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Upper Hutt Leader : November 9th 2011
8 UPPER HUTT LEADER, NOVEMBER 9, 2011 NEWS 4163332AA 2 2 2 2 2 2 20 0 0 0 0 0 01 1 1 1 1 1 11 1 1 1 1 1 1 Proudly brought to you by Emotif Photography IN ASSOCIATION WITH MISS UNIVERSE NEW ZEALAND Saturday 26 November 2011-11-02 Upper Hutt Cosmopolitan Club Logan Street, Upper Hutt TICKETS ON SALE NOW from the Upper Hutt Cossie Club 529 0009 and the Hutt News 570 2040 Dinner and Show $65 - starts 6pm Show Only $35 - starts 7.30pm Glass of Bubbles on entry and nger food provided during the evening The Winner will Represent The Hutt Valley in Miss Universe NZ 4176037AA For only $500 for the big size You too could have a professionally written business Advertorial Why are you reading this? They work. Phone 528 9654 New man after party vote Acting up: Alwyn Courtenay is standing for the Rimutaka seat but looking to gather party votes for ACT. By COLIN WILLIAMS A fourth candidate, the ACT Party's Alwyn Courtenay, has been nominated for the Rimutaka electorate for this month's general election. The Lower Hutt resident's sole aim is to give his party an increased local profile and hope- fully gather a bigger percentage of the all important party vote. That's right. I'll be asking for the party vote,'' the 59-year old self-employed painter says. It would be great if we get the same as elsewhere in the country.'' Married, with four adult chil- dren (two of whom are living in Upper Hutt), Mr Courtenay has never put himself up to the mercy of voters in any capacity before. He arrived at his decision only a couple of weekends ago and filed his nomination to the electoral office just ahead of last week's close-off date. It was fairly sudden, I suppose, but in a way I was always pre- pared to do it. I've helped out over the years for the campaigns in Hutt South,'' he says. I'll have to take time off and do some letter boxing.'' Mr Courtenay is a long-time ACT member and supporter. I've been with them since they started.'' The recent changes in the party's leadership, where ACT leader, and the party's only electorate MP Rodney Hide was usurped by Don Brash, have left the softly spoken Mr Courtenay unfazed. I know personality is import- ant but I'm more involved in the policies. That's what counts. So as long as they abide by the main policies . . . it's common sense though and I think he's [Dr Brash] the right person at this time.'' Dr Brash's controversial float- ing of a relaxing of marijuana laws is also supported, even though it is not party policy. Well I do agree with that. I think it's common sense with so many people doing this.'' Away from that, ACT's settled policies present a consistent and simple theme, the Bay of Plenty- born Mr Courtenay says. ACT is a party trying to make everybody wealthy and delivering better outcomes in all areas. For instance, the [better] people are doing the more concern they can and will have for the environ- ment,'' says Mr Courtenay, a lover of the outdoors who has tramped with the Hutt Val- ley Tramping Club for more than 25 years. The party's views on edu- cation, welfare and employ- ment support this in a cohes- ive way, he says. Improving the rate of youth employment is a key to a better future., If young people haven't got jobs then they are going to be beneficiaries and they are going to run the risk of being life-long beneficiaries.'' ACT supports a youth rate and believes any increase in the minimum wage will make it harder for young people to get a job. We need the youth rate so these people can get the experience but there is a cost to training people.'' With his painting business Mr Courtenay has trained three apprentices right through their time,'' and says it was a valuable time. But I also know they do take a while to be useful and there has to be a recognition of that,'' he says.
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