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Upper Hutt Leader : August 17th 2011
10 UPPER HUTT LEADER, AUGUST 17, 2011 LETTERS 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 email@example.com chrishipkins.org.nz labour.org.nz 04 528 5715 3823214AH OPEN THE DOORS on a great selection BUILDING? RENOVATING? • Doors replaced / installed • Interior or Exterior • Pre-Hung Doors • Cavity Sliders • Locks, Latches & Handles • Houselots catered for 25A Wilford Street • Ph 527 8305 customer car parking easily accessed off Lane Street Email all inquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org 3426837AO A Disclosure Statement is available upon request and free of charge. "I love NZ. So does my UK pension." www.ukpensionstonz.com 0800 857 367 Brendan Johnson If you want my opinion, get their free assessment. You might have access to your money now. * Conditions apply. Britannia did a stonking good job transferring my UK pension to NZ. BR026DOM5 Daffodil Day Shop This ad sponsored by the Rotary Club of Upper Hutt 130 Main Street, Upper Hutt (Dowsons Old Shoe Shop) Monday 22 -- Friday 26 August 2011 Shop Open 10am -- 4pm Daffodils Teddy Bears Pens Bags Serviettes Raffles and more... Support Daffodil Day and the Cancer Society 3923141AB HN072576 C & i l s l s & S co h C Ov locki g C T t t ff t t t 255-257 i h , i fi l Ph 567-9684 10 - 5 Big S l c io of c s, s & s s 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 Isn't NZ a great place to live? 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 email@example.com, 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. The other day our Prime Minister came to speak at Expressions. Sure there was a police presence, but it was very much in the background, and there were no restrictions. Anyone was welcome to come in, listen to what he had to say, and ask any question. There aren t too many countries where you can do that. In return, the audience was respectful but not in awe, and John Key was asked some curly questions about everything from the Plumbers Association to roadworks and the state of the economy. Some of the answers were a bit glib but there s no doubt that John Key has a deep knowledge of how economies work and has definite views about how the New Zealand economy needs to change. However, probably the most memorable thing he said was that the Canterbury earthquake was one of the most damaging natural events ever to hit a developed economy. The cost is about 10 per cent of New Zealand s GDP (the tsunami was 3 per cent of Japan s GDP and Hurricane Katrina was 1 per cent of the United States GDP). So while New Zealand is a great place to live, I m glad to be in Upper Hutt and not Christchurch! ADRIAN SPARROW, Upper Hutt Praise for rural fire service I live up in the Blue Mountains. As you may know we have water tanks and septic tanks up here. Normally I have good supply of water in my tank. My water tank holds 25,000 litres so I do not check my levels often, especially in winter. I ran out of water on a Saturday! I phoned the Upper Hutt Rural Fire Force. Ewan answered the phone. I explained my predicament. He was extremely helpful and understanding. He phoned Craig Cottrill who lives up the street. In less than an hour he was knocking on my front door. He said that he would get the rural fire force to deliver water for me. He couldn t say when but it would be some time in the afternoon that day. In less than an hour the tanker was outside my gate. I felt happy, relieved, and grateful. Six firemen of various ages, in various types of rural fire-force uniforms were there to oversee the safety of this water delivery. They set up road cones and planks for cars to drive over safely because the big, fat fire hose was draped across the road. Two firemen ran the fire hose into my water tank. They stayed there to make sure all the water went into my tank. One fireman stayed with the tanker and administered the delivery of the water into the hose. Another fireman was in charge of road safety. And another fireman stayed with the rural fire-force ute which had its lights flashing to warn motorists coming up the road. I know these firemen do this as a volunteer service. I gladly paid them my $180 donation. I want others to know just how important this Rural Fire Force is to people like me who live up here in the rural area of Blue Mountains and Whitemans Valley. They are an essential part of the services for this wider community. Thank you so much. SARA PARSONS, Upper Hutt Maymorn plan When something is not needed nor wanted, hugely opposed, fractured in outcomes and generally just a bad idea even the staunchest of advocates needs to consider withdrawal. The UHCC s plans for Maymorn and the Mangaroa Valley is just one of those situations. The