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Upper Hutt Leader : June 29th 2011
10 UPPER HUTT LEADER, JUNE 29, 2011 LETTERS I hold regular constituency clinics throughout the electorate. To book an appointment, please contact my offices. Chris HIPKINS MP for Rimutaka Chris Hipkins Taita Electorate Office: 1195 High Street Taita Phone 04 567 0156 Upper Hutt Office: 216 Main Street, Upper Hutt Phone Email email@example.com chrishipkins.org.nz labour.org.nz 04 528 5715 3823214AB Our advice is FREE Not getting it could cost you though Upper Hutt Citizens Advice Bureau 18 Logan Street, Upper Hutt Ph: 528 9040 Ad kindly sponsored by UH Cossie Club 2411429BM Ph: 528 7588 (24hrs) 15 Geange Street, Upper Hutt "When quality counts" Fo rProfessional Advice on Flooring WE HAVE IT COVERED! U 3863R 3200244AP BEST RESULTS WITH HYPNOTIC PROGRAMMING For Smoking, Slimming, Anxiety, Confidence, Motivation, Life Rebuilding, Personal, etc. WITH MASTER HYPNOTIC PROGRAMMER JOHN MOYNIHAN PH 471 1775 or 528 5429 UH050278 Defence staff will deter CBD crime CONTINUED Page 11 HAVE YOUR SAY We welcome your letters. They should be no longer than 250 words. The editor reserves the right to abridge letters and also decide whether letters are suitable for publication. Letters must include the writer's name for publication. Pen names are not accepted. The writer's address and phone number must be supplied for our records. Email to firstname.lastname@example.org, fax 528 3021 or P O Box 40001, Upper Hutt. Thanks letters for grants to groups are not accepted. Open letters and poetry are seldom used. I refer to the letter fromLHEMorgan of Silverstream on June 22. No wonder businesses in Upper Hutt are suffering if this is the sort of reaction we get from someone who wants to be picky at the sign of any confidence shown in the Upper Hutt community. Anyone with half a brain would realise that with shops closing down and the city as a whole becoming less attractive because of a small criminal element, there is obviously more and more parking becoming available. On top of this we need more and more activity of the positive variety within the city. Would we rather have empty premises and the resultant attraction of the criminal and undesirable element, or a positive occupation of one of our vacant lots and the obvious use of other areas around the city where their vehicles will be parked, and the places in between where they will make their way to work? The presence of decent people is a positive approach to crime reduction. Upper Hutt should be thankful that at least one worthy organisation has shown faith in the city. The staff of the defence department are well paid; and as a result, will contribute positively to the Upper Hutt economy. Or wouldLHEMorgan prefer that the prison expand because it has ample parking, regardless of the fact that its residents, and supporters, generally contribute nothing to society as well as use the education and health system and anything else that is paid for by the tax and ratepayer and, no doubt, contribute to the crime rate within the city, which in turn leads to additional costs for the honest law abiding people in this city. Let s not forget that the armed forces have been an integral part of Upper Hutt for many, many years and also have the Freedom of the City, something that our residents in Rimutaka Prison would love to have without a contribution to the local economy. WouldLHEMorgan rather we increase the prison population or the defence population? JIM DAVENPORT, Trentham I ve spent some time trying to untangle all the implied negatives in the phrase Upper Hutt s district plan provides existing CBD buildings with an exemption from any alteration to previous parking requirements due to a change of use (Letters, June 22), and think it means that if a building s use changes, the parking requirements can remain the same. Whether I have this right or wrong is immaterial; either way, it doesn t really answer your correspondent s query about where and how the defence personnel are going to park during the day. MARTIN PURDY, Upper Hutt Thanks to Richard Harbord from UHCC for advising that the defence department is not required to make provision for its staff parking requirements when they move into the old Hazelwoods building on Main St. It appears Upper Hutt s district plan, which provides an exemption from any alteration to previous parking requirements due to a change of use, did not envisage a situation whereby a retail shop employing relatively few staff is rebuilt to house 100-plus personnel? As the council does not appear to see a problem with the upcoming parking situation perhaps the defence department could inform your readers as to what all day parking arrangements they envisage for the likely many vehicles that will be driven to the new location by its staff when they move into Main St. L E MORGAN, Silverstream Music in shops I was amazed that Upper Hutt business owner S Bailey from Export Meats would write such a mean-spirited and downright nasty reply to Richard Reynolds perfectly reasonable complaint about noisy music in shops. Has S Bailey walked along Main St recently? Perhaps he hasn t noticed that every second shop is empty. This would seem to indicate that Upper Hutt businesses are not being supported by Upper Hutt people. Perhaps it is the attitude of people like S Bailey that is turning shoppers away from Upper Hutt and causing them to look elsewhere. I was abused by one Upper Hutt shop owner for daring to ask for a receipt for an expensive item I had just paid cash