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Upper Hutt Leader : May 25th 2011
10 UPPER HUTT LEADER, MAY 25, 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 OPEN THE DOORS on a great selection BUILDING? RENOVATING? • Doors replaced / installed • Interior or Exterior • Pre-Hung Doors • Cavity Sliders • Locks, Latches & Handles • Houselots catered for 25A Wilford Street • Ph 527 8305 customer car parking easily accessed off Lane Street Email all inquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org 3426837AI Need a tradesman????? And many more....... Our service is hassle free. All our trade suppliers come with glowing references, so call us today. 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Thanks letters for grants to groups are not accepted. Open letters and poetry are seldom used. After years of broken promises, many voted to replace First Past the Post with MMP. So the electoral system changed but the politicians didn t, and there s a real risk we re going to have the same sort of experience here. We have paid $150,000 for advice on a community strategy to take Upper Hutt into the 21st century. The trouble is, we re relying on leadership that is anything but dynamic: Mayor Guppy and his do-nothing deputy. For example, Mr McCardle pops up every three years to say no rise in rates then disappears down his rabbit tunnel to the Beehive to work for his National Party mates. I haven t seen him in Main St for a decade (other than an appearance at the medieval banquet as the lord high chancellor) so how does he stay in touch? As Mr Jones pointed out in his letter, it is astonishing that Mr Guppy and the three councillors he chose to be on his selection panel chose a man with no executive experience, and limited commercial, strategic and operational knowledge to become chief executive. A governance structure dominated by Mr Guppy and Mr Do-nothing, overseeing someone who is learning as he goes does not inspire confidence. Whatever the merits of the new strategy, it is the execution of it that will make the difference. We need boldness. We need an active shaping of opportunity. It seems to me that there s a real danger that what we ve got is the local government equivalent of MMP on Prozac: A shiny new strategy run by the same grey people. There is a major risk that Upper Hutt will sleepwalk through the next 10 years the way we just have the last 10. Being nice, not doing much, just being there. And it s not enough. ADRIAN SPARROW, Upper Hutt Peter McCardle replies: Readers may recall that this correspondent recently stood for the mayoralty against Mr Guppy. Mr Guppy received more than four times as many votes. He is widely recognised as one of the best mayors around, and is a strong advocate for his community. The criticism of the appointment of Mr Upton as the council s new chief executive officer is strange. The writer hardly knows him, and does not know who the other applicants were. Mr Upton was the council s choice from a strong field, and locals should know that they have an outstanding man as the council s chief executive officer. I am very happy to publicly record that in my view Mr Upton will be an outstanding chief executive, and Upper Hutt s development will attest that. He has outstanding personal qualities and we are lucky to have him. Finally, since 1990 the Upper Hutt community has given me the privilege of representing them as their MP for six years, on the health board for seven years, and on the council for nearly 10 years. A long time -- and I have learned a lot about my community. Twenty years ago I chaired the UH Retailers AGM, and the problems facing our CBD were similar then. The River Rd opening, Queensgate, and other factors changed our retailers world. The sustainable long-term answer to lifting our CBD is not in painting, or paving, or flower baskets, though these can help. The real answer is in more growth, people, and shoppers. Especially people living north of the city. In the very near future the council is going to take a major step with the Maymorn vision, and is working to realise other important residential and business proposals. With the world and national economies picking up, along with our business and people opportunities, Upper Hutt has good reason to be confident about its future, and ability to improve its CBD. Council should keep to the knitting I attended the council presentation of its town new plan on Monday night last week. The consultants seem to have done a great job of presenting viable solutions to many of Upper Hutt s problems and their report seems to me to be great value for money at $150,000. However, we have already had a previous report, several years ago, costing $250,000 which everyone thought was exactly what was required to revitalise Upper Hutt s Main St. This was quietly forgotten about within six months. Then we had the upgrading of the Main St which cost $150,000 to change some seats and shift some trees. Can anyone see the difference? So about half a million dollars of ratepayers money has been spent so far for no result. So now the question is, have we got the ability available within our city council and elected representatives to carry this project through? Mayor Guppy strongly emphasised how necessary it was for the city that this project is carried through, which I found vaguely ironic as he has been in charge during Upper Hutt s slow decline over the last 10 years. So a lack of council continuity cannot be blamed for the money wasted and forgotten reports. We can only hope that our council is able to stick to its knitting and not get diverted by such things as big-box retailing or Noddytown subdivisions on the South Pacific Tyres site, office premises and healthcare centres in the centre of the main retail area of Main St and Mitre 10 Mega complexes on the other side of the railway, completely isolated from the main shopping area. Given the poor job they have made of things to date I have to say that I do not feel very confident. CHRIS HURST, Upper Hutt Is there another agenda? I don t know L Jones. Nor do I know the new chief executive that your correspondent has publicly attacked for a second time in the Leader. While taking pot-shots at elected representatives might be considered their occupational hazard, fair play has long held that paid employees should be protected from flak. After all, they are in no position to defend themselves or respond publicly. And, the more I read L Jones latest contribution, the more concerned I get. That writer is quite correct that much more needs to be done to prepare our city for the future. However, denigrating the mayor and all but one councillor smacks of quite another agenda to me. Instead of encouraging fully collaborative teamwork from our councillors, L Jones reserves praise for one new councillor while dumping on everyone else around the table. Hardly the recipe for united community leadership at a time when we face so many critical challenges as a city. As another point of interest, which of the other two new councillors has rolled over in the opinion of your correspondent? And how have they? Elected only just late last year, all three newcomers should be given a term to show their mettle (or lack of it!). I hold no particular brief in favour of any of our existing or new council representatives. But in caring very much for Upper Hutt, all I ask is that they be encouraged to do the job we asked them to do, leaving an objective assessment of their true individual worth to the next council elections . Which, by the way, are supposed to be held in 2013 -- not 2011! PETER HOLCROFT, Elderslea Wrong end of the WOF stick Political affiliations aside, I think Laurie Bennett (May 18) is drawing a fairly long bow when he blames the National Government for his car failing a warrant. I m not a mechanic but Laurie seems to have the wrong end of the stick on a couple of the points he made. He says the car was started from cold and blew smoke for five seconds. WOF rules state the car is to be at operating temperature to check for smoke, this makes quite a difference regarding this test. Being told it needs a new engine is a bit over kill I would think. The smoke could mean anything from worn valve guides, worn rings, or just plain out of tune, depending on the colour of the smoke -- none of which require a $2500 replacement engine. (Laurie doesn t say what sort of car he has, so I m presuming a bit here). He also says the Government has banned importation of spares. Again I think his information is well off the mark. We import all types of parts for cars, as I m sure plenty of other garages do with no restrictions that I ve been made aware of. He also says the car may need a non-available valve grind . Why is it not available any more? Any garage worth its salt could do a valve grind blindfolded. There seems to be a lot of misinformation in his letter that could lead other people, equally misinformed, to think their car is unserviceable. My suggestion would be to shop around for advice that most places will give for nothing before writing into a paper. COLIN WELCH, KiwiRaceCars.com Ltd, Upper Hutt Good use made of fallen fruit If you have fruit that has fallen off the trees and you do not want it, Arthur would be happy to pick it up to take it to different places or groups which use it for what the type of fruit can be used for. He has brought me feijoas and I make feijoa and crystallised ginger cakes and I take pieces to people who are not well or who are in hospital or I give the cake away. Likewise, he knows people who will make marmalade from grapefruit and lemons and this, too, is passed on to people or given to the food banks, Salvation Army, St Vincent de Paul and St John s Anglican Church as well as various rest homes.
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