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Upper Hutt Leader : July 13th 2011
12 UPPER HUTT LEADER, JULY 13, 2011 LETTERS SH1 Cobham Drive to Buckle Street transport improvements The inner-city transport network: improvements for a successful capital city Keeping our people moving Have your say about Wellington's inner-city transport improvements between Cobham Drive and Buckle Street. The NZ Transport Agency is presenting its proposals on these improvements for public engagement until 26 August 2011. An information brochure containing details of the proposed improvements and why they are needed for our growing city can be downloaded from our website or if you prefer please phone or email us your details and we'll pop one in the mail for you. Open Days are an opportunity for you to find out more about the proposals by talking to our technical specialists and to o er your comments to the project team. Your views are important and will help us to develop an improved design for the inner-city transport network. We hope you can join us at one of the following sessions: Saturday 16 July 2011 10am -- 4pm RA Vance Stand, Basin Reserve Sunday 17 July 2011 10am -- 4pm RA Vance Stand, Basin Reserve A feedback form is at the back of the brochure and on our website. Tell us what you think - we're looking forward to hearing from you. If you aren't able to make one of the open days, the brochure and all display material will be on www.nzta.govt.nz/witi and at our information centre at the RA Vance Stand, Basin Reserve which will be open Monday -- Friday (10am -- 3pm) Thursday -- (3pm -- 8pm). What's proposed • A bridge to the north of the Basin Reserve to improve tra c ows and reduce journey times for public transport • A second Mt Victoria Tunnel • Widening Ruahine Street and Wellington Road • A new pedestrian and cycle path between Cobham Drive and the Basin Reserve For further information please contact the Project Team: Tel: 0508 WITI INFO (0508 9484 4636) Email: email@example.com Web: www.nzta.govt.nz/witi Information centre: RA Vance Stand, Basin Reserve All courses are subject to student numbers and confirmation. Every effort has been made to ensure that the content of this advert is correct at the time of print. Duration: 40 weeks I Start: August 2011 I Fees: Fees apply Overview: This programme is an industry-based, practical programme designed to help you train for a career in the forestry industry. It will provide you with the foundation skills and knowledge you'll need to begin working in a cable logging or ground based logging crew. Career opportunities: The course aims to provide a base knowledge of cable logging systems and their capabilities, to provide a solid foundation of essential skills needed to start a career in forest harvesting, and to grant practical application of the knowledge acquired. Students get an opportunity to work in forestry crews and get hands-on training with logging contractors and forestry companies at one of the many North Island locations. Students who apply themselves well and demonstrate a good work ethic can be recommended for employment at the end of the course. Phone/Text: Ranea McLean: 027 605 0051 EQUIP YOURSELF WITH NECESSARY SKILLS AND INDUSTRY TOOLS TO HELP GAIN FUTURE EMPLOYMENT IN FORESTRY 0800 355 553 I www.twoa.ac.nz TTT005a FROM Page 10 CONTINUED Page 14 If the Rugby World Cup is going to generate/bring in millions of dollars, then use that instead of consultants and fat cats creaming the takings (taking it from the desperately needy). As it is election year (November) this government will be needing all the votes they can muster because so far they have carried on from Labour. This Government should get their priorities right. CRAIG LINDSAY, Upper Hutt UH the great outdoors We have the district in the palm of our hands and here we are moaning and groaning that the council have let us down. In some respect they have. We have far too many Asian takeaways and there seem to be more and more opening so where is the sense of that. Here we are in the great outdoors just 35 minutes from Wellington and the same from Carterton. Every weekend people bypass Upper Hutt to get to the greenery over the hill when we have it here. There are walkways, cycleways, go karts, BMX tracks, even gliding, we have plenty of space to have temporary camp sites at weekends. Porta loos and porta showers are available at the drop of a hat, all it needs as a catalyst is an outdoors event every couple of months and we will be turning people away. The great outdoors centre should have opened here, not at Lower Hutt. ALAN MARSHALL, Upper Hutt Installation cost queried Thank you for publishing the article (June 15) about the photovoltaic panels on the Chad-Taylor home in Whitemans Valley. What I don t understand is why the cost of $30,000 for the installation? We were in Brisbane in March and our host had just had Origin Energy install seven photovoltaic panels on his roof at a cost of A$2990. Excess electricity produced was exported into the grid. A quick calculation converts to NZ$3800. For that price every building could generate its own electricity. ROSEMARY NOICE, Upper Hutt Mary Beth Taylor replies: Rosemary poses a valid point regarding the cost of photovoltaic systems in New Zealand compared with Australia. It is really a matter of what a huge willing country and economy can do as opposed to what a small reluctant country and economy cannot do. Origin Energy is Australia s number one green energy provider. It is a huge, powerful company that actively encourages Australians to become individually responsible for their carbon footprint and provides the tools to do this. Their prices are reasonable, they offer payment plans, solar credits and deal in renewable energy certificates, all of which add up to a huge incentive to produce renewable energy in Australia. Solar energy production is much more developed in Australia than in New Zealand. New Zealand may be held back from investing in more solar energy production because of the easy availability of hydro-electric power which Australia does not have. Australia is capitalising on their most available resource, the sun. The Australian government actively supports all solar energy developments whereas the New Zealand government has been disappointingly slow. Here, a homeowner who wants to generate solar power has to be prepared to go it alone which is what we have done. The current options for PV systems in New Zealand are very limited and prices are market driven. We hope more New Zealanders will show interest in PV energy generation and that our government will step up to facilitate this. This in turn will create a more competitive market. A couple of factual corrections: The Origin Energy PV system described by Rosemary costs A$3990 (price from Origin Energy website) for seven photovoltaic panels which generate 1.5 kW. The conversion would be about NZ$5200. Our PV system is much larger, 20 photovoltaic panels and produces 3.8kW. Fluoride debate I have been living in Wellington City and consuming the water there since 1988. Two years ago I started sourcing all my water -- cooking included -- from the deep bore tap in Petone. Soon after, my ability to function mentally vastly improved and has stayed that way. I am now able to write cover letters that are good enough to secure job interviews in this difficult market, take extensive and useful notes from at least one book a day on topics of which I have no prior knowledge eg web- sites and marketing and to pro- cess and present complicated information off the cuff -- none of which I was able to do two years ago.
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