for. I was told, My customers trust me. I have NEVER been asked for a receipt! I have been here for 30 years! I couldn t believe my ears. Have these people never heard the expression the customer is always right ? Come on business owners, you need to treat your customers right, because they are going to take their money elsewhere if you don t. S HADEN, Trentham Sunny side of life Regarding the article on the front page of your 15 June issue, Sunny Side Of Good Life I don t believe Tony Chad and Mary Beth Taylor have done their sums properly. Their solar system cost $30k installed. It is projected to save them $1800 per year. At that rate it will take 16.6 years to recoup their investment. Granted, as the price of electricity rises the rate of return would theoretically improve. However, $30k invested wisely today would provide a nice return as well. What Tony and Mary Beth haven t told us (or don t know) is that they will have to replace the solar panels as these will become inefficient (wear out). Current technology means solar panels do not last forever. Tony and Mary Beth will be forking out who-knows-how-much again in the years to come (10?) and it will end up costing them a lot more than if they d stayed with the common supply. Until electricity becomes very expensive or solar panels come a long way down in price, solar electricity (not water heating) will never be economical. PAUL JACOBS, Upper Hutt Mary Beth Taylor replies: Thanks to Paul Jacobs for his good critical thinking and the opportunity to share a bit more detail about our decision to install a photovoltaic energy system on our roof. Our photovoltaic project involved months of research. I can assure Paul that we do understand fully the financial side of our actions. There are three reasons behind our decision to install a PV system. 1. Financial gain from eliminating electricity bills and the additional untaxed income from excess energy sold back to the grid. 2. Freedom from government controls and political regulation and the increased future cost electricity. 3. Most important for us is the environmental gain. Producing clean, renewable energy means that less dirty contaminating energy will need to be produced, less coal mined, less seabed drilled, less habitat degraded. This is about more than money. Installing a PV system is our way of walking the talk and living our environmental values. It is a very thought- out and disciplined decision based on our desire to maintain our environmental integrity. Regarding the life of the PV panels, they are guaranteed to produce at least 80 per cent of their original energy output after 30 years. Paul s comment about a nice return on $30,000 invested wisely could happen. However, the current low interest rates on bank investments are struggling to keep pace with growing inflation and any interest earned will be taxed. More benefits from generating our own electricity are that the $30,000 capital investment increases the value of our property and the excess energy produced will be shared with other New Zealanders at no environmental cost to the country. Fluoridation debate hot topic I am an Upper Hutt city ratepayer and am rather disturbed at the Upper Hutt Council s new controversial position in the fluoridation debate. It appears that they have taken this position after lobbying by a fear-mongering extremist organisation. They did not give the remainder of Upper Hutt citizens a chance to present any evidence. In essence, this was a non-notified change of position which, in a democracy, is reprehensible. The actual evidence for fluoridation is a large amount of sound scientific evidence. It shows the many benefits and the few trivial negative effects. However, without even knowing what misinformation the council made this decision on, it is hard to present counter evidence. I implore any free- thinking person to read the British Fluoridation Society s website. However, as a quick summary, the benefits of fluoridation are: Water fluoridation reduces the number of decayed, missing and filled teeth by on average just over two teeth per child. Water fluoridation increases the percentage of children totally free from tooth decay by approximately 15 per cent. With the council s decision, I can only assume that the council wants Upper Hutt children to have, on average, two extra decayed, missing or filled teeth and they want to reduce the number of children totally free from tooth decay. As far as the individual freedom argument goes, I quote from Lord Avebury (who wrote this when he was chairman of the English human rights committee): What is at stake is not the erosion of liberty but, in the words of a former Minister of Health, the erosion of millions of teeth and the resultant suffering and misery of thousands of children which fluoridation would go far to prevent . I thought it would go without saying that if the council were to take a highly controversial position they would do their research, engage in public consultation, talk to experts in the field, and then make an informed decision. I wouldn t expect them to make a decision based on organised letter-writing from a fear-mongering extremist organisation. Clearly I hold the council in too high esteem. TIM WRIGHT PhD, Pinehaven Reunions BPW Upper Hutt has its 25th anniversary in August 2011. Contact Alison Prince on 528 4404 or 027 476 0438. 25th Hutt Valley Girls Brigade is celebrating its 50th Jubilee on Sunday, September 18, 2011. Contact Lynaire Wolfsbauer@xtra.co.nz 528 2267.
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