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Upper Hutt Leader : May 11th 2011
10 UPPER HUTT LEADER, MAY 11, 2011 LETTERS HN072576 C & i l s l s & S co h C Ov locki g C T t t ff t t t 255-257 i h , i fi l Ph 567-9684 10 - 5 Big S l c io of c s, s & s s BEST RESULTS WITH HYPNOTIC PROGRAMMING For Smoking, Slimming, Anxiety, Confidence, Motivation, Life Rebuilding, Personal, etc. WITH MASTER HYPNOTIC PROGRAMMER JOHN MOYNIHAN PH 471 1775 or 528 5429 UH050278 Upper Hutt Electorate Office 216 Main St, Upper Hutt Tel: 528 5715 Taita Electorate Office 1195 High Street, Lower Hutt Tel: 567 0156 firstname.lastname@example.org 2757712CB I hold regular constituency clinics throughout the electorate. To book an appointment, please contact my electorate offices. General Engineering, Fabrication and Machining GRAHAM BERRY RACE CARS LTD 29 Montgomery Crescent. Ph+6445288774Fax+6445287551 email@example.com www.kiwiracecars.com Specialising In Hotrod and Race Car Fabrication Classic Restorations and Upgrades Import Modifications Independent 9" Diff. Unique design. 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EKERS' WEEK As a candidate for city council last year, I fielded a wide variety of questions from the public. Some were side-splittingly inappropriate (can you fix my traffic ticket?), a few eye-opening. I like to think I had a pretty good idea what the issues were around the place. SoitwasnewstomethatI Simons was asking for the candidates positions on infill housing last spring. The issue is that the UHCC formerly set a lower limit of 500 square metres for subdivision of existing property, and had begun granting resource consents for as little as 400 square metres recently. With the difficult economic times we are experiencing, it is quite understandable that people may wish to realise their surplus property, however a substantial two-storey home is often erected where there is scarcely room for a granny flat, changing the character of the area markedly. During his meet-the-candidates speech Mayor Guppy disclosed that the council had authorised 900 new building consents and you don t have to be a town planner to know that the council was meeting a demand, or that it derived substantial revenues from doing so. But it s not all about money: UHCC has an obligation to its ratepayers and their families to promote the wider good of the community, and this is where we need to stand up and say enough is enough to incongruous housing development. Cheek and jowl housing offers no backyard for children to play safely in, no green space to relax and read a good book, no buffer from the comings and goings of your neighbours. It is devoid of charm, graciousness or even individuality. Even the ancient Romans recognised this through their goddess of hearth, home and family (Vesta). So let s sell ourselves long, and say NO to DIY slums and YES to decent-sized sections for a better Upper Hutt. MICHAEL ANDERSON, Upper Hutt Fiasco fruits of MMP orchard The fiasco that is occurring in New Zealand politics at present is what I would say is the harvesting of the fruits from the orchard of MMP . People wanted something different to the old FPP and fell for the line that under the MMP system every vote would count. Instead, they have ended up where we have anyone who can gather a few hundred people around them can claim to be the leader of a party and drag in thousands of dollars from the government to help them set up an opposition or a support party! Some are even suggesting that to help them get members into Parliament that the percentage of votes (at present a measly 5 per cent) be lowered to something more reasonable , unless, of course, you are able to work a slinter like the PM is suggesting for the ACT not-so-stronghold electorate of Epsom, and Peter Dunne s Ohariu. That way you only need to have one MP, your percentage slips and you may get one or two others in with you. A preferential voting system could easily be devised to allow everyone s vote to be counted in the makeup of the Government or Opposition. It would not be at the dictate of some insecure party leader and be seen as the wishes of the people. ARNOLD SABINE, Trentham National blamed for Main St mess Yes we all understand your concern about Main St but it s all over Wellington and it happens every time we elect a National government. The fact is if you drive down any farming town right now you will find thriving shops in the main streets because they get all the money now. Tawa has more takeaways than we do and more sorry looking empty shops. It s not an idle comment when we say the shops look a sorry sight in central Upper Hutt, they mostly need a coat of paint but they could also use a friendly smile from their owners and a bit of a clean perhaps. The dust and cobwebs are starting to be noticed here and there. If you visit the new cafe at the Holden dealer you might get a feel for what is needed. ALAN MARSHALL, Upper Hutt Elders have economic benefits I welcome the Ministry of Social Development s recent report on the economic impact of our ageing population. There has been so much negative focus over recent years on the cost of senior citizens to our economy without recognising the potential economic benefits. Over the next 40 years the proportion of over-65s will double but so will their level of employment as the coming generations of over-65s are fitter and healthier than any previous generation. Older consumers will spend four times as much (from $10 billion to $45b) and contribute nine times as much in tax (from $200 million to $1.8b) by 2051, the most recent research has shown. This is all before we even consider the incredible amount of volunteer and unpaid work done by this same generation which it is estimated to increase from $5-6b to over $22b. National has committed to maintaining NZ Superannuation at 66 per cent of the average wage for a married couple over the age of 65. We ve long understood the wisdom of our retiring generations, now we are finally starting to understand the economic benefits as well. JONATHAN FLETCHER, National Party candidate for Rimutaka Poppy Day thanks On behalf of the Upper Hutt RSA welfare committee I thank the citizens of Upper Hutt for their generosity on our annual Poppy Day appeal. Many thanks to the business houses, supermarkets and retail outlets and the management and staff of the Cossie Club and RSA. Thank you to our volunteers who help in many ways, without your support we would not be able to achieve the results we do. Special thanks to the armed forces and civilian staff of Trentham Military Camp for their fantastic support and the UH Army Cadet 22 Squadron ATC and St Joseph s Venturer Scouts. JOE COCHRANE, UHRSA welfare officer Well done, team As a regular user of the Moonshine Hill Rd, I would like to compliment the Dews Construction road maintenance team on their high standard of workmanship while maintaining the road. Debris that falls from the hill is cleaned away promptly. Both sides of the road are kept trimmed, providing a better view for traffic. Thank you. BARRY HOUSTON, Riverstone Terraces
May 18th 2011