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Upper Hutt Leader : October 19th 2011
6 UPPER HUTT LEADER, OCTOBER 19, 2011 NEWS Proudly 100% NZ owned and operated and supporting the Community since 1971. www.madbutcher.co.nz Offers valid from Mon 17th October - Sun 23rd October. All Stores Open 7 Days FRESH TEGEL CHICKEN AT SUPER LOW PRICES! Serving suggestion only Chicken Thighs $4 .99 kilo only Save $3kg off our everyday low price! Serving suggestion only $11 .99 Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast Fillets kilo only Save $3kg off our everyday low price! Check out Sir Peter Leitch s Sports Museum on www.sirpetersmuseum.co.nz with the contents of this Museum gifted to the people of NZ . The museum is located at 23 Holmes Road Manurewa and is open to the public every Saturday from 10am -- 1pm -- Entry by Gold Coin Donation. Boneless Diced Chicken Meat Only $11.99kilo Maryland Chicken Pieces $4 .99 kilo only $4 .99 kilo only Chicken Wings Save $3kg off our everyday low price! (While stocks last) Save $4kg off our everyday low price! All stores open on Labour Day Monday 7am -- 7pm! UPPER HUTT -- 2 minutes north of the City Centre on Fergusson Drive PH 526 4581 4055124AB Teenage mums' ID refused By JIMMY NESS Sick of it: Upper Hutt teen mothers are being treated unfairly by some bus drivers, says Abi Harris, 19, with daughter Isobelle Sinclair, 2. Photo: JIMMY NESS Upper Hutt teen mothers say some bus drivers are making them feel unwelcome and often refuse to accept their student identification. Hayley Robertson, 19, attends the Upper Hutt Teen Parents Unit, adjacent to and officially part of Heretaunga College, and says she has been forced to pay for a full adult fare on both train and bus services because they do not believe she is a student. They basically tell you, you re not a half [discount pass] because you ve got a kid. I was kind of scared. I did not really want to catch the bus again, I tried to avoid it as much as I could. Ms Robertson says her friends with children avoid using public transport. I ve had bus drivers just drive straight past me. Obviously I ve got a big pram but still I deserve a ride. Some of my friends avoid catching the bus and try not to go anywhere unless they can get some friends to pick them up or catch a taxi, because they do not feel welcome there. Abi Harris, 19, says she feels bus drivers judge her for being a teen mother. Even when I was heavily preg- nant with my second child, the buses would just drive straight past and would not accept my student ID. I just felt horrible because I felt like was being judged just because I had a pram. Ms Harris she has complained to MetLink more than once. I burst into tears the first time it happened because I was told that they weren t going to accept my student ID. My daughter would have been about five or six months old so I was nervous getting on the bus in the first place. I ve complained many, many times to them and I just get the same response. It happens and happens and happens. NZ Bus manager Jon Calder says they do not have any com- plaints on file, but it is not behav- iour they condone. Our standard operating pro- cedure is that our drivers are expected to stop at any bus stop where there is a customer waiting. If the customer needs assist- ance to get a pram on board we will render that assistance. Our policy is that we accept student IDs or any form of identi- fication from a customer at face value and it is not our place to question that. A notice has been put out to bus operators, Mr Calder says. We have issued instructions to drivers at Valley Flyer to that effect, to make sure we can avoid these situations. Mr Calder says they will inves- tigate any relevant issues if an official complaint is made. With any complaint relating to public transport, the appropriate channel is to go through the Met- link call centre. Open day at new school Upper Hutt s newest school is opening its doors to the public on November 5. The Upper Valley Middle School is inviting families to an open day to look through the building, which will be open for term one. Principal John Dalman and board members will be available to show visitors around. A presentation will be made at 11.30am and at 1.30pm. The school will cater for chil- dren from years 7 to 10 and focus on giving each student special attention. It will be in the building known as The Stables, at 16-22 Lane St. For more information visit uppervalley.school.nz or email Mr Dalman at firstname.lastname@example.org. Mall show A fashion show in The Mall, of clothes for teenagers and women from Ballentynes, will raise money for Te Omanga Hospice. The show, organised by Shirley Jones, has, in four years, raised more than $13,000 for the hospice. The show, in The Mall s Logan St entrance, is on October 26 at 6.30pm. Tickets, $15, from 226 on Main, and Ballentynes.
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