plan is flawed from its foundation up. The future demand upon which this is based can easily be met from within Upper Hutt s existing landholdings and yet the council officers seem intent on sacrificing a unique setting most councils in New Zealand would give their left arm to have within their boundaries. The lack of transparency with regard to the estimated $52 million cost and massive exposure to the ratepayers is reason alone to ask questions. Plans propose a huge numbers of plots at 300 and 400 square metres (smaller than even Petone) jammed in the middle of a rural setting. Utter madness. It has all the hallmarks of a social experiment doomed to fail, all at the expense of the Upper Hutt ratepayers and the residents of the valley and surrounding neighbourhoods. The valley has an existing district plan that works and Upper Hutt s future expansion can easily be met within existing city boundaries. The council officers would be far better tasked with solving the existing planning and growth issues within the CBD and its related neighbourhoods. The councillors will hopefully see sense and impart such clear and direct instruction to protect the valley and all UHCC ratepayers from such a doomed gamble. Sadly we need public submissions to reinforce this. K WILLIAMS (Mrs), Maymorn Should the Upper Hutt City council blindly push on in some pre-determined way with that colossal $51.9 million white elephant of the Maymorn Structure Plan (MSP) then it is turning Upper Hutt s blind eye to the economic realities of this huge financial albatross in the making. It is now obvious that responsible councils work and promote energy descent action plans, rural retention plans, food, water and energy security plans and biodiversity plans. These plans will transition Upper Hutt to the reality of Peak Oil. It is time to put a stop to this Alice in Wonderland fantasy rearing its head out of the Urban Growth Strategy (UGS) before it becomes more of an outright financial disaster, costing ratepayers considerable sums. The figures on the costs of the consultants are not readily available. The flawed statistics that the plan is based on send ominously loud and strident clamour of alarm bells ringing out. Clearly the message that those alarm bells is warning us of is that this city does not have an appetite for MSPs. I have no appetite and can find no support, financial or otherwise, for this plan, therefore it is eminently clear that the MSP s loudly trumpeted justification of economic salvation for Upper Hutt is a sham and a totally flawed nonsense. If this gargantuan white elephant proceeds in the face of this obvious lack of support, it will become a massive albatross around the neck of Upper Hutt s long- suffering ratepayers. ROZALIE BROWN, Te Marua Fluoridation debate Mary Byrne, why are you poking your nose into Upper Hutt s water supply when you live in Petone, which has no fluoride thanks to a small group of militant hypochondriac pests? The reason most of Europe doesn t have added fluoride is because there is enough of it naturally present in the water! New Zealand has very poor soil and water so minerals like fluoride need to be added for the health of the population. You are mischievously taking a statistic and bending it to suit your own agenda. I ve also noticed that most of the anti- fluoridationists are in the senior age bracket, so perhaps you all have false teeth anyway and you think everyone else should have them too. S HADEN, Trentham I Simons (July 27) makes sweeping comparisons and contradictions in their letter. If iodine deficiency is the issue, eating fish and seaweed products will do more good than trying to blame the addition of fluoride to water, which is only done to replace that which is missing by quirk of nature. It is a fact that in most places around the world, fluoride occurs naturally in water just like other compounds like salt. New Zealand is one of the few places where that doesn t happen, so after a state in the United States with the same problem fixed dental deficiencies by adding fluoride to water in the 1950s, New Zealand followed suit, and it makes good sense. Anyone my grumpy old age will tell you that our aunts and uncles in the 1940s all had false teeth top and bottom and were great whistlers, but not much good at laughing out loud without their teeth falling out, much to our delight. Thanks to good science and fluoride, that is pretty much a thing of the past. People have short memories don t they. As to bottled water, I say bah humbug. It is a good way to get money out of fools. I have been drinking tap water for 60 years and seem to be in good nick so what s the problem? GARY LEWIS, Lower Hutt
August 10th 2011
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