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Upper Hutt Leader : May 18th 2011
18 UPPER HUTT LEADER, MAY 18, 2011 NEWS Wow... Look what PORSE can offer! At PORSE, families are supported to choose an educator who they personally feel 100% comfortable with and are able to communicate easily with. PORSE Home Educators provide • Affordable care options for pre-school children from their own home • Care for up to four pre-school aged children at any one time • A healthy, safe and settled play and learning environment • Flexible hours - both part-time and full-time options • Daily journals to record each child's day and learning experiences. PORSE Supports Educators • Workplace training and professional development to upskill and achieve positive outcomes for children and families • Weekly PlaySchools, events and outings focusing on children's interests • Relationship building and networking opportunities • An education programme under the guidance and support of PORSE • Social interaction outings for children and regular PORSE PlaySchools. Thinking about In-Home Childcare? We offer 20 Hours ECE, WINZ and PORSE Subsidy Call the Upper Hutt team on 528 0136 www.PORSE.co.nz 3698872 Scots College Learning. for life. Independent presbyterian day & Boarding school for boys years 1--13 www.scotscollege.school.nz Scots College is an Independent Presbyterian Day and Boarding Boys School; Years 1 to 13. Scots College, Monorgan Road, Strathmore, Phone 388 0850 VISIT US OPEN DAYS - Friday 20 & Sunday 22 May COLLEGE IN ACTION DAY Friday 20 May, 9.30am 12noon Experience a typical school day at Scots. OPEN DAY Sunday 22 May, 2-4pm A presentation by Headmaster Graeme Yule will be followed by a student-led tour of the school and boarding facilities. Scholarships are available for 2012 please see the website for details. To register visit the website: www.scotscollege.school.nz Dont miss this opportunity to learn more about what Scots can offer your son. Feedback to road plan sought Paul Swain Upper Hutt regional councillor Paul Swain wants feedback on the Hutt Corridor Plan that is out for consultation at the moment. The corridor starts at the Ngauranga overbridge, finishes at Te Marua and takes in State Highway 58 (Haywards). Funding for these highways comes from the taxpayer, not the ratepayer, and decisions are made by the New Zealand Transport Authority (NZTA). The plan is indicative only, and no money has been allocated yet. Local feedback helps shape the funding decisions. The regional council is putting a lot of effort into improving the rail network. Improving the road- ing network is equally important. Getting both right is important to Upper Hutt, Mr Swain said. Everyone who drives into Well- ington will see the huge improve- ment that the new interchange at Maungaraki has made, but there is much more to do. In my view, we need to continue with improvements on River Rd and SH58, and to ultimately remove all the traffic lights along SH2 from the Haywards turnoff through to Melling, Mr Swain said. The proposed work programme provides for a new intersection with an overbridge at Haywards ($40 million) and minor improvements on SH2 ($10 to $15m) within the next 10 years. However, I am concerned that building new interchanges at Kennedy-Good Bridge and Melling, and major improvements to SH58 are not planned for at least another 10 years. This will mean that fixing the congestion problem on SH2 is a long way off, Mr Swain said. Even more puzzling is the plan to build a brand new road from Petone (SH2) to Granada (SH1) within the next 10 years at a cost of $254m. It is enormously expensive, there will be major con- struction difficulties with consents and the like and, as the report notes, congestion will still con- tinue on SH2 north from Ngauranga, Mr Swain said. I d like to see the $254m being spent on improving SH2 and SH58 so that congestion can be reduced, safety improved and dangerous intersections removed, Mr Swain said. Information and submission forms on the proposed works can be found at the Upper Hutt City Council and library and at gw.govt .nz/huttcorridorplan. Email Mr Swain at firstname.lastname@example.org. Submissions close on June 15. Honour in real estate Upper Hutt s Mike Ledger has been named the number two sales consultant in Harcourts Wellington region. At its May 6 awards covering the past 12 months, 51 awards were presented to individuals and offices across 22 categories. Harcourts Group New Zealand chief executive officer Hayden Duncan says the drive and dedi- cation shown by Mr Ledger reflected in the result. With an incredible work ethic, Mike is respected for his very structured and thorough approach and we congratulate him. Mr Ledger spent more than 22 years in the police until Sept- ember, 2007. He left to take up real estate with his wife Tania. Pushy scammers hard to deal with By JIMMY NESS Computer hackers are targeting Upper Hutt and trying to force people to give out their bank details, a local woman says. A fortnight ago Wendy Godfrey received a phone call from a person claiming to work for a global computer company in Auckland. Ms Godfrey says the person called in the after- noon and said her computer had a corrupt system. They showed me a website and tried to get me to believe it was my computer. They asked if I could see the triangles beside my files and said they were the ones with the problem. The operator had an Indian accent, spoke fast and was very commanding, she says. They said do not worry about it. We are here to help you. They asked me to type in my name, address and email. She said it will cost nothing this time, but in the future if you would like your computer fixed so this won t happen again we can send you an application form for a one off payment of $350 . Ms Godfrey says she became more suspicious and would not give them her credit card details. I said: Who are you? You could be computer hackers . When I asked for a phone number they said they couldn t give me one. I said: I think I might ring the police and they quickly hung up. Resident Ann Devlin says also she received phone calls from people asking if she had a com- puter or the internet. They said I could get into a lot of trouble by downloading certain files from the internet. Once I tell them I do not have a computer, the calls come to an abrupt end, with the phone being slammed down at their end. Ms Godfrey says she is worried the callers may target vulnerable people and pressure them into giving out their details. I was shaking. They were so determined. I really feel that anybody that is older than me or even more timid is in great danger. It s illegal what these people are doing. Never give out your contact details. Ask for validity of who they are. For more information on what to do if you are being targeted by scammers visit: consumeraffairs.govt.nz/scams.
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