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Upper Hutt Leader : July 13th 2011
6 UPPER HUTT LEADER, JULY 13, 2011 NEWS 3373562AP SCHOOL HOLIDAY SPECIAL TAKE THE FAMILY TO THE PICTURES ON US! Garry Ashton 021 242 2144 www.kingtoyota.co.nz Corner Main and Gibbons Street, Upper Hutt All enquiries 04 920 7770 Victor Parker 021 242 2466 Conditions: • Offer valid July School Holidays 18-29 July 2011 • Limited to first 4 Total Care Service bookings per day • Only available King Toyota Upper Hutt • Warrant of Fitness Inspection check only available when included in 35point service check. Not available separately • Offer includes oil filter and up to 4 litres of oil for Petrol and oil filter and up to 7 litres of engine oil for Diesels. • Cinema passes only valid at Ascot Cinema complex , Upper Hutt. We are giving away 4 family of 4 passes daily to Ascot Cinema this coming school holidays* All you need to do is bring your vehicle in for our Total Care 35 Point Service Starting from $199* for Petrol and from $249* for Diesel vehicles Including a free Warrant of Fitness inspection Check. Call Tracy at King Toyota Upper Hutt on 04 920 7770 to make your service booking today Dressed to impress: Sameer Chhima and Petelo Alosio showing off their custom waterblasting outfits. Residents get stuck into city clean-up By JIMMY NESS Upper Hutt is cleaning up its act -- residents are helping to keep the city beautiful by removing graffiti and rubbish. The Upper Hutt City Council community development adviser Frances McEwen says a group of 13 volunteers tidied Merton St last Thursday. It was funded by ACC. It was [centred] around home and community safety and we had to come up with a project. Before getting rained out, we spent about five hours there [Merton St]. It is a great opportunity for the community to get together, assist each other and beautify their street. Volunteer Wellington also sourced some people from IAG Insurance to help with the work. Mitre 10 Mega provided free gloves, rags and brushes. They also held a prize draw for residents and winner Bob Joyce was awarded a $200 gift voucher. Miss McEwen says the council decided to work in Merton St because it has several elderly residents who need help maintaining their property. Locals had also rung the coun- cil earlier to request or offer help. The volunteers were great and the residents were really appreciative and lovely. Apart from the rain it was a fantastic day. The council supplied industrial-sized waterblasters for cleaning decks and driveways, as well as tools for trimming bushes. Volunteers painted the front of the Merton St shops and gave the owners 10 litres of paint so they can add further touch- ups in the future. From Monday to Thursday, 10 large skip bins were also filled with rub- bish by the public. Miss McEwen says she would love to host another community clean-up, depending on further funding. Trains in council hands One of New Zealand s biggest used vehicle transactions took place last Tuesday. Greater Wellington chairwoman Fran Wilde and Transport Minister Steven Joyce signed a deal giving the council ownership of the KiwiRail s 40 Ganz Mavag suburban rail unit pairs, the maintenance buildings and all stations except Wellington. Under the deal the government will fund upgrading the rest of Wellington s rail network, the parts that were not essential for the new Matangi trains. Mr Joyce said neither party had got all it wanted, but it was pretty close . There is a saying -- if you re doing a deal and both sides walk away feeling slightly bruised then you ve probably done a pretty good deal. And I think in this situation both sides would say there has been a lot of push and pull. Ms Wilde said hell froze over a few times during the course of this long nego- tiation, but we got there in the end . For its part, the regional council will begin refurbishing the 29-year-old trains in the next few months, at an estimated cost of $80 million, and upgrade the stations. The train refurbishment work looks almost certain to go to KiwiRail s Woburn workshops, as flagged in a recent Cabinet paper. Ms Wilde said there was a process to be worked through before the Ganz Mavags could be refurbished, but the work looked almost certain to go the Hutt workshops. Why wouldn t you? she said. Greater Wellington transport division manager Wayne Hastie said the council had to go through the appropriate steps and cost benefit analyses, and satisfy con- ditions for New Zealand Transport Agency funding. We are talking a matter of months, he said. It s months, not years away. A Sudanese celebration By JIMMY NESS Hutt Valley s Sudanese community is celebrating a big change in their country s difficult history. Southern Sudan has declared inde- pendence from the dictatorship of the north and freed itself from war crimi- nal Omar al-Bashir. John Alora has organised an event at St Joseph s School hall this Saturday to commemorate the occasion. The cel- ebration will begin at 2pm and Mr Alora is inviting the public to join the festivities. There is just less than 400 Sudanese people in the Hutt Valley. It is a happy event. There will be traditional dancing, food, singing and a speech about the history of Sudan. Mr Alora says he lived in a Kenyan refugee camp for about six years before coming to New Zealand in 2003. It was because of the war. There was bombing in Sudan and things like that, so people could not stay. It was really difficult. Everything is really busy. The food is very basic, you re just given something to keep you going. The UN estimates more than 90 per cent of the population of South Sudan lives on less than $1 a day. Their independence means the country can look forward to a peaceful future, Mr Alora says.
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