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Upper Hutt Leader : September 21st 2011
10 UPPER HUTT LEADER, SEPTEMBER 21, 2011 LETTERS Upper Hutt Citizens Advice Bureau 18 Logan Street, Upper Hutt Ph: 528 9040 E: email@example.com Ad kindly sponsored by UH Cossie Club R R RE E EL L LA A A AT T T TIIIO O O ON N N NS S SH H HIP P P PR R R RO O O OB B B BL L L LE E E EM M MS S S ??? 2411429BS 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 For all your HOME LOAN NEEDS! Helen Wilkes 04-939 6058 76 Gibbons Street, Upper Hutt 2881327AG Ph: 528 7588 (24hrs) 15 Geange Street, Upper Hutt "When quality counts" Fo rProfessional Advice on Flooring WE HAVE IT COVERED! U 103863R 3609155AF REUNION St Brendan's School, Heretaunga: 50th jubilee, October 28-30. Website: stbrendans- .school.nz. Email: stbrendans- 50thJubilee@gmail.com ph 939 1909. Sick of removing repeat tagging 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 email@example.com, fax 528 3021 or PO Box 40001, Upper Hutt. Thanks letters for grants to groups are not accepted. Open letters and poetry are seldom used. CONTINUED Page 12 We are writing in response to the City suffering malaise article in the last week's Leader. The writer of this article had addressed the issue of graffiti and tagging in Upper Hutt. We strongly support this article as we feel that it is high time the Upper Hutt council takes strong actions against such ridiculous behaviour. As being the owners of the disgusting'' dairy, we have removed these eyesores'' numerous times. However, when we remove the graffiti, the morons perceive this as a clean board to again scribble on. We have also sent video recording of the kids tagging our walls to the police, however nothing has been done about it. We have personally met our mayor, Wayne Guppy, addressing this issue eight weeks ago, and still no result. Such incidents have happened many times at our salon also, Ankurs VH Hair Design. Kids have tagged and we have cleaned twice. However, due to weak consequences against these actions, the third time, along with graffiti, they felt they had a right to damage our property by breaking the glass. When we arrived at the Upper Hutt police station to file a complaint of the vandalism, the police did not have a complaint form. This is sheer disgrace. Upper Hutt needs to take a stand against this disgraceful behaviour if we want to sustain our country's clean green'' image. We must teach our youth that it's NOT OK or cool to wreck the community which we call home. ANKUR and HITESH VYAS, Upper Hutt. I would like to give 100 per cent support to a letter written by Dave Morrell titled City suffering malaise. I live in Ward St and I am totally embarrassed on the state of four shops that are in this area. I have had meetings with the council on exactly this issue and the problem is the council will not enforce any type of action unless it causes a health or a safety issue. What amazes me [is] they can make bylaws on anything else that pleases them. It is this apathetic behaviour that has allowed these buildings to get to the state that they are in and allow the owners not to take any responsibility. The probation services in Upper Hutt run a community service programme that is always looking for work to do in the community; why has this not been utilised? Recently, I watched a programme on Rwanda (a very impoverished country). What they have is great pride in their community. They have a clean-up day once a month. I have been in touch with Te-Radar who hosted this programme and he is willing to help set up a pilot scheme of this nature if there is enough interest to do so. I would like to hear from someone from the council who can follow this up with him. What an excellent opportunity for Upper Hutt to have someone like this willing to help us and maybe put us on the map as the cleanest and greenest. It beats the negative image that people have of Upper Hutt. If they contact me, I will provide the details. On the amalgamation of Upper and Lower Hutt, I fully support this and think it would be a great way to save money and put everyone on the same page. DONNA HENARE, Upper Hutt Now a happy cyclist I am an avid cyclist who rides most weekdays from Moonshine Rd to Wellington. River Rd is the preferred route as it is closer to my house. But during the River Rd upgrade I cycled along the bumpy Fergusson Dr. Well, I just wanted to give UHCC and NZTA the big thumbs up to the completion of River Rd. The sideways are over-generous along the entire stretch and the surface so very smooth. No rough patches or tight spots to interfere with passing logging trucks. Just one gripe and that is Moonshine Bridge. I hope