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Upper Hutt Leader : August 3rd 2011
10 UPPER HUTT LEADER, AUGUST 3, 2011 LETTERS 3446845AM HAPPY DAYS CHILDCARE CENTRE Happy Days on Royal Happy Days on Blenheim 3---5 year olds 0-5 year olds (04) 528 5184 (04) 528 0077 We offer: Free ECE (MOE conditions apply) Care and Education Trained and Qualified Teachers School Readiness Programme Nutritious Meals Locally and Privately Owned OPEN 52 WEEKS A YEAR ENROL YOUR CHILD NOW Need a tradesman? Our service is hassle free. All our trade suppliers come with glowing references, so call us today. Glass fitter Plumber Roofer Electrician Gasfitter Gardener Paver Cat door Builder Heat pumps Pool cleaner Appliance repairs w ww.intelligenttradeservices.co.nz Insulation 3835908AA 0508 443 284 TradeServices iIntelligent Trade Services Ltd Constituent Clinic Got a question or an issue you'd like to discuss with your MP? Come and have a chat with Chris at the Staglands Wildlife Reserve Cafe, Akatarawa Road, Upper Hutt. Any queries about this clinic, phone the Upper Hutt electorate o ce 528 5715 E chris.hipkins @parliament.govt.nz chrishipkins.org.nz | labour.org.nz Upper Hutt Electorate O ce 216 Main Street, Upper Hutt | P 528 5715 Taita Electorate O ce 1195 High Street, Taita | P 567 0156 MP for Rimutaka Chris HIPKINS 3933088 UPPER HUTT TYRES & ALIGNMENTS Geange St • Ph: 528 8836 • New Tyres • Alignments • Repairs • Alloy Wheel Repairs 3306144AA REUNIONS BPW Upper Hutt 25th anniversary, August 2011. All previous members welcome. Con- tact Alison Prince 528 4404 or 027 476 0438. 25th Hutt Valley Girls' Brigade based at St Margaret s Silver- stream, previously at St Andrew s Trentham, are celebrating their 50th Jubilee on Sunday, Sept- ember 18, 2011. Contact Lynaire at Wolfsbauer@x- tra.co.nz 528 2267. Otago Boys' High, 150th, 2013. A major part of the lead-in to the festivities will be accumu- lation of contact details for all pupils to have attended the school since 1863. Website: obhsfoun- dation.co.nz or contact the school s foundation office, PO Box 5077, Dunedin, or 477 8977. Teens need guidance and boundaries 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 PO Box 40001, Upper Hutt. Thanks letters for grants to groups are not accepted. Open letters and poetry are seldom used. I was quick to blame other parents and their kids for poor behaviour such as tagging and vandalism. Lo and behold, my son and his three friends decided to remove some traffic signs in Upper Hutt, including a stop sign. This unsocial behaviour is very upsetting to the community and distressing for all the parents involved. Teenagers need guidance and boundaries, even if they appear mature enough to make informative decisions. At this age of rampant hormones and a still- developing sense of responsibility, teens can not be expected to function as fully functioning adults and will occasionally make mistakes, hence the need for adult help and intervention. The following letter was written by all of the boys involved, and without the help of their parents. Dear Upper Hutt Community, on the night of July 29 we decided to take a stop sign and parking sign because one of us has recently found a sign in a river, so we decided to take a sign ourselves. We are very sorry for inconvenience we have caused to the community because of our silly mistakes. We have put the signs back up. We know we have done wrong and this will not happen again. We understand now the consequences that could have happened. I commend the parents of these boys for getting involved, and the person who phoned the police when noticing the onset of this vandalism. We need to stand together as a community and as parents. This is the only way we can help prevent vandalism and other misdemeanours in Upper Hutt! ROBIN PERKS, Trentham National standards misleading Comments made by National s Jonathan Fletcher don t reveal the truth. National standards by name are misleading as they are subjective statements. A rushed implementation, no trial, no nationally collected data, little consultation and a price tag of $26 million plus. In contrast, the national curriculum in schools now, the reverse is true. Schools have always been required to report a child s progress as per national education/administrative guidelines. This would be within the realm of an evolving relationship between school, family and child. No change here. Cost $0. These subjective standards now undermine the national curriculum. National s experiment does not change teaching, assessment or best practice. The change is that parents only have to know, if their child is going to fail, has passed or failed in reading, maths and writing. Schools will probably massage this to protect children. There is a