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Upper Hutt Leader : July 20th 2011
10 UPPER HUTT LEADER, JULY 20, 2011 LETTERS A Disclosure Statement is available upon request and free of charge. "I love NZ. So does my UK pension." www.ukpensionstonz.com 0800 857 367 Brendan Johnson If you want my opinion, get their free assessment. You might have access to your money now. * Conditions apply. Britannia did a stonking good job transferring my UK pension to NZ. BR026DOM5 HN072576 C & i l s l s & S co h C Ov locki g C T t t ff t t t 255-257 i h , i fi l Ph 567-9684 10 - 5 Big S l c io of c s, s & s s BEST RESULTS WITH HYPNOTIC PROGRAMMING For Smoking, Slimming, Anxiety, Confidence, Motivation, Life Rebuilding, Personal, etc. WITH MASTER HYPNOTIC PROGRAMMER JOHN MOYNIHAN PH 471 1775 or 528 5429 UH050278 SAVE MONEY! Don't take your car to the more expensive dealers when our expert mechanics can service and repair your car to your satisfaction 40 Ward Street Upper Hutt (3 minutes walk to Wallaceville Station) Open 8am till late! email: firstname.lastname@example.org 528 2580 2606836AE 28 25 58 28 25 58 8 Call us today for a booking Maymorn plan activated once again CONTINUED Page 12 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 email@example.com, fax 528 3021 or P O Box 40001, Upper Hutt. Thanks letters for grants to groups are not accepted. Open letters and poetry are seldom used. I notice that the Maymorn Structure Plan has awakened from its slumbers. The council has introduced envirospeak to sell the unsellable. How gullible do they think the public are? Stripping away the fancy words, the plan is to plonk about 1800 houses plus roading and shops on about 250 hectares of rural land. This is clearly not a positive move from an ecological point of view. Neither is it a sustainable strategy. It offers no answer to the issue of urban sprawl which affects everybody. In fact, it is an example of all the things that are wrong with this type of town planning. Somehow the logic goes that putting a village with its own shops by a railway station with a direct link to Lower Hutt and Wellington, is going to help Upper Hutt CBD. Putting aside the fact that the shops are far from a certainty and there are no suitable train services in the foreseeable future, the CBD needs real support from the council, not to be used as another prop for a council dream. The council says we need the space for future population growth. In fact, there are significant identified areas for housing development in the main valley and even more untapped potential. A careful analysis of their projections shows that they have made a fundamental error in their calculations and that the supposed requirement is not real. There must have been $250,000 spent on consultants so far and for that we should expect better. There is information available from the council and more analysis and comment at maymorn.org.nz. BOB McLELLAN, Mangaroa Having read your report under the heading Slum criticised'' (July 13), I wish to ask a few basic questions about the Maymorn Structure Plan. 1 Who is driving the push to urbanise this lovely rural area? 2 What evidence does the council have that the residents of Upper Hutt support this far- reaching change to the character of Maymorn and adjacent areas? 3 This proposed project has been promoted by UHCC over several years. Over that period, what has been the cost to ratepayers of the salaries and expenses of the many UHCC staff and councillors involved? Also, what independent consultants have been employed to date and at what cost? 4 Following upon that, what is the estimated future cost? 5 It is reported that the infrastructure costs of the proposal have been estimated at $51.9 million. (It is well-known in the development industry that such costs have a nasty habit of spiralling significantly upwards). How is this enormous sum to be funded, particularly at a time of straitened economic circumstances. 6 The existing shopping facilities in Upper Hutt present a woeful picture of desolation and neglect. How does the council think that more empty shops will help to solve the problem, when they would be sited a considerable distance away from where most people live? 7 Given the high number of job losses in Upper Hutt over recent years, where are the putative population of up to 4000 going to find employment? I look forward to some straight answers to these questions (spin doctors not required). JOHN ALLEN, Maymorn Rail agreement 'exciting news' It is exciting news to read of the Greater Wellington Regional Council and KiwiRail signing their asset transfer agreement. Transport Minister Steven Joyce s recent announcement will bring much needed improvements to the commuter train services. This agreement will finally allow for the rebuilding of Wellington commuter rail services, which for years have had no investment within the network. GWRC is now the owner of much of the region s above-track rail infrastructure, including the rolling stock and most of the stations. GWRC will have far more independence and flexibility, and allow for the opportunity to upgrade the stations to a modern standard. The National government s