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Upper Hutt Leader : August 10th 2011
10 UPPER HUTT LEADER, AUGUST 10, 2011 LETTERS Ph: 528 7588 (24hrs) 15 Geange Street, Upper Hutt "When quality counts" Fo rProfessional Advice on Flooring WE HAVE IT COVERED! UH103863R 3609155AC I hold regular constituency clinics throughout the electorate. To book an appointment, please contact my offices. Chris HIPKINS MP for Rimutaka Chris Hipkins Taita Electorate Office: 1195 High Street Taita Phone 04 567 0156 Upper Hutt Office: 216 Main Street, Upper Hutt Phone Email firstname.lastname@example.org chrishipkins.org.nz labour.org.nz 04 528 5715 3823214AG 3942166AA Upper Hutt Assn Inc. MEMBERS MEETING Time: 2pm Guest Speaker: RT. Hon. Winston Peters, NZ First Leader Subject: Can NZ arrest it's decline Ven ue: Hapai Clubrooms, Fergusson Drive Wednesday 17th August Members and public welcome Over 50? Have Your Say - Join Us Today! Phone 528 6267 NOW! 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 2411429BP Reunions BPW Upper Hutt is celebrating its 25th anniversary this month. All previous members are wel- come. Phone Alison Prince on 528 4404 or 027 476 0438. 25th Hutt Valley Girls' Brigade based at St Margaret's Silver- stream, previously at St Andrew's Trentham, is cele- brating its 50th jubilee on Sunday, September 18, this year. Contact Lynaire at Wolfsbauer- @xtra.co.nz or 528 2267. Protect Maymorn for future generations 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 P O Box 40001, Upper Hutt. Thanks letters for grants to groups are not accepted. Open letters and poetry are seldom used. Mayor Wayne Guppy recently celebrated council s passing of the final draft plan: I am excited about the prospects for Maymorn and how residential growth can be undertaken in a much more sustainable manner. Just what is exciting and sustainable about a money-driven plan to increase Maymorn s residents from 150 to 4000? Malcolm Gillies plan for intensive urbanisation (The Lanes) in this same valley, was thrown out. Has council forgotten already the recommendations of the independent commissioners in this hearing? Are we to continue taking Upper Hutt s green spaces and covering them in houses? Haven t the developers and realtors made enough money and done enough damage? Visit the 14 intensive-housing sites on ex-mayor Rex Kirton s land just over the top of Wallaceville Hill. Imagine this multiplied 128 times to give 1800 building sites as in the Maymorn Plan. One media commentator described the plan as A far- reaching vision for Maymorn . Far-reaching -- yes... necessary -- NO! Appropriate -- NO! Sustainable -- NO! Thursday s Dominion Post reported that Sir Peter Jackson is using his influence to ensure a King Kong-sized chunk of land on Wellington s Miramar Peninsula is kept out of developers hands and incorporated into the city s green belt . A statement by Sir Peter said: We are concerned about protecting the green belt for future generations. We must do the same. If you want to continue to enjoy Maymorn/Mangaroa Valley, make a submission to council and say NO to the Maymorn Structural Plan before Friday, September 2. TONY CHAD, Whitemans Valley Upper Hutt ratepayers, do you realise Upper Hutt City Council could be potentially committing up to $52 million of our rates to provide infrastructure for the proposed Maymorn development? A fragmented development in Maymorn will do nothing to make Upper Hutt a more desirable place to live, work and attract new business and employment opportunities to the area benefiting all. Upper Hutt has an expansive existing urban area already supported by existing infrastructure and transport systems with untapped potential. Surely common sense should prevail, with the mayor and councillors directing their energies to develop Upper Hutt to its potential, within the existing urban area. Ratepayers have your say. Submissions close on September 2. Hold this mayor and councillors to account. For more information go to maymorn.org.nz and at the UHCC website. GERARD BOURKE, Upper Hutt ratepayer, Mangaroa As a new resident in Maymorn I want to congratulate Bob McLellan. He has organised a meeting for all residents at 6.30pm on August 17. This is to enable us to fight the council and develop our environment in a positive way. More information is on the website maymorn.org.nz R K Shaw (Dr), Maymorn Third party ban undemocratic I see Labour and National have agreed to debate between themselves, but not to any third party. This is quite undemocratic. All parties should be invited to debate, so that the publicity is shared equally by all, and all views can be presented. COLIN CRAIGIE, Upper Hutt For and against fluoridation I strongly agree with the fluoridation of the water supply for Upper Hutt. My children have almost perfect teeth as a result of this while my mouth is full of mercury fillings. I consider it a backward step to remove fluoride from drinking water. MARION ANDERSON, Trentham Congratulations to the city council for their health concerns regarding the fluoridation of our water supply. Obviously there are strongly divided feelings on this subject so let s hear from our council all the facts, which need to be presented in this paper for all to read and hopefully understand. M G TRAVERS, Upper Hutt I am appalled at the ignorance and arrogance displayed in the letters in the July 20 edition. If people want fluoride they can either buy some fluoride tablets or eat some toothpaste but leave the rest of us to have water without added medication. Ninety-five per cent of Europe has rejected fluoridation and their teeth are just as good as ours. Fluoride is classified as a medicine by Medsafe, therefore it is a drug. And hydrofluorosilicic acid never occurs naturally in water supplies and is far more toxic than naturally occurring calcium fluoride. Most water supplies around the world have low levels of fluoride. Research is not having blind faith in the Dental Association or our health authorities. What does the Dental Association know about bones, thyroid, cancer etc? Our health authorities have been wrong -- lots of times. Research is a 2006 National Research Council 527 page document that took 12 fluoride experts three years to write. Fluoridation started in the United States. Hastings was the first place in New Zealand to be fluoridated and Napier was used as the control town until it was found that dental decay was reducing at the same rate in Napier. Napier children still have the same level of dental decay as Hastings children so it clearly has not been a benefit to dental health, and as far as what it may have done to the rest of the body, we don t know because the Ministry of Health refuse to study anything other than teeth. MARY BYRNE, Petone Jazz numbers disappoint It is a pleasure to be able to compliment Expressions for presenting the NZ Youth Jazz Orchestra on August 1, and also to compliment our youth upon their superb skills and dedication. I am continually amazed at the level of competence displayed, having listened to similar music for more than 67 years. The attendance figures were appalling and on my count would be 25 per cent. This is bad and detracts from the event. A possible explanation could lie in the unpublished shortening of the programme, which suddenly shut down after an hour and a half and will reduce the attendances further for any future event. Clearly a marketing failure.GEOFF MANNING, Upper Hutt Graeme Freeman, chairman NZ Jazz Foundation, replies: I want to thank Mr Manning for his comments about the NZ Youth Jazz Orchestra. Like him, those who were involved in the staging of the concert were really disap- pointed with the low turnout at Expressions this year. I can assure him that the programme was not shortened and had a running time of just over one and a half hours with a 20-minute interval in between. The foun- dation allocates three days rehearsal time prior to the orchestra s annual concert tour and in that period finds that about 12 difficult musical arrangements are the maximum that can be assimilated into a concert pro- gramme that highlights and invokes the individual skills of the orchestra members. Extending the programme by say half an hour means less rehearsal time spent on a particular arrangement and an overall lowering of playing standards -- something the foundation is not willing to entertain. Marketing a NZ Youth Jazz Orchestra is a difficult exercise unless the public is aware of the playing standards now being achieved by young people involved with jazz in our secondary schools. The Expres- sions concert was extensively marketed through Lower and Upper Hutt but the end result was unfortunately a poor public response.
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