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Upper Hutt Leader : May 11th 2011
22 UPPER HUTT LEADER, MAY 11, 2011 NEWS You could be Living Free! Over $25,000 of Prizes to be won in this exciting new competition... Look out this weekend for the cloud-shaped card that will be dropped off in your letterbox and jump online to enter the draw. reachME kids activity menu mocktails pre-schoolers welcome BOOKINGS TAKEN "best hutt FAMILY restaurant & baa" we'll pay your petrol $10 OFF with this advert come and try us out PUB GRUB CASUAL & FUN ALL WELCOME Cnr Kings Cres & Queens Drive, Lower Hutt Ph 589 9494 www.twoblacksheep.net open 7 days mon-fri 11am / sat-sun 9am till late TAKE IT TO THE CROOKS! WE DO: • All mechanical repairs to all makes & models & • Warrant of Fitness For Friendly, Reliable Service... Is Your Car CROOK? Weekly Review Service Lane (by Countdown) Ph 528 6556 Fax 528 6519 2866842 P.E. CROOK pix.ccn.co.nz er your own copy of photos in this paper, or other CCN titles, check out: To orde 'Your city' draft Monday COMMERCE COMMENT By CHRIS UPTON, chief executive, Upper Hutt City Council Local Government contributes to the local and national econ- omy in a wide range of areas. It is not limited to activities that focus totally on economic development. Through leader- ship, spatial planning, infra- structure provision, implemen- tation and delivery of regulation, supply of core services, social and community support, council can create an environment that attracts, retains and grows economic activity. Your City, your way -- Upper Hutt 2022'' is the major project now under way to make Upper Hutt more prosperous through our new long term plan. I would like to thank all the different sectors of people ranging from business, com- munity groups, elderly, youth, education, environment and sports and recreation who have already added input to the development of a city vision and strategic master plan. Council has engaged Urban- ism Plus to work with council- lors, council staff and the com- munity on the priority areas for the future. Urbanism Plus has a team that has high level skills of retail, landscape, sustainability and employment specialists as well as urban designers. The process so far has ident- ified five strategic priority areas: economy, transport, city centre, environment and social/ cultural. City councillors will be pres- ented with the initial proposals on Monday, May 16, the same day as the public presentation at Upper Hutt Central Library, 7pm in the Rotary Lounge. I am looking forward to lead- ing council staff through an important phase while working with the mayor, councillors and wider community as we secure Upper Hutt's future. Upper Hutt girls roll home with gold Won gold: Upper Hutt's Kyra Thomson, left, and Emma Patrick, pictured supporting each other at official training in Queensland before their medal-winning figures events. Two Upper Hutt skaters were the only New Zealanders to bring home two gold medals and Oceania Champion titles from recent Oceania Rollersports Championships in Queensland. Only one Australian managed two gold medals and titles. Emma Patrick, 18, won junior inter- national ladies figures and senior inter- national ladies figures. Kyra Thomson, 14, won youth inter- national solo dance and cadet international ladies figures. Not only did both win two Oceania titles, they also skated up a grade for the first time at international level and won the grade. Patrick was the Oceania and national junior ladies -- 16 to 19 -- figures champion going into the event. Not only did she defend her title and win she skated up an age grade in senior inter- national ladies figures -- 18 and above -- at Oceania level for the first time and won against stiff competition. A crossover in the rules allows her to compete in both grades. I love doing figures and was prepared to put in the work and it paid off,'' she says. Eventually I will move into competing senior figures only so it's very encouraging to do so well first time in,'' she says. Patrick was also selected for junior inter- national ladies freeskating and placed eighth. Thomson also skated up from her age grade at international level for the first time, and won. After Nationals in January she was the cadet international solo dance national champion. After winning cadet international solo dance and the age grade up, youth inter- national solo dance at the selection compe- tition, she was required to choose which grade she would accept selection for as regulations state she can only compete in one age grade in a year. Because she will move to youth inter- national later in the year Thomson decided to challenge herself and skate up a grade at Oceanias. I was really pleased to win, because it was my first time competing in that grade other than at the selection competition, and because the top cadet grade skaters includ- ing the Oceania champion from 2010 had moved up to youth I knew the competition was going to be strong. It was so exciting and rewarding to win,'' she says. Her second gold medal and Oceania title came in cadet international ladies figures. She was well placed going into the figure event as she was ranked as the No 1 New Zealander but says you can never take any- thing for granted in skating. She also rep- resented New Zealand in cadet inter- national ladies freeskating and placed fifth. Upper Hutt's other gold medallist and Oceania champion is Patrick's brother, Jack, who was first in youth international men's figures. It was his first time rep- resenting New Zealand. While numbers in the men's grades are smaller, Patrick skated at his best and is proud to bring home a gold medal. Thomson's sister Nika also skates and as a 2010 Oceania silver medallist was looking to also bring home a gold this year. Illness prevented her from competing. Two other Upper Hutt skaters also brought home two medals, each bringing Upper Hutt's share of the New Zealand medals to nine. Husband and wife Roger and Paula Boulcott each won two bronze medals. Boulcott placed third in the masters international men's figures grade. He is the New Zealand national cham- pion and with traditionally very strong competition in this grade from Australia he did well to get up onto the podium. This is an event which is usually dominated by Australia. Boulcott and his wife came third in masters international dance pairs behind two Australian couples. Paula Boulcott, who has represented New Zealand seven times, won her first Oceania solo dance medal coming third in the masters international solo dance as well as third in the masters international dance pairs with her husband and fourth in masters international ladies figures. Upper Hutt had eight other skaters rep- resenting New Zealand at the champion- ships. Their results were: Grace Cooper, 4th, cadet international solo dance; Alan Thom- son, 5th, masters international men's figures; Stefanie McCallum, 9th, junior international solo dance; Angela Pratt, 10th, junior international solo dance; Tanja deWilde, 7th, youth international ladies figures, 9th, youth international solo dance; and Martina Steiner, 7th, youth inter- national freeskating.
May 18th 2011