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Upper Hutt Leader : May 18th 2011
10 UPPER HUTT LEADER, MAY 18, 2011 LETTERS There's no time like the present to transfer your personal pension plan or scheme to NZ! A Disclosure Statement is available upon request and free of charge. When you transfer with Britannia, there's no tax penalty to pay. We transfer: Find out more at www.ukpensionstonz.com or call... · Personal Pension Plans · Occupational Schemes · Unsecured Pensions in drawn-down EX-UNITED KINGDOM Residents 0800 857 367 BR012UHL3 Ph: 528 7588 (24hrs) 15 Geange Street, Upper Hutt "When quality counts" Fo rProfessional Advice on Flooring WE HAVE IT COVERED! 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Open letters and poetry are seldom used. CONTINUED Page 11 Chris Hurst in his letter (Leader, May 4) is right on the money in his observations about Upper Hutt and its lack of leadership and direction. Our mayor hides behind the positive spin, statistics and reports prepared by analysts and planners. Any opinion or views that are counterproductive to this thinking seem to be ignored on the basis that if you wait long enough things will blow over and be forgotten about. Case in point, what is occurring with the unpopular appointment of the new chief executive. The top priority for some councillors and council staff is to look after their own jobs and interests and suppress any mood for change through inaction, as emphasised in the retailers letter to this paper a couple of weeks ago. The standard canned reply if things get uncomfortable is to say it s not in the long term plan or there is no budget . Let s take a look a the makeup of the council. The mood of the community at the last elections was one for change. New councillors were elected on the basis of wanting to make a difference and some were very vocal in their campaigning about the necessity for this to occur. The shame is that some have simply rolled over on their principles. From my observations, Councillor Hellen Swales appears to be one exception, doing her absolute best to engender an environment where change is accepted as necessary for the benefit of all in the community. It appears to me, however, that some are not supportive of her initiatives or ideas and see her activities as a threat to the inertia that exists in the council, and has done so for many years. But one cannot solely lay blame for all Upper Hutt s troubles at the door of the council. In my job, I travel a reasonable amount and one thing that is strikingly apparent is the lack of community spirit in this city, when compared to others. Yes, we may love our sports and outdoor life but after that little else appears to matter in Upper Hutt. As a community at large, Upper Hutt citizens are in my view apathetic, privately full of criticism, but do not have any passion or fire in their belly for the city we live in to demand change. We cannot complain about what is happening or not happening in Upper Hutt, if at the end of the day all most citizens care about is how much their rates are going to increase from year to year. Upper Hutt may be a great place to live, but that s where it ends. Given the lack of appetite for change from the community and council, one can safely assume that the status quo will continue and Upper Hutt will continue its downward slide to oblivion. L JONES, Upper Hutt Lazy dog lady at Pinehaven On the afternoon of Tuesday, May 10 at approximately 3.30pm, I observed a lady walking her golden retriever dog on the Pinehaven Reserve. I then observed her while she watched her dog squat down in the middle of the reserve to poo. After the dog had completed its toileting I then observed the lady walk away without picking up after her dog. What this lady was probably not aware of is that the very next day, the children of Pinehaven School were competing in the school cross country which would have them running right through the area where the poo lay. I only hope my children aren t the unlucky ones to step in it and bring the shoes home for me to clean. JO DUNSHEA, Pinehaven Brown Owl shops hit again I looked out my window on Sunday to see that yet again the fences beside and behind Brown Owl shops have been hit by taggers. This area has always been a target but in the past four or five months this has got so out of hand as it has all over Upper Hutt. The owners of the shops have done a massive cleanup, waterblasting the fences, pathways and so on and then repainting all the fences as well as cleaning up the rubbish that tends to gather around shop areas. All that was left to do was the shops and container. This area was looking better than it had for years and it was a fantastic effort. It took less than three weeks for the blank canvas to be hit again and yes every fence is hit again. What can I say? It doesn t stop, the police and council are essentially