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Upper Hutt Leader : June 1st 2011
3 UPPER HUTT LEADER, JUNE 1, 2011 NEWS Fast Approval CASH NOW 245 High Street 24 Queen Street Lower Hutt Wainuiomata Phone: 566 0989 Phone: 564 1596 *All Loans Subject to Normal Lending Criteria Loans for all reasons ADELPHI FINANCE LTD The Established Company HN105346/wh Amounts $500 to $5000 Providing Cash Solutions 40 Years of Financial Service 2137523CO For all your domestic, commercial, rental property, electrical needs & heat pump installations Serving Upper Hutt for over 30 years small jobs our speciality Main Street, Upper Hutt Drop off all small appliance repairs to: phone 04 528 2195 email firstname.lastname@example.org web www.uhelectrical.co.nz RDA honours volunteer Jo Mackley By ROSEMARY McLENNAN Horse power: Jo Mackley with Cara, one of the RDA horses at Silverstream. It used to belong to local jouster Callum Forbes. Photo: ROSEMARY McLENNAN A Hutt Valley Riding for the Dis- abled volunteer helper has been honoured for her leadership and dedication. Jo Mackley received the New Zealand Riding for the Disabled Association chair award'' for being a dedicated, passionate and outstanding team leader at her RDA group. The local branch, with its head- quarters at Silverstream, nomi- nated her for annual Coach of the Year, but the national body gave her the rarer honour, which is presented occasionally and on merit. The Upper Hutt woman became involved in RDA through the special needs of her teenage daughter, Amanda, then 5. It combined Mrs Mackley's love of horses and her passion to help children with special needs. Almost 12 years later Mrs Mackley is still there, leading a group of people who work with the horses and coach riders aged from three to their 50s. Each person is assigned the right of horse for their needs at the time. Working with the RDA therapist, individual riding plans are made for each person. Hearing the stories coming back, seeing the smiles on kids' faces,'' makes it all worthwhile, she says. Improved co-ordination and muscle tone, and social interaction are some of the rewards. Some children can hardly sit up when they arrive, years later they can ride on their own, she says. There are several volunteer teams and Mrs Mackley works with children riding for therapy and often described as delicate'' with high needs. RACE chief resigns for more time with family RACE (Racing at Awapuni, Otaki and Trentham Combined Enterprise) chief executive Matt Reid has resigned, to have more time with his family. RACE is made up of the Wellington Racing Club and five other clubs. Its chair- man, Dave Bennett, says Mr Reid has left in order to commit more time to his young family''. He says Mr Reid started at RACE in September 2009 at what was an extremely difficult time for our organisation, with a strained financial position and operating in a challenging economy and environment. While our financial position remains tight, in a short space of time Matt led RACE into a more stable position, bringing business acumen, structure and rigor to our organisation . . . contributing to some excel- lent results, including a record profit for the 2010 Wellington Cup Carnival and despite inclement weather an excellent 2011 Cup Carnival profit. Matt has also begun and progressed a number of significant opportunities that may allow RACE in the future to retire significant amounts of debt,'' Mr Bennett said. Police merger refuted By JIMMY NESS Claims of a proposed merger between Upper and Lower Hutt police have been refuted by the police and local politicians. The Upper Hutt Leader has been told by several callers that the Upper and Lower Hutt police would be merging their services at a single station. Upper Hutt area com- mander Inspector Mike Hill says the rumours are false. I have no merger plan and I am not aware of any [merger] plans. We know the govern- ment is looking across the board to do more for less,'' he said. There's a whole lot of stuff we are doing where we are using staff for both areas, but that's exactly what the taxpayers expect us to do.'' Rimutaka MP Chris Hipkins says he accepts Mr Hill's word. They would be abso- lutely crazy to go for that [a merger], given the huge amount of negative back- lash from the public [last time a merger was talked about].'' Mayor Wayne Guppy says he also heard the rumour about the merger and believes it is com- pletely untrue.
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