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Upper Hutt Leader : August 17th 2011
3 UPPER HUTT LEADER, AUGUST 17, 2011 NEWS Fast Approval CASH NOW 245 High Street 24 Queen Street Lower Hutt Wainuiomata Phone: 566 0989 Phone: 564 1596 *All Loans Subject to Normal Lending Criteria Loans for all reasons ADELPHI FINANCE LTD The Established Company HN105346/wh Amounts $500 to $5000 Providing Cash Solutions 40 Years of Financial Service Our mechanics specialise in all makes and models of car including BMW & Mercedes We have the latest diagnostic equipment available and are happy to service or repair your car Call us today for a booking 40 Ward Street Upper Hutt (3 minutes walk to Wallaceville Station) Open 8am till late! email: email@example.com 2606836CW 528 2580 3446845AE 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: The best of care for our babies Trained, qualified and loving teachers. Ratio 1:4 Spacious environment (room to run and explore). Nutritious meals prepared on site. Locally and Privately owned. OPEN 52 WEEKS A YEAR ENROL YOUR CHILD NOW US students greeted by Key Overseas visitors: Martino Lopez and Lexy Wadsworth at Golder Cottage. Photo: ROSEMARY McLENNAN Special meeting: Prime Minister John Key with the four exchange students, from left, Shaun Lindsay (Lower Hutt), Martino and Lexy (Mesa) and Georgina Blane (Upper Hutt) before the election meeting at Expressions. Photo: COLIN WILLIAMS By ROSEMARY McLENNAN Shorter school days, less home- work and having to wear a uni- form faced two American students who have spent a month in the Hutt Valley. Both live in Upper Hutt's sister city Mesa, near Phoenix, Arizona, and have spent the month in the homes of two students they hosted earlier in the year. Alexa (Lexy) Wadsworth, 17, stayed with Georgina Blane in Upper Hutt while Martino Lopez, also 17, stayed with Shaun Lindsay in Lower Hutt. The exchange happened after Rimutaka Lions asked the Upper Hutt Air Training Corps to choose two students to be hosted in Mesa in January. Lexy and Martino heard about the exchange when a Mesa sister- cities representative visited their schools and handed out appli- cation forms. Mesa has several sister cities including centres in China and Canada. Both students were keen to visit New Zealand, Lexy since she was 8 when she tasted pavlova made by a Kiwi woman who lived near her. Martino, who is half-Italian and half-Mexican, grew up in Mesa and has been keen to travel over- seas including to Italy and Mexico. It was the first long-haul flight for both students. The visitors were in their sum- mer break and attended the schools of their hosts, Sacred Heart College and Hutt Valley High School, for two weeks. Back home school starts at 7am to 8am, finishes at 3pm, there is no morning break and no uniform. They get four to five hours of homework every night. Both say they hated'' wearing a uniform, borrowed from friends of their hosts. At school in Mesa the students wear casual clothes but not designer labels. Catching the bus to school was also a new experience for the pair. In Mesa Lexy is driven to school and Martino drives himself. At Lexy's school of 3400 students, many drive to school and its parking area so large Sacred Heart College would fit inside it, she says. They found New Zealand very green compared with Phoenix but our roads narrow in comparison with the United States. They missed the hottest part of the Phoenix summer and returned to temperatures of about 40 degrees Celsius. Mesa has extremes and in win- ter the temperature can drop to -7 degrees C. The pair also had two weeks of school holidays here and enjoyed our winter snow. Lexy visited Rotorua, Taupo and Christchurch, where she saw earthquake damage. In Phoenix they do not have earthquakes but feel those centred in California. Martino visited Nelson, Taupo, Rotorua and Palmerston North. Another highlight was meeting Prime Minister John Key when he spoke at a public meeting in Upper Hutt earlier this month. Mr Key had just returned from the United States and meeting President Obama. Both students found Mr Key charismatic and likeable. Mr Key asked them if they liked Upper Hutt and said he knew golfing was big in Arizona. Martino gave him souvenirs from Mesa. The pair also had afternoon tea with mayor Wayne Guppy during their stay and attended a council policy committee meeting. Both say New Zealand lived up to their expectations. They have returned to Mesa Senior High school for their senior year, the equivalent of our year 13. Lexy hopes to study biochemis- try at university and become a paediatric oncologist. Martino has an interest in weather and tornados and wants to be a meteorologist. Rimutaka Lions president Paul Lambert says the pair have been good ambassadors for Mesa and his club hopes a similar exchange will take place every two years. Students involved must pay their airfares and both have worked part-time towards the cost.
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