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Upper Hutt Leader : November 23rd 2011
14 UPPER HUTT LEADER, NOVEMBER 23, 2011 LETTERS VOTING IN THE REFERENDUM MADE EASY! For some simple tools to help you decide, visit elections.org.nz - or you can call 0800 36 76 56 The second question asks which of four other voting systems you would choose if New Zealand decides to change from MMP. You'll find out more about them at www.elections.org.nz On the Referendum paper, there are two questions to answer. The first is whether you think New Zealand should keep MMP, or change to another voting system. At this year's General Election, there's a referendum on our voting system. So when you go to vote, along with your orange ballot paper for the General Election, you'll get a purple Referendum one too. If we vote for a change of system, Parliament will decide if there is another referendum in 2014 to choose between MMP and the most popular alternative. If we vote to keep MMP, there will be an independent review to assess if there should be any changes to the way it works. Thirsty Liquor, Silverstream 204 Fergusson Drive • Ph: (04) 528 0382 www.thirstyliquor.co.nz 0800 THIRSTY Specials end 30th November 2011 3788560AL Lion Red, Speights & Waikato 15pk Btls $21.99 Stoli Red 1L $36.99 Canadian Club 1L $39.99 Jim Beam 1L $37.99 Gordons Gin 1L $32.99 Mills Reef, Marl Sauvigon Blanc, HB Chardonnay, HB Merlot Cabernet $15.99 Woodstock & Cruiser 5% 12pk Btls $21.99 Jim Beam Black 8% 8pk Can 330ml $19.99 Ranfurly 18pk 330ml Cans $19.99 Grants Whiskey 1L $34.99 It's not selling the family silver The opposition say that National s proposal of a mixed ownership model for certain state assets is selling the family silver . When we sold our first home, our family s strategic asset, we weren t selling the family silver. We used the money to buy our next home that more suited our needs for changing circumstances. The result was that we ended up with an asset that matched our changing needs -- either because we ended up with a smaller mortgage or, because the qualities of the next house better suited us. Opposing parties say that we will lose the dividends forever , and that they have learnt their lesson from all the asset sales they completed in previous governments. When you sell a business you are effectively selling it for the net present value of its future returns -- that is, the money you are paid for the share of the business you are selling in theory takes into account its future cashflows. Ironically, the good return years for the SOEs in question have come from them selling their assets. National understands the concerns of the taxpayers who remember the asset sales of the past and isn t repeating these mistakes. National s policy is that this government will keep control of the assets by not selling more than 49 per cent, that nobody can buy more than 10 per cent, and finally that New Zealanders will be at the front of the queue to purchase shares. National s plan includes increasing the Government s assets from $245 billion to $267 billion by 2016; this will partially be funded by re-investing the proceeds of the mixed ownership model policy. The benefit will be new assets such as schools, hospitals, irrigation and ultra fast broadband -- I think we can all agree, strategic assets. The opposition on the other hand has no plan except to borrow, tax, and then borrow some more so they can continue to spend with no regard to the future, simply to buy votes. Following this model, in the future our assets will end up being owned and controlled by the Chinese lenders who the opposition will be borrowing the money from today. JONATHAN FLETCHER, National Party candidate for Rimutaka Te Omanga thanks On behalf of Te Omanga Hospice and the Upper Hutt Yellow Bellies rugby team thank you to the magnificent effort and generosity of the clubs and bars in Upper Hutt who took part in our annual hospice fun run. A huge thanks to main sponsors Colin, Karen and Jason Burrell and the team at Angus & Burrell Motor Company for providing a marvellous array of food, well- cooked by Kevin at the Upper Hutt Club and a big thank you to Parapine ITM, Upper Hutt police social club, the Upper Hutt Club and Upper Hutt Axemen s Club for your generous donations and making this our best collection yet. It is these people and all the patrons who contributed to this most worthy cause that make it a pleasure to be able to help the hospice continue their great work. The total collected was $2465.30. I have handed over the reins to our new organiser, Paul O Riley, who will keep up the great tradition. JOHN DILLON, Upper Hutt New premises It is great to see Upper Hutt retailers making improvements on our Main St and recently it came to my attention that Kristin s Flower Shoppe had moved premises. Kristin s shop stacks up next to and indeed above the sorts of florists you might expect to see in main city centres like Wellington. She has beautiful window displays and her floristry talents are exemplary. Kristin is an example of a born and bred Upper Hutt resident who is committed to providing a top rate service in Upper Hutt. Congratulations Kristin and good luck for your new store. SUE WIHARE, Upper Hutt REUNIONS Upper Hutt Bowling Club cen- tennial, Anniversary Weekend, January 20 to 22, 2012, contact Marie Parsons, 68 Gibbons St, 970 0207, email mparsons@ paradise.net.nz. Upper Hutt College 50th, Easter 2012 (April 6 to 8), upper- hutt.school.nz/jubilee, email email@example.com or phone 527 8749. Otago Boys' High, 150th, 2013. A major part of the lead-in to the festivities will be gathering contact details for all pupils who have attended the school since 1863. Website: obhsfoundation. co.nz or contact the school s foun- dation office, PO Box 5077, Dune- din, or phone 477 8977. BBQ boost Upper Hutt Export Meat Warehouse s mobile barbe- cue after the Cory Jane street parade raised $800 for the Kids Can charity which is supported by the All Blacks and helps New Zea- land children with footwear and raincoats.
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