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Upper Hutt Leader : November 16th 2011
21 UPPER HUTT LEADER, NOVEMBER 16, 2011 NEWS JONATHAN FLETCHER FOR RIMUTAKA Rimutaka is my home. I live here, my kids go to school here, and Im committed to working for our community to build a brighter future for us all. Im committed to Rimutaka. www. onathan etcher.co.n www.national.org.n Authorised by Jonathan Fletcher, 14 Beechwood Way, Upper Hutt !" $%&'" $"()*" !" #$%& '( )**+, -.(( /0 "123223 !"#$%$&' )&*+",$*- !"#$%&" '( )*+++ !"#%'* '( %( 3838064AK Star trek: Local astronomer Frank Andrews will talk on the Star of Bethlehem at St Mary's Church in Silverstream on Saturday. What did the Wise Men follow? The Christmas season is approaching and local astronomer Frank Andrews will tell of the Star of Bethlehem and discuss what the Wise Men fol- lowed in the sky to Bethlehem on that first Christmas night when he speaks at St Mary s Anglican Church, Silverstream, this Saturday evening. As an internationally-known astronomer and a Christian, Mr Andrews has made an in-depth study on what was in the skies that night more than 2000 years ago, beginning with a systematic and painstaking search through ancient documents and books, including the writings of Flavius Josephus, a Jewish historian who was writing around AD75 and AD85. He comes up with what he describes as the best possible scientific solution to the mystery from this distance in time. Previous talks in Upper Hutt by Mr Andrews have been sell-out events. The Star of Bethlehem, fact or fiction, a talk by Frank Andrews on Saturday, November 19, at 7pm at St Mary's Anglican Church, Terminus St, Silverstream. Phone 528 6730 to book. Tickets $5. How will we fund arts? By JIM CHIPP Wellington s Mayoral Forum has proposed new regional rates for arts and cultural amenities. However, the forum is infor- mal with no power to set rates and no obligation to meet in public, so has suggested that territorial authorities levy the rate and pass the funds to Wellington City Council to hold and for the forum to administer. Wellington Mayor Celia Wade-Brown said the Mayoral Forum does not have the authority to impose rates and local councils would have to consult their residents. If people don t like this in principle, we won t be pursu- ing it further. The Mayoral Forum should set and administer the rate because city and district councils were already involved in arts and culture, whereas the regional council was not. Porirua-Tawa regional councillor Barbara Donaldson disagreed. We have got a regional council that could rate regionally if there is a need for regional rating. Porirua mayor Nick Leggett said he supports the regional amenities rate in principle, but not individual councils collecting it. There should be one collec- tion point and that should be Greater Wellington. The Mayoral Forum is only a discussion group with no rights to rate he said. A regional amenities fund of $1 million would be levied in 2012/13, rising to $2 million the following year and then by $250,000 each year until the Wellington Mayoral Forum decides it should stop. It would cost $150,000 to set up and would be held by Wellington City Council and distributed by a Mayoral Forum-appointed committee. Wellington City Council has proposed to pay members at a similar rate to its directors of council controlled organis- ations, $15,000 a year, and the chairperson, $20,000 a year. Initially Wellington would contribute $594,000, Hutt City $195,000, Upper Hutt City $53,000, Porirua $72,000, Kapiti $48,000, Masterton $20,000, Carterton $7000 and South Wairarapa $11,000.
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