OPINION: People drawing lines on maps really haven't got a clue.
So we’re a day away from splitting the country into level three and level four zones. I hear there’s a nonsense situation in Mercer in north Waikato where the middle, the centre line on Koheroa Road which is the road running east from Mercer over to Mangatawhiri, is the designated border. I don’t know how many people live on Koheroa road, but according to the Prime Minister’s office and the bureaucrats drawing the lines, the north side of the road is level 4, the south side is level 3.
Why the property boundaries on one side or the other of that road couldn’t be designated as the boundary, for practical purposes is beyond me. But then people drawing lines on maps in far distant offices have created problems for years - many of them, sadly, far more significant than this.
But although this doesn’t affect many people, don’t you find the centre of a road being a boundary just kind of weird. That means you can travel from Maungatawhiri to Mercer in level 3, but go the other way on the other side of the road it’s level 4. Oh well bureaucracy.
And I’m loving all the lax descriptions about the things we in the provinces can do in level 3. For instance you can go surfing, if you are an experienced surfer at your local break. What’s classed as experienced? And how local is local? You can go walking or tramping on easy trails. I wonder if my local walk around and up the Mount will be open tomorrow?
And there’s a few other activities you can do - if you’re careful and experienced. I’m down to play golf on Friday. There’ll be no holes or flags in the green, you’ll putt to some sort of upside down cup .. because you see you might catch covid if people touch a flagstick.
I mean, who knew?
And all this after Michael Baker told us on Sunday that there is little or no evidence of transmission from surfaces and items in supermarkets, and that we need to move away from deep cleaning and bleaching vegetables to masks and ventilation.
Oh well. You’d like to hope it won’t go on forever.
This oped was writen by Peter Williams. Catch him every weekday from 9am on Magic Talk.