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Upper Hutt Leader : October 12th 2011
10 UPPER HUTT LEADER, OCTOBER 12, 2011 LETTERS 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 EX-UK RESIDENTS *Conditions Apply. A Disclosure Statement is available upon request and free of charge. FREE assessment visit www.ukpensionstonz.com 0800 857 367 TRANSFER YOUR UK PENSION TO NZ WITH NO TAX PENALTY* "Talk to Britannia today" Brendon Johnson BR027UHL1 4060136AA Upper Hutt Assn Inc. MEMBERS MEETING Time: 2pm Guest Speaker: RT. Hon. Bill English Subject: "Building a brighter future" Ven ue: Hapai Clubrooms, Fergusson Drive Wednesday 19th October Members and public welcome Over 50? Have Your Say - Join Us Today! Phone 528 6267 NOW! HN072576 C & i l s l s & S co h C Ov locki g C T t t ff t t t 255-257 i h , i fi l Ph 567-9684 10 - 5 Big S l c io of c s, s & s s REUNIONS St Brendan's School, Heretaunga, 50th jubilee will be held from October 28 to 30, 2011. For more infor- mation, visit website: stbrendans.school.nz, or email: stbrendans50thjubilee @gmail.com. Or phone the school on: 939 1909. Take an interest in your own future HAVE YOUR SAY We welcome your letters. They should be no longer than 250 words. The editor reserves the right to abridge letters and 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 email@example.com, fax 528 3021 or P O Box 40001, Upper Hutt. Thanks letters for grants to groups are not accepted. Open letters and poetry are seldom used. I noted an article in the paper regarding young people not being on the electoral roll and not seeming to be interested in politics, or considering who they would like to vote for. Unfortunately, too many youngsters do not know what they really want out of life. I would stress that it is important for your future life that you really start thinking about what road you want to take. There is often lack of guidance and some young people are just going their own way, and doing what they want to at the moment, which might not be what they want when they have grown older. Take a look at what each political party is offering and listen to what is being said. At this moment possibly you are thinking, it does not look as though I will ever find work -- what is the use? You are this country s future and you have a right to put your spoke in about how you want things to shape. Do you want to play a part in how this country is going to be run and do you want a life for yourself and for any children that you may have? Do you want to be able to find work where your contribution is valued or are you able to run a business? You may want an education that is going to give you satisfaction to be able to have the profession that you want. This country is at a crossroads and it will be in your hands in later years to change its destiny into an area that you can be proud of.You may have only just turned 18 but the road you want to take is ahead of you.E KEATS, Upper Hutt Fix the playground I regularly take my five-year-old daughter to the Maidstone Max playground, and have done so for the last three years, however in the last six months or so the condition of the play equipment and general surrounds is such that I now actively avoid going there. I have noticed that the rubbish bins are very rarely cleared, and almost never cleared before a fine weekend when families will be attending. As such they are regularly filled to overflowing. How hard is it for council workers or contractors to visit on a Friday each week and empty the bins? Within the last six months I have noticed that two of the three large slides on the hill have been boarded off with no apparent problem or defect, and even less explanation. The children at the park just ignore them as they cannot see anything wrong or unsafe. Is there actually a problem with them? I have also noticed the rubber matting on the hill being ripped up, admittedly by vandals or bored kids, yet it does not appear that anything is being done about it.Is there a programme to maintain the playground in a standard condition, or is the current plan closure by neglect? To the untrained eye it does not appear that the effort (and cost) required to maintain the park is that great. I am sure I could fix most of the things listed above in a few hours. Is anything going to be done about it? Or should we be making more use of the other parks in the greater Wellington region as no effort is going into this one? JOHN-PAUL HOLDEN, Upper Hutt (reply sought from Brett Latimer at UHCC) While you're at it In response to letter from P Stratford of Te Marua published on October 5 titled Little for rates money , I am also a resident of Te Marua and live in Beechwood lane/way area and I too have raised concerns with our council as a ratepayer. I sent an email in November last year and have still yet to receive a reply from our council. My concerns are that our road (widened footpath that our cars drive on) is unsafe for families and schoolchildren who need to bypass the highway to reach school. We are a very narrow lane with a sharp, blind corner which every day is used as a walkway by walkers and joggers (rightfully