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Upper Hutt Leader : August 31st 2011
10 UPPER HUTT LEADER, AUGUST 31, 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 3823214AJ 3758718AA PRE LOVED APPLIANCES Washers from $99 Dryers from $199 Dishwashers from $299 Fridge/Freezers from $99 TVs from $29 Stoves from $499 WE CAN DELIVER & INSTALL Work & Income Quotes Welcome 2ND HAND APPLIANCES Queen Street, Upper Hutt • 528 6767 3928350 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 Parents of vandals will pay in the end HAVE YOUR SAY We welcome your letters. They should be no longer than 250 words. The editor reserves the right to abridge letters and decide if 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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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. EKERS' WEEK CONTINUED Page 12 Recently the retailers in the Upper Hutt CBD were the victims of a rash of vandalism where windows were deeply scored with a sharp implement by a group of mindless young offenders keen to leave their marks on the city. Our window at the Cartridge World Store was engraved deeply enough to be declared dangerously compromised. We had it replaced at a cost of about $2500 and were facing a signwriting bill of another $1000 give or take. I noticed in the street on the morning of Monday, August 22, that many of the shops from the CBD Towers up had been tagged over the weekend with a broad marker pen. Tuesday morning I find that once again my front window has been signed with a sharp tool. Damn it people, business is hard enough without dealing with this kind of senseless destructive vandalism. It defaces the whole of the Main St, and the street looks tatty enough as it is. The cost of replacing windows and signwriting is a huge drain on a small business. So-called petty crime is not cheap, and the cost of replacing damaged or stolen goods and materials can be enough to render a business unviable. So many people do not understand that most small businesses run on small profit margins and the cost of replacing damaged or lost (stolen) goods can easily kill the profits of a week or a month. It only takes a few non- profitable months to kill a business. I now have to decide whether to leave the window as it is leaving the street looking more like a ghetto, or replace the glass again and put my business viability at risk. We retailers provide a service to you, our customers. If we cannot afford to continue operating in Upper Hutt, we will be forced to close our businesses. You, the parents of the delightful children defacing our stores, will be forced to travel further to get what you can no longer get in Upper Hutt. Staff working in those stores will be out of work or have to seek employment out of town. And Upper Hutt WILL become a ghost town. Cartridge World has been in Main St for nine years and has saved its clients hundreds or thousands of dollars in that time. If the residents of Upper Hutt cannot control their children at night, they will lose the benefit of the services we provide. ANDREW HENDERSON, owner-operator, Cartridge World Upper Hutt Don't close walkway If one was to enrich their intellect by reading up on some mythology one would see there are many great stories of fearless warriors who would journey hundreds of miles to slay a mighty beast of an animal. This may sound rather barbaric to many but it was always for a much loftier noble purpose, be it to protect the people of their village or simply to kill it for food. Afterwards they would return home to regale their story of heroism and might to the delight of the locals and be rewarded with the well-earned honour and praise. Now let s snap back to the reality of little ol Upper Hutt shall we, where some moron thought it would be a great idea to shoot an arrow into a sheep. Imagine hearing the story of some mighty warrior taking down a nine-metre tall dragon then someone puts their hand up and said I once shot a sheep with an arrow . You d probably be thinking village idiot , right? Or probably something even worse. But this letter is actually to sympathise with the owner of the poor sheep that was felled and hope that he will not cease access to the Cannon Point Walkway through his fair land, because not all of us are moronic, inbred, sheep-shooting village idiots. T MALCOLM (of the Hutt) I was horrified to read that one of Martin Bradley s sheep had been shot with an arrow and can understand his anger but I beg him not to close off access to Cannon Point Walkway. My husband and I have been climbing the hill regularly for almost five years with amazing effect on our health and fitness. I much prefer to trot through native bush with accompanying birdsong and amazing views across the valley (spectacular during the recent snow!) than using a treadmill in a sweaty expensive gym. I suspect that if Mr Bradley fenced off the walkway, trouble makers would still find a way to get past and it would only stop the responsible users. There are a number of regulars including police and army personnel who climb the hill to maintain their fitness and I am sure they must serve as a deterrent to troublemakers. SHERYL BATES, Totara Park Maymorn development Rather than transform the Mangaroa environment, and lose its precious open spaces forever, the council would be much wiser to place emphasis on urban renewal projects within existing city boundaries. It s not rocket science, after all. Once you ve developed green spaces into housing lots they are lost as a recreational and farming resource for future generations forever. I live in the heart of the city, not Mangaroa. Here you can find considerable numbers of decaying, unkempt and unloved houses in most directions just minutes from our CBD. These eyesores often sit on superb sections just begging to be better utilised. The slum-like appearance of these structures pulls down surrounding neighbourhoods and also adds to the difficulties we face in forging an attractive, vibrant image for our city. Increased emphasis on sus- tainable development and reducing all forms of squander in a necessary and growing force in today s society. Such scrutiny needs to start with open space conservation. This can be simply and painlessly achieved by targeting urban renewal as our first priority. Let s concentrate development policies and efforts on upgrading the worst of our existing city housing stock. Potential greenfield invasions should be relegated to some very distant time when urban renewal programmes can no longer satisfy housing demand on their own. PETER HOLCROFT, Elderslea There have been many letters written about the increase in the Upper Hutt rates. Well, be prepared for further rates increases if the new Maymorn development takes place. The council has budgeted for $52 million in development costs and this amount excludes financing costs. But no-one knows what this amount actually covers and if there are other hidden costs. The proposed development at Maymorn does not cater for additional police, fire, social or medical facilities other than the one doctor s consulting room -- for 4000 new residents. Thus the Upper Hutt services will need to be stretched to cover the new development. Also, the Mangaroa Hill Rd is one of the two access roads to the new development -- yet there is no plan to upgrade this road except improvements to the single lane bridge. The road is currently in a poor condition and would need to be resurfaced and have safety improvements to handle the additional 400 to 500 cars a day. The intersection with SH2 will also need to be improved. These are just a few of the costs that will need to be covered by your rates. KOBUS VAN ZYL, Maymorn A solution for retail As the percentage of average middle-class people losing their jobs to office automation, offshoring and other efficiency improvements continues to rise, most of these people will not find good jobs. Look around. Middle class buying power is steadily decreasing. It s not a blip. As already seen overseas, the only area of retail that has not suffered decline, and in fact has experienced significant growth in recent years, are the one dollar and two dollar shops, at a level below the Walmarts. These stores also sell basic commodities such as milk, bread and peanut butter at the lowest possible price. It won t be long before 50 to 60 per cent of the population will be on minimum wage or benefits, so nowisthetimetogetinonthe ground floor of retail while there is still space available. R BROWN, Upper Hutt
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