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Upper Hutt Leader : October 5th 2011
10 UPPER HUTT LEADER, OCTOBER 5, 2011 LETTERS Ph: 528 7588 (24hrs) 15 Geange Street, Upper Hutt "When quality counts" Fo rProfessional Advice on Flooring WE HAVE IT COVERED! UH103863R 3609155AG 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 email@example.com 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 2Tagged dairy 'victimised' for years CONTINUED Page 12 We are writing regarding the Tagging eyesores letter in last week s Leader. By only knowing one side of the story, the writer very conveniently said: There has never been any maintenance done on this property . As the owners of this dairy, we would like the community to know the other side of reality. Some members of the community believe that this tagging issue is very recent. However our dairy has been victimised for the last three years, and we have cleaned up the dirty work for the last three years. The writer of the article suggested that we should get our suppliers to up signs to hide the tagged walls. When we hear this we think, been there, done that. When these eyesores started to appear on the walls of our dairy, first Coca-Cola, then Frucor, and later even Big Ben pies put up their advertising sign boards to try to stop and hide these eyesores. However, every time, one repeated result. These boards have been burnt, ripped, broken and guess what, again miserably tagged on. We would like everyone to know that we haven t just laid back and let our dairy come to this stage. We have continuously tried to fix this problem for years; however are near fed up now. It seems like continuous efforts to clean the tagging isn t a sign enough for people to understand that we do care. Therefore on Monday, October 10, at 10am, we are yet again, going to paint the walls of the dairy. Please feel free to come and support us. We would request Upper Hutt Leader to come and take photos of the painted walls. We would like to thank and appreciate Mr Peter Jones, along with many of our loyal customers who have continued to support us and using our dairy irrespective of the fact that our dairy is at such a state. Let s now as a community tell these taggers, no, it s not OK! ANKUR and HITESH VYAS, Upper Hutt I fully agree with previous correspondents regarding graffiti in Upper Hutt. When is the Upper Hutt City Council going to realise that the people of Upper Hutt would like them to act more positively to rid the city of the eyesore created by people who have nothing better to do in their lives except make our community look like nobody cares for it. The city council should revisit their annual budgets and ensure enough monies are put aside to employ fulltime staff to rid the city of graffiti -- not just in the CBD but also other areas which are badly affected. The present monies and system they have just do not work. Donna Henare is correct when she comments on the state of Ward St, not only is the local dairy opposite the college an eyesore, there are lamppost, letterboxes, fences and pavements looking just as bad. I have lived in Upper Hutt for more than 40 years and it has never looked as uncared for as it does at present. MAXINE GILLATT, Upper Hutt Plan must stand on own merit It s nice to see that Colin Gibbs is still maintaining an interest in things happening in Upper Hutt. He is understandably proud of the good things that he and others have achieved in the past. However as in sport, where every game is a new contest, each new development proposal must stand on its own merits. It is clear from the comments of the city planner that the South Pacific Tyres proposal is not without its problems, though it might have helped if he had been more precise about the way he decided the on balance decision. Our councillors have to make a dispassionate decision on proposals put before them. They are not elected to be rubber stamps for any proposal that comes up. In the case of the South Pacific Tyres proposal they have reviewed it and made a decision in good faith, giving their reasons. Sometimes a decision is not welcome, but that should be treated as a sign that there are some issues with the proposal, not as an opportunity to indulge in personal attacks. Councillors Christianson, Wheeler and Gwilliam should be applauded for doing the job that the people of Upper Hutt expect of them. BOB McLELLAN, Mangaroa Dog droppings not welcome I live on Kirton Dr, Riverstone Terraces, and on five occasions recently I have found dog droppings on my front lawn. May I remind dog owners, from the Upper Hutt City Dog Control Policy 2011: Every person, while having in his or her care or control, any dog which fouls any public place with faecal matter, is required to remove such faecal matter immediately. The faecal matter is to be disposed of responsibly . This is surely just respect for others and common decency. Now can we also have some laws for cat owners please. Why is it that cat owners can freely let their cats