So good to see that someone's doing something positive about the refugee crisis (Doing our bit, The Weekend Sun, page 8, July 28). I am relieved.
I must confess to ulterior motives when declaring my willingness to have Syrian refugees resettle in Tauranga. I have an oud (an Arab/Turkish/Greek string instrument), but no oud teacher, and would quite happily give my time and energy to help Syrian refugees settle in whether or not there might be an oud player and teacher amongst them. But an oud player and teacher would be a definite bonus, and would add to the BOP music scene. Besides, an oud player and teacher might help give such a group of refugees some cohesion and purpose and help maintain their dignity. Think of it as ‘bring a plate' culturally. You're not a beggar if you can bring a plate.
W Parish, Bellevue.