powerless and I m not going to sit up for hours every night trying to catch these people that can neither draw nor spell -- and frankly these scum better hope we don t catch them! I guess all we can hope for is that one of these days a true artist might come along and paint something decent (real graffiti) and not scribbles. Of course, now the work will have to be done again and for some reason spray cans are still too accessible. I feel sorry for the man in Auckland who got jailed for killing a tagger. Obviously the jury didn t understand what it was like to have your property constantly damaged. S CLARK, Brown Owl Name association an embarrassment It has come to my notice, the comments contained in a letter related to the appearance (in other words) untidiness of the old Twigland property, corner of Fergusson Dr and Stephen St. As one of the operators and managing the remaining Twigland branch at 240 Middleton Rd, Glenside, Johnsonville, I would have to agree with your correspondent Noel Shakespeare. It is a disgrace and an eyesore. To be honest, the few times I have been past the premises I have been embarrassed by what I see, the state of the property and the impact it has on the Twigland name. I believe it is the owner of the property who needs to be approached regarding the tidiness so this would be a council matter. My concern is the heading which has totally misrepresented the letter. It s not about Twigland, it s about the property. I am disappointed Twigland was identified in such a manner, being totally out of character with our history and our present business performance. Reputation takes time to achieve but can be easily lost from such headlines. PETER DUNSHEA, Twigland, Johnsonville No improvement in philosophy Just when I thought New Zealand was recovering from the Labour Government s we know everything so do as you re told philosophy, I have discovered that the National Government is just as stupid. I took my 22-year-old car in for a warrant of fitness. It s rust-free and mechanically first class. My mechanic has fastidiously kept it up to date and replaced any worn- out parts, and regarded my car as virtually perfect. But low and behold, the WOF was refused because when the engine was started from cold it blew out light smoke for about five seconds. I was told that it needed a replacement engine that would cost about $2500 second-hand. Apparently the government has banned the import of new parts, so we couldn t even update the old engine. Would a second-hand engine be any better? Gritting my teeth I drove home behind a log-carrying monster billowing clouds of black smoke. While one must consider smoke as a minor pollution problem in windy New Zealand, it is no danger to the safety issues that the WOF was invented to solve. Trying to modernise New Zealand s vehicle fleet is one thing, but has the government forgotten we are in the middle of a politically-created business depression? My pension doesn t allow me splash out on a new car. I should imagine that the hot air rising from the Beehive would be more dangerous than my five seconds of light smoke and a million black-smoke billowing log carriers. My car may need a non- available valve grind, but it doesn t measure up to the economic damage caused by political arrogance. LAURIE BENNETT, Upper Hutt Why carve up open spaces? How sad that a picturesque and green block of countryside in Whitemans Valley is about to be ploughed up for housing. Why do these property developers have to move in on any open green space? It can only be for money when you look at the price tags on the houses which are built. I used to enjoy seeing sheep, cows and horses grazing where the new Emerald Hill subdivision is at the Mount Marua end of Norana Rd. Now they are gone forever and the green paddocks just a memory. Only a stone s throw up the road is the low-cost housing area of Timberlea. What a stark contrast. Is there any chance Timberlea could be renamed Emerald Hill so our properties can have a higher price tag? If we go on like this there will be no wide open spaces left in Upper Hutt. Everywhere you look the scenic view will be houses with people at windows twitching curtains and looking out at you. I have to wonder how long it will be before the serenity and beauty of the Akatarawa Valley falls victim to a housing subdivision. That would be an environmental crying shame. Sections are being cluttered up with box-like townhouses. You must be able to hear your neighbour talking, snoring and turning over in bed at night as the townhouses are so close together. Reunions Timaru Girls' High School 90th hostel reunion, June 4 to 5. timarugirls.school.nz or call Jude 03 302 6702. St Joseph's School and parish, centenary Queen s Birthday Week- end 2011. stjosephsuh@- actrix.co.nz, 528 2028, P O Box 40225, Upper Hutt 5140.
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