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Upper Hutt Leader : November 23rd 2011
10 UPPER HUTT LEADER, NOVEMBER 23, 2011 LETTERS 4199175AA DoyouneedaGP and prefer continuity of care with a personalised and caring atmosphere? GAIN HEALTH CENTRE Welcomes new patients See us at 723 A Fergusson Dr (Broadway shops behind the pharmacy) or call 528 5353 Drs Chantelau, Robertson, Young, Fisher, Thibodeau 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 OPEN THE DOORS on a great selection BUILDING? RENOVATING? • Doors replaced / installed • Interior or Exterior • Pre-Hung Doors • Cavity Sliders • Locks, Latches & Handles • Houselots catered for 25A Wilford Street • Ph 527 8305 customer car parking easily accessed off Lane Street Email all inquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org 3426837AV EDITORIAL Not just any election When locals go to the polls this Saturday they need to think beyond the immediate benefits offered by various party policies. In 1975, Robert Muldoon s National Party defeated the Labour Government, led by Bill Rowling, following the sudden death of Prime Minister Norm Kirk. Kirk had introduced a compul- sory superannuation savings scheme but Muldoon campaign- ed against it, promising super- annuation for all, paid through direct taxation. I remember the landslide vic- tory and dumping of the Kirk super scheme well but what appeared to be a sensible decision at the time, years later was viewed as a tragic mistake that robbed New Zealand of the huge benefit of becoming a country of savers. This Saturday a major elec- tion issue is the National Party proposal for the partial sale of several important New Zealand government-owned assets. Some iwi are talking about buying shares if they have the opportunity, and clearly value the concept of continued New Zealand ownership of key assets. Voters need to look beyond the short-term gain to the long-term future impact on the country. -- Rosemary McLennan, Editor. More concern for rights of vandals HAVE YOUR SAY We welcome your letters. They should be no longer than 250 words. The editor reserves the right to abridge letters and also decide whether letters are suitable for publication. Letters must include the writer's name for publication. Pen names are not accepted. The writer's address and phone number must be supplied for our records. Email to email@example.com, fax 528 3021 or PO Box 40001, Upper Hutt. Thanks letters for grants to groups are not accepted. Open letters and poetry are seldom used. CONTINUED Page 12 EKERS' WEEK Councillor Gwilliam should step down -- now. Councillor Gwilliam seems more concerned for the human rights of vandals than the law abiding ratepayers who are funding his libertarian views. Voting against the proposed trespass notices, he tells the Leader (November 16) that he has had no comment, one way or other, from people in the street . Maybe if he got off his backside, and engaged with some of those he is supposedly representing, he might find out that the rest of us are heartily sick of the mindless minority who cause damage to other people s property. Any proactive approach by police or council should be welcomed. If Councillor Gwilliam is sincerely interested in a permanent solution, he might like to consider advocating for a list of names and addresses of this hard core little group to be made public, and leave society to take care of the problem. Meantime, if he feels more empathy for the rights of these people, he should immediately stand down. I, for one, feel cheated knowing that my rates contribute to his salary. MIKE HORNER, Silverstream John Gwilliam replies: I share Mr Horner s concerns regarding the tagging of properties in the central business area and indeed stated such in my interview with the Leader. As a member of Experience Upper Hutt I am only too well aware of retailers and other businesses being sick and tired of this sort of behaviour and the need to do something about it. But is trespassing young people willy nilly from the central business area on the suspicion that they may be taggers the answer? This hard core little group is well known to the police. As a result, the police are actively working with their families to try and find a solution. That is what I call active policing and is an approach I wholeheartedly endorse. What I do not support, however, is an extension to police powers that have the potential to seriously impact on everyone s right as law-abiding citizens to walk down the street unhindered. We live in a free and democratic society that sometimes we take too much for granted. The challenge is to get the balance right between these basic human rights and the need for the state to have sufficient powers to ensure others don t abuse those rights for us. I don t believe that balance is right in this case. The police already have many powers at their disposal to deal with this type of behaviour. Opposition to law supported I read the story about Cr Gwilliam opposing the city trespass laws and as a person in the street I want to say I agree with him. I am no fan of taggers, and would never be described as a softie or PC liberal, but I see no point in having laws that are impossible to enforce. By all means catch the taggers and deal with them, but having our un-resourced police force chasing people from the Main St between King St and Pine Ave once trespassed, is a waste of time. I would much rather have them respond rapidly to burglaries, assaults etc. The reality of the punishment for trespassing is that it is similar to being slapped with a wet bus ticket. If the council are so concerned with the smaller matters affecting our city they could look at passing a by law about roosters in built up areas -- and when that s passed through council we could use the local constabulary to collect them from infringers property and give them the chop! Now that would get my vote! COLLEEN UPTON, Upper Hutt Why do we oppose good ideas? At last, some good news. The local steam locomotion people want to install a railway track from Maymorn up the Rimutaka Incline to the top of the hill. Good idea? Also, a developer wants to create a village at Maymorn. Good idea? About 15 years ago a local man, Ace Welsh, suggested a cable car leading to a restaurant on the top of the Eastern Hills above Upper Hutt. He said it would provide employment and endless tourists. Good idea? Why don t we combine all three ideas on the Rimutaka Hill and put Upper Hutt on the tourist map? The steam train would replace the cable car. But if we ignore reality and keep on twiddling our toes, it s goodbye to a financially plausible place to live. Good idea? The entire project could be powered by wind turbines and solar panels on the upper hills away from civilisation. This couldn t possibly offend those who object to turbines waving their arms within 200 miles of their smoke-producing barbecues. Good idea? There s only one snag. Recent experience has shown that Upper Hutt lacks people with the imagination necessary for such a venture. Maybe a lack good ideas and the gumption to implement them is the reason we re sliding backwards? So I guess having a good idea is not always a good idea in Upper Hutt? LAURIE BENNETT, Upper Hutt Maybe Santa will help It s a shame it has come down to the president of Pinehaven Progressive Association feeling compelled with his bare hands to empty the Pinehaven Reserve rubbish bin and remove waste from around the bin at least twice a week. This is because the Upper Hutt City Council still refuse to increase the number or size of the small single bin currently gracing the recreational reserve. It may seem like rubbish but it s really a disgrace. It also appears too much to wish for a litter bag dispenser to be installed at this increasingly popular park. However, Santa looms large. MICHAEL ROMANOS, Silverstream
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