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Upper Hutt Leader : November 16th 2011
10 UPPER HUTT LEADER, NOVEMBER 16, 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 A Disclosure Statement is available upon request and free of charge. "I love NZ. So does my UK pension." www.ukpensionstonz.com 0800 857 367 Brendon Johnson If you want my opinion, get their free assessment. You might have access to your money now. * Conditions apply. Britannia did a stonking good job transferring my UK pension to NZ. BR026UHL6 Ph: 528 7588 (24hrs) 15 Geange Street, Upper Hutt "When quality counts" Fo rProfessional Advice on Flooring WE HAVE IT COVERED! U 103863R 3609155AA Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org 021 270 9113 3489075 PAUL SWAIN UPPER HUTT REGIONAL COUNCILLOR Council not up to the job EKERS' WEEK CONTINUED Page 11 Congratulations to Colin Williams on last week s front page article. It is good to see our local paper high- lighting issues such as the Ministry of Education s imposition of their untested, unproven national standards on schools that have worked hard to give their students an excellent education based on proven, long-established programmes. In his article he quotes from an open letter by Fergusson Intermediate to parents, caregivers, whanau and the wider community which says The Ministry of Education has acted illegally and immorally and used bullying tactics . It would seem that these same accusa- tions could be levelled at our own Upper Hutt City Council for the way it has acted over its Maymorn Structure Plan. In the 460 submissions on the council website certain phrases stand out: a fundamental breach of natural justice , offensive to sustainable management in terms of the Resource Management Act 1991 and to Sustainable Development in terms of the Local Government Act 2002 , objectionable , ignores the conclusions of the Lanes Commissioners , implies elements of coercion entirely inappropriate for a public body such as a council . It is apparent what depth of feeling exists, at a time when people are standing up globally against bad governance. Our council appears to be acting inappropriately and is liable to be held to account legally and through the Environment Court should the plan proceed, and lay itself open to investi- gation by the Ombudsman. No wonder that Fran Wilde is proposing a Wellington takeover of local councils and the implementation of a single regional council handling regional land use and infrastructure planning -- she must have concluded that local councils aren t up to the job. Time and again in the recent local body elections, Upper Hutt residents stated that their main concern was over the state of the CBD, that their city had no heart, that the council was doing nothing to fundamentally improve this situation. Why is our council wasting its time and our money on an ill-conceived and doomed development miles away at Maymorn? TONY CHAD, Whiteman's Valley Henry missed We should be ashamed of ourselves driving people like Paul Henry from his job with TVNZ. He is the best broadcaster we have ever had and because of this PC crap we have thrust upon us we have lost him to Australia. Not to mention the million dollar pay cheque. ALAN MARSHALL, Upper Hutt Church fair thanks Once again St Margaret s Presbyterian Church had a very successful church fair on Saturday, October 29. The annual fair has become an important event in our church year for the money raised for our parish mission but, perhaps more importantly, as another opportunity for interaction and service to the com- munity in which we live. This year we made an effort to make the fair a green event as part of our church s move to empha- sise sustainable living in our mission. While we recognise that we were not perfect in this respect, we hope that we were able to convey some of the message of caring for our environment throughout the fair. We are particularly grateful for the participation of the people of Upper Hutt in the donation of goods and in their enthusiastic and happy joining with us on the day of the fair. We look forward to many more such happy occasions. DAVID ROSS, Session Clerk, St Margaret's Presbyterian Church Dog's park nightmare Last Thursday night, November 3 I was taking my dog for walk to Awa Kairangi Park at 7pm. I heard a man s loud, angry voice shouting obscenities and looked across the park to see a middle-aged, tidily dressed man screaming at a young black labrador which was cringing and backing away down an embankment. He followed and when they reappeared he grabbed its collar and began to punch it viciously in the head, kicking its ribs and stomach, while yelling filthy language at the innocent animal, which could not comprehend anything but that it was being savagely beaten. A group of about eight young boys turned up on their bikes and stopped, worried for the poor thing. I approached this maniac, very concerned about the escalating situation. The dog was cowering and staying very still, suspended by its collar, trying to avoid the bashing and abuse. The man saw me and took off, muttering to himself and the boys moved on. Another woman walking her dog approached and I yelled out that the man had beaten up the dog, punched and kicked it. She responded that she would follow to see where he went and report him to the SPCA. Politicians should legislate against the mistreatment and abuse of animals. You should not be eligible to become the owner of any domestic animal if you do not fit the criteria. Get a punch-bag from a sports shop if you want to take your frustrations out on something. FELICITY SEMMIENS, Totara Park Arthritis Week thanks I would like to extend a heart-felt thank you from Arthritis New Zealand to the thousands of volunteers, members and donors who helped to make our 2011 Arthritis Appeal Week a success. We are proud to report that, thanks to the ongoing generosity and support of our donors, we raised a total of $390,600 from across the country. We depend on fundraising for 75 per cent of our income; it is paramount to our success. Without your generous donations, we wouldn t be able to help the more than 530,000 New Zealanders who live with the pain of arthritis every day. Although this year s street appeal has concluded, our work to improve the health and wellbeing of people who are affected by arthritis continues, and we still need your help. If you missed our collectors, you can still support us by making a $20 donation by calling 0900 333 20. If you would like to learn more about the services we offer, how to volunteer, or make a donation, ring 0800 663 463 or visit arthritis.org.nz. SANDRA KIRBY, chief executive, Arthritis New Zealand Free i-Pods Is it true that the leader of the (loser) party, sorry Labour Party, will be giving away free Big Macs, free i-Pods and a free house only if you have at least 10 kids and are unmarried, and have no intention of getting a job, and a free trip to Disneyland at the taxpayer s expense, but you must vote Labour and you can take the kids? BILL TITO, Akatarawa Wilde knightsAt a time when the entire globe is wrestling with a financial crisis, the worst since the end of World War II, people like Fran Wilde and her Round Table travellers come up with a brain storm that will surely make the plight of ratepayers worse off. Our unique water supply which belongs to Upper Hutt City, will be put in jeopardy when people representing other interests will fast track the decision-making process. Eventually, the ratepayers of Upper Hutt will discover we are no longer in control, or own, what used to be ours. GAVIN DILLON, Clouston Park
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