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Upper Hutt Leader : October 26th 2011
10 UPPER HUTT LEADER, OCTOBER 26, 2011 LETTERS I hold regular constituency clinics throughout the electorate. To book an appointment, please contact my offices. Chris HIPKINS MP for Rimutaka Chris Hipkins Taita Electorate Office: 1195 High Street Taita Phone 04 567 0156 Upper Hutt Office: 216 Main Street, Upper Hutt Phone Email email@example.com chrishipkins.org.nz labour.org.nz 04 528 5715 HN072576 C & i l s l s & S co h C Ov locki g C T t t ff t t t 255-257 i h , i fi l Ph 567-9684 10 - 5 Big S l c io of c s, s & s s Ph: 568 3550 3624309AE Ring 568 3550 and order your skip say "GO THE ALL BLACKS" and you will get the special price of GO the All Blacks! $200 incl gst for 7 days hire until the end of October 2011 3222878BC Telephone (04) 527 7977 Mobile 027 211 4007 Fax (04) 527 7978 Email firstname.lastname@example.org PO Box 40-728, Upper Hutt 5140 3 Jupiter Grove, Trentham, Upper Hutt 5018 Always make sure you use a Licensed Plumber, Gasftter and Drainlayer On call 24/7 including weekends - no call out fees CALL US FOR A COMPETITIVE PRICE TODAY For all your HOME LOAN NEEDS! Helen Wilkes 04-939 6058 76 Gibbons Street, Upper Hutt 2881327AG We service & repair most makes and models of We are local service agents for Warranty repairs Phone 939 1090 -- 0274 826565 Email: email@example.com • Washing Machines • Fridges/Freezers • Dehumidifiers • Rangehoods • Driers • Waste Disposal • Dishwashers • Cookers • Electrolux • Westinghouse • Gaggenau • Smeg • Maytag • Award • Simpson • Bosch • Delonghi • Classique • L.G. • Parmco Appliance Repairs (Hutt Valley Appliance Repairs Ltd) Specialised We service- "not sell" so we can offer honest, sound advice. We support Upper Hutt local business and local customers are our priority. 4134877AA Holidays no time for park weed spraying HAVE YOUR SAY We welcome your letters. They should be no longer than 250 words. The editor reserves the right to abridge letters and also decide whether letters are suitable for publication. Letters must include the writer's name for publication. Pen names are not accepted. The writer's address and phone number must be supplied for our records. Email to firstname.lastname@example.org, fax 528 3021 or P O Box 40001, Upper Hutt. Thanks letters for grants to groups are not accepted. Open letters and poetry are seldom used. CONTINUED Page 12 Walking our dogs in California Park last week, we saw a man with a knapsack weed sprayer squirting the walkway edges as he passed by the children s playground and advanced towards us.With a recent litter of puppies adversely affected by their mother coming into contact with weed spray during the bitch s pregnancy, needless to say we turned around smartly and headed in the opposite direction. Upon our return to Harcourt Park, a truck passed by with a large container of poison on its way to the duck pond at Te Haukaretu Park. Yes, they were weed spraying in this area too. I phoned the UHCC department of parks and reserves to ask what substance was being sprayed right now, on a beautiful sunny day in the middle of the school holidays, around the kids playgrounds and recreation areas. It s OK, I was told. It s only Roundup. According to him, it s totally non- toxicity once it s been sprayed. It seems that Monsanto, pro- ducers of this commonly-used herbicide, have said it s as safe as table salt and when it comes to those troublesome weeds, it s a great tool for farmers. With Hackwell s 1080 poison is just like salt and vinegar myth and NZ s best tool for pest control line ringing in my ears, I decided to research Roundup for myself. What I discovered is pretty scary. Apparently it s the third most commonly reported cause of pesticide illness among agricultural workers and has links to mutagenicity and endocrine disruption, having the ability to cause genetic damage and birth defects, therefore Roundup is far from being as safe as table salt. So, I wonder, is this really such a safe poison to be spraying around our parks where young mothers are taking their children to play and feed the ducks on any sunny day in the middle of the school holidays? I think NOT! KATE WINTERS, Birchville Will be voting with his wheels I was thinking...finally, the one thing I liked about Upper Hutt is coming to an end. I park on the main streets to shop (at over priced stores) and now the Upper Hutt City Council wants parking meters to raise money for its coffers. Then I thought I could object -- but why bother. I can drive 20 minutes to Lower Hutt and park for free at Westfield Queensgate. Everything I want (and way more) is there. It s cheaper, no parking wardens and no hassles with the car. I can even catch a movie with the family for a