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Upper Hutt Leader : May 11th 2011
Wednesday, May 11, 2011 SERVING YOUR COMMUNITY SINCE 1939 Letters 10 Real Estate 26-44 Arts 33-35 Motoring 45-46 Classifieds 47-51 Sport 53-56 HELP FOR TEEN PARENT SCHOOL Arise Church to the rescue 5 RENOVATIONS IN MAIN ST Old signage revealed 24 CITY GOES ORANGE Chatham Cup lights up Harcourt 56 Sports centre leads revamp By JIMMY NESS Ready for action: Upper Hutt College's modern sports centre has two large courts which can be used for basketball, netball, volleyball, badminton and more. Centre of attention: Student representative Merivi Tiai, principal Judith Taylor, head girl Dayna Taramai and head boy Lee Tukukino proudly welcome guests to Upper Hutt College's new sports centre. Photos: JIMMY NESS Upper Hutt College s new sports centre, the first part of a $20 million redevelop- ment, was officially opened on Monday. Rimutaka MP Chris Hipkins and principal Judith Taylor cut the ribbon and declared the sleek building open. Deputy mayor Peter McCardle also attended the event. The sports complex, which took about a year to build, includes four changing rooms, a weights room, two new courts, and a referees area, Ms Taylor says. It s only just been finished. We moved the first sod of dirt last year. All the feedback has been positive from the students. It s really exciting. Every building in the school will be renovated except the Peter Lee Library. Other upgrades will include a new marae, hall, canteen and adminis- tration area. We have got buildings being knocked down. It s a three to four year timetable. The administration area, which is the next project, will include new offices for students, visitors, deans and a set of classrooms. Wellington architects Stephenson & Turner are designing the project. Freear Philip, also of Wellington, won the contract to build the sports complex. During Ms Taylor s speech at the opening ceremony, she told guests the All Whites football team wanted to use the building for training. We said no, because we wanted the students to get to try it first. The sports centre was absolutely the priority for changing the school. The old one will be pulled down dur- ing the next school holidays. A new all-weather astroturf will be built at the back of the complex and cricket nets are also being added. Funding for the upgrade was partly supplied by the Ministry of Education because property maintenance on the school had been frozen for several years. The funding is part of a $30m upgrade which will also help Heretaunga College and Fergusson and Maidstone Inter- mediates to develop their facilities. 'Greater' than any past city plans By COLIN WILLIAMS CONTINUED Page 2 A vision for an Upper Hutt of the future will be revealed at a public meeting on Monday evening. The result of the city s $150,000 investment in urban design con- sultants will be detailed in the Rotary Lounge at the city library from 7pm. Consultant Kobus Mentz, from Urbanismplus, will detail findings and approaches from his contrac- ted work for the council s long term planning, dubbed Your city, your way -- Upper Hutt 2022 . Mr Mentz will present his findings which, in part, are the result of discussions and workshops with a wide range of sectors and groups within the Upper Hutt community over the past couple of months. These gathered input from more than 150 people, including a residents group, a community and education group, a business and transport group, city councillors and staff and members of the pub- lic. We are very excited about where this process is taking us, an enthusiastic mayor Wayne Guppy says. The work we are embarking on here will give us a strategic frame- work for our 10-year plan to 2022. What is exciting is the breadth and scope of the work. It is much greater than any- thing we have had in the past and, for the whole city, potentially far more realisable and relevant, Mr Guppy says. It is across a lot of the dynam- ics of what makes a modern city function and prosper. The Urbanismplus work encompasses and integrates dynamics of employment, retailing, parking, transport, our open spaces and the community as an entity, Mr Guppy says. It s about the whole mix and, even at this stage, bringing this together is allowing us to be informed and prepared as we move forward in our long-term planning. The work already done and taken back to the groups involved has been very well-received by the public and council and I m interested in what the wider com- munity will think of it, he says. Hopefully we get a good num- ber of people at the meeting who care about our shared future.
May 18th 2011