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Upper Hutt Leader : November 16th 2011
8 UPPER HUTT LEADER, NOVEMBER 16, 2011 NEWS Volatile kiwi a concern Out and about: MP for Rimutaka Chris Hipkins and Labour's finance spokesman David Cunliffe handed flyers out to locals on Main Street on why they should vote Labour for Rimutaka. Photo: AMY JACKMAN By AMY JACKMAN Labour points made on walkabout in electorate Calls of Go Labour'' greeted the MP for Rimutaka Chris Hipkins and Labour's finance spokesman David Cunliffe as they handed out flyers to locals on Tuesday after- noon. They also visited ACMA Indus- tries and NCI Packaging in the morning and had lunch with mayor Wayne Guppy and members of the Chamber of Com- merce. The reason behind Mr Cunliffe's visit to the electorate was to show the locals that Mr Hipkins had the support of the whole Labour caucus and to touch base with the needs of the community. I'm really happy to be here with Chris. He is one of our real up-and- coming stars in the caucus and will be a fantastic MP again for Rimutaka. We have been visiting some medium-size and larger business and hearing about their challenges and how they are meet- ing them, how they are surviving the recession, how they are trying to improve their business and what the Government can do to help, rather than getting in the road.'' One of the main concerns raised by the factories was the volatility of the New Zealand dollar. Labour has a monetary policy package which will change the roll of the Reserve Bank and how it deals with the currency,'' Mr Cunliffe says. Rather than letting the market decide what the dollar should be, we would have the bank intervene more often and sell kiwi dollars if the dollar's getting too high and buy kiwi dollars if its getting to low.'' Mr Hipkins says he enjoyed showing Mr Cunliffe around the electorate and meeting the locals. The feedback I've been getting on the campaign trail has been really positive. I'm so proud to represent my hometown in Parlia- ment and would love to continue doing so.'' 'I will not sign plan' Upper Hutt regional councillor Paul Swain has refused to sign a paper prepared by a group of regional councillors that has proposed a super-city'' for the Wellington region. I disagree with the idea that a super-city is the only sensible option for our region,'' he said. It isn't. More importantly, the paper doesn't convince me that a super-city would be good for Upper Hutt, which is why I refused to sign the document.'' The paper doesn't say whether Upper Hutt rates would go up or down, whether services from the Upper Hutt City Council would be better or worse, or whether people would have more or less say over their elected representatives. It also doesn't explain what would happen to Upper Hutt's unique sense of community, he said. Without answers to these basic questions, the paper wants every- one to take a leap into the dark. This is not a good idea.'' The paper suggests a decision on a super-city should be made next year, although it doesn't say who makes the decision. It appears that ratepayers would be consulted after the decision had been made, which Mr Swain said was clearly unaccept- able. The mayoral forum plans to con- sult ratepayers on whether there should be any change to local gov- ernment in the region and, if so, what options might be considered. I have urged people to support this process,'' Mr Swain said. School gala crafts inspire parents Crafts handmade by students at St Brendan's School will be a feature of its gala on Sunday, November 20. The gala is spearheaded by the parents, teachers and friends com- mittee but involves the whole school, from the children who make crafts, to the parents who bake cakes and sweets. This year the craft focus was on recycling materials. The result is Christmas stockings made from woollen jerseys, glass bottles transformed into beautiful vases and notepads created from old books. The children's work has inspired their parents, who also held evening craft sessions. Other stalls at the gala include a coconut shy, bouncy castle, pony rides, hair braiding, nail and face painting and plate smashing. Food stalls will include Indian food, pizzas, strawberries and ice cream, and waffles. On wet or fine at 56 Palmer Cres, Heretaunga, 11am till 2pm. Donations for the white ele- phant stall welcome, call Patrick on 977 9642.
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