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Upper Hutt Leader : September 14th 2011
3 UPPER HUTT LEADER, SEPTEMBER 14, 2011 NEWS Fast Approval CASH NOW 245 High Street 24 Queen Street Lower Hutt Wainuiomata Phone: 566 0989 Phone: 564 1596 *All Loans Subject to Normal Lending Criteria Loans for all reasons ADELPHI FINANCE LTD The Established Company HN105346/wh Amounts $500 to $5000 Providing Cash Solutions 40 Years of Financial Service 3959630AC For all your Pool & Spa Chemicals come to your new local shop 122c Whakatiki Street Upper Hutt POOL & SPA SHOP OPENING HOURS 8am - 4.30pm Monday to Friday Now open late night Thursday till 6.30pm Servicing Pools, Spas, Pumps, Valet Service, Chemical Supplies Phone 528 8808 www.capitalpools.co.nz Modern twist: Upper Hutt Library archivist Jolene Russell with a sample of early Upper Hutt Leaders online. Photo: ROSEMARY McLENNAN New life for old newspapers By ROSEMARY McLENNAN Upper Hutt Library may have made history by preserving his- tory. Last week the library cele- brated the completion of its project to put early copies of the Upper Hutt Leader on the internet using the library website. It provides text-searchable and free access to the paper. The project follows in the footsteps of the National Library with its Papers Past site but is different because it is owned by Upper Hutt Library, says archi- vist Jolene Russell. As far as we are aware we are the first public library in New Zealand to provide free access to text-searchable archived newspapers, Mrs Russell says. We are the people who care about promoting and preserving our city s stories so we don t want our community newspapers to be lost among larger national and regional publications. The digitised copies of the paper are from its beginning in 1939 until 1964. Mrs Russell says the project began because the library s earliest copies of the paper had become too fragile to let people handle and were slowly disinteg- rating but are by far our most precious collection we hold in the archive . We have two main aims regarding the archive, accessi- bility for the community but also preservation. These two aims are actually really hard to manage together. On one hand we want to promote and show off our com- munity s heritage, but on the other we want to keep it safe for future generations, which means locking things away in a dark, dry room for years. So the next best thing is to use today s technology to help us rec- oncile our two aims. By digitising our newspapers we can preserve the originals in that locked, dark, dry room, but also make them accessible to the public. And by making them available online we are actually serving a wider public than just Upper Hutt residents who come to the library. These papers are available at any time, anywhere in the world. Another bonus for us is the site can be linked into Digital NZ, which increases our national exposure. The Lottery Grants Board gave $26,000 for the project. The National Library, Upper Hutt Library and Upper Hutt Rotary collectively gave $13,000. The first stage, paid for by the National Library, was for the papers to be microfilmed by New Zealand Micrographics Services. The National Library kept the microfilm as part of the deal. The grants paid for the most expensive part of the project, in which D L Consulting, in Hamil- ton, converted the microfilm to an electronic version and put it online. Upper Hutt Library owns the online material. The library hopes to digitise more recent copies of the Upper Hutt Leader. It also hopes to digit- ise its complete set of the Upper Hutt Times from 1949 until 1954 and some of Angus McCurdy s Hutt Valley Independent from early last century. Mrs Russell will be available to the public at the library on the third Tuesday of each month from 11am till noon. She will give advice on storage of heritage material. The library is also looking for old photos to add to its heritage collection. People will be able to bring in their old photos and have them scanned on the spot. Last week s launch coincided with Heritage Month, which has a sport and recreation theme in honour of the Rugby World Cup. Guest speakers included Betty and Russell Watt, two Upper Hutt residents who have contributed to New Zealand sport at inter- national level. Upper Hutt Library website: upperhuttlibrary.co.nz Shortage of water The draining of the southern Stuart Macaskill water storage lake at Te Marua began last week, signalling less stored water for Porirua, Wellington, Upper Hutt and Lower Hutt this summer. The lake is being drained as part of Greater Welling- ton s two to three year upgrade project to increase the resistance of the two Stu- art Macaskill Lakes to a major earthquake and boost their combined storage capacity by 13 per cent. Councillor Nigel Wilson, chair of Greater Wellington s social and cultural wellbeing committee (whose responsi- bilities include water supply), says the upgrade is essential for a resilient, future-proof water supply. We ve found that the lakes embankments may crack in a major earthquake, causing leakage and there- fore slowing the recovery of our water-supply system -- seismic strengthening is a top priority to meet new dam safety guidelines. We also need to build more water-storage capacity to serve our growing popu- lation. The upgrade works will require a lake to be empty this summer and next -- and possibly a third summer if there are any construction delays. This will essentially halve the amount of stored water available. And with one storage lake down, it ll be harder to over- come water shortages in a warm, dry summer. Mr Wilson says that Greater Wellington will be working closely with the Porirua, Wellington, Upper Hutt and Lower Hutt city councils to let the public know how they are doing for water and to provide simple tips on how people can help reduce useage. If everyone works together and saves a bit more water, we can ease the pres- sure on our water supply and hopefully avoid tough restric- tions, Mr Wilson says.
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