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Upper Hutt Leader : July 13th 2011
10 UPPER HUTT LEADER, JULY 13, 2011 LETTERS I hold regular constituency clinics throughout the electorate. To book an appointment, please contact my offices. Chris HIPKINS MP for Rimutaka Chris Hipkins Taita Electorate Office: 1195 High Street Taita Phone 04 567 0156 Upper Hutt Office: 216 Main Street, Upper Hutt Phone Email firstname.lastname@example.org chrishipkins.org.nz labour.org.nz 04 528 5715 3823214AD Upper Hutt Assn Inc. MEMBERS MEETING Members & friends welcome Time: 2pm Guest Speaker: Paul Swain Subject: What does the Regional Council do? Venue: Hapai Clubrooms, Fergusson Drive Wednesday 20th July Members and their guests most welcome Over 50? Have Your Say - Join Us Today! Phone 528 6267 NOW! 3874454AA Ph: 528 7588 (24hrs) 15 Geange Street, Upper Hutt "When quality counts" Fo rProfessional Advice on Flooring WE HAVE IT COVERED! 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Better road for Blue Mountains? HAVE YOUR SAY We welcome your letters. They should be no longer than 250 words. The editor reserves the right to abridge letters and also decide whether letters are suitable for publication. Letters must include the writer's name for publication. Pen names are not accepted. The writer's address and phone number must be supplied for our records. Email to firstname.lastname@example.org, fax 528 3021 or PO Box 40001, Upper Hutt. Thanks letters for grants to groups are not accepted. Open letters and poetry are seldom used. EKERS' WEEK CONTINUED Page 12 Why does it not surprise me that they are again undertaking road works on the same small patch of Blue Mountains Rd just past Avian Rd. It seems that every year for the past three or four years, they have torn up the same small patch and rebuilt it, the first time was almost immediately after they had resealed the much larger section. At the same time, they have done absolutely nothing on the much larger straight just around the corner. The south east heading lane of this section is so bumpy many locals drive on the wrong side of the road to avoid it, and the corner just after it is no better. Do the council s roading requirements (or desire to improve) end at Avian Rd? Do people who live past this corner not deserve better roading? Maybe someone in the council roading section has something against the increase in lifestyle blocks off Johnsons Rd (including Kakariki) because they have resealed a section up along Whitemans Valley Rd past the Johnsons Rd turnoff, one that didn t seem too bad? I also hope that although overall the hill road is getting better and wider that they might put up some signs asking slow or nervous (some might add inconsiderate) drivers to pull over and allow people to pass who may want to drive closer to the speed limit.WAYNE CHAPMAN, Whitemans Valley Lachlan Wallach, director asset management and operations at UHCC, replies: The work on Blue Mountains Rd is broken into two types, one is sight distance and alignment improvements and the other is maintenance activities. Each year council completes a small section of sight distance/alignment improvements working our way through a predetermined programme. This work is generally on the hill section of the road and is funded from development contributions and minor safety improvements. About two years ago a section further along the road, just past Avian Rd intersection was strengthened as part of the road maintenance works as it had gone severely out of shape and last year the section leading up to Johnsons Rd was resurfaced as part of the annual resurfacing programme. The section in between requires a little more work than just resealing in that the surface is undulating. It is intended to overlay this section of road to restore a better surface as soon as sufficient funds are available. We are at present putting together the physical works programme for the current (2011-12) year and this section will be considered as part of the priorities for work. Tagging 'wilful vandalism' I spent a large part of the first dry weekend in weeks painting out the tags on my front fence, and over the past 12 months I have done the same thing at least 10 times--Iamheartily sick of it. Graffiti may well have been around since the time of the cavemen, but tagging is not artistic expression, it is blatant and wilful vandalism. Tagging is not hip or street or cool, to me it is as offensive as someone walking up to your front door step and allowing their dog to foul there! One day, the people that brandish their paint cans and indelible marker pens may have worked hard enough to buy their own property and understand the effort and costs involved in maintaining a home. Until then, can t we please give the authorities some powers to deal with this insidious problem in our community? A WATSON, Upper Hutt Rates rise With reference to the residential rate increase of 4.61 per cent, which is allegedly to meet increased insurance premiums required for earthquake risk and recovery of costs incurred through the Christchurch disaster. The ratepayers are entitled to an explanation especially when the Wellington City Council has been able to manage a rate increase of some 3.7 per cent. It doesn t require a Rhodes Scholar to know that Wellington City is far more susceptible to earthquake damage than Upper Hutt. Are the ratepayers of Upper Hutt City subsidising Wellington City again, or has the Upper Hutt City Council failed to shop around for the best insurance cover. It would be helpful to have a full and logical explanation for the glaring disparity between Wellington City Council and Upper Hutt City Council rate increases. RONALD A PALMER, Upper Hutt Upper Hutt City Council chief executive Chris Upton replies: It is very hard to do a direct comparison between Upper Hutt s 4.6 per cent rates increase and that of Wellington (3.7 per cent), Porirua (5.2 per cent) or Kapiti (6.7 per cent) as all of these increases are made up of so many different factors. One can only confirm that the additional increases in Upper Hutt s residential rates can be attributed directly to significant increases in insurance costs. The council works with an international insurance broker who has representatives offshore to ensure that we are accessing the best premiums available in this extremely fragile insurance market. Magazine ban sought The pornography industry degrades women and treats men as if they are animals, lacking intelligence and character. How are we to protect our children from seeing these harmful images on magazines (yes, they do have little stars covering up nipples etc on the cover, but they still portray their distorted view of sexuality) when they are displayed so prominently in shops? Young children are very impressionable and the things they experience and observe have a profound impact on the way they view the world throughout their teenage and adult lives. If the government/community really want to do something to prevent sexual violence, violence against women and the growing number of underaged teens spreading STDs and pregnancy among themselves, then maybe a start could be to ban the display of porn magazines and DVDs in shops that are not restricted to persons over 18. Maybe it could coincide with the banning of the display of tobacco products (which would save them a bit of time and money, in the process). BRIDGET WARD, Heretaunga Sports funding wasted With the continuous spate of devastating earthquakes to hit Christchurch, with people losing everything -- their homes, occupations, lives, businesses, family members, workmates and neighbours, it is a real stressful time for them and we elsewhere in the country cannot even begin to comprehend what they are going through, especially heading into winter time. Now this semi-caring National government is giving $30 million to a few silly rugby games, where our overrated rugby team may not even reach the semi-finals and also the government is giving $35m to who really cares America s Cup, a rich man s sport, which are funded by the Lotteries Commission. That $65m would be better given to the affected people of Christchurch who badly need assistance in their time of anguish and sorrow.
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