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Upper Hutt Leader : July 20th 2011
6 UPPER HUTT LEADER, JULY 20, 2011 NEWS Lively Places Lively Places Lively Places Lively Places Lively Places Lively Places A series of free indoor physical activities in Upper Hutt 25 July - 17 September 2011 Monday Tuesday Wednesday PlayGym (under 5's) 9.30am - 10.30am FREE Aqua Yoga 10am - 11am *Costs Apply Line Dancing 10am - 11am FREE Focussed on active movement building your child's balance & confdence, allowing their brain to process more effciently, assisting retention & learning in a fun, friendly atmosphere. This soothing workout promotes deep breathing, stretching, toning, a balanced mind and body and is suitable for everyone, all ages and abilities. *Not available 2 August Want to look young, ftter and feel healthier? Come along to Bob's Country Line Dancing for fun, exercise socialising and great for the brain too!! Rimutaka Gymsports 55 Montgomery Cr, Upper Hutt H2O Xtream Cnr Brown & Blenheim Sts, Upper Hutt HAPAI Building 879-881 Fergusson Dr, Upper Hutt Yoga 10am - 11am FREE Self Defence 7pm - 8pm FREE Tai Chi 11.30am - 12.30pm FREE These yoga classes will improve your fexibility, strength, muscle tone and posture while enjoying a general sense of wellbeing. All abilities. Please bring a mat or towel. Intro to Reality Based Self Defense (RBSD). Learn situational awareness, recognition of danger signs & avoidance, easy to learn defense tactics & dealing with post traumatic stress. Ages 14+. Do you WANT: Better quality of LIFE? To have more ENERGY? To be more ALERT? To improve BALANCE? Interested? Maybe I Can Help? Tai Chi for better Health! Cossie Club 11 Logan St, Upper Hutt Totara Park Scout Hall California Park, California Dr, Totara Park Pinehaven Library Cnr Pinehaven & Jocelyn Cres, Pinehaven Hydrorobics 9.20am - 10.20am *Costs Apply Jazz & Ballet (3-5yrs) 2.15pm - 2.45pm FREE Hydrorobics is fun, safe and very effective. Whether you need a gentle workout; a strenuous session or a social general ftness workout. *Not available 1 August Movement & rhythm for 3-5yrs. Emphasizes the joy of movement while learning basic technique. A warm, positive environment & a frm belief that dancing is about enjoyment. H2O Xtream Cnr Brown & Blenheim Sts, Upper Hutt Anita's Dance Academy, 5KingsSt,UpperHutt Senior Hydro 10.30am - 11.30am *Costs Apply Yoga 7pm - 8pm FREE Hydrorobics is fun, safe and very effective. Whether you need a gentle workout; a strenuous session or a social general ftness workout. *Not available 1 August Basic Hatha Yoga is for newbcomers to regulars. Wear something warm & comfortable, prepare to feel more energetic & relaxed. Please bring a mat or towel. H2O Xtream Cnr Brown & Blenheim Sts, Upper Hutt Silverstream School Hall Whitemans Rd, Silverstream Thursday Friday Saturday Busy Bodies 10.30am - 11am FREE Aqua Zumba 9.30am - 10.15am *Costs Apply Zumba Gold 10.30am - 11.30am FREE Busy Bodies sessions run for approximately 30 minutes and include short stories, songs, rhymes and musical playtime. Aqua Zumba gives new meaning to the idea of an invigorating & safe workout. Great music & dance styles in the water. *Not available 5 August Zumba Gold is a lower intensity, innovative, fun and exciting Zumba class designed for the true beginner with routines that are easy to learn and follow. Great music & styles of dance. Upper Hutt Library 838-842 Fergusson Dr, Upper Hutt H2O Xtream Cnr Brown & Blenheim Sts, Upper Hutt Anita's Dance Academy 5 Kings St, Upper Hutt Pilates 12pm - 1pm FREE Zumba 7pm - 8pm FREE Tai Chi 11.30am - 12.30pm FREE Class promoting improved posture, better muscle tone & breathing techniques, increased strength, fexibility, improved core strength benefting the lower back. Bring a mat or towel. ZUMBA is a Latin-inspired, dance-ftness class creating a dynamic, exciting & effective class! The dance movements are easy--to-follow & work all your muscles. *9 Sept at Nutrition Club The Robert Gemmell Tai Chi NZ programme maximises the benefts of Tai Chi Chuan - increased body strength, balance, stress relief, sense of harmony. Suits all, any part can be done seated. Upper Hutt Library 838-842 Fergusson Dr, Upper Hutt HAPAI Building 879-881 Fergusson Dr, Upper Hutt HAPAI Building 879-881 Fergusson Dr, Upper Hutt Zumba 7pm - 8pm FREE ZUMBA is a Latin-inspired, dance-ftness class creating a dynamic, exciting & effective class! The cardio dance movements are easy-to-follow & work all your muscles, especially the heart. Timberlea Hall 72 Norana Road, Timberlea, Upper Hutt Farm land river trail access solution likely By COLIN WILLIAMS A solution looks likely to be found to the issue of access across farm land from the Hutt River Trail to Heretaunga Park. The farmland, owned by St Patrick's