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Upper Hutt Leader : August 24th 2011
8 UPPER HUTT LEADER, AUGUST 24, 2011 NEWS 3092453AX My Day Spa My Day Spa PLEASE VISIT OUR WEB SITE www.mydayspa.co.nz "all about you" 5 Brentwood Street, Ph 528 6027 for an appointment. Father's Day (it's on 4th September 2011) is the best time to show your love to your dad or husband. This year, give something wonderfully different to wow your dad. Honour and pamper him with a relaxing and yet rejuvenating spa experience in a Award Winning Day Spa in Trentham. GIFT VOUCHERS AVAILABLE NOW OPEN LATE NIGHTS WANT TO SELL YOUR CAR? WANT TO SELL IT NOW? EASY! SOLD Is your car going nowhere fast? Is it going to cost too many $$$ to get it back on the road? Then bring it in to NZ's longest serving and most successful auction house and we'll turn your damaged car into new cash. • We can buy your car outright. • you can trust the company that's been selling cars since 1961. OR VISIT WWW.turners.co.nz PHONE 04 587 1470 NOW TUR0617 2137523CW For all your domestic, commercial, rental property, electrical needs & heat pump installations Serving Upper Hutt for over 30 years small jobs our speciality Main Street, Upper Hutt Drop off all small appliance repairs to: phone 04 528 2195 email firstname.lastname@example.org web www.uhelectrical.co.nz CHESS Monday evening saw the penultimate round of regular play at the Upper Hutt Chess Club before the 2011 club championships start. Players who won on Monday evening were Pat Cunningham, Bill Orr, Mike Stevens and Roger Smith. Upper Hutt bridge results Upper Hutt Bridge Club results for the week starting Monday, August 15: Monday and Wednesday, no bridge because of snow. Thursday teams result after six rounds: A and P Cushnie, S Pattison, B Pritchard; Friday: N/S M Fulton, E Pritchard; E/W C Audrey, C Jones. Check those trees please The snow has gone but electricity supplies are still threatened by storm damage to trees. Wellington Electricity, the lines company supplying Wellington, Porirua and Hutt Valley, asks customers with trees close to power lines to check for loose branches and debris. Due to the storms, a large number of trees are in a tenuous condition and may cause further problems for the electricity net- work over the coming days and weeks, says Wellington Elec- tricity chief executive Greg Skelton. We ask customers with trees close to power lines to take a quick look to see if there are any loose branches or debris lurking from snow damage. Help us to help you by either contacting an authorised contractor to remove the potential problem or contact Wellington Electricity to arrange for an inspection and advice on manag- ing safe removal. This will help everyone enjoy a reliable power supply and enhance safety to our community by reducing the chances of these trees causing further blackouts, Mr Skelton said. He thanked customers for their patience as crews worked through extremely difficult conditions to repair electrical faults caused by storm damage. Last week s storm had a sig- nificant impact on electricity networks with trees and debris falling across power lines and roads, causing several power outages and making access extremely treacherous, Mr Skelton said. He said field crews have been working hard in a challenging environment. Our focus is on restoring power supplies as quickly and safely as possible and we are pleased that we have successfully restored power to all customers affected by the storm. To contact Wellington Electricity for tree management call 0800 148 248. To speak with an authorised contractor directly, contact Treescape (0800 TREE0 WORK) or Downer Edi Works (589 3156). Snow delays guitar show By COLIN WILLIAMS Theshowdidnotgoon. . .last week s polar blast caused a short- term closure of the Expressions Arts and Entertainment Centre and the postponement of a New Zealand School of Music classical guitar performance. The venue shut its doors early on Tuesday and for all of Wednesday last week because the extreme weather that closed schools and roads meant, with a small team, they could not guarantee minimum staffing levels, director Stephanie Cottrill says. The free Tuesday afternoon con- certs promoted as Expressions Live! are especially popular with seniors, attracting crowds of about 120 each month. With the weather forecast being so extreme, we talked with the School of Music about trans- port safety for students and the mostly older people who attend, and made the decision to post- pone, Ms Cottrill says. We stayed open until 1pm, the scheduled start time of the per- formance, to inform anyone that showed up of the postponement date. As it turned out, only five were brave enough in the con- ditions. The free concert, featuring eight senior guitar students from the New Zealand School of Music, has been rescheduled for 1pm on Tuesday, August 30. 'Essential travel' Getting home is not always essential travel in an emergency and good reason to plan alterna- tive action, says Upper Hutt s police chief, Inspector Mike Hill. Forward planning is essential -- please take the time to discuss with your family how you make contact with each other in an emergency, that you have spare food and could look after yourselves for three days at least. Please consider your reasons for travel -- simply getting home is not always essential travel in an emergency. He said Upper Hutt police were well supported by the Upper Hutt Community Rescue team. We were able to deploy our staff in four-wheel-drive vehicles so that staff could still attend jobs and ensure safety on the roads [during the recent snowfall]. We were generally pleased with the driving on the roads and most managed to drive to the con- ditions. Slippery situation: The Upper Hutt Rural Fire Force helps a driver stuck in last week's snow on Avro Rd. This photo was taken by member Craig Cottrill. We have received dozens of beautiful images of last week's snow storm. Visit our Facebook page at facebook.com/upperhuttleader to see some of the best ones.
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