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Upper Hutt Leader : June 1st 2011
12 UPPER HUTT LEADER, JUNE 1, 2011 LETTERS AVAILABLE FROM $300,000* Three 2-bedroom, 1 bathroom villas These require re - cladding work. One 2-bedroom, 1 bathroom brick villa OG1400 HUTT GABLES: 1094 Fergusson Drive, Upper Hutt 5018 Ph (04) 526 9292 www.oceanialiving.co.nz www.facebook.com/OceaniaGroup Four rarely available Retirement Villas available now FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Beverley Sutherland, Village manager Phone : (04) 526 9292 or (027) 433 8166 • Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Rarely are villas available at Hutt Gables. We now have four 2-bedroom villas available to choose from. So, if you have been considering moving to a village conveniently close to central Upper Hutt, this is the time to arrange a visit. Located in park-like settings; Hutt Gables Retirement Village has a new community centre (with gym, library, pool table and petanque), social functions & trips in the village van, and a family-friendly environment. Three of the four villas require re-cladding work but this will be undertaken at no cost to you. The village operator, the Oceania Group, is a Retirement Villages Association member and, as a consequence, follows strict standards and guidelines as to how it operates. * Ongoing service fees apply. HUTT GABLES VILLAS OPEN FOR VIEWING BY APPOINTMENT All villas have open plan living: kitchen, lounge and dining room, heat pump, decorated in neutral colours, wet-floor shower, extractor fan, wall oven, hob, and large single car garage with laundry tub. pix.ccn.co.nz To order your own copy of photos in this paper, or other CCN titles, check out: c c c c c FROM Page 10 EKERS' WEEK According to the letter, Akatarawa Cemetery had 815 graves decorated in this way this year by a group of women and school pupils. The poppies were inserted into the grass in front of each plaque and required removal prior to the lawns and edges being trimmed. Unfortunately, plastic, fabric and wire do not react well to mower blades and the resulting mess would no doubt cause complaint by the same people who praise the placing of these items. Perhaps next year the pupils could return and remove the poppies rather than leave it for someone else or as I expect, think no further about it. At the same time, perhaps we could appreciate more the excellent job that the sexton, Neil Whiteman, does with the maintenance and appearance of the cemetery.L J MARTIN, Maoribank Brett Latimer, Upper Hutt City Council's manager of parks and reserves, says it would be helpful if the poppies were removed soon after the event -- editor. Do rates drop when values fall? My question to Upper Hutt City Council is this. Are our rates going to go down to reflect the huge drop in our property values? I rang the council office one day to ask and was told they doubted they would. Rates are set to go up again soon. Surely this is double dipping (sounds more like legal theft). I know that money is needed to fund projects but it is so hard on the average family who are struggling to survive. Most families don t get an annual pay rise (like the mayor and councillors) to off-set rising rates, food and just living. Have pity on us ordinary people. KATHY WHITTAKER, Maoribank Ian Johnson, director of corporate services at Upper Hutt City Council, replies: The funds necessary to finance the council s activities come predominantly from rates. The property valuations are used as a mechanism to determine what share of the total rates that need to be raised will be paid by each property owner. Property values have no impact on the funding required for the council to function, therefore a drop in property value does not mean a drop in the dollar amount that a property owner pays in rates. However, if two properties have the same value before the revaluation is done and one has a lower value after the revaluation, then the property with the lower value will pay less rates than the property with the greater value. Thanks I would like to thank Steve from Wallaceville Soccer, and his son, who helped me by using his mobile phone to call the AA at Trentham Memorial Park on Sunday. I had shut the dog and my keys, by mistake, in the boot before opening the car door. I was concerned about leaving the dog to get to a phone as, although the car was in shade when I first got to the park, the sun had moved round and there were no windows open for him. The AA arrived within 15 minutes of the call so thank you Steve, you re a star. I hope your team won the local derby yesterday! ANN NICHOLS, Stokes Valley Foodbank for winter The supermarket appeal by the Upper Hutt Foodbank has produced a wide range of items from very generous shoppers and these items along with the several thousand food gifts collected from St Pat s College, Silverstream, have been gratefully received by the foodbank volunteers. This support, along with the ongoing support from churches, other community groups and individuals will assist the foodbank to cater for the winter demand for assistance from those of our residents who are facing difficult times. KELVIN STRONG, co-ordinator, Upper Hutt Foodbank
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