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Upper Hutt Leader : June 22nd 2011
Wednesday, June 22, 2011 SERVING YOUR COMMUNITY SINCE 1939 Letters 10 Real Estate 20-36 Arts 32-33 Motoring 38-39 Classifieds 40-44 Sport 45-48 SO SHALL WE DANCE? Entertaining the elderly 3 EARLY SEASON FOR KITTENS Desperate for homes 6 BOOK LAUNCH AT EXPO Eva-Maria on the teen years 9 Energy centre: Rachel Main and Graeme Jarvis will bring their child- focused organisations Arts a Go Go! and Seido Karate Upper Hutt together atanew community- focused facility, The Spot, on Fergusson Dr. Photo: KAROLINE TUCKEY Arts, karate move to landmark hall By KAROLINE TUCKEY Upper Hutt children will get a new fun house, with the establish- ment of The Spot, in the old Upper Hutt Baptist Church hall, which will provide both karate and performing arts classes. The multiroom hall on the cor- ner of Milton St and Fergusson Dr has been purchased by Arts a Go Go! performing arts for kids and will also house Seido Karate Upper Hutt, with plans to wel- come other complementary com- munity organisations in the future. Arts a Go Go! director Rachel Main says the venue is a great space for children s organisations, and the hall is about to get a new lick of paint and beauty treat- ment. This was a real opportunity, and the next step for me was to have my own place. Already I ve arranged preschool music classes for during the day. I can now add to the Arts a Go Go! lineup. It s going to be completely renovated, and purpose-built flooring for karate will go in -- you ll see a transformation. Arts a Go Go! runs dance, drama, singing and Irish dancing classes, with several classes happening in tandem on Saturdays, and has costumes and sets previously stored at another premises, she says. We need the space -- there s a lot of group work and creating pieces and choreography; and chil- dren learning the techniques and devising their own choreography; and in drama lots of improvisation where they go off to various parts of the room to practise. The kids are excited about it being their space and that we can have all the costumes here, and I think they think it ll be dress-up every day, instead of once a term. The partnership between organ- isations works well, Mr Jarvis says, with some parents already noting that there could potentially be combined after-school runs for children to karate and performing arts classes at the same point. Our children s programmes set us apart from other schools, we ve got 60 per cent child members, and there s real opportunities for whole families to get involved here, he says. Both organisations are grateful to their previous venues, which treated them well, but which they had outgrown, and say they have received plenty of support and congratulations from the com- munity for their new endeavour. Fundraising projects to help with the move into the hall and to buy new equipment include lolly sales, a monster garage sale, discos and a live band. Even though it s a business, it takes a lot of money to run, and we don t want to pass those costs on, so we re just trying to do it as efficiently as we can, with help, Ms Main says. The schools plan to open at The Spot at the beginning August, ready for the third term. Far-reaching plan for Maymorn By COLIN WILLIAMS CONTINUED Page 2 A far-reaching vision for Maymorn, in the Mangaroa Val- ley, as a sustainable village com- munity will be given the go- ahead for public discussion by the city council today. Five years after the council pro- duced its Urban Growth Strategy, the first major strategy for Upper Hutt s potential residential growth has taken planning shape. The Maymorn Structure Plan is, in the long term, a pathway to the provision of medium-term growth which could see 1800 dwellings for more than 4000 people built in the next 10 to 20 years. The proposed village would occupy the north-eastern corner of the Mangaroa Valley, bound by the Mangaroa River and sur- rounding hillside. This afternoon s council com- mittee will approve the draft plan, which will become available for public input and formal consul- tation early next month with ver- bal submissions set to be heard in late August. Following this, the council will determine whether or not to adopt the structure plan in September. If that is done the plan will go to the next stage, with the introduc- tion of the changes for the re- zoning of the area in the Upper Hutt District Plan. The vision for Maymorn is one of a sustainable village com- munity, mayor Wayne Guppy says. I m excited about the prospects for Maymorn and how residential growth can be carried out in a much more sustainable manner than the traditional residential model. The existing railway line on Parkes Line Rd, and the potential for its future electrification, saw the Maymorn area emerge ahead of several others (including Kaitoke) as the best for future development. With the Maymorn railway sta- tion, the planning is set to develop around existing infrastructure and better encourage future growth in an integrated and com- prehensive way. The plan has an urban design focus, drawing on sustainability principles. It has been planned with varying housing densities proposed (with the smaller lots in the centre of the development). The draft plan specifically aims to recognise and respond to May- morn s natural areas and land- scape by protecting and enhancing waterways and surrounding hills. By locating a proportion of Upper Hutt s development north of the city, Maymorn is well positioned to provide a long term boost to the Upper Hutt central business district through adding to the city s critical mass, Mr Guppy says.
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