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Upper Hutt Leader : November 16th 2011
38 UPPER HUTT LEADER, NOVEMBER 16, 2011 ELECTION/NEWS THE LEADER DELIVERS EVERY WEEK Number 1 in your community History: The Upper Hutt Leader has been a part of your community for over 70 years. We have been here through good times and bad, delivering unique local news, views, advertising and community information. We have an offce on Main Street with local staff including a manager, editor, sales people, journalists, clerical & production people. Local people deliver the paper to you. Our Team give their spare time to help a number of community organisations and local events. Circulation: We distribute 22,226 copies every Wednesday throughout Upper Hutt and Stokes Val- ley. This is independently certifed by ABC (NZ Audit Bureau of Circulation) and is re-audited every year. Year after year independent research proves that the Upper Hutt Leader is read and used by most Upper Hutt people. Readership: The Leader is read each week by *39,000 people aged 15+. These are independent fgures provided by the AC Nielsen's NRM Readership survey (*NRM Q2 2009 -- Q1 2010) Within Upper Hutt there is 91% readership by those aged 15+. Advertising: Independently audited circulation and readership gives Leader advertisers the assurance that most people in Upper Hutt see their advertising. Discounts are often available for using the Leader's sister publications (like Hutt News & The Wellingtonian). Indeed most print advertising across the Fairfax Media NZ titles can be arranged by The Leader staff. News: Every week the Leader is full of unique local news, faces and events. We aim to refect what's going on around Upper Hutt with a local editor and reporters. We can access the wider Fairfax Media NZ news resources when it's important for Upper Hutt readers to get a wider perspective. 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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 4184038AA V I I Y N d fr r ourc or nforma on abou 0800 442 442 www.ihc.org.nz evel 14, Willbank House 57 Willis treet, Wellington Labour and National on state housing On the eve of Saturday's protest in Pomare about state housing, Simon Edwards talked to Rimutaka's Labour MP Chris Hipkins and his National challenger Jonathan Fletcher about their parties' housing policies. VOTE 2011 Jonathan Fletcher, National Chris Hipkins, Labour The biggest asset on the New Zealand Government s books is the state hous- ing stock and it s crucial it s managed properly, Mr Fletcher says. In the Hutt Valley and elsewhere there are lots of three-bedroom houses, but the demand is for two-bedroom and four-bedroom-plus houses. The notion of a lifetime state house tenancy is faulty: You can end up with a single person living in a three- or four-bedroom house, while a family of five lives in a one- bedroom place. Mr Fletcher says the annual tenancy reviews taking into account changed income and family size, which the National Government introduced last July for new state house tenants, should be extended to existing tenants. It s fair that you have a state house that suits your needs at whatever stage you re at in life, rather than have the same house forever just because that s the way it used to be . That s not to say that in places like Pomare, couples whose children have left home or who are earning better incomes will have to leave the community they grew up in. In Pomare -- and other cities and towns -- the Government is looking to partner with social agencies to build new homes, better matched to demand. Mr Fletcher sees these as a stepping stone for those who no longer need the full support of a heavily subsidised state house, but can not yet afford the private rental market. So they still get affordable housing, and with the accommo- dation supplement it could mean they re [no worse off] than when they were in a Housing New Zealand house. By partnering with other agencies on housing develop- ments, the taxpayer s dollar goes twice as far , the housing stock for lower income families is increased, and the Govern- ment can direct more resources into maintaining state houses: in the past three years it carried out 49,690 insulation or renovation projects in state houses. This approach also avoids ghettos of poorly maintained state houses. With upgraded houses, tenants tend to look after them, and the social agency partners have a vested interest in maintenance. There s nothing wrong with state housing renewal, or allowing tenants to buy the house they have lived in for years, providing it s replaced with another state house somewhere else, Mr Hipkins says. Trouble is, that s not the approach [National has] taken. They re hocking them off, but not replacing. They re banking the proceeds. Housing partnerships with other social agencies are fine, as long as it s not at the expense of winding back state housing stock. Mr Hipkins says New Zealand has never really caught up from the sale under National of almost 13,000 state houses in the 1990s. That s why we have these huge waiting lists. Renewal is necessary but one of the things I ve advocated for -- and I m pleased to see it s in Labour s policy -- is very relevant to Pomare. That s where there is redevelopment. Those who were living in the community affected should have preference to move back into one of the new houses. People are connected to communities, they become part of them. To suddenly come along and say we re going to boot you out and give someone else your house [either because your family circumstances have changed or there s a housing renewal project], that can have a huge impact emotionally, psychologically. Mr Hipkins says there should be no tolerance for tenants vandalising state houses, or using them as a base for criminal activity. HNZ should take action in such circumstances. But they have to be very careful they get their facts right and don t punish the wrong people. As happened with the women living in Farmers Cres that resulted in court action, often it s the kids who get penalised because of someone who doesn t even live in their house . When vandalism first occurs, HNZ managers should be looking to see if there s something else behind the damage. What if it s a case of domestic violence? HNZ should be joining the dots and getting other agencies involved rather than washing their hands of it and saying, We re going to boot you out . Mates night at bowls club The popular Mates In Bowls programme starts this week at Sil- verstream Bowling and Petanque Club. The competition runs for three weeks from November 16. Players should wear flat-soled shoes and should arrive by 5.45pm before the games start at 6:15pm. The club provides the bowls and puts on a barbecue. The cost per player is $7.50 per per- son per night. Get your team of three together and we ll see you there. The club is at 37 Dunns Street, Silverstream.
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