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Upper Hutt Leader : September 21st 2011
3 UPPER HUTT LEADER, SEPTEMBER 21, 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 Phone 528 2331 at any time www.geeandhickton.co.nz GU04 Ray Walker Nat Cert FD Funeral Director Daryl Edwards Nat Cert FD Funeral Director My Day Spa My Day Spa PLEASE VISIT OUR WEB SITE ww w.mydayspa.co.nz "all about you" 5 Brentwood Street, Ph 528 6027 for an appointment. LUNCH BOX SPECIAL (10AM-4PM) COUPLE MASSAGE $99 ONLY (20 available) As our spring special day spa for couple. Our spa pool is available for both of you to relax before you start your 30min treatment. Only available Tuesday-Friday till 30th September 2011 Call now for your booking!!!. OPEN LATE NIGHTS 3092453AZ ~ GIFT VOUCHERS ~ *FREE SPA POOL USE* *FREE GLASS OF WINE* *FREE CHOCOLATE* Winner gets stuck into reward trip By JIMMY NESS Upper Hutt resident Sam Twomey has been rewarded for his fight to keep young people off the streets. In May Mr Twomey was the overall winner of the 2011 Upper Hutt Young Achiever Award for his commitment to creating pro- grammes for youth. He recently returned from a trip with the Sir Edmund Hillary Out- door Pursuits Centre, which incl- uded snowboarding, kayaking, caving and camping. It was pretty much what I wanted to do because I like doing physical things,'' Mr Twomey says. [While exploring a cave] I was a bit scared, me being the size that I am, that I was going to get stuck in a few nooks and crannies. I remember thinking to myself: What have you got yourself into?','' he says. Mr Twomey, 20, is a peer sup- port worker at the Vibe youth cen- tre.He says he is working on an exciting new idea for the com- munity. I am looking to set up a street- based project that looks to work with younger people to educate them and to run activities so there's something to do in Upper Hutt.'' The project will also offer an intervention service to help young people find the resources they need. This could include anything from drug and alcohol counselling to finding out about a sports club. Mr Twomey says he was partly inspired by the results of a recent Hutt Valley Youth survey. The survey identified that young people in Upper Hutt did not feel that there was enough support for them or enough to do.'' He says he is also opening a drop-in centre where young people can hang out, on October 3. If you are interested in providing sponsorship for these initiatives, contact Sam Twomey on 021 243 9972 or email sam @vibe.org.nz. Words of advice have lasting effect Still gardening at 100: Jim Lessels tends his raised gardens from this scooter, the same one he goes shopping on. Photo: ROSEMARY McLENNAN By ROSEMARY McLENNAN A determination to wear out, not rust out, has helped Upper Hutt man Jim Lessels get to 100. He was given the advice by an elderly lady who refused his offer of help. Do whatever you still can, was her advice. Mr Lessels, who lives at home, gets around town on a scooter, reads newspapers, cooks and tends a small, raised vegetable garden. He was born in Nelson on September 11, 1911, the third to youngest of 11 and the only one still living. In 1917, he caught diphtheria and was taken to Nelson Hospital in a horse-drawn ambulance. When he was seven his mother died in a kitchen fire. The baby of the family was adopted by relatives and the others brought up by their father. Mr Lessels' first job was working with his brothers in the local family painting business. He became a merchant seaman and in World War II served in the merchant navy. He married Doris Harris and after the war they left Nelson for Petone. Mr Lessels worked for the railway workshops as a painter. The couple and their children moved to Hokio Beach, Ohau, and then Maymorn railway settle- ment when Mr Lessels worked on the Rimutaka rail tunnel project. A highlight was travelling through the finished but unopened tunnel on a maintenance Jeep. The family moved into Upper Hutt and Mr Les- sels worked as a painter at Wallaceville Animal Research Station then Silverstream Hospital. He has seen many changes in Upper Hutt over the years. He remembers the grocery stores of Hazelwoods and Hercocks, the old Provincial Hotel with the horse trough outside and the saleyards in Queen St.A long-time friendship between Mrs Lessels and neighbour Dovey Katene-Horvath led to the fami- ly's association with the Mawai Hakona cultural group and Orongomai Marae where Mr Lessels helped paint the meeting house and stain the carvings done by the late Jock McEwen. He remembers Upper Hutt characters Arthur Clouston with his bowler hat and Jimmy Hazel- wood who always tipped his hat in the traditional way. Mr Lessels has taken a special interest in events that happened on his birthday, September 11. His birthday in 1928 was the day aviation pion- eer Kingsford-Smith became the first person to fly the Tasman. Mr Lessels and three mates paid a pound each to get a taxi from Nelson to Blenheim to see Kingsford-Smith who had flown up after landing at Wigram and a civic welcome. But at Havelock the road was blocked by a fire so the taxi passengers helped fight it. In Blenheim they could not find any accommo- dation so headed for a haystack, only to find it occupied by others with the same idea. So they lit a fire nearby to keep warm for the night. The Upper Hutt Cossie Club burnt down on a past September 11 and then there was the Twin Towers terror attacks 10 years ago on Mr Lessels' 90th birthday. Mrs Lessels died 30 years ago. Her husband stayed in the family home where he lives with one of the couple's daughters. He still cooks and drove a car until about three years ago. Mr Lessels celebrated his 100th birthday with family and friends in the functions room at Graze followed by an afternoon tea at his daughter's the next day, where visitors included mayor Wayne Guppy, whom he remembered as a young boy. The next week there was a surprise cake when he visited the Cossie Club. Mr Lessels received congratulatory messages from the Queen, Governor-General Sir Jerry Mateparae, Prime Minister John Key, Internal Affairs Minister Nathan Guy, Senior Citizens Minister John Carter and the MP for Rimutaka, Chris Hipkins.
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