out to leave their droppings on other people s property, usually in flower beds. I am fed up with paying for cat repellents that never seem to work for very long, or at all. I am an animal lover, but why are cats owners allowed to just let the animal out to roam free and foul wherever they please -- is this not irresponsible and disrespectful to others? ANDY CROSS, Riverstone Terraces Little for rates money I have lived in Te Marua for the past 50 years and in that time my rates have gone from $8 per year to $1800 per year and in that time not one cent has been spent in our area. We do have sewerage and town supply water but I have been led to believe that this was done by the county council before amalgamation with Upper Hutt. There is no kerb and channel, no stormwater drains and no footpaths. It is, in my opinion, extremely dangerous for all of our children who have to walk down this highway to catch their school bus every morning. I have been to the council re all oftheseonlytobetoldasitisa state highway, I have to approach Transit. SooffIgoonlytobetoldby Transit sorry but these are all council responsibilities. Round and round one goes all with the same result. I think it is well past time for the people of our esteemed city to start leaping up and down and demanding some value for the huge amounts of rate money that our beloved council take from us every year.P STRATFORD, Te Marua Fluoridation debate I was not going to continue in the fluoridation debate but Karen Auld s letter (September 28) does need some comment. The sodium content of Upper Hutt s water is by no means high and the addition of sodium compounds such as sodium silicofluoride will make little addition to the background values that may even reach 20 milligrams/litre at times. There is no limit on sodium in the New Zealand Drinking Water Standards but above about 200 mg/litre some can begin to taste it. Some bore waters and waters sourced from geothermal areas can contain sodium values measured in hundreds of milligrams/litre. Waters drawn from surface catchments near the sea contain minerals derived from salt spray drift. Sodium is one of such minerals. This is the same salt spray that causes problems for power authorities responsible for high voltage power lines. The salt deposits can be derived from actual drift or in rainfall and may be detected many kilometres inland from the sea. Wellington s water supplies are drawn mainly from such surface catchments. With regard to bottled waters some are drawn from underground sources and some are deionised (minerals removed) before the water is bottled. When I did my studies 60 years ago I learned that the average daily intake of sodium chloride was in the order of 10 to 15 grams per day from all sources, whereas the amount required for normal maintenance of health was about three to 4g per day. The difference was usually lost in urine and perspiration etc. The sodium content of sodium chloride is 40 per cent which on the basis of an intake of 15g would amount to 6g which is far removed from the said 13 milligrams (thousandths of a gram)/litre of sodium contained in our water supplies. To reach a level of 6g of sodium per day from water alone one would have to drink a lot of water but as most know our greatest intake is from the use of common salt (sodium chloride) and from that naturally occurring in foods and other beverages apart from water. To pardon a pun Karen Auld s suggestion holds no water in any shape or form and really cannot be related to the fluoridation debate. If she wants to lower the intake of sodium simply use less salt and leave it out of the fluoridation debate. KEITH DAVIS, Upper Hutt Opposition 'refreshing' In reply to the group of teachers stating how refreshing it was to have the support of Mr Hipkins in their opposition to the National Standards. I have been an employer of young people in Upper Hutt for more than 45 years, but gone are the days when I am willing to teach them basics they should have learnt in schools. Perhaps theses teachers and Mr Hipkins have not noticed it is no longer possible for school leavers to walk into unskilled work. Upper Hutt no longer has Dunlops, Alcatel and General Motors. The world is rapidly moving on. We have to compete in a more skilled world and the Luddite cloth cap thinkers have to move with it. IAN SHERWIN, Te Marua (abridged) REUNIONS St Brendan's School, Heretaunga, 50th jubi- lee, October 28 to 30, 2011. Visit stbrendans. school.nz or email stbrendans50thjubilee@ gmail.com. Ph 939 1909 or visit their website at stbrendans.school.nz. Upper Hutt College 50th, Easter 2012 (April 6 to 8), upperhutt.school.nz/ jubilee, email hepburnh@ upperhutt.school.nz or phone 527 8749. Otago Boys' High, 150th, 2013. Part of the lead-in to the festivities will be getting contact details for all pupils to have attended the school since 1863. Website: obhs foundation.co.nz or con- tact P O Box 5077, Dune- din, or phone 477 8977. 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