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Upper Hutt Leader : October 19th 2011
2 UPPER HUTT LEADER, OCTOBER 19, 2011 NEWS 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 Staff cut from Upper Hutt sawmill By JIMMY NESS ' Throughout New Zealand timber stats are showing house starts are down to the lowest they have been in the last 40 years. Each main city has not been building new houses. ' Todd McIlvride, Eurocell site manager Upper Hutt sawmill Eurocell has cut more than half of its staff due to the tough economic climate. The mill has let go of 30 of their 48 staff and has been put up for sale by owners The Ranex Group. Eurocell site manager Todd McIlvride says it is a nationwide issue. By no means is the Upper Hutt sawmill the only one in this situ- ation. All sawmills are well down. Throughout New Zealand tim- ber stats are showing house starts are down to the lowest they have been in the last 40 years. Each main city has not been building new houses. Mr McIlvride says they have not been processing timber, but are expected to start limited milling this week. We are going to be up and run- ning . . . with a smaller volume but we certainly hope to be here long term. It s been very disappointing for the owners that we have had to do what we have had to do to. Eurocell mostly produces pine timber and douglas fir for framing, trusses and fencing. Statistics New Zealand s Econ- omic Survey of Manufacturing showed the volume of wood and paper product sales declined 0.8 per cent in the June quarter. It was hoped the Christchurch rebuild would help boost the tim- ber industry, but it has not started as quickly as needed, Mr McIlvride says. A lot of sawmills had put their productions in the situation where they thought it would start a lot sooner than it has. There has been a slight increase in the last month in tim- ber going down to that area but not at the levels we thought it was going to get to. Candidate dumped by NZ First for election Better days: Joe Glen when he was named as New Zealand First candidate for the Rimutaka electorate. Urine therapy publicity blamed New Zealand First has with- drawn its candidate for the seat of Rimutaka after he appeared on current affairs television discussing his use of urine therapy in managing his health. Joe Glen, 69, is an advocate of the daily drinking of urine, sometimes known as holy water, and he told TV One s 20/20 of his belief in its med- icinal value. But the ex-soldier who spent half of his 30 army years with the SAS, says he was contacted by the New Zealand First president Kevin Gardener and I was asked to pull out because Winston [Peters] didn t think it was appropriate . Mr Glen, who is also a for- mer political journalist, said his New Zealand First affiliations were not referenced on the desperate diets tele- vision programme. They interviewed me about my ailments and my use of urine, holy water, he says. Nothing about politics was mentioned, with the programme s September 22 airing. A couple of weeks later Mr Glenn says he was surprised to be contacted by Mr Gardener who said he had been com- municating with Mr Peters. He was implying that he was not happy I had been on the programme. What annoyed me was the president saying Can you email me saying you are stand- ing down? I find it ironic. I didn t talk about politics, I talked about my health. Mr Glen s only concern was the programme s Desperate Diets title as his six-year-old medicinal regime is not a weight loss diet but manage- ment of a long-time ailment, possibly relating to exposure to Agent Orange. But in New Zealand First there appeared to be a belief that this was an issue that could affect the party, Mr Glen says. I said If you are telling me that...he snotgoingto change his mind. so I pulled the plug, the former Te Karere news reporter says. Mr Glen says he has not talked to Mr Peters about the issue. Three years ago New Zea- land First s Ron Mark claimed more than 15 per cent of the vote in Rimutaka and almost 1500 party votes. Mr Glen said he had already been out door knocking in Upper Hutt and had been happy with the responses he had received. It s disappointing. I feel for [his election committee]. Mr Gardener was unable to be contacted. Dog walk to raise cash The Foundation of the Blind s Seeing Eye dog programme will benefit from a dog walk fundraiser at Tunnel Gully. Craig Peryer (the dog fixer , who works with dogs with behavioural problems) and Paws and Claws pet shop in Main St are repeating their successful dog walk earlier this year. It will be on October 30, at 11am at Tunnel Gully, off Plateau Rd, and will feature a treasure hunt and quiz. Entry is $5 per family, with a doggie goodie bag for each. There will be spot prizes, raffles and a sausage sizzle. Early deadlines for next week's issue Early deadlines apply to next week s issue because of Labour Weekend. Bookings for display advertising, other than real estate, close at 5pm today with copy by 10am tomorrow. The classified advertising dead- line is 3pm on Friday. Editorial contributions need to be with us by noon tomorrow. The deadline for weekend sports results is the usual 9am Monday.
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