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Upper Hutt Leader : June 29th 2011
44 UPPER HUTT LEADER, JUNE 29, 2011 NEWS To order your own copy of photos in this paper, or other CCN titles, check out: pix.ccn.co.nz Heritage part of RWC plans More councils and organisations are realising the value of heritage as a drawcard, the chairman of the Wellington Regional Heritage Promotion Council, Philip Vallance, told the recent annual meeting of Golder Cottage Home- stead Museum Society. Mr Vallance, who made the trip over the Rimutakas for the meet- ing, said councils such as the Upper Hutt City Council had been strong in their backing of the volunteer-led promotion council. But he said there were still other organisations they had to work hard to persuade people of the value of heritage to the econ- omy in their town or city. Since 1993 the WHPC had organised heritage months, and this had raised the profile of the council and heritage sites from Wellington and the Kapiti Coast through the Hutt Valley to the Wairarapa. It had also captured the interest of funders and sponsors for such annual events. This year WHPC has decided to move heritage month to Sept- ember to coincide with the Rugby World Cup. The theme this year is sport and recreation with the launch to be held at the historic Basin Res- erve. WHPC operates a website and a popular new initiative by webmas- ter Don Picken is an online heri- tage photo album, which is already attracting much interest. In a report delivered to the 24th annual meeting of the Golder Homestead Museum Society by secretary Janice Keys, president Kevin Browne wrote that the vari- ous special displays throughout the year had attracted many dif- ferent interest groups and also maintained continual interest for locals. He underlined how important community support was, from the annual Spring Festival which offered a great fundraising oppor- tunity to events such as last March s BNZ Volunteer Day, where a group of enthusiastic BNZ employees, local and from Wellington, spent the day spruc- ing up the outside of the cottage and painting the fence, leaving the property shining like a jewel . Officers elected were: President Kevin Browne, treasurer Peter Keys, secretary Janice Keys; com- mittee Janice Browne, Pat Dun- stan, Mary Pearce, Cicely McKen- zie, Gordon Procter, Brenda Neville, George Mulder, Nola Wal- kinshaw and Yvonne Airey. Golder Cottage is open every Saturday from 1.30pm till 4pm and on public holidays (not Christmas Day and Good Friday). A small entry fee applies. New members and volunteer site helpers are welcome. Contact 526 6304. EKERS' WEEK A WORD OF ADVICE Power up with powerswitch Staying warm and comfy inside in winter can put a dent in your heating bill, even after you have knitted up draught stoppers for all your doors. So take a break from that and go to powerswitch.org.nz, says the Ministry of Consumer Affairs. Powerswitch is a free and inde- pendent site that helps you choose the best plan for your power usage. All you need is your latest power bill. On the website you enter in information from the bill about how much power (gas and electricity) you use. It takes just a couple of minutes to do and then you get a list showing the cheapest plan for your power use. After that it is your choice. If you want to change companies you can click on a link and get in contact with the new company. After that, the new company will take care of everything for you. The powerswitch website takes all the hard work out of calculat- ing the best plan for you. It can even be difficult to know how many companies are operating in your area. The cheapest plan depends on how much power you use, where you live and how you use your electricity. If you do not have your power bill handy you can use the quick calculator to estimate how much you can save. Powerswitch gets up-to-date information from the different power companies to give you accu- rate results. The results also tell you how much money you can save every year from changing your power company. It could be as much as a couple of hundred dollars, or just enough to buy some more yarn for your draught stoppers. Consumer NZ chief executive Sue Chetwin says a large house- hold in Christchurch could save $903 a year and a medium-sized household in Wellington could save about $478. Even if you find you are already on the best plan for you, check back with powerswitch from time to time, especially if you get a price increase, you move house, you have a new baby or the kids leave home. Powerswitch is an independent service from the Ministry of Consumer Affairs and Consumer NZ. Starting young: Thomas Renn, 4, watches Gemma Goodwin-Gething paint her mural. Murals brighten up kindy Children at Doris Nicholson Kin- dergarten have more murals on their fences, thanks to parent Gemma Goodwin-Gething. Her latest works, to comple- ment the native garden, continue a previous mural she did. The latest project began when the kindergarten asked parents to donate native plants for a garden in a seldom-used area, says head teacher Deb Judkins. Ms Goodwin-Gething offered to do a mural and Mitre 10 gave the paint. Themes include rivers and mountains, lizards and wetas. The children enjoy watching and Ms Gething s subjects are reflected in the children s work indoors. Ms Goodwin-Gething, a fulltime mum, has spent a few hours most days over five weeks painting the murals. There is also a distinct Upper Hutt flavour to her murals.
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