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Upper Hutt Leader : November 16th 2011
39 UPPER HUTT LEADER, NOVEMBER 16, 2011 NEWS/OPINION OUTSTANDING VALUE, LUXURY THROUGHOUT 10 WH 3.3x3.0 6.0 0x x5.7 4.7x4.7 4.7x4. 5 4.0x4.5 6.0x x6.2 TO T UGHENED D OBSC LOCK 810 KEE LOCK DOUBLEE GA RA AG GE W/R MASTER BEDROOM M BED. 3 LOUNGE Y N N FLOOR AREA: 300 sqM ROVER SALESPERSON ON SITE ON WEEKENDS FROM 1-3PM UNTIL THE SHOW HOME IS COMPLETE NEW GOLDEN HOMES ROVER PLAN SHOWHOME UNDER CONSTRUCTION Corner of SH2 and Norana Road 0800 506 507 11 14 4 423 23 23 Licenced + BYO Wine Only 92 Main Street, Upper Hutt • Ph: 04 527 9285 Long established Indian restaurant Upper Hutt's Looking for a place to host your Christmas Do? Call Curry Workz to enquire about our Christmas Special Banquet Giving you a 30% Discount. 3703285AN LUNCH: Wed-Fri 12-2pm DINNER: Tue-Sun 5pm-late 3880455AA Care & Education for children 0-5 years Monday to Friday, 7.15am 5.45pm OPEN 52 WEEKS NOW OPEN. The centre is located two minutes walk to Upper Hutt Railway Station. Very convenient for parents commuting to Wellington CHILDHOOD CONCEPTS is an exciting new centre resourced with quality equipment. Children will learn alongside qualifed and experienced caring teachers within a nurturing environment in partnership with parents. We are now accepting enrolments for children from birth to 5 years FOR MORE INFORMATION OR JUST TO DISCUSS YOUR NEEDS CONTACT 527 0282 OR 021 1000 676 28 GOODSHED ROAD, UPPER HUTT Campaign from a parallel universe TALKING POLITICS GORDON CAMPBELL At this point, many people will be thanking their lucky stars the Rugby World Cup prevented this election campaign from being any longer. If one week can be a lifetime in politics, a one-month election contest can seem like a lifetime for voters. This campaign has also felt like something of a throwback to an era pre-dating even the Opposition rout in 2002. Heading towards the final week of the campaign, there is an incumbent Government within reach of absolute power, while media coverage has focussed on a couple of electorates (Epsom, Ohariu) where deals have been done to swing the overall result. All things considered, this cam- paign has felt very much like a First Past The Post contest. In addition, much of the campaign has seemed deliberately divorced from current concerns. Instead of dealing with the con- ditions that voters are facing now, politicians have been haggling over how best to pay for outcomes that are years in the future. As a result, the economic arguments during the campaign have largely been focused on the out- comes for the financial year 2014-15 -- and on whose set of promises will get the Government s books back in surplus by then, within sustainable levels of overseas borrowing. There has been little talk about how to alleviate the current con- ditions of hardship, apart from Labour s controversial plans to take GST off fresh fruit and vegetables. Owing to the fixation with balanc- ing the budget some time in the future, the campaign dialogue has been taken up with arguments about spending cuts, borrowing and deficit reduction -- and not about creating jobs, tax fairness, or how we might best go about getting families out of poverty. The focus of the debate during this campaign has been so narrow that a major Radio New Zealand Insight investigation into poverty in New Zealand (broadcast a fortnight ago) felt like a report from a parallel uni- verse. Third World diseases (such as rheumatic fever) are running rife among some New Zealand children at 14 times the OECD average. Yet does anyone seriously think that John Key and Phil Goff have any clues about how to turn that situ- ation around? Similarly, the election outcome is unlikely to create more job opportunities for even half of the 58,000 youth now unemployed in New Zealand. Nor is there any likelihood of immediate relief in the socio- economic burden of student debt that keeps piling up (partly because successive governments have found it more important to fund motorways than to invest adequately in tertiary education). Thus far, the only people publicly debating the social impact of income inequality seem to have been the Occupy movement. During recent weeks, their encampments have also become engaged with providing frontline help for some of the victims of inequality: the mentally troubled, the alcoholic, and the homeless. This gulf between the country s problems and the political solutions on offer may go some way towards explaining why so many young people didn t bother to enrol to vote this year. To them, the election cam- paign may well look like one of the escapist reality shows on television -- where people get voted in and out of Parliament, but with little or no con- nection to the everyday lives of the viewers. Writers' flying visit to city By PAUL LAMBERT, city promotion manager COMMERCE COMMENT You may have seen TV1 cover- age of the International Conven- tion for the Society of American Travel Writers being held in Wellington last week. Four hundred and fifty North American travel journalists have been discovering New Zea- land and the Wellington region in particular so they can write articles for their publications back home. This is an invaluable source of promotion of our region overseas. I am sure many of us have been influenced by travel stories we read. Two groups of these journalists visited Efil Doog Garden of Art in Akatarawa Valley last week. These visits were organised by Positively Wellington Tourism and the Upper Hutt i-SITE Visitor Cen- tre. Ernie and Shirley Cosgrove, owners of Efil Doog, have estab- lished a top-class attraction and are great hosts for international visitors. Some of the conference delegates also visited Lord of the Rings film locations in Upper Hutt as part of their Wel- lywood experiences. We look forward to seeing their stories when they appear. Last Friday night I attended the launch of Kereru Brewing Company s new range of craft beers at the BoileRoom, Mayfair Cafe. Boutique beers are very popular around New Zealand and for Upper Hutt to now have one is an important addition to our local businesses. Owner and brewer Chris Mills is to be congratulated for his achievements (there was a full story in last week s Leader -- also check out kererubrewing. co.nz). Birds are an important part of Upper Hutt -- sculptures, the city crest, brewery name and seen all over the city. Next Saturday, November 19, we have a special celebration day in Akatarawa Valley for the three new bridges. Staglands Wildlife Reserve add to the enjoyment with half price entry from November 19 until the end of the month and the three bridges new names of Kaka, Kereru and Piwakawaka will be launched. Full details of special bus tours and the day s pro- gramme on upperhuttcity.com or call us on 04 527 2141. Bridge bus tours Commissioned: One of the three Akatarawa bridges that will be officially named this weekend. The three new Akatarawa Val- ley bridges will be named on Saturday. Special bus tours will take visitors to view them for the celebrations. The tours will end with an opportunity to enjoy a visit at Staglands Wildlife Reserve which will offer special entry prices. Akatarawa Road reopened at Labour Weekend. Rimutaka Lions Club will have a sausage sizzle at the first new bridge with all proceeds going to Staglands Blue Duck conservation programme. Upper Hutt mayor Wayne Guppy will visit the new bridges and Staglands Wildlife Reserve during the day. A special attraction of the day will be the announcement of names proposed for the three new bridges. City promotion manager Paul Lambert says that with a heavy presence of birds in the councils official crest, new street sculptures, in the wild in Akatarawa Valley and at Stag- lands Wildlife Reserve, the selection of bird names for the bridges was an easy fit. To enable visitors without motor vehicles to visit the bridges and Staglands, the buses will depart from Har- court Park at 11am, 1pm and 2.30pm, and bookings are essen- tial. Book at Upper Hutt i-Site Visitor Centre, or phone 527 2141. Fares are $2 per adult, $1 per child, with under-3s free They can be paid on the bus.
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