College, Silverstream, and bordering the Royal Welling- ton Golf Club, has long provided popular but informal access from the Heretaunga residential area to the river trail. However, its use came into doubt recently when a set of wooden steps, built by the Wel- lington Regional Council some years ago on the fenceline from the trail to the farm land, were removed. Regional councillor Paul Swain was alerted to its removal and, with Upper Hutt mayor Wayne Guppy, worked to find out the reasons and look for a solution. The golf club had removed the steps because they were going to lease a sliver of land [from St Pat's] to provide some wind pro- tection at a new tee [as part of its expansion],'' he says. They have decided not to go ahead with that lease and put the the steps back. So the only outstanding issue is with the St Pat's land and Wayne and I have met with the St Pat's board of proprietors,'' Mr Swain says. A plan for the shared use of the land will be considered at the board's next meeting and he is confident there will be a positive outcome ahead for the college and the public. They are keen to be positive. I think this is a good example of everyone working together . . . the golf club, the college, to get a sol- ution,'' Mr Swain says. Schools tight on standards protest By COLIN WILLIAMS Rimutaka MP Chris Hipkins is backing the stance of schools in Upper Hutt united in their oppo- sition to the Government's intro- duction of national standards in reading, writing and mathemat- ics, saying they are rushed and poorly thought through''. Several schools, including the city's two intermediates, are refusing to introduce the standards and recently the schools' boards of trustees did not meet an already extended dead- line from the Ministry of Edu- cation to include adherence to them in their required public charters for next year. Mr Hipkins says the govern- ment, through the Education Min- ister Anne Tolley, is effectively declaring war on teachers, prin- cipals and boards of trustees and doing all it can to alienate them''. I've got a lot of respect for our local school principals and teachers,'' he says. Their concerns are genuine and they are the experts, and they're saying this isn't working. I respect that position and I'm certainly willing to keep taking their concerns to Parliament,'' Mr Hipkins says. The latest action by the local schools in the lengthy dispute is in line with an estimated 300 schools nationwide in opposition to the Government's system of uniform standards which the schools say are flawed, confusing and unwork- able. Mr Hipkins says the policy is rushed and poorly thought through''. Children learn at different rates and they start school at dif- ferent points in their development and the way these national standards are being implemented, these things aren't being taken into account. Really it's time to slow down and take stock and come up with something that will actually work,'' Mr Hipkins says. However Jonathan Fletcher, the National Party candidate standing against Mr Hipkins in the Rimutaka seat for the Novem- ber election, thinks the schools will, in the end, adopt the standards. There are advantages in having national standards, he says. For these schools there are challenges in implementing this but they are good schools with intelligent teachers and eventu- ally they will come around. Everyone wants parents to know how their children are doing, and nobody wants to see anyone left behind,'' he says. As a parent the reality I found was I just wanted a clear answer about where my children were at.'' One of the great things about them is they give us a clear answer and you know what to focus on as a parent,'' Mr Fletcher says. But he accepts there have been problems with the introduction of the standards. It has been brought in with speed and there's a lot of challenges [but] if our schools decide to support it and work with it, that's the best way forward.'' On Thursday principals, teachers and board representa- tives heard an address from Perry Rush, spokesman for the Boards Taking Action Coalition, at a New Zealand Educational Institute branch meeting. The battle against the national standards was growing, he says, with 350 schools pushing the boat out . . . and there could well be more''. These are interesting times and the struggle going forward is going to get tough. But there are a substantial number of boards prepared to push things to the brink and I'm inspired by that,'' he says. The Government's approach of sheer brute force is not the answer but up to this point that is what we have had,'' he says. Its one size fit all'' approach leaves him deeply worried at their failure to be intelligent and nimble'' and to reflect a range of learning.
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