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Upper Hutt Leader : September 7th 2011
Wednesday, September 7, 2011 SERVING YOUR COMMUNITY SINCE 1939 Letters 10 Real Estate 23-37 Arts 29-31 Motoring 38 Classifieds 39-44 Sport 46-48 APPLIANCE EXPERT RETIRES Farewell to Dave Edhouse 3 WELCOMING THE SUN Sunflower seed giveaway 6 ECLECTIC MIX OF SOUNDS Expressions' next guests 31 Shopping poll surprise By COLIN WILLIAMS Upper Hutt people appear unlikely to take up Sunday retailing in their city even if more shops open. An emphatic 80 per cent of respondents indicated they would not be more likely'' to shop locally on Sundays when responding to a survey carried out for Rimutaka MP Chris Hipkins. While he is not sure what to make of the result, mayor Wayne Guppy says it is disappointing, while Hel- len Swales, director of Experience Upper Hutt promotion group, believes the survey finding is a bit of a misnomer''. The Sunday trading survey result was an unexpected finding in Mr Hipkins' recently released 12-question constituent survey. The survey forms were hand- delivered to households so the sample is self-selecting,'' Mr Hip- kins says. More than 650 people replied, about half the number of a similar survey by Mr Hipkins, a year ago. I'm not sure what to make of the Sunday trading response,'' the Labour MP says. It could mean the people who responded prefer not to do their shopping on Sundays, or it could mean they would shop elsewhere on Sundays, regardless of whether our local shops are open. I know a lot of our local retailers run family businesses and want at least one day off a week with their families away from the public eye. I think that's fair enough but if you look at a business like Mitre 10 Mega, I understand they do about 35 per cent of their trade over the weekends.'' Mr Hipkins accepts Upper Hutt people do a lot of their spending'' outside the city but he believes trading hours are only a small part of that. I think things like variety in the retail mix and people shopping where they work are far bigger con- tributors to the problem, and they aren't easy ones to solve. The more people we get working here rather than commuting to jobs, the more people we will have shop- ping locally and the better that will be for our local retailers,'' he says. It's certainly disappointing,'' Mr Guppy says. But it's a matter of getting the right mix of shops to make it attractive.'' Mr Guppy says the survey finding answered one question but raised others. The next step, if we were to look at this, would be to find the ration- ale for this, the reasons why people are holding this viewpoint.'' Ms Swales says there is definitely a demand for more Sunday retailing in the city. The experience I've had is there is a view in the community that people would prefer to shop on Sunday.'' A lot of parents find their Saturday morning and early afternoons tied up with sporting commitments and they find it diffi- cult to shop. The trade done by the Mitre 10 shows the possibility of improved Sunday shopping. But it's just that we are not con- sistent with things on the Main St side,'' she says. That support would flow to the owner-operators if more of them were open. There is a niche for retailers between Geange and Princes streets who are opening. It's obviously worthwhile to open and I'd like to see more people opening around them,'' she says. Youngsters ready for World Cup flag duties By COLIN WILLIAMS Winners already: Ben Mexted and Finn Feaver. The Upper Hutt boys won their way to flag-bearing official Rugby World Cup duties. Photo: COLIN WILLIAMS Two Upper Hutt youngsters, Ben Mexted and Finn Feaver, have separately won competitions which will see them making their own memorable flag-bearing con- tributions to the success of the Rugby World Cup and Welling- ton's part in it. Trentham School's Ben, 10, was selected as one of 96 ANZ Future Captains, and will lead the Fijian captain and his side onto the field for their game against South Africa on September 17, two days before his birthday. A rugby-mad youngster, Ben only learned of his prize and World Cup duties at a school asse- mbly on Friday morning. A first-five with the Upper Hutt under-11 Mighty Ducks (and a grade rep player to boot), Ben will stand alongside the Fijians while their national anthem is sung and performed, soaking up the atmos- phere and knowing his mum and dad are in the stadium, which will no doubt be full to capacity. Heisaloyalladtoo. . .aftera fairly lengthy time to consider his answers he nominated Upper Hutt's own Cory Jane as his favourite All Black. Fair enough, they both live in Riverstone Terraces. While Ben presents as your archetypal rugby fan, 15-year-old Finn has a different approach. The Upper Hutt College year 10 student is a keen observer of the game, and his college teams in particular, but it is not an activity he has played. Nope, I've never played a game,'' he says, both enthusiasti- cally and without any obvious regret. Finn won the flag bearing duties for a Wellington World Cup quarterfinal (on cup ranking, he will be helping out Australia as Pool C winners) after entering an Emirates competition and arguing how teenagers consistently get too much of a bad rap in the media. He believes they deserve every opportunity to be cast in a better light and be seen doing positive things. His spiel worked, so bedecked in an Emirates kit of jacket, shirt, trackpants and boots, he, too, will tread the sacred stadium turf...a non-player of our national game at the very centre of things and like Ben, in front of his mum and dad. Finn plays several instruments and is a vocalist and guitarist. Spring festival lineup Upper Hutt's ever- popular Rimutaka Trust Spring Festival is on this Saturday with a big lineup of stalls and all-day entertainment. All 150 stall sites are sold out, with a waiting list of stallholders keen to attend. A road closure is in place from 6am till 5.30pm along Main St, from Royal St to King St. This will include the side streets. More details, page 19
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