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Upper Hutt Leader : August 10th 2011
Wednesday, August 10, 2011 SERVING YOUR COMMUNITY SINCE 1939 Letters 10 Real Estate 20-39 Arts 30-32 Motoring 40 Classifieds 41-45 Sport 46-48 PRIME MINISTER VISITS Key's UH performance 3 MUSICAL MAESTROS Brass players' successes 30 VOICE FOR GOOD CAUSE Concert will help Christchurch 32 Mums and babies help break record Latched on: Upper Hutt mum Katie Pettengell feeds Dylan Pettengell, five months, surrounded by other breastfeeding mothers at the Fig Tree Cafe on Friday morning. Dylan was wearing, for the first time, his ''I love boobies'' T-shirt. Mrs Pettengell said Dylan, her first child, had initial difficulty latching on as a newborn but had been fine since she sought help from a lactation consultant. INSET: Mothers at Koraunui Marae in Stokes Valley join the national event. Photos: ROSEMARY McLENNAN, JO MOORE PHOTOGRAPHY By ROSEMARY McLENNAN Mums in Upper Hutt and Sto- kes Valley helped break last year's New Zealand record for simultaneous breastfeeding on Friday. At Heretaunga's Fig Tree Cafe, 24 babies latched-on (sev- eral others were unco-operative at the last moment). Mayor Wayne Guppy was on hand to welcome mothers and help with the official count at the Big Latch On. Mr Guppy, a member of the Hutt Valley District Health Board, said breastfeeding was important and he was con- cerned Hutt Valley rates were below the national average. And at Koraunui Marae in Stokes Valley city councillor Gwen McDonald helped do the official count of 16 mums. Kara Tait from Upper Hutt Parents Centre, which organised the Upper Hutt event, said that with the national number up 50 on last year's 1514, they liked to think they made a significant contri- bution. The event sought to cele- brate the benefits of breast- feeding and give a message that it is acceptable to feed in public. Fig Tree owner Christine Hodge said the cafe welcomed breastfeeding. They also pro- vided a play area for children and were looking to update it. It was a popular cafe with groups of mothers who had attended antenatal classes together, she said. Residential plan gets nod By COLIN WILLIAMS But council to have final say City planning officers have recommended approval of a massive residential and busi- ness unit development on Blenheim St on vacant land in front of the former South Pacific Tyres site. The proposed Maidstone Quarter'' planned by the Gillies Group features 127 dwellings of various sizes and 10 business units. A six-person council hearings committee, chaired by the mayor, Wayne Guppy, sat on Monday and yesterday to hear the appli- cation for the comprehensive residential development of the undeveloped 2.9 hectare site. Reporting to the hearing, the city plan- ning policy manager Mitch Lewandowski recommends consent be given for a project planned to take up to 10 years to complete. The recommendation . . . is one that to a degree is made on balance,'' Mr Lewandow- ski says. The proposal raises some issues that weigh against approval of the application. In my view, those balance issues are: the internal conflicts in respect of car parking and urban design; the competing direction from the (city's) Urban Growth Strategy and some conflict in respect of two particu- lar policies of the district plan.'' But Mr Lewandowski says there are many factors that flip the scales'' in favour of the proposal, while conditions of consent can further improve it in a number of respects. The ultimate question, therefore is: are the issues weighing against the proposal of such magnitude that they individually, or cumulatively, should cause the council to exercise its discretion against approval? My view is that they do not.'' The report is a recommendation only and the final decision from Mr Guppy and five councillors can differ from it. Their decision is expected to be made public in several weeks.
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