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Upper Hutt Leader : August 24th 2011
44 UPPER HUTT LEADER, AUGUST 24, 2011 NEWS THE LEADER DELIVERS EVERY WEEK Number 1 in your community History: The Upper Hutt Leader has been a part of your community for over 70 years. We have been here through good times and bad, delivering unique local news, views, advertising and community information. We have an offce on Main Street with local staff including a manager, editor, sales people, journalists, clerical & production people. Local people deliver the paper to you. Our Team give their spare time to help a number of community organisations and local events. Circulation: We distribute 22,226 copies every Wednesday throughout Upper Hutt and Stokes Val- ley. This is independently certifed by ABC (NZ Audit Bureau of Circulation) and is re-audited every year. Year after year independent research proves that the Upper Hutt Leader is read and used by most Upper Hutt people. Readership: The Leader is read each week by *39,000 people aged 15+. These are independent fgures provided by the AC Nielsen's NRM Readership survey (*NRM Q2 2009 -- Q1 2010) Within Upper Hutt there is 91% readership by those aged 15+. Advertising: Independently audited circulation and readership gives Leader advertisers the assurance that most people in Upper Hutt see their advertising. Discounts are often available for using the Leader's sister publications (like Hutt News & The Wellingtonian). Indeed most print advertising across the Fairfax Media NZ titles can be arranged by The Leader staff. News: Every week the Leader is full of unique local news, faces and events. We aim to refect what's going on around Upper Hutt with a local editor and reporters. We can access the wider Fairfax Media NZ news resources when it's important for Upper Hutt readers to get a wider perspective. Community Involvement: Each year the Leader injects up to $500,000 into the Upper Hutt community through wages, rent, rates, delivery payments and many other local services that it uses. It also supports local events and initiatives with promotional space worth up to another $100,000. These events include: ■ Upper Hutt Business Awards ■ Christmas Parade ■ Red Cross Christmas Toy appeal, ■ Sporting events and Awards, ■ Youth Events and Awards, ■ Literary Events, ■ Busi- ness promotions and festivals, ■ Partnering Experience Upper Hutt and local business, for the Christmas passport event and many others Get the facts from your Leader sales team now: Phone Jenny Russell, Rick Clapham & Sandra McIver on 528 9654 Cruelty could close path By JIMMY NESS The Cannon Point walkway is under threat of closure. Farmer Martin Bradley says the popular area may be shut due to vandalism and one of his sheep being shot with an arrow. Mr Bradley owns the land to the west of Totara Park. He allows public access through his property, but says he is so frustrated he may shut the area. It s driving me bonkers. I am having the worst time I ve ever had in the time of my lambing season. It s almost too much to bear. I just do not know what to do other than close the walkway. Mr Bradley found his ewe with an arrow through its lower jaw and throat, on August 8. He says the sheep would not have been able to eat. It is now recovering following surgery. I can put up with childish pranks, but this is just about the last dimension. I am having great difficulty as it is, managing my ewes lambing in these appalling winter conditions. Three weeks ago, Mr Bradley found someone had blocked his deer gate with a wooden post, defaced a private property notice with cow manure and thrown another post over the bank. A gate was ripped off its hinges and thrown into a channel last week. Mr Bradley has made a com- plaint to police and is due to meet with the Upper Hutt City Council in the next few weeks. He says he has observed several college students wearing grey jerseys in the area at the time of the incidents. Another resident told him she believes the students live in Totara Park and she identified one of them who may live nearby in Hartford Cres. I would really like any infor- mation that would lead to the apprehension of the kids, Mr Bradley says. They are stupid, sadistic teenagers. It might be a good time to close that walkway until the lambing is complete. If you have any information about who may be vandalising Mr Bradley's property, contact Upper Hutt Police on 527 2300 or anonymously call Crime Stoppers on 0800 555 111. SPCA hot on trail of seller, user of 11 illegal gin traps Two possums were caught in illegal gin traps at Riverstone Terraces at the weekend. Wellington SPCA duty inspector Ben Lakomy received a call on Sunday after the traps were dis- covered by a couple walking their dogs. The traps were set close to houses, which is illegal as it is an offence to set traps within 150 metres of any house without the occupier s permission, or in an area where there is a probable risk of catching a pet, Mr Lakomy says. These traps were set so close to the track, it is incredibly lucky that a child or pet didn t stand on one. The person or company who set these traps is either very brazen, or simply has no idea that it is illegal. Two possums were found trapped