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Upper Hutt Leader : September 7th 2011
10 UPPER HUTT LEADER, SEPTEMBER 7, 2011 LETTERS EX-UK RESIDENTS *Conditions Apply. A Disclosure Statement is available upon request and free of charge. FREE assessment visit www.ukpensionstonz.com 0800 857 367 TRANSFER YOUR UK PENSION TO NZ WITH NO TAX PENALTY* "Talk to Britannia today" Brendon Johnson BR027UHL1 Muldoon's Corner Road layout change - this week Tra c will be shifted onto a new road through another tight bend on SH2 Rimutaka Hill Road this week. Road users are advised that the short section of road - approximately 1km down from the summit on the Upper Hutt side of the hill - has a slightly steeper gradient (12%) than the existing road. The switch will happen after the morning peak travel time and both lanes will be open. Please follow the signs and take care while everyone gets used to the new layout. Thank you for your patience. More information about the project is at www.nzta.govt.nz/muldoons-corner Centre is a safe haven for women HAVE YOUR SAY We welcome your letters. They should be no longer than 250 words. The editor reserves the right to abridge letters and also decide whether 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. I would like to inform Alan Marshall (letters, August 31) that the Upper Hutt Women s Centre is a safe haven for women of all ages who require assistance when coping with a wide array of issues. I have been a client of the centre for the past 12 months while dealing with post traumatic stress disorder following a vicious assault. The centre provides me with a place where I am able to be vulnerable but supported, in a safe women-only environment. I was present when Mr Marshall came to the centre to do what he claims was supporting the centre and the Spring Festival. If he felt his treatment was anything like the racial discrimination subjected to the blacks in South Africa during white rule then Mr Marshall is an uneducated over-exaggerator. Having to knock on the door and wait for it to be answered is just plain good manners and absolutely no comparison with the atrocities and abuse that occurred during apartheid South Africa. Furthermore, it seems to be only he who has taken offence with the sign on the door. Many men come to the centre and have no issue with respecting the women-only space that is provided and have no need to be a sticky beak and put their head round the door . Thank you to all the other men out there who have no problem with respecting the centre philosophy and commitment to provide a safe, women-only space and support the great work that this centre provides to the women of our community. Much appreciated. MISS PRINGLE, Upper Hutt Public outcry to stop tagging It is, of course, a tragedy that business people like Andrew Henderson have to endure the attention of taggers and other vandals. It is wrenching for them to see their daily hard work set to naught by young criminals. It is galling for citizens to see their rates spent on attempts to clean some of the mess. Not measured is the distress felt through having to look at the scribbles and destruction of property. A Google search reveals that lower North Island cities spend about $1 million per annum in total attempting to deal with graffiti alone. More is spent by citizens. But the situation is not fully described by costs. It is disturbing to note the alienation of the youth, their disregard for society s values and their willingness to repeat their anti-social behaviour without remorse. Andrew s dilemma -- continue to repair damage or give up -- is mirrored everywhere. Often people give up, the vandals win and decency (dare I say it) loses out to terrorism. It is not enough though to verbally reprove. We have to be of a mind, as a city and as a society to deal firmly with the offending. Wet-bus-ticket penalties are insufficient. The first step must be to remove the offenders from the streets, the second to teach them that society s members have responsibilities, and to turn them into responsible citizens. If re-education fails then we will be stuck with yet more victims. Our current methods of dealing with this scourge are inadequate. It is only a public outcry and a demand for change that will finally mend Andrew s window. KEITH THOMAS, Silverstream Parents, take responsibility I have read about the defacing of a number of shop windows. I feel very sorry for the businesses that have been affected, Cartridge World being one of them. It is not fair that the owners of those businesses have to pay to have the damage repaired. Having windows replaced is a costly business and the owners will be out of pocket. It is a pity that whoever is responsible cannot be caught and they or their parents be made to pay for the damage. It is another incident going on from tagging. What is the matter with whoever is doing this? Have they nothing better to do? Unfortunately, the culprits cannot be found too easily unless someone sees them or else a camera picks them up. It is a matter of young people, often bored and [with] nothing concrete to do, who in mischief do some damage -- often being encouraged by their mates. Parents, often having to work after the children are out of school, have no idea of what is going on. There are after-school programmes but there are children who do not go along to them. There is a need for children to be occupied until their parents get home if they are not old enough to go home and do any work that their parents may have set them. What is the answer? There are people who let their children away with bad behaviour often because they cannot be bothered being consistent and they are not sure of setting barriers. They are not teaching their children to be responsible for any jobs at home. They do not insist on consideration and respect for other people and their property, then they wonder when their children get into trouble for defacing public property. The same people wonder why sometimes that their friends do not want them to bring their children along when they go to visit them. The reason is obvious. E KEATS, Upper Hutt Fluoride debate too emotional The question of fluoridation should be one of science, not emotion. The one and only question which seems to be answered already is whether fluoridation in New Zealand has produced any adverse side effects. Where is the evidence for that? We have a science-based health service with a wide range of physical and chemical tests being used routinely. The first hint of any problem would surely be spotted by practising health professionals. B C BARRATT (ex-DSIR), Heretaunga Maymorn needs its own voice As the council appears to have little sympathy for Maymorn, or understanding of the aspirations of Maymorn residents, it is time to consider if we should establish a community board. Local government legislation provides for such situations. The act says that the process of decision may be initiated by a very small number of people. It says: Not fewer than 100 electors of a continuous area having a population of fewer than 1500 persons and being within the district of a territorial authority, being electors present at a meeting called by public notice by any elector or electors and being the majority of the electors present at that meeting, may propose that the area be constituted as a community. Perhaps the next step in the fight against the imposition of self-serving plans is to form a community board. That would give Maymorn people a voice. R K SHAW (Dr), Maymorn REUNION 25th Hutt Val- ley Girls' Brig- ade, based at St Margaret s, Sil- verstream, pre- viously at St Andrew s, Tren- tham, are cele- brating their 50th jubilee on Sun- day, September 18, 2011. Contact Lynaire, wolfs email@example.com 528 2267. St Brendan's School, 50th jubilee, October 28 to 30, 2011. Email: stbrendans50th Jubilee@gmail. com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org chrishipkins.org.nz labour.org.nz 04 528 5715 Councillor Nick Thomas • Working for you • Advocating on behalf of rate payers CONTACT ME 24/7 Phone 528 7588 3608550AD 3840156AF • Key Cutting while you wait • Leather Care Products & Accessories EDSERS Shoe & Bag Repairs We care about your soles 8 Princes St, Upper Hutt PH 528 3847 ALL WORKMANSHIP GUARANTEED
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