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Upper Hutt Leader : September 21st 2011
4 UPPER HUTT LEADER, SEPTEMBER 21, 2011 NEWS Choisya Aztec Pearl Fine leafed 'Mexican Orange Blossom'. Showy, white flowers. $14.99 $999 EACH The First Name in Good Gardens Specials valid till 28/09/11 or while stocks last www.oderings.co.nz www.oderings.co.nz Not being members we cannot sell or redeem NGIA Gift Vouchers. Other Vouchers - Yes. Your Guarantee of quality is assured when you purchase plants grown and selected by Oderings. Darryn Odering Open 7 Days 8am - 5.30pm Now Open Until 5.30 Everyday! Fuchsias Over 50 Varieties of new or recent introductions many in bud now. Small bushy plants. Bush & basket types. $599 ORANY4 FOR $20 EACH NEW Marguerite Daisies 5 choice varieties on offer. Masses of flowers over spring & summer. Excellent in pots. Diasica Apricot Lovely, soft apricot flowers on a hardy perennial plant. Excellent in baskets or containers. $5.29 $429 PACK OF 6 1066 Fergusson Dr, Upper Hutt Ph: 939 1020 $4.29 $329 PACK OF 9 Livingstone Daisies Showy bright colours on low growing ice plants. Plant in a sunny position. Hanging Baskets In bud & flower now. So easy & attractive. Great value! $1999 EACH $9.99 $699 EACH Cordyline Green Goddess Broad leaved, dwarf cabbage tree. Good in containers. $16.99 $1199 EACH English Lavenders Starter grade. Angustifolia, Hidcote Blue, Fouveaux Storm & Munstead. Great buying. $6.99 $499 EACH Cut Flower Lillies 3 stems per bunch. Pink or yellow. Stunning. $1199 BUNCH Baby Carrots Great time to plant. 15-20 plants per pack. So tasty. $3.49 $249 PACK Super Sonic Special THURS 22ND, FRI 23RD AND SAT 24TH SEPTEMBER ONLY 74 Ararino Street, Trentham Ph 527 9403 Woodstock 8% 440ml Cans $9.99 4 Pack Check out our other great Specials in Store 4025832AA Schools won't be forced -- Labour Local primary and intermediate schools taking action against con- troversial national standards received another boost recently when the Labour Party an- nounced it would not force them to implement the policy. Rimutaka MP Chris Hipkins is confident local schools will wel- come the commitment. I visit our local schools regu- larly and the overwhelming feedback that I get from school boards of trustees, principals, teachers and parents is that they don t want national standards, Mr Hipkins said. A number of our local boards of trustees have been standing up to the bullying tactics being emp- loyed by the Ministry of Education and they have my full support. They don t think implementing national standards is in the best interests of students, nor do I. When I asked local residents in my annual constituency survey whether they thought national standards should have been forced on schools without being trialled first, 80 per cent said no, they shouldn t. These so-called standards are based on systems imported from England, the United States and Australia, and ignore the fact New Zealand already ranks above these countries in educational per- formance. The standards were never trialled, they were rushed, and because they aren t moderated in any way, results differ from school to school. It s not a good policy and it s not going to do anything to ad- dress underachievement; in fact it will do the opposite. Mr Hipkins said it was not just teachers and principals who have expressed concern, with parents also worried about the impact national standards will have. The parents that I speak to want to know how their kids are doing at school, but they don t want to see valuable teaching time taken up filling in forms for the Government. Mr Hipkins said under Labour every child would have the oppor- tunity to achieve to their full po- tential. We want to lift achievement by setting high expectations for each student according to their indivi- dual ability. Parents should get the information they want about their child s learning in plain language. We will require schools to use recognised assessment tools and teacher judgement to deter- mine the New Zealand curriculum level a child is achieving and show a child s rate of progress between reports over the course of a year. Schools will need to identify children not achieving within the curriculum level appropriate to their year and decide and report the next learning steps. Labour will give schools a choice. We believe lifting educa- tion achievements is best left to the experts in partnership with parents . . . It is time to take politics out of primary schools and support them to do what they do best -- educat- ing our kids to a standard envied by countries around the world. First of 3 bridges open for traffic By COLIN WILLIAMS The first of the three replacement bridges in the Akatarawa Valley is up and running . The new reinforced concrete two- lane bridge was opened for traffic more than a week ago. The opening of the bridge, if not the road itself, is a big step in the $4.5 million project which began in April to replace the three decaying and unsafe 1920s structures. The construction work, by Brian Perry Civil Ltd, will be completed by the end of the year in a project jointly funded by Upper Hutt City Council and Land Transport New Zealand on a 45/55 percentage share. Access over the first completed bridge, the closest of the three to the Upper Hutt side of the valley road, had been by a Bailey bridge in the past few months while construction was underway. This has been removed to allow completion of the construction of the approach on the northern side of the bridge. The approaches to the bridge on both sides have still got to be tidied. Construction work is continuing at the site so care still needs to be taken when travelling along this stretch of road, city infrastructure director Lachlan Wallach says. The work means there will be no vehicle access over the scenic valley road from Upper Hutt to Waikanae until the second half of October at the earliest, as the work on second and third bridges are completed. Temporary foot and bicycle access over these two river crossings remains in place, Mr Wallach says. Work on the second bridge is com- ing on fast but it will not be open to the public till the third bridge is, he says. It is expected it will be usable by vehicle traffic at the end of the first week of October, a council notice to valley residents says. However, the bridge will remain closed to public vehicles as it does not provide any additional access along the road and the restricted road width beyond that point means that private vehicles would hinder construction work. George Matthews dies Well-known Upper Hutt physio- therapist George Matthews died sud- denly but peacefully last Friday. Mr Matthews, who was 79, died in his sleep. His funeral will be held tomorrow (Thursday) at 11am at St Joseph s Catholic Church, Pine Avenue.
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