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Upper Hutt Leader : July 6th 2011
Wednesday, July 6, 2011 SERVING YOUR COMMUNITY SINCE 1939 Letters 10 Real Estate 25-45 Arts 40-41 Motoring 46 Classifieds 47-52 Sport 53-56 GRAFFITI BUSTERS Tile artists in Timberlea 4 POULTRY SHOW TIME Feathery display in Upper Hutt 5 RIMUTAKA'S RECKONING Big home game hopes 56 Trentham hardest hit by cuts By COLIN WILLIAMS CONTINUED Page 2 The loss of 70 military jobs at the Trentham Defence Base will impact the Upper Hutt com- munity, city leaders say. Trentham is the hardest hit individual defence location, and with another 38 jobs going from Wellington headquarters, the capital is losing more than a third of the 308 defence jobs to go from around the country. Auckland s Devonport base, with 45, is the next individual base with the most. Many of the jobs, at Trentham and elsewhere, are planned to be turned into civilian roles in a move criticised by politicians and union leaders. Basically they are laying people off but saying you can have your job back but with less money, says Rimutaka MP Chris Hipkins. It s ridiculous, it s just an excuse to cut people s pay. I m not sure how many of these people live in Upper Hutt but I d expect a fair amount of them do, so you will have flow on effects for sure. These things always do. Upper Hutt mayor Wayne Guppy says most of the Trentham job losses were from the joint force headquarters. Many of these jobs will stay but any talk that there s redun- dancies is always sad. It s all tied up with the government policy of saving money and looking for redundancies is part of that. If there s any positive these people have real qualities and will come out with qualifications, proven work ethics and the skills and the ability that the private sector and businesses require, Mr Guppy says. I m sure there s a number of people here that will be from Upper Hutt, will be our citizens, and we hope there are opportunities out there for them. From a military point of view for all these people it is a sad time, Mr Guppy says. The changes, officially announced last week, are the fol- low up to the government s Defence White Paper which was released late last year. We are online Since 1939 the Upper Hutt Leader has been delivering locals a weekly serv- ing of local news, opinions, entertain- ment, sport and advertising via a newspaper in their letterbox or- business foyer. The printed newspaper will remain the backbone of our service to readers and advertisers for the foreseeable future. But technology marches on, and your community newspaper is moving with it. While a digital version of our paper has been available through Newspa- perDirect for several years, we now have our own site at upperhuttleader.co.nz. Locals -- and anyone around the world with an interest in Upper Hutt -- can find a full online copy of the paper where you turn the pages as you would if you had the paper copy in your hands. There is no charge. Our online edition has other advantages. For a competitive price, advertisers can make their messages come alive on screen by embedding video clips, online profiles or linking to their own websites. It is an excellent way to expand your market and lift your profile for very little additional cost. To discuss these opportunities, email our manager, Jenny Russell (firstname.lastname@example.org). By accessing our site readers can also see online our sisters papers in the Central Community Newspapers stable covering Wellington, Porirua, Kapiti Coast, Horowhenua, Lower Hutt, Wairarapa and the Hawke s Bay. You can also check us out on Facebook (type Upper Hutt Leader into the search bar). ROSEMARY McLENNAN, editor Musician makes a mark to the beat of his own drum Give the drummer some: Kit Jenkins was awarded for outstanding musicianship after impressing judges at the Smokefreerockquest. Copies of these photos and others from the event can be viewed and prints ordered at pix.ccn.co.nz. Photos: PETER McDONALD By JIMMY NESS Powerful voice: Heretaunga local Josh Harris and his band Shattering Within played in the Smokefreerockquest regional finals. Local musician Kit Jenkins, 18, drummed to the right beat at this year s Smokefreerockquest. Jenkins won the coveted Music and Audio Institute of New Zealand (MAINZ) musicianship award and a year s tuition with MAINZ for his performance with classic rock band Soviet. The Hutt International Boys School student was selected from more than 50 Wellington bands competing for a spot in the national finals. Being a drummer you do not usually get recognised. It meant quite a lot, Jenkins says. It was pretty awesome. It was a real great experience playing in the Wellington Town Hall. The Smokefreerockquest has been running for 23 years and is New Zealand s only nationwide youth music event. Many popular national artists including Midnight Youth, Brooke Fraser and The Black Seeds started their careers at the contest. Jenkins has played in Soviet for three years and says Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham is one of his biggest idols. He s a huge influence on how I play. I would probably say you can hear a bit of his stuff going in my drumming. Jenkins says he wants to pur- sue a career in music. It s a hard road but I reckon it will be pretty awesome. I m in a few other bands and I also would like to do some solo stuff, Jenkins says. The Velvet Regime from Nae- nae College and Hutt Valley High School won the Wellington regional finals, with Kapiti Col- lege band Frank second. Those two bands will compete with 27 other regional finalists for a place in the final and the chance to win a New Zealand on Air recording and music video grant worth $10,000, recording time at the York St Studio, music equipment to the value of $10,000 from New Zealand Rockshops and more.
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