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Upper Hutt Leader : November 9th 2011
2 UPPER HUTT LEADER, NOVEMBER 9, 2011 NEWS 0800 844-888 www.wnc.co.nz Wellington Nannies College • 22 week courses • next starts 30 January 2012 • no course fee • NZQA Nat. Cert. • Live-in or live-out option, board provided if needed. Love kids? Would you like to be a nanny? Phone now for a FREE DVD about our course Wellington Nannies College provides a hands-on, entry-level early childhood education course which equips learners with the knowledge, skills and experience needed to obtain a job as a nanny in New Zealand or overseas. 4090450AA 3959630AG For all your Pool & Spa Chemicals come to your new local shop 122c Whakatiki Street Upper Hutt POOL & SPA SHOP OPENING HOURS 8am - 4.30pm Monday to Friday Now open late night Thursday till 6.30pm Servicing Pools, Spas, Pumps, Valet Service, Chemical Supplies Phone 528 8808 www.capitalpools.co.nz Need a tradesman? Our service is hassle free. All our trade suppliers come with glowing references, so call us today. 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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 Supercity debate in the open By JIM CHIPP WHAT IS PROPOSED? A single regional council handling regional land use and infrastructure planning, replacing eight city and district councils, and rating householders. A single regional district plan, replacing the eight current ones. Several community councils replacing the existing territorial authorities and making local decisions. The advantages for the model in the paper are critical mass and expertise in the areas that need an integrated strategic approach; local decision making on local issues. The paper proposed that communities should be consulted in 2012 and legislation prepared and passed in time for a new council to be elected in 2013. Greater Wellington regional coun- cil chairwoman Fran Wilde has dragged the debate on Wellington region's future council arrange- ments into the open. A discussion paper circulated to regional councillors was made public last week. It proposes a single regional council with a single district plan and control of regional infrastruc- ture, such as water, sewage and transport. Community councils would replace the existing city and district councils. Before the paper, debate had been carried out around the fringes. Wellington's regional mayoral forum, comprising of all mayors from Masterton and Kapiti to Wellington, had proposed taking control of the Wellington Regional Strategy committee and its funding for Grow Wellington. More recently it had proposed for all councils to rate their residents to fund a share of Wellington's regional events and attractions. This fund would be held by Wellington City Council and handed out by a committee appointed by the Mayoral Forum. Not all of the regional council- lors agreed to the supercity'' plan. Upper Hutt regional councillor Paul Swain said: . . . The debate on what happens in the Wellington region as far as local government is concerned is important but it's way too soon for people to start promoting a model.'' Simple questions such as whether rates would rise or fall, whether services would improve, and whether citizens would have more or less say on their elected representatives must be answered. Hutt regional councillor Prue Lamason supported the supercity proposal but said it was simply a discussion paper''. There is no doubt that Auck- land has a lot of political muscle. It's a big council, it serves a huge area of New Zealand. They have got the ear of government, there is no doubt about that, and, of course, Christ- church has got the ear of govern- ment. I think it's very, very important that Wellington has itself organised so that it talks as one voice.'' Another Hutt regional council- lor Sandra Greig disagreed with the supercity. Auckland was broken before its supercity amalgamation but Well- ington was not, she said. Ministry accused of acting illegally FROM Page 1 The rest have been unable to access professional development for our teachers and finally threatened with sacking the board''. We believe the ministry has acted illegally in this matter and this needs to be bought to the attention of our community. We are in the business of edu- cation not litigation so will not be challenging this in the courts,'' Ms Eyles says. They have acted immorally in not allowing us to consult our community and have used bully- ing tactics rather than working in partnership with schools and com- munities.'' It is appropriate to make people aware of the strong-arm tactics'', she says. There has been no democracy or equity of partner- ship in this process.'' Ms Eyles and the Fergusson board say the ministry is acting on the direction of a minister, Anne Tolley, who, ahead of the election, must be keen to show all schools have complied. While it looks like compliance on the surface, in practical terms, the picture is quite different,'' Ms Eyles says. We still very strongly believe that national standards, as they are at present, are at the least unreliable, untested and of little value when compared to the assessments we have in place. At worst, they could be hugely detrimental to our students, our schools and the New Zealand edu- cation system.''
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