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Upper Hutt Leader : July 6th 2011
6 UPPER HUTT LEADER, JULY 6, 2011 NEWS Proposed plan for public transport in the Wellington region You are invited to have your say on the Proposed Wellington Regional Public Transport Plan 2011-21. The Plan sets the direction for public transport in the region for the next ten years. This includes the public transport services that Greater Wellington proposes to be provided in the region. What does the plan cover? • An overview of public transport in the Wellington region and why Greater Wellington provides it • The direction for public transport in the Wellington region, including objectives, policies and methods • Greater Wellington's approach to funding and delivering public transport and the public transport services proposed to be provided in the region The Plan aims to deliver an effective and efficient integrated public transport network for the people of Wellington. Where can I view the proposed plan? A summary brochure, including a feedback form, is available from: • Your local library or council office • Your nearest Greater Wellington office 142 Wakefield Street, Wellington 34 Chapel Street, Masterton • Staffed railway stations • For a copy of the Plan or more information, please phone 0800 801 700 • www.gw.govt.nz/ptplan How can I have my say? • Email firstname.lastname@example.org • Send your submission to: Greater Wellington Regional Council PO Box 11-646 Wellington 6142 (Freepost 3156) • www.gw.govt.nz/ptplan Submissions close 2 August 2011 WRC15086 Upper Hutt Parents Centre Baby and Toddler CPR Tuesday 2nd August 7:30pm---9:30pm Learn valuable skills that could save a life! A must for parents, caregivers or anyone who works with or around children. You'll learn infant and child resuscitation, choking management, and practise on a infant mannequin. Cost: Members $15, partners $10 Non-members $25, partners $10 Bookings are required for all courses. 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Easy.. Great feature Drive away Price $23,990 Colt LS 1500cc MIVEC, CD, air conditioning, full electrics & 5.6 LItres per 100km. Drive away Price $20,750 Retail $28,590* normal price Retail $23,590* normal price UPPER HUTT COURT Benefit cheat avoids prison Judge Geoffrey Ellis said a grand- mother who admitted 12 years of benefit fraud had committed mean- spirited, cheating behaviour and deserved to go prison. Lorraine Ramari Topp pleaded guilty last week to 21 charges of using a document for pecuniary advantage, but she was not sent to prison. She illegally received about $70,000 from Inland Revenue while living with her partner. Defence counsel Shane Robinson said Topp had a limited criminal his- tory and the crime occurred during an on and off again relationship . It s been many years since she received a criminal conviction. There was not any extravagant spending at the time. Judge Ellis said benefit fraud affected the whole country and it was important Topp received a sentence to warn people about the conse- quences of similar behaviour. I think it s taking advantage of everyone who is out there working for a living, and you get a free ride on the backs of those people. The crime involved a high level of trust for someone who had a moral conscience. It s mean-spirited cheating behaviour. The rest of the community is supporting you. Topp repeatedly lied to authorities, Judge Ellis said. It s not just a spur of the moment thing. It s a long-term lifestyle plan. The report says you felt really stink, but did not know you were doing it , I do not know how to believe that. Judge Ellis said Topp should be made an example of, but he had to think about her two grandchildren, who were living with her. I think you deserve to go to prison and if I was unfettered in the matter that s what I would be inclined to do. Topp was sentenced to six months community detention and given an evening curfew. She was also given 200 hours of community work. Man hides in tree from police Police caught a man hiding in a tree after he drunkenly crashed a stolen car, court was told last week. Tony Watson admitted unlaw- ful conversion of a vehicle, care- less driving, excess breath alcohol and failure to stop to check an accident. Prosecuting Sergeant Ian McDonald said Watson stole a Mazda hatchback from an acquaintance on June 4. Eleven days later he was doing burn-outs and tire skids with a friend on Field St. The defendant crashed the vehicle against a kerb, causing damage to the left wheel, Mr McDonald said. He ran from the vehicle and hid up a tree, waiting for police staff to leave. The defendant did not check his passenger to see if he had any injuries and he was later located nearby. Watson was breath-tested and blew 984 micrograms of alcohol per litre of breath, more than twice the legal limit. He told police that he had only borrowed the car and did not do a full-circle while doing burn-outs, Mr McDonald said. The owner sought $270 in reparation for damages sus- tained during the crash. Defence counsel Phyllis Strachan debated the cost of reparations and asked for a cost-assessment as it was a pink-stickered vehicle. There was already major damage. Judge Geoffrey Ellis said he was unsure if Watson, who had no previous drink-driving convictions, was an alcoholic. I do not know whether, with an alcohol level of nearly 1000, he was an alcoholic or just a deliberate criminal. Watson was convicted and remanded until July 27. Prison warning for shoplifter An Upper Hutt man who ran from The Warehouse with stolen clothing was warned in court to stop stealing or he would be sent to prison. Teahoe Harrison, 20, admit- ted a charge of shoplifting last week. Prosecuting Sergeant Ian McDonald said Harrison put several items of clothing in his bag and ripped the security tags off, before attempting to sneak out. Despite removing the tags, he set the security alarms off and was escorted back inside by staff. He became increasingly agi- tated and ran from the store, Mr McDonald said. Duty lawyer Stephen Iorns said his client had been fighting with his ex-partner beforehand. He had got drunk for the first time in a long time. Judge Geoffrey Ellis asked if Harrison s girlfriend had removed all of his clothing. I do not see why he would need to steal a whole new ward- robe. Mr Iorns said he was reverting to previous behaviour and had since referred himself to alcohol and drug counselling. He is taking rehabilitation seriously . . . He has not drunk since. Judge Ellis said Harrison, who had outstanding fines for other shoplifting offences, was a thief. He was convicted, sentenced to 60 hours community work and ordered to pay $30 for a sweatshirt he ruined while removing the security tag. If you do not stop it some- thing worse will happen. Stop stealing stuff or you will go to jail, Judge Ellis said.
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