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Upper Hutt Leader : November 23rd 2011
Wednesday, November 23, 2011 SERVING YOUR COMMUNITY SINCE 1939 Letters 10 Real Estate 29-54 Arts 46-48 Motoring 55 Classifieds 56-60 Sport 62-64 AWARD IN RECORD TIME Driving with Miss Daisy 3 CARAVAN CARNAGE Top action at speedway 21 DOLLS WITH DIFFERENCE New show at Expressions 47 Main St crackdown imminent By COLIN WILLIAMS The city's new Main St trespass laws to curb the consistent tag- ging and etching of properties, may be seen as an infringement on some people's freedom of movement but the community also has rights, police area commander Inspector Mike Hill says. In the crime prevention approach the council, as owner of the Main St, has delegated its trespass powers to the police. Councillor John Gwilliam has been a lone voice in the opposition to a move freely described by Mr Hill as new and novel''. Mr Hill says the laws have been well-considered. We are in a democratic society and there has been a process where the council, as leaders, have had the debate and voted on it. But for those that are con- cerned about how we might implement it there is the process for a right of appeal,'' Mr Hill says. Under the approach individuals would be able to get a review of their trespass notice by applying to a city infringements panel. Council officers and the police will also regularly meet to review the practicality and effective- ness'' of the new, and as yet untested approach. Mr Gwilliam believes the tres- pass law is a breach of human rights which might not stand up to a challenge in the courts, citing the recent decision of Dunedin police to not enforce that city's trespass laws on the Occupy protesters as illustrative. That's different down there,'' Mr Hill says. That is a protest and people have the inherent right to protest. I believe it's more of a camping issue, whereas here it involves anti-social behaviour and people damaging buildings.'' Mr Hill emphasises Upper Hutt city's move is about crime preven- tion, intended to keep people and property safer. We are saying there are standards of behaviour in town, and if you can't do that you run the risk of being trespassed. There's been a shift and the things that might have gone on in public spaces before are not going to be tolerated. Yes, it's an infringement on some people's ability [of movement] but the wider com- munity has rights as well,'' he says. Why should a shopkeeper come to their business in the morning and find that people have damaged their place overnight. We are already beginning to assess, do we have people already now who fit the bill [for a trespass notice],'' he says. Although the new approach is on council-owned streets it is simi- lar to traditional'' trespass laws and Mr Hill draws a parallel with the existing street liquor bans. And since these were intro- duced there has been a corre- sponding drop-off in offences,'' he says. The trespass laws, set to be in place in a matter of weeks, will prevent individuals from entering the Main St between King St and Pine Ave. It is accepted any notice issued must not prevent an individual from accessing services such as a doctor, dentist, pharmacy, super- market, school or his or her resi- dence. A look at battle for Rimutaka Rimutaka must be a strategic seat, if National's attention to it in recent weeks is anything to go by. After Prime Minister John Key spent an hour chatting to shoppers in The Mall a couple of weeks back, last week his office offered a half-hour interview to the Upper Hutt Leader which was followed by a walkabout of more than 30 minutes in Main St with Rimutaka candidate Jonathan Flet- cher and a media entourage that looked more like a rugby scrum. On the walkabout Doreen Finall told the Prime Minister he had the support of her and her husband. Tyler Dunn, 5, shopping with mum Jacqui Dunn and sister Kodi, 3, high fived the prime minister. Among the youngest the prime minister met was Aaliyah Lewis, 20 days old, with mum Jayme Lewis and nana Jo Lewis. There were plenty of jokes about the cup of tea the prime minister had with ACT Epsom candidate John Banks but it was coffee he stopped for at Buttercup Bakery. The walkabout ended outside Jina's before Mr Key left in his Crown limo. Our interview with him is on page 4, fol- lowed by Labour leader Phil Goff's response on page 5. On pages 39 and 40 you will find questions we have posed to the candidates for Rimu- taka and the Maori seat Ikaroa-Rawhiti. Photos from the prime minister's walkabout can be viewed and ordered at pix.ccn.co.nz. Effort stacks up as a winner Fast finish: Oxford Crescent School pupils, from left, Barbara-Rose Tukaki, Maddison Eady, Zachary Turner and Grace Munn race to finish a sport stacking cycle as part of a world record attempt. Photo: AMY JACKMAN Colourful plastic cups were being stacked up and down in a blur of co-ordination at Oxford Crescent School last Thursday, as the school helped smash a Guinness World Record. Pupils were taking part in Stack Up 2011, a global event organised by the World Sport Stacking Association, to try to break the 2010 record of 316,736 people sport stacking in multiple locations in one day The record was easily beaten this year with the current count showing 353,849 children participated from 2323 schools across 19 countries. Sport stacking features one or two chil- dren stacking 12 cups in certain sequences. They must stack the cups up and down in the quickest time possible. The current world record for the fastest sport stack cycle'' is 5.63 seconds. Ethan Lees, 7, has been stacking for two years. He says he loved taking part in the world record attempt. It's really good and I like it and would like to do it, if we could, every year because it's fun and cool. When you start off it is a little bit hard, but then you get good and you can get faster and faster.'' Senior school teacher Catherine Pulford says sport stacking has become very popular, especially in the winter terms. Speed stacking is a popular morning- tea and lunch-time activity, mostly in the winter term when they can't get outside. The beauty is, it's not like only some of the kids can do it, anyone can do it. We've even got one of our teachers who's a speed stacker.'' Sport stacking began in southern Cali- fornia in the 1980s and there are now more than 20,000 schools worldwide which are official sport stacking schools.
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