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Upper Hutt Leader : July 27th 2011
10 UPPER HUTT LEADER, JULY 27, 2011 LETTERS Ph: 528 7588 (24hrs) 15 Geange Street, Upper Hutt "When quality counts" Fo rProfessional Advice on Flooring WE HAVE IT COVERED! U 103863R 3609155AB 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 Need a JP? Your CAB has a JP CLINIC most Friday mornings Phone for an appointment Upper Hutt Citizens Advice Bureau 18 Logan Street, Upper Hutt Ph: 528 9040 email@example.com Ad kindly sponsored by UH Cossie Club 2411429BO UPPER HUTT DENTAL CENTRE Quality Care/Realistic Fees Up to the minute Dentistry •IV Sedation • Wisdom Teeth/Fillings •ACC & WINZ quotes • Urgent appointment at short notice • Late nights & Saturday appointments available Walter P Szeto BDS and Associates Cnr Main & Royal St, Upper Hutt Ph 920 0882 / 528 2458 Over the last few weeks there have been several customers asking if we can take orders and deliver them. Obviously we need to listen to our customers, so we are asking for interest in a delivery service. We are asking for people that are interested to write to us outlining the day they would require the service, indicating how much they are prepared to pay for the service and what is their preferred method of payment. At PAK'nSAVE we are always striving to improve our offering to the community in Upper Hutt. If you have any ideas or feedback I would be very interested in hearing from you. Michael Kelly - Grocer Phone Heather Sheilds between 9am and 4pm Monday to Thursday: (04) 527 7276 Customer Feedback 3911626AA Reunions BPW Upper Hutt 25th anniversary, August 2011. All previous members welcome. Call Alison Prince 528 4404 or 027 476 0438. 25th Hutt Valley Girls Brigade are celebrating their 50th jubilee on Sunday, September 18. Contact Lynaire at Wolfsbauer@xtra.co.nz or 528 2267. Gaining work skills on school break 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 firstname.lastname@example.org, fax 528 3021 or PO Box 40001, Upper Hutt. Thanks letters for grants to groups are not accepted. Open letters and poetry are seldom used. The school holidays are on and there are many young people looking for odd jobs to earn some pocket money. Not all can get work in businesses and many are looking to do work around homes. It is a good idea to give them a chance, as it is good work experience for them as well as earning some pocket money for themselves that their parents have not had to fork out. Mind you, people can be doubtful about giving an untried young person a job and young people have to be careful for whom they do some work. Teenagers now are dependent on their parents for a much longer time, seeing that they have to remain at school a lot longer due to the rise in the school leaving age and also the need for more education. Years ago when children left school at 14, 15, or younger, employers took over the training of them into the work that they had to perform. Now, there is the need for tertiary education which means that it is a lot longer before they can earn a full salary. The work experience will stand them in good stead for when they need part-time employment while doing courses. The responsibility of doing a well done job is good for them and gives satisfaction as well as giving them something to do during the holidays. I was very happy with the help that two young people gave me not so long ago. E KEATS, Upper Hutt Mourning Maymorn Every week I read with interest the letters in the Leader. July 20 printed thought- focusing words of logic and wisdom from Bob McLellan, Mangaroa, and John Allen, Maymorn. The headline was Maymorn plan activated once again. Maybe this headline could equally have been titled The tip of the Urban Growth Strategy nightmare arrives or understanding of the exponential function lacking. In 2011 and beyond, we need to treat growth plans like we treat genocide or slavery, there should be a taboo on possessing them. Fortunately, the growth addiction cannot go on forever and signs of its demise abound. Further, every week I also read the public notices and see printed there the invitation from UHCC to make a submission on the Maymorn Structure Plan (MSP). The submission deadline date has been extended to September 2, 2011. More information at maymorn.org.nz ROZALIE BROWN, Te Marua We agree wholeheartedly with Noeline Berkett s, Bob McLellan s and John Allen s comments regarding the Maymorn Structure Plan. Here we go again with unsupported plans being pushed out at great expense, and the community most affected are those that hear about it last. Remember the Lanes project? There are about 40 landowners in Maymorn directly affected by the plan and they have received letters from the council on how to make a submission. Those indirectly affected include residents of Mangaroa and Whitemans Valleys who will also have to endure this farce. Send the letters to a wider community and the UHCC will see the true size of objections. In addition, what developer would