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Upper Hutt Leader : July 27th 2011
Wednesday, July 27, 2011 SERVING YOUR COMMUNITY SINCE 1939 Letters 10 Real Estate 22-35 Arts 36-38 Motoring 39 Classifieds 40-44 Sport 46-48 CELEBRATIONS AT COSSIE 50 years going strong 5 21ST CENTURY MOVE Toy library upgrades 7 TOP CLASS JAZZ American artists for UH 37 Upper Hutt's date with John Key By COLIN WILLIAMS Organisers of John Key's public meeting on Tuesday are anticipat- ing a big turnout for an old style town hall'' political event. The prime minister will speak at the Riverstone Recreation Hall at Expressions from 7.30pm, his only Wellington outing in a series of regional community appearances. The address, expected to be about 20 minutes and followed by a question and answer session, has been arranged through the Rimutaka branch of the National Party but will be stage-managed by the Rimutaka Lions Club with radio personality Colin Salmon the night's MC. Mr Key has been getting out into the regions and they are a public event and at this stage we are the only Wellington one. Having the Lions involved avoids the politicising of it and we want as many of the public as possible to come along,'' Nick Thomas, deputy chairman of the Rimutaka electorate branch, says. The meetings have been big. Timaru got 500 and New Ply- mouth 600 and we would be expecting the same,'' he says. The general response so far has been wonderful,'' says Mr Thomas, who is also campaign manager for Jonathan Fletcher, the National Party candidate for the Labour-held Rimutaka seat. Mr Fletcher's face is used alone on billboards asking people to join'' him for Tuesday's meeting with Mr Key. The meeting will be good exposure for the first-time candi- date, Mr Thomas says. Jonathan will be there on the stage along with the mayor Wayne Guppy and Paul Lambert, the Lions club president,'' Mr Thomas says. Mr Lambert says the event fits the bill of Lions' activities. I was asked by Nick Thomas if we would want to host the evening and, of course, we do. I didn't plan it but it's good for the Lions, we like to be associated with community-based stuff.'' Written questions can be forwarded by email to Mr Fletcher and it is expected there will also be time for impromptu questions from the floor. Questions for Mr Key can be emailed to email@example.com Day of snowy fun By JIMMY NESS Snow lowdown: Riverstone Terraces residents woke on Monday to views of a big dusting on the hills around Upper Hutt and Mt Climie, the highest peak beyond. Snow racers: Ready to slide down a hill at Kaitoke Regional Park are, from left, Asha O'Gorman, 6, Phoenix O'Gorman, 9, Blaize O'Gorman, 8, Kowhai Deuchars, 10, and Kaan O'Gorman, 4. Slippery surface: A Fulton Hogan truck clears ice and snow from State Highway 2 at Kaitoke to help drivers. Photos: JIMMY NESS, ROSEMARY McLENNAN Sunday night's snowfall dusted the hills around Upper Hutt in white, closing the Rimutaka Hill Road but creating a chilly adventure playground for chil- dren halfway through their school holidays. As temperatures plummeted nationwide, the cold snap brought the city's daytime tem- perature down to 3.9 degrees Celsius. It even snowed in the central business district on Monday, although snow did not settle on the ground. Long-time Kaitoke resident Tom Jones said the continuous dump from midnight Sunday to 10.30am on Monday was the longest he had seen in 62 years. New Zealand Post said Kaitoke community mailboxes were the only ones in the Wel- lington region which could not be serviced on Monday because of road closures. Weather improved on Tues- day as Upper Hutt's usually sunny weather returned. More of our photos are on page 44. Special thanks to many readers who sent in their photos. A selection is online at facebook.com/upperhuttleader.
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