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Upper Hutt Leader : June 15th 2011
17 UPPER HUTT LEADER, JUNE 15, 2011 NEWS You are invited to a valued customer event MICHAEL HILL UPPER HUTT Thursday 16th June 2011 3807588 To book your personal viewing session RSVP --15th June 1 carat of Diamond Ring Value $2299 WIN A GIFT FROM US TO YOU, PRESENT THIS VOUCHER FOR $50 OFF* *WHEN YOU SPEND OVER $150 on Thursday 16th June 2011 only (CONDITIONS MAY APPLY) APPLY FOR YOUR MICHAEL HILL CARD TODAY Beinfora chance to Michael Hill Upper Hutt, The Mall, Main Street, Upper Hutt • Ph 527 4531 Top cyclists: Winner David Lowe, left, and runner-up Ben Lucock. Top prize wonina close ride For the second year in a row, Silverstream School took the top team prize at the Young Cyclist of the Year competition last Thursday evening in a close battle over other school teams. Joanne Kinnaird from Upper Hutt City Council said the scores on the night showed organisers the students were dedicated cyclists who were passionate about the sport. Teams of six students from St Brendan s, Mangaroa, Silverstream, Oxford Crescent, and Totara Park schools battled in five categories to be named the city s top school team of cyclists. Silverstream won the competition with 942.5 points. Mangaroa were second with 936 points. Only one point separated Oxford Crescent and Totara Park, with 933.5 and 932.5 points respect- ively. St Brendan s placed fifth with 844.5 points. Oxford Crescent year 6 student David Lowe was named Upper Hutt Young Cyclist of the Year for 2011, beating runner-up Ben Lucock from Silver- stream by only half a point. David, who has taken part in many organised bike events (including the Karapoti 20K Challenge and the Big Coast ride), said he got a lot of enjoyment out of cycling. I like it because I go out riding with my dad and having fun on my bike. Runner-up Ben Lucock said he liked to ride because he liked to go fast, but he learnt to slow down during the competition to gain more control over his bike when tackling the small turning box challenge and the slow ride portions of the compe- tition. An added attraction to the competition this year was having some parents and teachers do the practical ride while the organisers tallied up scores. This was met with laughter and encourage- ment from the competitors who cheered the adults on as they tackled the difficult slalom and slow riding activities on their children s bikes. Representatives from Greater Wellington Regional Council attended. They are considering introducing the competition to other cities in the region with a possible grand winner competition across Greater Wellington. Mrs Kinnaird said the competition, which has been running for more than 13 years, was a great snapshot of the skills of our young cyclists. This year we were able to evaluate what the cyclists were doing, she said. We have recognised that skill in the hand signals area is needing to improve, while road rules knowledge was very high, indicated by a number of perfect scores of 50 being recorded. Silverstream School receives $150 worth of cyc- ling books on how to repair and maintain bikes and how to encourage family cycling. David Lowe received a $50 voucher from The Cycle Centre. Trust goes hard on youth issues By KAROLINE TUCKEY Upper Hutt s problems with young vandals are the result of a soft approach, a spokes- woman for the Sensible Sentencing Trust says. Wendi Marsh, the trust s Wellington co-ordinator, said she sympathised with Upper Hutt police, who had limited options to clamp down on youth found responsible for a series of graffiti and vandal- ism acts in the city. Earlier this month Inspec- tor Mike Hill expressed frus- tration that the same small group of young people have been behind a spike in dam- age to Upper Hutt businesses this year. Three youths associated with the group were referred to youth aid after about 10 Main St shop windows were etched late last month. The cost of the damage was estimated by one business owner as $100,000. These young offenders and their families have been given chance after chance to change to get it right, Ms Marsh said. It goes to prove that our current prolific criminal activity stems from a softly- softly approach to criminals. The trust said widespread frustrations such as the Upper Hutt problem have led it to recommend a sterner three- strike approach to youth offending to the Government. Under the proposed plan, young people would have to cover the costs of damages resulting from any offences committed, while their parents would share the lia- bility, Ms Marsh said. On the first strike they would also have to enrol in a sport or recreational pro- gramme. At the second offence they would appear in Youth Court and receive an additional community-based punishment such as graffiti clean-up or picking up rubbish. If they re-offended a third time, they would be sentenced to time at a military activity camp where an emphasis would be placed on account- ability, boundaries, conse- quences and discipline. Strong action was needed, since if intervention failed these are our criminals of the future , Ms Marsh said. However, the strongest emphasis should remain with parents, she said.
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