want to negotiate the individual sale with some 40 landowners; all wanting different things for their property. As an alternative what about the vacant land between the army camp/racecourse and the old Wallaceville Research Centre? That has only one landowner, the Government. This site has high standards of rail, schools, shops and infrastructure that are all currently absent from the Maymorn site. And there s the land around the Silverstream Golf facility. There only a few landowners there to negotiate with. If the zoning is wrong; then change it; you re the council. The plan contains an upgraded rail system (twin-tracked and electrified to Maymorn) and a new school. Has the council confirmed this with the Ministry of Education and the GWRC/KiwiRail? I bet this is all news to them. Where s that gold coming from? As for shops in the plan, the Upper Hutt CBD can t attract retail outlets as it is. With an influx of Government departments into the CBD, what makes the council think the retailers will take a punt on a scatterbrained dream like the plan? Get real council. Sort your priorities out. Better than any of these options, scrap the lot. If we re still years from getting over the recession, why spend ratepayers funds on an unproven dream that this plan is. The forecast increase in housing (1800) and residents (4000) so proudly trotted out by council probably includes the residents of Rimutaka Prison. We will be sure to get our submissions in by August 12. Better that the council concentrate on improving the CBD and attract retailers there, rather than to populate a few rural hectares outside the view of mainstream Upper Hutt. Maybe Noeline Berkett s right; we are only encouraging the establishment of a developing world-type slum. KEITH and CARLA THOMPSON, Maymorn (abridged) Capital gains tax welcomed What a pleasure! Listening to David Cunliffe, shadow minister of finance, at the 7 Bar on Tuesday night I couldn t help but applaud Labour s capital gains tax initiative. I m not at all convinced it s the right thing to do, and it wouldn t be a huge surprise to find that the numbers are a bit shonky, but Cunliffe was absolutely right that it s opened up genuine debate. Hopefully the Labour Party will also put forward some similarly outrageous thinking on other thorny issues like savings, developing private enterprise, giving power back to local communities and dramatically reducing youth unemployment. The country needs significant change and a little bit of tinkering here and there just isn t going to make much difference. So congratulations to Labour for having the courage to put up the CGT and for starting to put out some bold options for the future. Let s hope the other parties rise to the challenge so we get some innovative, long- term thinking to buck up whatever administration comes in after the next election. ADRIAN SPARROW, Upper Hutt Fluoride debate I wasn t going to buy into this through the paper, however, S Haden s perverse attitude to his/her fellow citizens (July 20) was too great to ignore. The news that UHCC was going to approach the GWRC seeking the removal of fluoride from our drinking water was, to me, the best thing this council has done. I sincerely hope they pursue this with vigour. I have bought drinking water for many years now, a habit formed whilst living in Australia as their tap water was unpleasant to drink, whilst here, in Upper Hutt, the smell of chemicals when the tap is turned on just about knocks you sideways at times. I have a thyroid condition and at the time of diagnosis my GP said that even babies can be affected by thyroid problems. Fortunately, my diagnosis has come later in life because once diagnosed you are on medication for life. A British health report recommended that people with hypothyroidism should consider cutting out tap water, as added fluoride and chlorine can reduce the availability of iodine. Persons concerned about dental issues may recall the chalk advertisement? It is difficult to find a toothpaste which doesn t contain fluoride. The good dentists advice to brush your teeth thoroughly at least twice a day should suffice to keep teeth and gums healthy. Coincidentally, whilst at the chemist on July 21 I picked up a free copy of the Autumn 2011 edition of Awareness Today magazine (awarenesstoday.co.nz). Everyone interested in the environment and their own health should obtain a copy and read the lead article by Mike Adams. The last paragraph of the article is what many people do not appear to be aware of. I SIMONS, Birchville Innovative project commended Recently, I had the pleasure to attend Envirocomp s Wellington launch. The exciting innovation, composting nappies, was started as a cottage industry a few years ago in Christchurch, and now has hit International headlines with interest coming from many nations throughout the world. Finally, someone has come up with a solution to a horrendous problem that has been plaguing the planet.
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