commitment to this vital commuter service is encouraging. The $88.4 million to renew the rest of the signalling and traction assets, and the refurbishment of the 30-year-old Ganz Mavag units at a cost of $80 million will improve the network no end, not to mention keeping the local workforce in employment. NICK THOMAS, Upper Hutt Wonders of the land are here The wonders of the land are all in this place called Upper Hutt. I took time out just to visit our parks and riverbanks. We have so much space. The wild birdlife is magic, so many different kinds, our native trees surrounded by sports fields, what a peaceful place Trentham Memorial Park, Maidstone, Harcourt and many, many more are as the river winds its way down the valley. The swimming holes and the trout slowly gliding upstream, the different colours and shades of leaves as they fall and lie around gently shift with the wind. The breeze in the trees swaying the different shapes in the clouds and the brilliant sunsets. It s so seasonal and sedate -- all this and so much more. Use the rubbish bins and tidy up after visiting, so it s nice for others also.JOHN ALLAN, Upper Hutt What about English takeaways? Alan Marshall says that we have too many Asian takeaways in Upper Hutt. Can we ever have too many? There are lots of English takeaways as well, is that also a worry to you?R DE MEY, Upper Hutt Condemnation waste of time I can t help feeling that the current high tide of condemning cigarettes is a waste of time. By all means encourage people to give up smoking, but to lie about the damage caused is destroying officialdom s credibility. In the oceans of life, high tides turn into low tides and expose the seabed. However, the flowing water doesn t alter the seabed. The following is also true. In the past 100 years alone, politics and religion has killed more people than a million years of smoking ever will. Can you figure out why booze prohibition in the USA didn t work? LAURIE BENNETT, Upper Hutt Fluoride debate I see the wacko anti-fluoridation hypochondriacs are out in full force. Let them drink bottled water to rid themselves of their imagined ills and leave the rest of us to enjoy our good teeth and good health. S HADEN, Trentham There is no doubting the fact that for some time fluoridation in water has been recognised and globally lauded by prestigious health authorities as one of the most successful public health measures. Beneficial changes since pre- fluoride times to dental health, both clinically and in terms of public attitude to the care of teeth, is patently obvious. Dentists who have worked with three-generation families will tell you: The older generation had extractions and dentures. Their children retain their teeth albeit heavily filled. The new generation have few fillings. The majority are filling- free and look forward to having their teeth for life. Fluoride is not a drug, it is found naturally but is rare in New Zealand. Fluoride dosage in water can and is adjusted to agreed optimal amounts for dental health benefits and lowest side effects. It is because of the high sugar diets that our children absolutely have to have fluoride. I believe only the most determined of parents could sustain dosing their children with tablets once a day for the rest of their growing lives. Research is not reading a few unscientific articles or someone s interpretation of opinions on the internet or quoting of anti- fluoridation zealots or the regurgitation of the 1080 rant. Don t buy this emotional stuff. Hundreds of millions of people have drunk fluoride water since 1962. Dental caries have been reduced by 65 per cent. What we must rely on is the New Zealand Dental Council and our health authorities that base their direction on proper research. Usually we don t hear much from the pro-fluoride majority. They just understand how effective it is in the continued maintenance of their children s health. I urge the council to withdraw their request to Greater Wellington to discontinue fluoridation of the water supply. ERNEST COSGROVE, Akatarawa [abridged] As a point of information to anyone who doesn t already know the history of fluoridation in New Zealand, it came about as a result of the Napier earthquake. That uplifted and drained a lagoon upon which land Napier s vegetables were subsequently grown. It was noted that Napier children s teeth had significantly fewer caries than those in Hastings and fluoride was identified as a key element. What evidence do we have that low dose fluoridation has caused any health problems here? They should have shown up by now. Yes, sugar is filthy stuff. There must be tons of it in disguise on supermarket shelves. Constituent Clinic - Saturday morning July 30 10am - 12 noon Kaitoke Gardens Cafe, State Highway Two, Kaitoke Come and have a chat with me about any issues or subjects you wish to discuss. Upper Hutt Electorate O ce 216 Main Street, Upper Hutt P 528 5715 Taita Electorate O ce 1195 High Street, Taita P 567 0156 labour.org.nz chrishipkins.org.nz firstname.lastname@example.org Authorised by Chris Hipkins, 216 Main Street, Upper Hutt MP for Rimutaka Chris HIPKINS 3823214AE
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