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Upper Hutt Leader : August 17th 2011
Wednesday, August 17, 2011 SERVING YOUR COMMUNITY SINCE 1939 Letters 10 Real Estate 22-41 Arts 33-35 Motoring 42 Classifieds 43-47 Sport 48-52 SISTER CITY VISITORS They even met our PM 3 MASTER BUILD AWARDS Several local winners 4 TRIBUTE PAID TO AXEMAN Goldy McIntosh remembered 15 Snow turns streets into wonderland By JIMMY NESS Snowy centre: A surprise snowfall settled in Main St on Sunday evening. Photo: ANDREW MORRELL Snow settled in Main St on Monday for the first time in decades. Worse than last month's dump that dusted the hills around Upper Hutt, the whole city centre was white and by Monday evening Fergusson Dr had turned to slush. Rimu- taka Hill Rd was among the country's state highways closed. Blue Mountains, Wallaceville Hill, Mangaroa Hill and Moonshine Hill roads have been closed at times. Upper Hutt Library closed early, a citizenship ceremony and mail deliveries were cancelled, some schools shut and power was cut in some areas. But many locals made the most of the weather by build- ing snowmen and having snowball fights. On Monday Police warned drivers to use caution as the conditions worsened. Inspector Ken Climo of the Police Cen- tral Communications Centre warned drivers to prepare for the cold weather. If you need to make essential travel this evening, make sure you are equipped with food, warm clothing and blankets for all occupants, in case you cannot return to your destination this evening, given the extreme weather con- ditions.'' Turn to page 12 for more snow photos or visit facebook.com/upperhuttleader for a selection of photographs taken by locals and our staff. Winning lawyer lost for words Winning combination: The team at John Gwilliam & Co in celebratory mood, from left, staff solicitor Fionnuala Kelly, legal secretary Ann Phillips, business partner Fiona Butland, John Gwilliam, legal secretary Kathy McNabb and legal executive Lindsey Mills. Absent, office manager Maria Braddock. Photo: ROSEMARY McLENNAN By ROSEMARY McLENNAN Gets supreme award CONTINUED Page 2 Winning Upper Hutt's top busi- ness award has left lawyer John Gwilliam blown away''. He and his staff were delighted to win two category awards last Wednesday but never expected the supreme award, which usually goes to a larger business or an exporter. He told the black tie dinner at Expressions it was not often a lawyer, let alone a local body poli- tician, was lost for words. He admitted embarrassment over his close association with org- aniser Experience Upper Hutt and emphasised he was not involved in the awards. Last week his firm was also named employer of the year and best professional/service business. At the previous awards in 2009 they won best professional busi- ness, in 2007 employee of the year and in 2008 reached the finals in professional business and employee of the year. For Mr Gwilliam the supreme award is the culmination of 19 years of hard work to establish and grow his own legal practice. He and fellow Upper Hutt law- yer Paul Paino were junior partners at the time of the demise of Upper Hutt's largest legal firm Renshaw Edwards. The two men set up their own practices in Upper Hutt. Mr Paino's practice has also been recognised in past Upper Hutt business awards. Mr Gwilliam says he is grateful for the support and confidence shown by the local community. Mr Gwilliam and a legal sec- retary began in general practice and expanded to offer a range of court work, conveyancing, admin- istration of family trusts, and advice on contracts and leases by small businesses. Lawyer Fiona Butland, a staff member for eight years, became a partner in the business in April.
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