real inequity and inequality in this. So it s the winning of the race on a given day that counts, not the preparation, not the effort or improvement a child makes. Too bad if your child has one leg, nothing to eat, no running shoes or doesn t like running (other events don t count). Educationists/ academics in New Zealand and internationally have said this model doesn t work. Boards of trustees have been bullied that should they not comply they will be stood down and a commissioner appointed. What exactly these subjective standards -- National s experiment -- will improve, is questionable. We should be concerned about its failure and damage to our children. G COLLINS, Kelson Aren't service clubs non-political? I presume it will be in keeping for my Lions club to stage manage a Goff/ Hipkins public meeting in Upper Hutt. What happened to non-political service clubs? I was under the belief that it was very taboo for Lions clubs to show any sign of political affiliation whatsoever so I expect organisation by Rimutaka Lions Club for a separate public meeting for each of the Labour, ACT, Maori etc parties to be in the pipeline. (Apparently Rimutaka Lions Club is to stage manage a National Party public campaign meeting in Upper Hutt). BILL WERRY, Silverstream Saving Maymorn I am a resident of Mangaroa Valley and strongly object to the proposal for the development of the Maymorn area. I am absolutely appalled that the council would consider destroying such a beautiful area and can only assume they think that a lot of money will be made in rates at the expense of residents lifestyles being destroyed, natural habitats being obliterated and as Noeline Berkett described it, a slum being created. So to all you cyclists/runners/ walkers/horse riders/vintage car clubs, and families that enjoy the countryside, send in a submission to the council to let them know that we do not support this ridiculous and costly proposal. For more information go to maymorn.org.nz and at the UHCC website. TRISH COLEY, Mangaroa Where are the jobs? We get one message from the Minister for Social Development, that there is employment out there and that people should get off the unemployment benefit to take advantage of the opportunities that are being presented. She is putting particular stress on single parents to do this, regardless of their circumstances. She is forgetting that there are a lot of single mothers who are endeavouring to make a life for themselves and their children and those people are doing this without any support from their former partners. There are others who must develop the skills to take up work. We ask where is the work? We are hearing of people going the rounds trying to find non-existent work. Young people are finding this particularly hard and it is very discouraging for them when they get knocked back. Businesses can only take so many people. It is no wonder that idle hands get up to mischief, as they are left feeling what is the purpose of living? They are losing confidence in themselves and self- esteem. Surely it would be sensible to let older people who are within a year or two of retiring and who are on an unemployment benefit be allowed the pension a bit earlier and to make more effort to get employment and training for younger people. Maybe perhaps letters written to the Minister of Social Development might help if she is able to help people find those elusive jobs. It could be worth a try. E KEATS, Upper Hutt Thanks My young friend and I wish to very highly commend your local Runcimans bus driver Chris White. In all my many years of catching buses I have never come across such a thoughtful, caring, respectful genuine bus driver before. He waits for his clients if he sees them running and keeps an eye out for them just in case they are running a minute or two late. He lowers the bus step for a young girl who often has sore legs and tries to make sure everyone is seated before he pulls out from the bus stop. This man has true values. Very customer-focused and shows a passion for his work. If there were more Chris Whites driving the buses I am sure many more people would be using them to commute to work instead of unreliable trains. Have a great day from a very happy passenger. K JAHNKE, Upper Hutt River sculpture award When the time comes around for handing out civic awards I would like to suggest that the artist who is building the river sculptures at the bottom of Gibbons St is given one. The challenging sculptures that are using nature s gifts that have been around for millions of years help to beautify our river and, let s face it, after the regional council have drained it, it will need some help. IAN SHERWIN, Te Marua
July 27th 2011
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