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Upper Hutt Leader : November 2nd 2011
14 UPPER HUTT LEADER, NOVEMBER 2, 2011 NEWS VOTING IN THE REFERENDUM MADE EASY! For some simple tools to help you decide, visit elections.org.nz - or you can call 0800 36 76 56 The second question asks which of four other voting systems you would choose if New Zealand decides to change from MMP. You'll find out more about them at www.elections.org.nz On the Referendum paper, there are two questions to answer. The first is whether you think New Zealand should keep MMP, or change to another voting system. At this year's General Election, there's a referendum on our voting system. So when you go to vote, along with your orange ballot paper for the General Election, you'll get a purple Referendum one too. If we vote for a change of system, Parliament will decide if there is another referendum in 2014 to choose between MMP and the most popular alternative. If we vote to keep MMP, there will be an independent review to assess if there should be any changes to the way it works. 4116284AB Come along, have fun and be taught to dance 9 Geange Street, Upper Hutt (above Top Cut Hair) - plenty of parking - opposite Upper Hutt Railway Station Email: email@example.com Web: www.danczport.co.nz For all your enquiries phone Kevin 526 6838 021 637 586 or Yvonne 970 3469 Tel: 526 6838 Danceft: Monday - 7.30pm Healthy Steps - Thurs morning 10-11am Ballroom Ball & Latin Dancing Lessons Wedding Dancing All Welcome Councillor Nick Thomas • Working for you • Advocating on behalf of rate payers CONTACT ME 24/7 Phone 528 7588 3608550AA Orator beats Aussies at own game Top speaker: Daniel Chenery with trophy and certificate from the Australian competition. Photo: MASANORI UDAGAWA Upper Hutt College student Daniel Chenery has beaten the Australians in a Japanese speech contest open to New Zealanders for the first time this year. The year 13 student won the 42nd Australian National Japanese Language Speech Con- test in Sydney, beating first-place contestants from state/territory level secondary school speech con- tests previously held around Aust- ralia. The aim of the contest was to encourage learners who are study- ing Japanese as a language other than English and who do not speak Japanese as their first language, to practise using their language skill in a challenging context. Daniel was nominated to rep- resent New Zealand in the compe- tition after his winning perform- ance in the Wellington regional contest last term. This year was the first time a New Zealand student has been invited to participate. The judges commended Daniel for both the content and the deliv- ery of his speech. Daniel spoke about the geographic similarities between Japan and New Zealand as countries on the Pacific Ring of Fire and the effects of the devas- tating earthquakes earlier this year. He focused on the strengthen- ing of relations between Japan and New Zealand through their mutual co-operation in response to the quakes and how a similar approach could help to solve other crises around the world. For his efforts Daniel was awarded a return air ticket to Japan from Japan Airlines and a shinkansen (bullet train) tour package by the Central Japan Railway Company. Earlier last month Daniel came second and fellow student Jason Cole first in a Japanese speech contest run by the International Pacific College in Palmerston North. Both students spoke about the impact of the earthquake in Japan but from different perspectives. Jason talked about his experiences visiting post-disaster Japan in July and the changes he noticed from his first visit two years ago. Daniel spoke about the impact the earthquakes in New Zealand and Japan had on strengthening the relationship between the two countries through shared support and co-operation. After delivering their speeches the students were quizzed in Japanese by the three judges. As well as winning $2500 to purchase language resources for Upper Hutt College, Jason won an iPad and Daniel an iPod Touch and both were offered tuition scholarships to the International Pacific College.
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