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Upper Hutt Leader : October 19th 2011
Wednesday, October 19, 2011 SERVING YOUR COMMUNITY SINCE 1939 Letters 10 Real Estate 27-43 Arts 36-39 Motoring 45 Classifieds 46-50 Sport 52-56 HISTORIC OAK FELLED Wallaceville folk upset 3 KIDS' EXPO A HIT Parents flock to show 34 READY FOR CUP CRICKET Promoted locals take guard 56 Major road to re-open by Friday Akatarawa Rd, with its three new double-lane bridges, is set to be re- opened to all traffic at the week- end. The completion of the $4.5 million capital works project means the Upper Hutt-Waikanae Rd will be open for Labour Week- end after a closure of several months. The construction project saw the replacement of 1920s wooden- trussed bridges, which were dil- apidated and increasingly seen as a safety risk. All the major structural work has been completed and if work continues to run to programme, the last portions necessary to re- open the road will be finished this week, city infrastructure director Lachlan Wallach says. Rain over recent days means the chip sealing has been delayed. It is now planned to seal the first two bridges before Friday, however, some roadworks, includ- ing unsealed surfaces, are likely to remain in place after the road is re-opened. Drains and guard rails on the bridge approaches, and sealing their decks also remain to be done. Mayor Wayne Guppy said the completion of the 34-week project was significant. It will be great to again link directly with our Waikanae neighbours, he says. The owners of the Staglands Wildlife Reserve are looking for- ward to again linking to the north. The bridges will improve our visitors journey to Staglands, John Simister says. I m delighted that the road is re-opening in time for Labour Weekend. In the pink: Configure Express manager Monique Ballinger with clients Liliana Watton, left, and Sharon Benge, right, with a plateful of goodies from Friday's shared morning tea for Breast Cancer Awareness Day. Photo: ROSEMARY McLENNAN Gym turns pink for cause By ROSEMARY McLENNAN A pink-themed morning tea described as calories in, calories out was how clients marked national Breast Cancer Aware- ness Day at Configure Express in The Mall on Friday. Members of the women-only gym wore pink and brought along matching plates of tempt- ing but mostly fat-free goodies including marble cake, laming- tons, Belgium biscuits, coconut ice, and prawns, to be greeted by staff dressed in pink 1950s cafe uniforms and pink wigs. Staff also pushed the message about regular breast checks. The event was organised by the gym s beauty therapist, Trish Houghton. Configure Express manager Monique Ballinger said the gym has clients recovering from breast cancer treatment. I m really passionate about the importance of exercise after- wards to help with their recov- ery, she said. A raffle and donation boxes raised money for breast cancer awareness. Run, pig, run this weekend Upper Hutt s annual pig hunt is on this Labour Weekend, but in a more simple format to the wild food weekends of the past. Plans are afoot for a more extensive programme for the 25th anniversary in two years time. Entry forms for the Rimutaka Sports Bar Annual Pig Hunt are available from the Rimutaka Tavern and must be in by tomorrow evening so hunting can begin after midnight. The weigh-in is by 3pm Monday at the tavern, with prizegiving about 4pm. The highest prize is $600. Adult categories include heaviest boar, best jaw and heaviest red stag. Categories for children (under 15 years) include heaviest boar, goat, hare, rabbit and possum and best horns. The minimum age for a participating child is now seven (up from five last year) and young hunters can enter only if linked to an adult entrant. Monday s festivities will include stalls and children s rides. Deputy PM will speak at meeting By COLIN WILLIAMS Deputy Prime Minister, Bill Eng- lish will speak in Upper Hutt this afternoon at a Grey Power meet- ing which is open to the public. Mr English will speak at the Hapai Club, on Fergusson Dr, at 2pm before taking questions from the floor in an appearance which is expected to take about 90 minutes. Before that, from noon, he will walk the Main St. Afterwards, visits to Wedgelock Equipment in Montgomery Cres and the Upper Hutt Cossie Club, from 4.45pm, are also scheduled. Meanwhile, with less than six weeks to the general election, Rimutaka Labour MP Chris Hip- kins and his National Party opponent Jonathan Fletcher will be speaking at a Forest & Bird meet-the-candidates evening on Tuesday which is also open to the public. A third candidate, the Green Party s Tane Woodley is also con- firmed for the meeting which is, like Mr English s appearance today, at the Hapai Club (next to the police station). Nominations for the Rimutaka seat close next Wednesday. Mr Hipkins and Mr Fletcher went head-to-head last week at a non-public meeting of the Stokes Valley Rotary Club. However, Tuesday s Forest & Bird meeting, which will cover environmental issues in the open- ing addresses, is their first meet- ing together which is open to the public. Meet the candidates, Forest & Bird meeting, Tuesday, October 25, at 7.30pm. More details: Roz Brown 526 7573.
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