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Upper Hutt Leader : September 28th 2011
2 UPPER HUTT LEADER, SEPTEMBER 28, 2011 NEWS 2 Geange Street, Upper Hutt Ph 527 9858 OPEN 7 DAYS 3394251AO 4062585AA Delivered to 21,740 Homes and Businesses throughout Upper Hutt, Stokes Valley, Manor Park and Haywards Cnr Pine Ave and Queen Street, Upper Hutt Ph 528 9654 Now available online at: www.uhleader.co.nz Our Top Ten Stories on: stuff.co.nz go to Newspapers/Upper Hutt Leader Order Photos online at: pix.ccn.co.nz The Upper Hutt Leader is published by Central Community Newspapers, a division of Fairfax New Zealand Ltd, and printed at 35 Bouverie St, Petone. The registered office of Fairfax New Zealand Ltd is 40 Boulcott St, Wellington MANAGER: Jenny Russell firstname.lastname@example.org DDI 527 2422 EDITOR: Rosemary McLennan email@example.com Ph: 528 9654 SPORTS EDITOR: ColIn Williams firstname.lastname@example.org DDI: 527 2427 NEWS: Jimmy Ness email@example.com DDI 527 2428 FOR ADVERTISING: Sandra McIver Advertising Consultant firstname.lastname@example.org DDI 527 2423 Rick Clapham Advertising Consultant email@example.com DDI 527 2424 CLASSIFIED ADVERTISING: Classified: firstname.lastname@example.org Ph: 528 9654 Fax: 528 3021 City gains summit land By COLIN WILLIAMS Upper Hutt, already the second biggest city in the country, just got bigger with the addition of windswept'' land at the top of Rimutaka Hill. Final approval has been given for changes to the city district plan to bring 16 hectares of land at the Rimutaka Hill summit -- and previously with South Wairarapa -- into the city. The change is the listing of the hill summit's historic plaque and cairn in the plan's schedule of significant heritage features. The Upper Hutt City Council is finalising a district plan change to rezone 16 hectares at the recognised boundary of Upper Hutt and South Wair- arapa. We've grown 16 hectares at [the] top of the windswept Rimutaka Hill,'' mayor Wayne Guppy told a full council meet- ing last Wednesday. The land, under Department of Conservation and Greater Wellington Regional Council ownership, has moved to Upper Hutt following improvements to the technology of mapping boundaries at Land Information New Zealand. The summit cairn had been listed in the South Wairarapa District Plan as a significant feature. The plaque, set into a boulder just off the State Highway 2 summit, commemorates the sur- vey expedition over the Rimu- taka Range into the Wairarapa led by Robert Stokes in 1841. Big turnout for physio's farewell George Matthews: Always wearing his white coat and always working. TRUST IN PLAN H2OXtream has its origins in a trust chaired by George Matthews. The Rimutaka Sports Trust hoped to build a multisport complex that included a 50-metre indoor pool on land below the Rimutaka Tavern. The concept was taken over by the city council, which built a 25m pool, now H2OXtream, in Fergusson Dr instead. Family man George 'lived to work' By ROSEMARY McLENNAN Tributes were paid to the family, community and professional life of Upper Hutt physiotherapist George Matthews at his funeral last Thursday. Mr Matthews, 79, died in his sleep at his home on September 16.More than 200 mourners attended his Requiem Mass at St Joseph's Catholic Church. Parish priest Father Ron Ben- nett said Mr Matthews was an approachable and thoughtful pro- fessional. He had also become a patient after an injury moving furniture in his room during a trip to Antarctica. I learned such a lot about the world of physiotherapy from him. He gave a lot of advice to keep the body in tiptop shape.'' About half the mourners indicated they had been clients of Mr Matthews when Father Ron asked for a show of hands. George Albert Matthews was born in England on August 20, 1932. He was the youngest of eight and during World War II was twice sent to the countryside because of bombing in Islington, London, where he lived. When the war ended he went to college and was a laboratory assistant during his senior years. In 1950 he enlisted in the Royal Navy as a nurse, later specialising in physiotherapy. In 1953 he married his first wife, Susan, who was killed in a car crash in 1966, leaving five young children. His strong sense of duty deter- mined he would keep them with him and in 1970 he married Yvonne and they had three chil- dren together. In 1973 Mr Matthews retired from the navy. With his family he moved to New Zealand. He formed a physiotherapy partnership in Upper Hutt in Main St's Trinity House and later on the corner of King and Queen streets before starting his own practice in Keys St. It was there for many years before he moved it to his home. Son James told mourners his father was always in a white coat and always at work. He lived to work.'' His father told him: If you enjoy what you do, you never work a day in your life''. Mr Matthews said their father was generous with his time and they shared him with many organ- isations, including schools, church and Hutt Valley Riding for the Disabled where he was a past president. He was proud of his eight chil- dren, although it was not some- thing he told them directly. Daughter Claire said Mr Matthews was the best father in the world, showed it was better to give than receive, had a great sense of humour and was a won- derful storyteller. Tributes were made by rep- resentatives of the dancing frater- nity for Mr Matthews' physio and first aid work at many events around New Zealand. They included events where wife Yvonne and daughter Georgina were competing. Mr Matthews loved to sing and some of his favourite songs were played before the service. These included the Teddy Bears' Picnic, the theme to Dad's Army, All I ask of You and Let's Get Loud. Readings included the poem The King's Breakfast by A A Milne. Mr Matthews' casket was car- ried from the church to the sounds of one of his favourite hymns, Lord of the Dance. He is survived by his second wife Yvonne, children Nicholas (Scotland), Amanda (Wanganui), Lois (Australia), Claire (Wang- anui), Adrian (Australia), Sam- antha (United States), Georgina (Britain) and James (Upper Hutt), 12 grandchildren and seven great- grandchildren. NEWS 528 9654 PHONE US AT
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