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Upper Hutt Leader : October 26th 2011
Wednesday, October 26, 2011 SERVING YOUR COMMUNITY SINCE 1939 Letters 10 Real Estate 23-39 Arts 29-31 Motoring 41 Classifieds 42-46 Sport 47-48 ENGLISH'S UH VISIT Coasting on autopilot 3 NEVER ENDING STORYTIME Your help needed 7 SUDDEN DEATH PLAY-OFF National title for Renegades 47 Dates for Maymorn By COLIN WILLIAMS The number of public submissions on the city s plan for the long-term development of Maymorn has resulted in up to five days set aside for councillors to hear them. The release of the Maymorn Structure Plan, which proposed a village community with up to 1800 dwellings for more than 4000 people, prompted a mostly nega- tive response and the formation of a Keep Maymorn Green oppo- sition group and a public meeting which 150 people attended. More than 430 submissions were received by the council in an initial consultation stage before a formal decision is made on whether the project will go to the next stage and into formal process for the required changes to the city s district plan. The number and weight of the submissions is the largest response the council has received on any single issue in many years. A large number were submissions opposing the plan and received in standard template form but they all need to be con- sidered separately by councillors. Four hearing sessions (of up to four hours) and a reserve day have been set down by the council. These begin on Tuesday, November 22, and continue to either December 1 or the reserve day, December 5. People who made submissions have the option of speaking in support of their views at the hearings. After the hearings a separate council meeting will be held to dis- cuss the submissions in total and make a decision on whether the Maymorn plan, the city s key proj- ect in its urban growth planning, moves to the next stage. This much anticipated extra- ordinary meeting will be held in the council chambers on Thursday, December 8. Big bang for our biggest show People watching this Saturday s Fireworks Fantastic for free are likely to miss seeing the increased groundworks action. This year, pyrotechnic father and son duo Peter and Ted Owles have increased the low-level fire- works action. The 20-minute display, using about $25,000 worth of fireworks at Trentham Memorial Park, is a major fundraiser for Upper Hutt Rotary. It began the event 41 years ago in response to many backyard fireworks accidents. Kevin Joyce, one of the organ- isers, says the club has been told the Upper Hutt event is one of the largest in the country. Sponsors meet much of the event s costs and profits go back into the local community via Rotary. Mr Joyce says the sponsorship pool has reduced in the past three years, so live entertainment before the fireworks has been replaced with music video clips on the large LED screen. Mahon s Amusements will pro- vide sideshow entertainment. For many years the event raised up to $30,000 annually, but is now closer to $15,000. In 40 years the club has given about $1.5 million to the Upper Hutt community. Sponsorship includes sending 17,000 fireworks safety fliers to all Hutt Valley schools. Gates open at 5.30pm. Entry is $5 per person with under-fives free. There is free parking via the Brentwood St entry. Mobility parking is via Barton Ave. No alcohol or private fireworks are permitted. The postponement date is Sunday. Winners to be flying high Winning designs: Upper Hutt Art Society member Shane Hay, left, and Maidstone Intermediate student Claudia Jordan with their flags featuring Upper Hutt's historic Blockhouse and the city's river, fantail, sun and railway tracks. Photo: ROSEMARY McLENNAN DESIGN ENTRANTS: Upper Hutt Art Society: Shane Hay, Lindsay Clear, Arthur Williment, Anna Hewett, Tolla Williment, Beverley Moore. Maidstone Intermediate: Claudia Jordan, Nicholas Johnson, Tyrin David Smith, Hanna Richdale, Shontelle Steeg, Brody Gestro-Peri, Andrew Girvan, Libby Cullen, Hannah Subteniente, Cassidy Marsh. Their designs are on show at Expressions. By ROSEMARY McLENNAN Flags featuring Upper Hutt s sun, river and fantail and the his- toric Blockhouse will soon decorate the cen- tral business district. Shane Hay and Claudia Jordan are the winners of an annual competition to add to the collection of city flags. This year judges chose two from 22 designs submitted by the Upper Hutt Art Society and Maidstone Intermedi- ate. The flag by Claudia, a Maidstone Inter- mediate student, incorporated the sun over Upper Hutt with the river and a fantail plus the railway tracks linking the city with the Wellington region and rest of New Zealand. The year 7 student says it is cool to have her flag chosen. Well-known artist and Upper Hutt Art Society member Shane Hay s decision to enter was a last minute one. She has never painted the Blockhouse before, describing it as not the most beautiful building . After talking to a former Heretaunga College student who did not know it was next door to the school, Mrs Hay wanted to get the 1860s building some publicity. Local secondary and inter- mediate schools were invited to take part in the competition and this year the Upper Hutt Art Society also participated. Maidstone Intermediate vis- ual arts teacher Alice Andrews encouraged her students to design the flags as an art exten- sion project. Last year the winners were two students from Hutt Inter- national Boys School. The competition was co- ordinated by Experience Upper Hutt and some of its committee members did the judging. Twenty of each new flag will be printed, with 10 of each hung initially, along with a selection of Christmas ones, replacing the Rugby World Cup flags. The spare flags will be added to the collection so they may adorn the city centre for years to come. The competition is comple- mentary to the annual com- munity calendar of children s paintings and poems. Original artwork for all 22 flag designs is on show at Expres- sions until November 6.
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