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Upper Hutt Leader : October 19th 2011
3 UPPER HUTT LEADER, OCTOBER 19, 2011 NEWS Fast Approval CASH NOW 245 High Street 24 Queen Street Lower Hutt Wainuiomata Phone: 566 0989 Phone: 564 1596 *All Loans Subject to Normal Lending Criteria Loans for all reasons ADELPHI FINANCE LTD The Established Company HN105346/wh Amounts $500 to $5000 Providing Cash Solutions 40 Years of Financial Service WE ARE RELOCATING Contact details: 72-74 Main Street, Upper Hutt T: +64 6 528 3739, F: +6443737 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org BUSINESS AND ACCOUNTING • SERVICES TAXATION SERVICES • • CASHFLOW FORECASTING / BUDGETING TRUST & ESTATE PLANNING • BUSINESS VALUATIONS • From Tuesday 25 October our Upper Hutt office will be located at 72 -- 74 Main Street Upper Hutt Please note that our office will be closed for clients on Friday 21 October - the day of the move. However if you do need to contact us that day please call 04 477 1801 We apologise for any inconvenience 4103599AA Painter returns with a medal Upper Hutt car painter Drew Avery has won a medal of excel- lence at the international World- Skills competition in London. Seven members of the 17-strong New Zealand team, called the Tool Blacks, won medals given to com- petitors in the top half of their trade. Other team members won medals for cooking, plumbing and heating, welding, cabinetmaking, electrical and brickmaking. Sally Gray, representing the Tool Blacks, says that given the level of competition, seven medals of excellence is a great result for New Zealand even though they did not win any gold, silver or bronze medals. Mr Avery works for Stokes Val- ley Collision Repair Centre. Its manager, Mike Denham, describes Mr Avery, an automotive paint refinisher who lives in Upper Hutt, as an awe- some, reliable and honest employee very much liked by his customers. Mr Avery, 21, joined the busi- ness after a WelTec pre- employment scheme and com- pleted his apprenticeship in just 14 months. He s done really well, Mr Den- ham says. Mark Gee, joint owner of Wakefield & Scott, which owns the Stokes Valley business, is also full of praise for Mr Avery. Mr Avery is one out of the box and his medal a great achieve- ment . Sponsors had helped Mr Avery prepare to compete in new products routinely used in Europe but not New Zealand. Working in a four-man work- shop in the suburbs meant he faced the challenge of a real mixed bag of vehicles to repair, rather than a high proportion of new ones if he worked in Welling- ton, Mr Gee said. Mr Avery s employer is plan- ning a celebration when he returns at the end of the month. Cut down: Residents are angered this 50-year-old tree was removed from Wallaceville Playcentre. Goodbye beloved oak Residents say cutter had no ownership of tree By JIMMY NESS Several Upper Hutt residents are annoyed that a historic tree was removed from Ward St without their consultation. The oak has been at the front of the Wallaceville Playcentre for decades and was cut down, with another tree, last Monday. Resident Janine Wearne says her family grew up with the oak and the playcentre should have looked after it for future generations. I am sure you have no idea of the harm you have done. You have denied the residents of Ward St, who genuinely loved that tree, the pleasure of its presence. You are temporary users of the premises -- you will move on when your children begin school or kin- dergarten. You did not have own- ership of that tree. Wallaceville Playcentre presi- dent Ady Ward says both trees caused serious accidents during the past five years and often dropped acorns on the entrance ramps or people s heads as well as causing internal flooding by blocking drainage with leaves. We have had a few accidents with adults as well as children falling down. It sort of meant that we could not have our babies and toddlers out there because they put acorns into their mouths which are the perfect size to be choked on. It was just getting to the point where we couldn t prune them back anymore, we were still getting leaking inside and sort of had to ban the kids from out the front. Mrs Wearne says they never posed a hazard to her children and the community was not consulted during the process. Had I been asked, I would have gladly gone in each morning and swept up any stray leaves and acorns. I have not found one person who supports the removal of these trees. These people are incredu- lous at the reasons I have been given. Ms Ward says if the playcentre went back again, they would have communicated more with residents. I did think it was one thing we did overlook. I think if we did it again, we would have a bit more communication and let them know the reasons why. It came up in our centre meetings over the last few years so everyone in our centre knew about it and felt like we had dis- cussed it to death really. The trees were planted in the 1960s and the playcentre asked for permission before removing them. Ms Ward said the decision to remove them was extremely tough . No-one really wanted to see them go. It was something that a few tears had been shed over. We did not want to get rid of the beau- tiful trees. Upper Hutt City Council parks and reserves manager Brett Latimer says the playcentre did not need resource consent. It s not an identified protected tree and it s not in a conservation zone. We have had to maintain it over the years to keep it clear, particularly from the power lines. The Wallaceville Playcentre plans to replace the trees with smaller trees in the near future. They paid the council about $1865, half the cost of the removal.
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