so.) The lane is promoted by signs for a safer route rather than walking on the main road. I had asked for one or two judder bars put in as a simple safety measure and thought this request would be taken seriously. Funny how money was instead used to build another walkway as part of the river trail which happens to come off our lane! Why don t we attract more people to our un-safe street, why don t they? Or are we going to hear back from them saying it costs too much? SHARLENE CROSSWELL, Te Marua Standards pointless Mr Ian Sherwin is in la-la land if he thinks the introduction of national education standards will make one iota of difference or improvement to actual attainment levels. Why? The main reasons for failure in primary schools to learn the basics are attributable to socio-economic disadvantage, negative attitudes to academic learning by families of some children plus the slow learners who can t reach the standard. So what would be the effect of pushing national standards on schools where there were proportionately more disadvantaged pupils? I venture to suggest, many more students marked out as failures before they even commence college and totally unfair pressure on teachers to achieve a bridge too far, to say nothing of additional monitoring and record-keeping duties heaped on them. I believe New Zealand has one of the best primary education systems in the world bar none, and there are very few teachers who are not totally dedicated to teaching the syllabus and developing the best in their pupils. There are a number of reasons New Zealand is failing economically but not having national standards is not one of them. Their non-adoption, rather than being seen as Luddite should be seen as astute -- why fix something when it ain t broke! GLEN BROWN, Upper Hutt Brand Upper Hutt I am writing in response to the numerous letters about graffiti. It is clear that Upper Hutt has a problem, and it is clear that generic responses to graffiti are not working in the city. I propose that we as residents and our city leaders need to think outside of the box and come up with new solutions to address graffiti. Has anyone thought of encouraging our youth to mirror in our city the cairns that have been characterising our river banks, constructing them in the centre of roundabouts or our parks? Upper Hutt has turned its back on the river for so long that it is time to make ourselves proud and recognise the uniqueness of our geographic location. Building cairns will keep our youth entertained and out of trouble. Just like Katikati has its murals and Bulls its cows, Upper Hutt can build a name for itself. Or as an alternative, Maidstone Max has been developed as a major attraction for our youth. How about having some vision and replicating Rotorua and Queenstown and building a gondola and luge from Maidstone Max up to the top of Maidstone Park? It will produce hours of entertainment and turn Upper Hutt into a real attraction for tourists. With the pine trees being removed, it is the perfect opportunity to develop the hillside. What we need is less complaining and more ideas. I look forward to hearing what other residents of Upper Hutt have to say. BENJAMIN ORMSBY, Pinehaven Obituary clarification Thank-you for the obituary of my mother, Leni de Bres, which appeared in last week s Leader. As some of your readers will be aware my mother had a long association with the Hutt Valley, first as minister s wife at St David s in Upper Hutt in the 1950s and later when she returned to Silverstream, after the death of my father, Pieter de Bres, in 1994. However there are one or two matters which require clarification. The obituary states that after living in the Hutt Valley and Auckland the family moved to parishes in Dunedin followed by Hastings and Christchurch . While my parents were members of parishes in Dunedin and Hastings, they were not in charge of them. In Dunedin my father was a senior lecturer in anthropology at Otago University and in Hastings he was director of the city council s community counselling service. Although my father did return to parish work when he became the minister in Mt Pleasant, Christchurch and continued to take church services in his retirement, he also lectured at Canterbury University and practised law at the Community Law Centre. My mother greatly supported him in all of these endeavours. The obituary also gives the impression that my parents spent their lives trying to convert people to Christianity. Although each possessed a strong Christian faith, both recognised that there were many paths to God. With a keen interest in social justice issues and interfaith dialogue, they created an open- minded, progressive home environment which welcomed people from many walks of life, nationalities and faiths, as well as non-religious friends and family members. My parents were also deeply sceptical of fundamentalist religion of any sort. To present them as otherwise would be to misrepresent them. JOHN de BRES, Sydney For all your HOME LOAN NEEDS! Helen Wilkes 04-939 6058 76 Gibbons Street, Upper Hutt 2881327AG
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