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Upper Hutt Leader : August 10th 2011
6 UPPER HUTT LEADER, AUGUST 10, 2011 NEWS COL COLE O NSO0 NSO0 SO0215U 215U 21 HL HL BeEverywhereKiwisLook.co.nz source: TNS Conversa Independent Research, Sep 2009, aged 15+ years The Wellington book closes soon. Every week, over 130,000 Kiwis use the Wellington Yellow pages® and 8 out of 10 of them come ready to buy. 130,000 Kiwis can't be wrong so make sure your business is listed. Book your ad now. Call 0800 803 809. 3788560AF $37.99 $21.99 $22.99 $37.99 $33.99 $36.99 SPECIALS ON THESE PRODUCTS AT A THIRSTY LIQUOR STORE NEAR YOU! Thirsty Liquor Silverstream (formerly Vishal Liquor Store) 204-206 Fergusson Drive Silverstream • ph (04) 528 0382 3530457AL FOR ALL MAKES AND MODELS Servicing -- Repairs -- Tyres Parts -- Accessories W.O.F's ON SITE While you wait. Bookings essential HOURS: Weekdays 8:30am -- 5:30pm Saturday 9:00am -- 1:00pm P:045289395•M:0275972519 E: email@example.com 30 GOODSHED ROAD, UPPER HUTT (next to Lifestyle Gym) Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org 021 270 9113 3489075 PAUL SWAIN UPPER HUTT REGIONAL COUNCILLOR Licence granted for community garden A licence to occupy part of Clyma Park has been granted by the city council to the organisers of a community garden. The garden was officially opened in June. The licence was presented last Tuesday, August 2, at a meeting at Fraser Cres- cent School's hall to discuss summer plans for the garden. We believe that we have come of age and Upper Hutt City Council have shown their full commitment,'' says project chairman Konrad Hickson. New co-ordinator for local CAB Ask us: New Upper Hutt Citizens Advice Bureau co-ordinator Angela Hamilton, left, with Penny Muir, who retired last week. Photo: ROSEMARY McLENNAN By ROSEMARY McLENNAN They are changing the guard at the Upper Hutt Citizens Advice Bureau. Co-ordinator Penny Muir retired on Friday, handing the reins to Angela Hamilton. Mrs Muir began as a volunteer in March 1996 and became co- ordinator the next year when Leonie Stevens left. The bureau had just moved around the corner to its present Logan St site, opposite the Cossie Club. The co-ordinator's role is a 20-hour a week paid position, heading up an enthusiastic group of volunteers trained to help locals access information on a wide range of subjects. These days volunteers need to be computer literate. A recent advance has been the nationwide database that enables volunteers at one branch to access resources at another. They still have brochures avail- able but often material is searched online and printed out. Many issues are more complex these days, Mrs Muir says. Many inquiries are about con- sumer rights. The CABs have an arrangement with the Ministry of Consumer Affairs to handle con- sumer inquiries and the ministry provides resource material. Other regular issues are about the rights and responsibilities of tenants and employees, financial agreements, and the options if people struggle to meet payments. We try here to give people options and to empower them,'' Mrs Muir says. It's always really satisfying when the bureau resolves something.'' I really enjoyed it . . . you are learning all the time.'' She particularly enjoyed contact with volunteers, other community groups and the public. Volunteers come from a range of backgrounds and experience and the youngest is 19. A highlight has been the branch winning the health and wellbeing category of the Upper Hutt section of the Wellington Airport Regional Community Awards. The Upper Hutt CAB provides free budgeting and legal advice and has recently added a JP clinic every Friday morning. With a photocopier on hand they can do on-the-spot copying of documents that need to be signed by a JP. Angela Hamilton is new to Citizens Advice work and comes to the branch from three years as office manager at St Andrew's on the Terrace in Wellington. She has always worked in the non-profit field and will do CAB volunteer training, though her position only includes frontline work if they are short-staffed. Mrs Hamilton has lived locally for the past year and is looking forward to getting to know Upper Hutt, its people and organisations.
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