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Upper Hutt Leader : November 2nd 2011
2 UPPER HUTT LEADER, NOVEMBER 2, 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 3571701AR COMMERCIAL, INDUSTRIAL, TILT PANEL DESIGN, HOUSES, RURAL, LIFESTYLE Call us today 0800 TULLOCH 8855624 300 High Street, Solway, Masterton LIFESTYLE MACHINERY Stockist of all the lifestyle EQUIPMENT to suit you or Cyril Butler 027 294 5010 a/h 4014095AA At the table: Rimutaka candidates Chris Hipkins, Tane Woodley and Jonathan Fletcher at a public meeting for a first time. Photo: COLIN WILLIAMS By COLIN WILLIAMS Environment in focus The three politicians vying for the seat of Rimutaka were on the hustings for a first public meeting last week, a month and a day before election day. Incumbent Labour MP Chris Hipkins, National s Jonathan Fletcher and the Green s Tane Woodley were at an evening organised by the local branch of Forest& Bird and one where, obvi- ously, issues on the environment and conservation were paramount to the crowd of about 40 at the Hapai Club. Ahead of the questions, mostly circulated earlier, the aspirant trio were given four minutes to speak, with Mr Hipkins status as the sitting MP giving him first go, the meeting chair Roz Brown said. Mr Hipkins, always likeable and organised, said voters were faced with an election of long term impact and long term conse- quences . Lots of things have happened, natural and man-made, that are not of the Government s making. The question now is are we pre- pared and how do we recover? The country is facing tough economic times with a world recession that has been coming through the pipeline for some time . It s only really starting to pro- gress. We are feeling it in Upper Hutt . . . we are really seeing it biting, Mr Hipkins said. Labour, a party about bold decisions was what was needed, he said, briefly citing his party s three-prong policies on taxation and education, particularly the very important second chance learning . Mr Woodley, arguably in front of an audience receptive to his party s ideas, detailed the Greens three major policy planks . These are clean water -- this should resonate with Forest & Bird ; raising 250,000 children out of poverty; and creating 100,000 green jobs. Clean water and waterways are fundamental to the economy and for recreational use and the Greens would bring in national standards and charge industrial users of the finite resource, he said. Child poverty needs to be nipped in the bud, Mr Woodley said, noting the example of Mr Key s successful emergence from a tough background, aided by free tertiary education and a raft of benefits . . . and he s denying that to a current generation of New Zealanders . In contrast to the opening pair, Mr Fletcher largely ignored party policy to speak more about him- self, and growing up with a family where there was an understand- ing that politicians were the best of statesmen and not a bad thing . . .thismouldedthewayIsawthe world . However, the father of three, who also engagingly detailed his long and indecisive university days studying commerce, politics and music, also said his view of the world changed completely through having kids, and said the way many children live simply broke his heart. The evening s opening question was how the candidates saw Upper Hutt and any point of dif- ference it might have that holds value. Mr Hipkins, while saying poli- cies in areas like employment were for a whole interconnected country, said Upper Hutt was a top place to live in with everything so close, a good public transport system and a fantastic environ- ment. Mr Woodley, who did fess up to living in Johnsonville, praised Upper Hutt s integration of the urban city and rural with close access to the forest and the bush and the beautiful river that flows through here but also needs rescu- ing and protection . He also lamented the major employers who have faded away , except for the prison, noting that s not necessarily a positive . Mr Fletcher, who largely was third up to the plate all evening, was convivial in agreeing with his two opponents, adding returning home from the capital was always uplifting. It feels like a retreat, he says. Asked about their view on growth, with the question claiming it was no longer an option, Mr Hipkins was forthright in the advocacy of it but with an emphasis on renewable energies like biofuels. We need a more sustainable footing than we have at the moment, he said. Mr Woodley was perhaps more in tune with the drafter of the question saying we needed to stop focussing on the GDP. We are reaching the point where things are running short. We can t keep growing. Tech- nology is not the answer, that s simply the application of resources . . . we need to re- orientate our thinking. Mr Fletcher said the key to the future was better productivity, the same number of resources with better outcomes. The real challenge (in the future) is whether we can feed ourselves, not how many iPods we can have. Forest & Bird s Barry Wards questioned the candidates views on DOC and its diminishing ability to be an advocate for con- servation. Both Mr Hipkins and Mr Wood- ley expressed concern with the Greens promising to fund DOC and move it more on to a conser- vation focus. DOC is important to us, he said. Mr Fletcher took a different tack, declaring DOC tells us they are adequately funded . . . that s what they tell us, to a rippling of audience response. A timely question on protect- ing New Zealand s marine environment had Mr Hipkins promising his party s formal release of policy in this area would be well-received while Mr Fletcher front-footed it, saying five new reserves were declared in the last three years and none in the pre- vious nine . The Hutt and Mangaroa rivers, and the related need for water conservation, came under scru- tiny, sitting pretty with the already declared Green policy. Nominations for the Rimutaka electorate closed at noon yesterday with Mr Hipkins, Mr Woodley and Mr Fletcher the only announced candidates by Monday. Candidate names, party lists and details on advance voting, which starts on Wednesday, November 9, will be available later today at elections.org.nz. It will also have details for the Maori seat Ikaroa-Rawhiti which includes Upper Hutt. Entry to town barred by ban FROM Page 1 While trespassing individuals will have an impact on them it is jus- tified, she says. Under the plan it is accepted any trespass notice must not pre- vent the individual from accessing essential services such as a doctor, dentist, pharmacy, supermarket, school or his or her residence. If adopted, council officers will meet with the police from time to time to review the practicality and effectiveness of the process including any extension of the trespass area. In Wednesday s discussion some councillors wanted the area of the trespass ban extended, particu- larly south to Gibbons St but this was not formally moved. Mr Hill said there might be some displacement of the crime under the new approach but it is never 100 per cent. These people want to be in town, to hang out and be seen. Policy chairman John Gwilliam was a lone voice in expressing reservations about the new approach and wondering where it stands under the Bill of Rights. I m concerned about this and I would be dead against us having carte blanche, but Mr Hill said the fact any trespassed people would have the right of appeal hedges that concern. If the approach is successfully put in place there will be a feeling of public safety, Mr Hill says. It would work in combination with the city s existing liquor bans and the CCTV cameras. This is us doing things to pro- tect them. It could be seen as really posi- tive in terms of public safety, he told councillors.
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