fun day out. So that s what I ll be doing. Voting with my feet or was that with my wheels. STEPHEN DOL, Upper Hutt Upper Hutt s a great little place with a big environment. The following are some of the things I treasure. I love being surrounded by bush- clad hills filled with birdsong. I love walking my dog along the river and in our various parks. There is plenty of parking and its currently free. I can buy very fresh fruit and veges at Jina s, and Farrah flatbreads which are produced in the Hutt Valley area. Wheeler s shoe store stocks lines such as Kumfs and Skellerup. I m of an age where correctly fitting shoes as well as style are important. And the service is excellent. Excellent cups of coffee can be had from Romeos, Buttercup, Go Cake Yourself and Expresso. All manner of art supplies and quirky gifts are available from Archibald s. And the art courses are most enjoyable. You meet interesting people. Oderings offer a good range of plants and will order for me if I want an unstocked item. Mascar Motors staff go the extra mile with their service. Hill s Pharmacy has every medical supply I might need and has the bonus of a Post Office with no queue. The bakery products at Broadway are fabulous value and tasty. China City also provides value for money, excellent meals. Elkes is a different and pleasant experience I enjoy occasionally. The Cosmopolitan Club provides me with rugby watching facilities. Countdown that used to be Woolworths have had my custom for 40 years and overall I m happy with their service and short queues. The Leader is doing a good job keeping me informed. Great to see last week s correspondence and the council s replies. The public library is top of my list of favourite places. I go for help finding and copying information, and for recreational reading. For the one buy of wall to wall carpet that I have made, Flair Flooring were excellent to deal with. I did appreciate the Sunday Market while it was going. And let me repeat FREE PARKING. Please speak up so that we can keep the things we all enjoy.LYNNE McLELLAN, Upper Hutt One question to the mayor and his councillors -- were any of you aware that paid parking would be on the agenda when you were elected as the last elections? I do not recall seeing this in your vote for me, vote for me adverts and publicity. Now as Mary Fowke (letters, October 19) asks, who is the expected $800k boost to Upper Hutt retailing going to boost? Currently it appears we have a couple of parking wardens on the streets, but with a real incentive now to drain more from the shoppers in our city I suggest that their ranks will be boosted. If not, how are they going to police all parking areas of which currently Upper Hutt has so many, which is great, and all free. And talking of parking areas, what ones will be metered -- the two Countdown supermarket areas, the medical centre, railway station areas. This really could be a cash cow that our city fathers and mothers may impose upon us. No, let s stop the nonsense right now and see a council with real spine standing up and telling the proponents where to put the paid parking idea and continue to have our city as the unique one in New Zealand that does NOT have metered parking. Sadly these days with the empty and burnout shops in Main St there is little to attract shoppers to our city. I really do feel for the retailers who must now tell the council wheretogetofftoahowtoget there! NOEL SHAKESPEARE, Trentham Decision does not make sense I note that there have been several letters criticising the declining of the proposed Maid- stone Quarter development. Surely at the end of the day council have just spent $150,000 on another new plan for Upper Hutt City, so to abandon it only a matter of weeks later, to more piecemeal development simply does not make sense. This seems to be what has happened in the past with previous expensive plans and look at the city that we now have.CHRIS HURST, Upper Hutt Poll needed over Maori ward I see that Upper Hutt City Council have set a course of action to consider a Maori ward, providing a person within that ward to become a city councillor. REUNIONS St Brendan's School, Here- taunga, 50th jubilee, October 28 to 30, 2011. See website: stbrendans.school.nz. Email stbrendans50thjubilee@gmail. com. Phone 939 1909. Upper Hutt College 50th, Easter 2012 (April 6 to 8), upperhutt.school.nz/jubilee, email email@example.com or phone 527 8749. Otago Boys' High, 150th, 2013. A major part of the lead-in to the festivities will be accumu- lation of contact details for all pupils who have attended the school since 1863. Website: obhsfound ation.co.nz or contact the school s foun- dation office, P O Box 5077, Dunedin, or phone 477 8977.
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