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Upper Hutt Leader : November 2nd 2011
10 UPPER HUTT LEADER, NOVEMBER 2, 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 2411429BV Upper Hutt Citizens Advice Bureau 18 Logan Street, Upper Hutt Ph: 528 9040 firstname.lastname@example.org Ad kindly sponsored by UH Cossie Club TENANCY PROBLEMS? HERE TO HELP! FREE CONFIDENTIAL Ph: 528 7588 (24hrs) 15 Geange Street, Upper Hutt "When quality counts" Fo rProfessional Advice on Flooring WE HAVE IT COVERED! UH103863R 3609155AI UPPER HUTT DENTAL CENTRE Quality Care/Realistic Fees Up to the minute Dentistry •IV Sedation • Wisdom Teeth/Fillings •ACC & WINZ quotes • Urgent appointment at short notice • Late nights & Saturday appointments available Walter P Szeto BDS and Associates Cnr Main & Royal St, Upper Hutt Ph 920 0882 / 528 2458 Do you want to QUIT SMOKING? Call today for an appointment 04 5297405 021 529740 WARNING! You may never smoke again. 4151402AA We have something other cities have lost 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 email@example.com, fax 528 3021 or PO Box 40001, Upper Hutt. Thanks letters for grants to groups are not accepted. Open letters and poetry are seldom used. CONTINUED Page 12 EKERS' WEEK Some of our citizens wish to change Upper Hutt to be like our neighbouring cities and the problems that go with them. This city is unique. We still have something that other cities have lost. This is a city with a country atmosphere close by, and you do not have to travel large kilometres like other country cities. This makes it have a definite advantage over our other local cities. Where else can you walk over a small hill such as Wallaceville, Maoribank, Maymorn or even a larger one like Blue Mountains or Moonshine and have a country atmosphere that makes you feel miles from anywhere? In Wellington you have to travel to Makara via Karori or Ohariu Valley via Johnsonville to get this feeling. Even in Happy Valley it has gone now. In Lower Hutt you have to travel to the Wainuiomata Coast Road, Moores Valley, Pencarrow or over Haywards. On the Western Hills you still look down on the Lower Hutt City. In Porirua you have to travel to Takapu Valley or Horokiri Valley to get this atmosphere. In Upper Hutt you can look from the valley floor and see bush, not rows and rows of houses. This is one of our city s advantages. Combined with our bush walks behind Pinehaven, Maidstone Park, Totara Park, Akatarawa Valley, Te Marua, Kaitoke and the Hutt Valley River Trail we have got what others have to travel large kilometres for.Our overseas visitors are quite jealous. In our busy day-to-day lives it helps to keep the stress down. This is what makes our city very unique. Please cherish it and not try to make this city like all the others. CHRIS BENSON, Maoribank Park the parking charges Even though I live within easy walk of the town so the charges won t affect me directly, I really don t like the idea of imposing parking charges in Upper Hutt. There are some good reasons not to do it: 1. Free and easy parking encourages people to shop in Upper Hutt. Take that away and it s one more reason to go elsewhere. 2. Once installed, there is very little to stop the charges being increased (in fact, there is a lot of pressure to increase them as a way of avoiding rate rises), so minimal introduction charges are unlikely to stay minimal . 3. Revenue is very difficult to ring-fence as money to be spent on only the CBD (and what exactly does that include/exclude -- a case might well be agreed for more subsidy of H2OXtream or Expressions as spending on CBD enhancement). 4. If the council is primarily concerned about moving on cars, then the obvious solution is to allow up to two hours free parking, with fines for overstaying. The biggest problem I ve got with the proposal is that it assumes the extra revenue is necessary and a good thing. I would prefer to see what the council could do more efficiently or stop doing at all rather than look at what other ways it can take money. For these reasons I think this proposal should be rejected.ADRIAN SPARROW, Upper Hutt The straw that broke the camel s back, that s what the introduction of parking meters will mean to Upper Hutt. $800,000 in revenue, codswallop, no shoppers and more premises closing. ANN DEVLIN, Upper Hutt Customer care appreciated In my other letters, I ve complained, and made suggestions, and recently I remembered a perfect example of the good kind of things that need to happen more in Upper Hutt. At the beginning of the year, I needed a replacement cell phone, so I decided to buy in Upper Hutt. I went to Dick Smith, found the phone I wanted, and went to the counter to purchase it. There was a deal on at the time, where any phone to the value of $50 or more would get the same amount in credit. The phone I wanted was $49. The staff there kindly offered to raise the price by $1, so I would receive the free credit. I would have purchased the phone anyway, but they cared enough about customer satisfaction to give me free credit (or a free phone, depending on how you look at it). This kind of thing is what we need to do to bring people into Upper Hutt, as well as more shops, and better hours. I would like to thank the staff at Dick Smith Electronics, who can look forward to regular visits from me. REID WICKS, Silverstream Sense of humour a possibility Perhaps Upper Hutt City Council has a sense of humour after all. Pinehaven Reserve, well used by tennis types, users of the Scout hall, dog owners, people utilising the picnic tables and kids and others in general, has been downgraded a couple of weeks ago to a single hellishly small UHCC rubbish disposal bin. Before, a much larger bin had served the public and up to a couple of years ago, two of the larger-type bins had existed at Pinehaven Reserve. A larger bin is needed, I said to the appropriate officer of the UHCC. The new small bin is totally inadequate and summer is just around the corner. Rubbish, I continued, is overflowing, piling up all over the place and filtering into the stream. It s promoting a health risk. The council officer first contended that people are disposing of house rubbish. Did he overlook the fact that house rubbish will fill a small bin quicker than a large bin? Do you want your rates to go up, he then offered. I told him I would contact the mayor because at least he had a sense of humour. REUNIONS Upper Hutt Col- lege 50th, Easter 2012 (April 6-8), upperhutt.school.nz/ jubilee. to contact, email hepburnh@ upperhutt.school.nz or phone 527 8749. Otago Boys' High, 150th, 2013. A major part of the lead-in to the festivities will be accumulation of con- tact details for all pupils to have attended the school since 1863. Website: obhsfoundation.co. nz or contact the school s foundation office, PO Box 5077, Dunedin, or phone 477 8977.
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