one day they can provide better clearance for cyclists. But for now, I am happy. MATA TARAMAI, Trentham Four anchors prevent progress Every so often there is an outburst of words about the future of Upper Hutt. In my opinion, there are four main sheet anchors which prevent any kind of progress. Firstly, the River Rd which ensures that people bypass the city. Secondly, the ever-growing prison which ensures that the crime rate will continue to escalate. Thirdly, the inability of the retailers to think collectively. Fourthly, too many bureaucrats who are more concerned with their careers than with the welfare of the city. Upper Hutt is doomed to become merely a dormitory suburb of the Greater Wellington City when -- not if -- all present cities and regions are amalgamated, as Auckland has done. STAN BAYNE, Upper Hutt Better options for Sundays I'm not surprised that 80 per cent of Upper Hutt people won't shop on Sunday if more shops were open. My guess would be many are either enjoying Upper Hutt's superb outdoors, at church, enjoying time with family and friends, gardening, relaxing at home or all of the above. Most people I know make the effort to get to the shops they want to shop at when they are open. Two-thirds of Mitre 10's trade is on weekdays because people want to work or relax in their homes and gardens at the weekend. Many businesses who have gone to seven days found they got similar sales volumes as before, but spread over seven days instead of six, but with higher staffing costs etc.Unless there is the Must end Monday'' sale (yeah, right), people do not rush to shop on Sunday. As our council has repeated with numerous expensive consultants for over 10 years, we need more people in Upper Hutt working and shopping during the week. Opening Sundays won't save Upper Hutt city centre. ANNE JOHNSON, Pinehaven Commerce the answer Upper Hutt has been suffering from economic downturn for many years now. Trying to invest the community's energy into a revival of the Main St on its own will not bring around this much needed revival in the near future, as much as all of us would like this to happen. We all want Main St to be prosperous and bustling but the answer is through Upper Hutt's industry and commercial sectors first, not simply longer hours. Longer opening hours don't mean we have any more money to spend, on the other hand more work does. I think this council is doing well to attract more businesses to set up here and if we can start to reverse some of the closures that previous governments have put on Upper Hutt, such as CIT and the Wallaceville Animal Research Centre, we will start to see the money flow to Main St. In the year to March 2011, the number of people on the unemployment benefit in Upper Hutt dropped by 6.5 per cent and overall the number of people on the benefit dropped by 1.2 per cent in Upper Hutt. This is good news for Upper Hutt, while as a community WINZ provides help for Kiwis who fall on hard times -- we don't want our fit and healthy friends and family living a life enslaved to the benefit. To see this number drop even in tough economic times, is really encouraging and a testament to the prudent financial management of John Key and this National Government. It is also indicative of the strong work ethic in our community and the skilled business owners who employ many of us. JONATHAN FLETCHER, National Party candidate for Rimutaka Councillor speaks In response to Angela McLeod's request for councillors to speak out, she summed up the situation quite well by noting that we are elected to represent voters. This being the case, when I vote on a proposal, I am trying to reflect the input I have received from the community. My personal opinion is not given much weight. My personal views and questions are directed to the council staff when they present a report to us. At this stage we often receive presentations from staff, from involved outside groups and lots of material evidence showing the pros and cons to read. This is when we shape the proposal that is going to the public for discussion and submission. Once we have received the submissions, both written and in person, we further discuss the issues the voters have raised. Sometimes the submissions can completely negate the original report with full councillor support (Clyma Park) and other times it is with split councillor support. Often the report is accepted as is by the councillors (dog policy) after much prior reworking. Being a councillor is not a popularity contest, it's about having balanced input into the future of the city we all choose to live in. DEAN RABBITT, city councillor
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