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Upper Hutt Leader : September 14th 2011
12 UPPER HUTT LEADER, SEPTEMBER 14, 2011 LETTERS Festival THANK YOU!! from the Upper Hutt Women's Centre We would like to express a big THANK YOU to the following organisations and individuals for their generous support to make the Spring Festival a huge success. Angus and Burrell Dzine Signs Newbolds 100% Upper Hutt Rimutaka Trust The Breeze Upper Hutt City Council ATMS Beaurepaires Colin Salmon Dews Construction Hirepool Upper Hutt Hutt Valley Fire Police Ingerson Insurance Lodge Mangaroa #419 Parapine ITM Building Centre Rimutaka Maori Wardens Ross Flowerday (RD Builders) St Joseph's Pa rish Tait Communications Upper Hutt Floral Art Society Upper Hutt Police Upper Hutt Rural Fire Force Upper Hutt Vintage Machinery Club Wellington Vintage Car Club We are also extremely grateful to the many volunteers who assisted us on the day to make the festival a safe, fun-filled event. Rapid Fire Raffles Spring Festival Organisers, the Upper Hutt Women's Centre, would like to thank the following businesses for their generous donations for the Rapid Fire Raffle held throughout the Festival Ascot Cinema Avison's Home & Giftware Ballentynes Bold Motors Copthorne/Solway Park Flair Flooring Xtra H2O Xtream Interislander Jackie's Four Seasons JH Whittaker & Sons Ltd Lifestyle Health & Fitness Maidstone Sports Power McDonald's New Leaf Skin Care Newbolds 100% Oderings Nursery Parapine ITM Building PE Crook Mechanical Peaches Hair Design Priceless Tan & Nails Repco Auto Parts Staglands Strike Entertainment Subway The Cycle Centre Tote Bar & Furnace Restaurant Unilever Variety Plus 4007910AB CONTINUED Page 14 FROM Page 10 Think of the millions of dollars of potential savings to the ratepayers and people of the Hutt Valley from a first-level political amalgamation -- one mayor and council, one chief executive and deputy chief executive and one set of council departments and officers. PETER PETTERSON, Taita (abridged) Riots 'predictable' The riots in England were predictable. Whenever a nation s young find themselves downtrodden, unemployed and their benefits cut largely because of political incompetence, history demonstrates that violence is inevitable. Today s no smoking or drinking in public places, no jaywalking, no gathering in the high street, and endless restrictions designed to control youthful imagination, will without doubt cause major problems. When I was young, I wondered why adults could get away with murder and us untouchable know- everything youngsters were expected to say yes sir, no sir et cetera to the arrogant voice of authority. With today s restriction a thousand times worse than my immature years, violence is more than inevitable. Our youth will sooner or later object to being treated like mobile piles of poo and start kicking heads and burn down the high street to show their respect for out-of-line authority. Naturally the police will gather in their thoughtless Robot cop outfits and using their normal (it s legal and I m only doing my job) excuses to smash our young people to bits without the same social responsibilities they demand of those they oppress. Naturally the young will be blamed for everything. Politicians will declare that the law must be obeyed and to hell with the young villains creating mayhem in the high street. Those on the dole or raising children on benefits will have their income cancelled and be bureaucratically informed that they should be seeking non- existing jobs to qualify for a reduced benefit in six months time. In the meantime nobody in authority gives a damn if they and their kids starve to death. I know many will disagree with the above, but may I respectfully suggest those objecting join the Flat Earth Society and spend their remaining years wearing earplugs, blindfolds and walking around in never decreasing circles.LAURIE BENNETT, Upper Hutt What about trout? What is the Hutt City Council going to do about the state of the Hutt River bed at the Silverstream river crossing wastewater gauging station? Trout are not able to move above this obstacle in the river bed. Will the council be consulting with Fish & Game New Zealand before blundering into any further engineering work? There s more than a bit of duckshoving needed here. M G TRAVERS, Upper Hutt Bruce Sherlock, general manager city infrastructure for Hutt City Council, replies: HCC is planning river works in the coming summer (2012) to upgrade the scour protection below the river crossing. Fish & Game NZ have already been sent a copy of the proposed remedial works, so that council can respond to those and include appropriate actions as part of the resource consent application. 'Silence' over plan Last year, I voted for councillors I felt would best represent me -- the ones I felt would be the best governors of our fantastic city and environs. I imagine other voters did the same. The issue is: Bar the odd word from Hellen Swales, I ve not heard from our councillors since. I m sure there are many ideas to improve Upper Hutt dreamed up by our city managers that our councillors would have an opinion on.The Maymorn Structure Plan, for example, has exuded a deathly silence from our councillors. Do they care about the projected development cost of $52 million? I could always read the council minutes to see what the councillors think, but the minutes tend not to record discussion or who voted which way. So dear councillors, let s hear from you, let us know what you re thinking and that you are properly representing the people who voted for you to do so. Prove you are listening to us and presenting our views at council meetings -- not just your own. It s not hard; you have several avenues. You could communicate with us via the Upper Hutt Leader, the council website, your own website or, you could even get with the times and use social media! Please keep in touch with your community. We have a right to know what you re up to on our behalf. We voted you in just as easily as we can vote you out. ANGELA McLEOD, Whitemans Valley City suffering 'malaise' A lot has been written recently about run-down buildings and graffiti -- Upper Hutt suffers the same malaise and apathy that seems to be prevalent worldwide today. What we don t seem to do locally is either try to prevent it, or when the morons have done their dirty work, clean it up. I cite one example which I think is disgusting -- a dairy opposite one of our top schools, Heretaunga College. What example is this showing our young people? It s been like it for years. I just can t understand why we can t get these eyesores cleaned up? I would have thought even the school board (as their students spend a lot of money there), together with the Upper Hutt Council could be pro-active in pursuing this one. With the Rugby World Cup spotlight and visitors travelling down this road to our beautiful Whitemans Valley, I would have thought this may have some priority.DAVE MORRELL, Upper Hutt River Rd, CBD changes Well, I can t pretend to understand the logic behind either the River Rd being widened then narrowed or the old Hazelwood building being gutted then rebuilt, but it s good to see them both finished. Having the military in the middle of Upper Hutt brings a lot of people into town everyday, which gives the town a lift, even if it s a bit odd to bisect a small shopping district with a purpose- built admin building. It would have been great to have had the derelict buildings next door bowled or refurbished at the same time, but that didn t happen and it looks like we re stuck with those eyesores for another few years yet (some innovative council sanction or reward to encourage rapid redevelopment or a miniature park would be good).
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