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Upper Hutt Leader : July 6th 2011
15 UPPER HUTT LEADER, JULY 6, 2011 LETTERS Make a difference in your community. The Open Home Foundation invites you to join their team of foster families who are making a difference in the lives of children throughout New Zealand. You are invited to our obligation-free Information Evening. Thursday July 14th 7.00-9.00pm Discovery Elim Church Cnr Kelso Grove and Major Drive, Kelson, Lower Hutt Phone 0508 OPEN HOME for more information www.ohf.org.nz 3838268AA 3856240AA ANNUAL GENERAL MEETINGS Rimutaka Electorates Saturday 16th July 1-2 pm Hutt South & Rimutaka Bishop Viard College, 20 Kenepuru Drive Porirua (Follow the signs) New Members Welcome Hutt South & Rimutaka Chair, Mob: 027 505 8226 New Zealand First Likewise, no hint of any rational action, such as asking customers if they like the background noise. Oh well, I shall continue buying my meat at Countdown. RICHARD REYNOLDS, Upper Hutt Road upgrade You feature impressive development plans for Upper Hutt, but might I through your paper ask a basic question of council? When does the council intend to complete the kerbing and footpaths for Bridge Rd, and thus ensure the safety of children who live and go to school in the area? R K SHAW, Upper Hutt Lachlan Wallach, the council's director asset management and operations, replies: Both are in our asset plans with kerb and channel over three years commencing 2016-17 and footpaths from 2020-21 over four years. Open seven days We would like to reply to Nigel Bennett s letter (June 29) Banks should be open . Nigel, we at ASB totally agree with your comments about banks needing to be open hours that work for their customers. ASB Upper Hutt is open seven days a week, our hours are Monday to Saturday 9am till 4.30pm and Sunday 10am till 4pm. We appreciate that most people are busy during the week, including ourselves, and often struggle to get to the bank during the normal working week. We invite you and anyone else in the same boat to come into our branch in The Mall (Logan St entrance) over the weekend, have a coffee, and talk with our staff about what ASB can do to help you. HAYDEN PIERCE, branch manager, ASB Upper Hutt Business role I was interested to read Paul Lambert s recent Commerce Comment. I see his title is business liaison manager. I would be interested to know which of a decreasing number of Upper Hutt businesses he actually liaises with. Certainly I never saw him when I had a business in Upper Hutt. I wonder how many other businesses have ever seen him? No doubt as a council employee he is paid two to three times the average wage. I would be interested in seeing a list of his achievements during his employment with the council? CHRIS HURST, Upper Hutt The council's chief executive, Chris Upton, replies: Our business liaison manager is tasked with liaising with businesses external to the CBD, while Experience Upper Hutt, which is fully-funded and was set up by council in 2006, is tasked with liaising and co- ordinating efforts within the CBD. As an ex-CBD retailer it is highly likely that Mr Hurst would not have had a visit from our business liaison manager as, stated above, this is outside his role. If there are any areas that Mr Hurst would like to discuss further, I am more than happy to discuss these in person. Grant increase Last year the Upper Hutt Cosmopolitan Club received $1,787,242 from the gaming machines (after payment of all expenses). From this they gave 5.6 per cent to the community. Congratulations to the Cossie Club on their decision to increase their grants from the five per cent they donated last year. At this rate of increase it will only take them another 200 years to match the 100 per cent donated by the Rimutaka Trust from their gaming machine income. PETER RICHARDSON, Akatarawa MMP defended MMP is the best system on offer. It is the only system that is proportional, and places numbers of MPs in the House in proportion to the number of votes cast for their party. It also gives representation to third parties, who, in most other systems, would be deprived of a voice in the House. Under MMP, though, they act as a much-needed check on the major parties, who otherwise tend towards extremism. FPP is flawed. Under this system, a party can (and often does) acquire more than 50 per cent of the MPs in the House, in spite of having less than 50 per cent of the vote. It also discriminates heavily against third parties. When New Zealand used the FPP system, Social Credit, at one point, got over 20 per cent of the vote. They were rewarded with just two seats in the House.COLIN CRAIGIE, Birchville Heart goes out Two little girls have lost their father, a mother her son, a father his son, brothers and sisters their brother, extended family their grandson, cousin, nephew and friends their mate. The death of Kane has affected so many people. I was totally surprised and hugely disappointed to read the not guilty verdict of the immigrant Thomas Baugh. I did not know Kane personally but I feel so deeply for the people that were close to him and cannot comprehend how angry and hurt they must feel. I only hope that one day they will find peace in their hearts. To Kane s family my heart goes out to you.A GUEST, Upper Hutt
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