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Upper Hutt Leader : July 27th 2011
2 UPPER HUTT LEADER, JULY 27, 2011 NEWS MANAGER: JENNY RUSSELL email@example.com The Upper Hutt Leader is published by Central Community Newspapers, a division of Fairfax New Zealand Ltd, and printed at 35 Bouverie St, Petone. The registered of ce of Fairfax New Zealand Ltd is 40 Boulcott St, Wellington CLASSIFIED ADVERTISING: Classified: firstname.lastname@example.org Ph: 528 9654 Fax: 528 3021 154 Main Street, Upper Hutt Now available online at: www.uhleader.co.nz Our Top Ten Stories on: stuff.co.nz go to Newspapers/Upper Hutt Leader Order Photos online at: pix.ccn.co.nz EDITOR: ROSEMARY MCLENNAN email@example.com SPORTS EDITOR: COLIN WILLIAMS firstname.lastname@example.org Delivered to 21,740 Homes and Businesses throughout Upper Hutt, Stokes Valley, Manor Park and Haywards 3874157AA Only at Esquires The Mall 235 Main Street, Upper Hutt Tel: 04 527 0651 * Not available with any other offer * Does not apply to FairShare Card purchases 9am-10am Monday to Friday be happy. 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The Hutt River should be a place where our families [includ- ing pets] can enjoy a swim, take a picnic, walk beside or use as a food source, says chairman Pat van Berkel. The bulk water managers at Greater Wellington Regional Council have succeeded in taking the easy way through the dilemma of managing water supply while their engineering work on the Te Marua lakes is carried out. The fact that GWRC can now reduce the flows of the Hutt River during the next three years to 400 litres per second at the Kaitoke Weir is an absolute travesty. The current minimum flow is 600 litre/sec and this is already too low. We support any action by Hutt City Council to appeal the decision. The commissioners ignored submissions that requested a delay till the third lake be built, or that strong conservation measures be used, he says. The commissioners also ignored the multiple submissions from concerned citizens and advo- cacy groups that the river is already beyond its limit in sum- mer. Thousands of people, some walking their dogs, are often prevented from enjoying the natu- ral activities of walking, picnick- ing and swimming at the Hutt River. The regional council will moni- tor the effects of their low flows but has not provided any remedy to the problem of the poisoning from the cyanobacteria that regu- larly grows in the river. Further lowering of the flow will increase the likelihood of the algae growth and poisoning of the river. We just can t continue to live like this, says Mr van Berkel. Friends of the Hutt River want the waters and margins of the Hutt River and tributaries to be healthy and vital, for the benefit of all. Swain pushing for station upgrade The Upper Hutt railway station is an eyesore and desperately needs an upgrade, Upper Hutt regional councillor Paul Swain told Grey Power members last week. Mr Swain was outlining some of the details of the rail package that was announced recently, which will see the passenger trains, stations and car parks being owned by the regional council. This will mean that the regional council, not KiwiRail, will own the Upper Hutt station. Over the years the station has been ignored by Tranz Rail, Toll and KiwiRail, which has led to the shabby state it is in now, Mr Swain said. The station is simply not up to scratch. It has a poky little waiting room, no public toilets, and is very exposed during the winter months. It is used daily by large numbers of people, and acts as a transport hub serving both rail and bus passengers. In my view it is a good candidate for a makeover, Mr Swain told the meeting. I have now received a copy of a report I requested last year, which suggests it would cost roughly the same amount of money to refur- bish the station as it would to knock it down and build a new one. Either way, it won t be cheap, Mr Swain told the meet- ing. A refurbished or new station will need to have a decent-sized waiting room, good lighting, clean toilets, security cameras and a decent space for train staff, Mr Swain said. The regional council has set aside $2.5m for all station and car park upgrades for this financial year, and will soon be deciding on how the money is to be allocated. While this sounds a lot of money, it won t go very far given the state of most of the stations throughout the region. Virtually all of them need work, which reflects the lack of interest that various owners have shown in stations over the years, Mr Swain said. I will be pushing for the Upper Hutt station to be in the top group of stations that are to be upgraded as soon as money becomes avail- able, Mr Swain told the meeting. Mr Swain said he was certain more money would need to be set aside for station upgrades in years ahead. Correction A court story last week stated Shane Dawson spent four months in custody for breaching a protec- tion order. Dawson actually spent four weeks in jail. And sub-editing removed the sense of a paragraph in last week s story about the Hutt Val- ley Singers concert at the Wesley Centre this Sunday, July 31, at 2.30pm. It should have read: For accompaniment, Karen Boyce and Carol Ward will play the piano. Also featured will be a guitarist to accompany A Shakespeare Gar- land by David Hamilton and finger cymbals and hand drum for Sakura, a Japanese folk song.
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