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Upper Hutt Leader : August 24th 2011
Wednesday, August 24, 2011 SERVING YOUR COMMUNITY SINCE 1939 Letters 10 Real Estate 21-36 Arts 29-31 Motoring 38 Classifieds 39-42 Sport 46-48 WEARABLE ART AND WALKERS Rest homes vie for title 3 ADVENTURES GO ON TELEVISION Our teens in Operation Hero 31 CITY SENT ON THEIR WAY Last game loss hurts 48 Watching a little go a long way By JIMMY NESS DVD donations: World Vision chief executive Chris Clarke recently visited United Video Trentham to thank them for helping the charity. Photo: JIMMY NESS Local students may get the travel opportunity of a lifetime through a fundraising idea by United Video Trentham owner Gary Tranter. New Zealand's World Vision chief executive, Chris Clarke, visi- ted Upper Hutt on Thursday to discuss sending students to the Indian region of Dumka. Mr Clarke spoke with Mr Tranter about getting students to report on the difference a small donation can make in poverty stricken areas. Mr Tranter says he came up with the idea because he wanted to get the whole community involved in a project. The biggest thing that struck meiswegetupsetifwedonot have an iPod but these guys are sleeping on beds in the mud. I thought it was great for our kids to have a look. It's just an eye- opener.'' They are aiming to start the project in June or July next year, he says. The hope is to send as many kids as we can. We will probably approach the schools and get them to put their pupils forward.'' Experience Upper Hutt director Hellen Swales attended the meet- ing to plan fundraising options. They also discussed Mr Tranter's initiative of donating 50 cents for every customer in his store. The idea was a success and United Video has helped Ratlam, in cen- tral India, to become self- sufficient. Mr Clarke says the store sponsors 15 children, which impacts a whole community by helping future generations. It's something we have been really inspired by. The impact is absolutely phenomenal. It's certainly the first [idea of this kind] that I have come across in New Zealand. It's a fantastic way of addressing huge issues.'' Mr Tranter says he is speaking with Tommy's Real Estate to include the idea in their business and Exodus Gym in Wellington has also started a similar scheme. We also hoping to try to grow the initiative across the United Video chain. It's a way of getting involved for very little. It's very easy to do and everybody can be involved with it.'' Film studio mooted for Upper Hutt By JIMMY NESS A major film complex, which includes an international film school and accommodation for Hollywood actors, may be built in Upper Hutt. New Zealand producer Michael Garlick is behind a proposal to build Studio New Zealand at the old AgResearch site in Wallaceville. The complex would include at least two giant sound stages, a commercial kitchen, an amphitheatre, outdoor filming lots and an international film school for actors and film crews. Mr Garlick has declined to com- ment as sensitive discussions are under way with various govern- ment departments. The proposal must go through a feasibility study and would take up to five years to build. Raleigh Studios is the project's United States partner. They are the largest independent studio oper- ator in the United States and expected to host the American production of upcoming Avatar sequels. Upper Hutt mayor Wayne Guppy says he knows of the studio plans, but is reluctant to comment as the project is in its early stages. It's potentially very exciting for New Zealand and the Wellington region. But we don't want to kill it off before it starts.'' Rimutaka MP Chris Hipkins says the complex will complement the Avalon studios. If you get a major film studio here the follow-on effect to local business will be very positive. It could really create a Hutt Valley centre of excellence for film and television.'' River Rd on track Work to install the wire rope median barrier on the River Rd, south of Moonshine, is almost complete. Installation began two weeks ago and aims to pre- vent fatalities caused by head-on crashes. The road has also been widened and resealed.
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