the milk privilege at AUT. Petty or reining in costs? Photo / Supplied
Abusing the milk privilege at AUT. Petty or reining in costs? Photo / Supplied

You adults and your chive talking

Jennifer Mills recently appeared on the TV3's AM Show to discuss the legal aspects of good faith bargaining in relation to individual employment agreements. Part of the interview involved negotiations around an employee's salary. My 7-year-old son watched the interview and subsequently asked me, "Mummy, why were you talking about celery on TV? Is celery really that important?" It's true that celery negotiations may not be that important if you aren't a parent. The poor child was quite perplexed about it, but at least he was happy to eat the celery in his lunchbox that day.

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Mortal Coil

- New Zealand
09:31 pm Wednesday 24 May 2017
Re the milk photo....not petty. It's a common gripe and fair enough too.... I've often gone to get milk for a coffee where i work... and it's been scoffed, often by the brekkie brigades.

Miss Kitty

09:31 pm Wednesday 24 May 2017
I fully sympathise with the writers of the milk notice. Over the years we have had many employees who, instead of coming to work right ready to work, think it is up to work to provide them with breakfast and the time to eat it. Mostly (but not always) they were young kids just left school, on their first job. They roll out of bed and come straight to work. When you tell them you are not paying them to come to work and eat breakfast, they think you are being unnecessarily harsh. I think a few people around could do with some lessons on what 'working' is actually about.

Ian M

- Kerikeri
09:31 pm Wednesday 24 May 2017
The question "are there any natives on the property" is somewhat ambiguous. The response is funny except that the agent is actually trying gamely to reply in a non-offensive way to a question which could in one sense be quite offensive.

Of course I'm assuming that there was another meaning (e.g. native plants) and that the question wasn't actually asking about human natives.


09:31 pm Wednesday 24 May 2017
Re: Aboriginal response

Ask a stupid question, and you'll get a stupid answer.

Say what you mean and don't expect the other person to read your mind. Or, at least use words in their correct part of speech. The word "native," when used as a noun without any qualification, usually only ever refers to a person. So the real estate agent tried to answer the question that was asked. If using the word "native" as an adjective, as in native plants and native animals, you need to include the subject as well.

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