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Upper Hutt Leader : June 1st 2011
2 UPPER HUTT LEADER, JUNE 1, 2011 NEWS MANAGER: JENNY RUSSELL firstname.lastname@example.org The Upper Hutt Leader is published by Central Community Newspapers, a division of Fairfax New Zealand Ltd, and printed at 35 Bouverie St, Petone. The registered of ce of Fairfax New Zealand Ltd is 40 Boulcott St, Wellington CLASSIFIED ADVERTISING: Classified: email@example.com Ph: 528 9654 Fax: 528 3021 154 Main Street, Upper Hutt Now available online at: http://fairfaxmedia.newspaperdirect.com Our Weekly Top Ten Stories on: upperhuttleader.co.nz Order Photos online at: pix.ccn.co.nz EDITOR: ROSEMARY MCLENNAN firstname.lastname@example.org SPORTS EDITOR: COLIN WILLIAMS email@example.com Delivered to 22,226 Homes and Businesses throughout Upper Hutt, Stokes Valley, Manor Park and Haywards 2920501AA 2150018BQ UPPER HUTT VETERINARY HOSPITAL & CATTERY 578 Fergusson Drive, Upper Hutt Tel: 528 4788 We believe in providing professional service without costly price tags. Come in and see us today: you'll notice the diference! Yes, FREE! Book a no-charge appointment with one of our nurses for a FREE dental check of your pets teeth and gums. Advice and home-care tips included. Book now! NB: 10 minute appointment only and solely on pet oral hygiene. Any further care or treatment may incur a charge. Who wants a FREE pet dental check? Easy Key Self Service Laundromat UPPER HUTT 557 Fergusson Drive Ph 528 0515 STOKES VALLEY Scott Court Ph 563 8260 DRY CLOTHES IN ONLY 18 MINUTES! Save time and electricity 13 x Dryers from $4 for 18 mins 8 x Washers - from $5 ALSO AT THESE LOCATIONS Taita 970 0994 Wainuiomata 939 5171 Porirua - Cannons Creek 237 0630 Newtown 389 7926 Lower Hutt 569 5792 Fast Dryers Washers Domestic Laundry Sports Gear Duvets Mink Blankets Bedding 3685419AB 3685406AB Fees 'unusually low' for private school FROM Page 1 In looking at what was available in post-primary education we were intrigued by what we read of Mt Hobson Middle School based on the Villa Education model so we began work on an Upper Val- ley Middle School. A public meeting in Upper Hutt in August 2009 gauged the possible support for the education initiative and possibility of setting up a school last year. We began looking for a prop- erty and staff. It took us to mid- 2010 to find a lovely property: cen- tral, suitable and very attractive, they say. The curriculum and policy documents were all prepared. There was good interest in the position of academic manager and it seemed we had just the right person. In late August he pulled out and we decided the timing was too tight and we would delay for another year. The proposed fees are based on October 2009 estimates and sub- ject to review. If we can, we will reduce it, the school s website says. These fees are unusually low for a private school. They are made possible by generous interest-free loans and they assume that costs can be kept low by occasional working-bee support from parents. The Upper Valley Middle School promotion is at the Lane Park Cafe, 16-22 Lane St, from 1pm till 3pm on Saturday, June 11. See the website uppervalley.school.nz. 3782251AA 30 Camp Street, Trentham Council urged to lift support for business By COLIN WILLIAMS Experience Upper Hutt has achieved a lot in the last few years on a very limited budget and should receive continued city funding from beyond mid-next year, the newly merged Upper Hutt and Hutt Valley Chamber of Commerce says. Experience has co-ordinated some important events for Upper Hutt that have helped with giving the city profile and enhancing the activities in the city for all Upper Hutt citizens to enjoy, the sub- mission to the city council s an- nual plan hearing last week said. In the draft plan, the Experi- ence group will receive at least $80,000 for 2010-11, but on cur- rent policy that appears likely to be the last funding it will get. A year ago the council commit- ted to fund the promotional group at $80,000 a year for three years, but deleted funding previously indicated for 2012-13 to 2018-19. We note it is intended that funding for this organisation will cease. The chamber strongly urges the council to reconsider that move and to continue to fund Experience Upper Hutt beyond June 2012, the submission said. It is clear from public feedback that the look, feel, vibrancy and activities within our central busi- ness district (CBD) are seen as a measure by our community as to how well the city is doing. While we know that it is only one aspect of life within our com- munity, the bulk of Upper Hutt ratepayers and businesses are seeing the CBD as the ultimate reflection of Upper Hutt. Given the public s point of view and the current economic environ- ment, it would be foolish to cut back on efforts and initiatives that assist in the vitality and pro- motion of our CBD, the chamber s business advocacy manager, Sue Trueman, said. Overall the chamber is both critical of, and concerned about, the low level of funding allocated to economic development. With council s dollar spend on economic development having remained relatively static over the past couple of years, and taking into account inflation, this repres- ents a reduction in spending. The still only 2 per cent of the council budget is by far the smallest amount to any broad area of council involvement . How does the council intend to achieve the initiatives noted in the plan? The chamber is very keen to view the council s action plans for these initiatives. Without any obvious funding allocation to help achieve them, the chamber hopes the council has a real commitment to making them happen rather than just say- ing the right thing [in the draft annual plan], Ms Trueman said. The chamber requests that additional funds be allocated toward economic development projects, the submission said. Its summary said the council simply did not place enough emphasis on economic develop- ment. More priority has to be given to economic development activities by council as their contribution to this outcome, it said. It is not enough to say in a planning document that council will identify and support initiatives to promote economic growth and to promote the city. This must be given priority and backed up by effective actions, the chamber said. WANTED Man sought: Police would like to locate Wil- liam Martin Lee. A war- rant was issued for his arrest in 2002, in relation to a charge of theft as a servant. Warrant out: Apera- hama Rua Mason has a warrant for his arrest on charges of breaching com- munity work and con- ditions of supervision. The warrant was issued in 2009. Contact Senior Con- stable Flora Nielsen at Upper Hutt police station, 527 2300. Change to deadlines Early deadlines apply to next week s issue because of Queen s Birthday Weekend. Bookings for display advertising other than real estate close at 5pm today with copy by 10am tomor- row (Thursday). The classified advertising dead- line is 2pm Friday. Editorial contributions need to be with us by noon tomorrow. The deadline for weekend sports results is the usual 9am Monday (email: firstname.lastname@example.org). Fossickers hold show and tell Wellington s regional mineral club members will put their collections on show at the Hutt s Horticul- tural Hall this weekend. Club president Ian Godfrey said visitors would see collections of rocks, minerals, crystals and fossils. It s everything to do with rocks and minerals. The Mineral Club of Hutt Val- ley and Wellington, based in Petone, was formed when the Wel- lington club was forced from its premises by the construction of Karo Drive. The club has existed in one form or another since 1961 and cele- brates its 50th anniversary this year, with its first mineral and rock show in two decades. Mr Godfrey said it was a diverse, amateur group. We meet up every week or other week to talk about rocks and show what we ve been doing and where we ve been and we have a public speaker every month. Its membership is spread over the whole Wellington region, and also has members from as far afield as Australia and Switzer- land. There is also an active junior group with 20 members. An affiliated group will also show off their micro crystals, vis- ible under microscopes. Micro crystals were more sym- metrically formed than larger crystals, he said. One of its members, Jocelyn Thornton, of south Wellington, has been accepted into the inter- national micro-mounters hall of fame, he said. The Mineral Club of Hutt Val- ley and Wellington s show is at the Lower Hutt Horticultural Hall on June 4 and 5. For more information visit mineralclub.co.nz
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