by their legs, incredibly stressed and frightened. They had to be res- cued and killed, along with young in their pouches. A dead rat was also discovered, caught by its rear legs and the soft tissue around them. These traps are illegal for a reason. The animals that were caught in them suffered a huge amount of pain and distress, Mr Lakomy says. I expect that some people will suggest that as it is pest species that have been affected here, it makes what has happened OK -- but the law applies to all animals and this was a totally illegal act that inflicted unimaginable pain on these animals, and we need to speak to the person responsible to prevent it happening again. Eleven size 1 unpadded gin/leg- hold traps were located. This type of trap is restricted and cannot be used unless an exemption has been granted -- MAF have no relevant exemptions on record. When the SPCA attended, some of the traps had been destroyed, and some had been tripped by sticks to prevent animals becoming trapped in them. All the traps appeared new, were set close to the track and attached to trees. They appeared to have been set up pro- fessionally. The traps have been removed and will be destroyed. As these gin traps appear new and largely unused, we are very concerned that someone may illegally be selling or providing them locally. Anyone with infor- mation about this can call Welling- ton SPCA on 389 8044, Mr Lakomy says. Using inhumane, prohibited traps such as these carries stiff penalties. Individuals could face up to 12 months imprisonment and/or a $50,000 fine, while bodies corpor- ate can face fines of up to $250,000. The maximum penalty for an individual selling a prohibited trap is 12 months imprisonment and/or a $50,000 fine, or for a body corpor- ate $250,000. New ED to go on display to public Local people can take a look at Hutt Hospital s long-awaited new emergency department on Saturday. Kaumatua will lift tapu and carry out a blessing on the building early on Friday, followed by Health Minister Tony Ryall cutting the ribbon. On Saturday, from 10am till 2pm, visitors can have a guided tour of the new ED, the children s emergency department to be known as The Tree Hutt, eight operating theatres, the new recov- ery unit and central sterile supply department. The new ED becomes operational on September 5, and the new theatres a week later. A hospital spokesperson says it s astonishing the way staff have coped with cramped conditions for years. The current ED was designed to handle 15,000 people a year, but currently caters for 40,000. There is huge anticipation to get into the new facilities, which should help staff meet the national standard on ED waiting times of 95 per cent of patients being admitted, discharged or transferred within six hours of presenting (the current ED is achieving 87 per cent). The $82 million project is far from over. The old ED and adjacent space is to be gutted for refurbishment as a new intensive care unit, endoscopy unit and medical day stay area. That work won t be completed until mid-2012. Level crossing crashes launch safety push A shocking picture is on some rail carriages to promote National Rail Safety Week. A new nationwide awareness campaign was launched on Monday for National Rail Safety Week with the message Stay clear. Stay safe. In Auckland and Wellington two train carriages carry the rail safety images. Rail safety campaigner and for- mer international test cricketer Chris Cairns says the graphic is shocking and is the worse case scenario for a rail collision, but he hopes it is one that people will take notice of and think about. Collisions at railway level crossings have the potential to be catastrophic. We hope that when people see this image they will remember the simple steps they can follow to keep themselves safe around the railway. He says the onus is always on motorists and pedestrians to give way to trains, and that they always need to obey the warning signs dis- played at level crossings. Trains can t stop in a hurry, and they certainly can t swerve to avoid a car or person on the tracks. KiwiRail chief executive Jim Quinn says there have been 16 vehicle collisions at public level crossings in the past 12 months with one fatality. Not only do they cause immense harm to the people involved, but they also have a terrible impact on our locomotive engineers who drive the trains. Mr Quinn says he is also con- cerned about the number of reports of motorists who queue across level crossings, risking the barrier arm coming down on their car, or in a worst case scenario being hit by a train. Reports from locomotive engineers show that there have been almost 150 near collisions in the past 12 months, with around 78 per cent of those events occurring at crossings protected by automatic alarms. Can you help? This male was photo- graphed tagging in the Upper Hutt rail- way station subway about 9.45am last Friday. He has a patch of blond hair on the back of his head and was writing a tag that began with the let- ter ''p''. If you have any information contact Senior Con- stable Flora Nielsen at the Upper Hutt Police Station on 527 2300 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
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