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Upper Hutt Leader : November 30th 2011
Wednesday, November 30, 2011 SERVING YOUR COMMUNITY SINCE 1939 Letters 10 Real Estate 25-41 Arts 42-44 Motoring 47 Classifieds 49-53 Sport 54-56 KIDS' CHARITY CALLS IT A DAY Last lunch for Upper Hutt 3 PRESTIGIOUS AWARD Local man's top effort 14 MOTOCROSS CHAMPS Action at Moonshine 56 Hipkins wins against big party swing By ROSEMARY McLENNAN CONTINUED Page 2 While Rimutaka MP Chris Hip- kins increased both his personal vote and majority in Saturday's general election, Labour has lost its hold on the seat's party vote. Labour lost about 3000 votes while National's increased by about 800 to finish with 14,114 to Labour's 10,291. The Greens almost doubled their share of the party vote from 1845 in 2008 to 3012 on Saturday. National candidate Jonathan Fletcher is disappointed he did not win the seat but is absolutely stoked'' with the party vote result. Party polling had indicated the seat winnable by National but there was a large number of unde- cided voters. But party voting showed it is now a blue seat and the party has built a strong infrastructure in the electorate which will bode well for the future, he says. Mr Fletcher says the make-up of the seat has changed from mostly working class to middle class, possibly because of boun- dary changes in the south. He resigned from his job seven weeks ago to campaign fulltime and, committed to Upper Hutt, could be keen to stand again. This year's campaign was a more of a team effort and the investment was not wasted, he says. Three years ago Mr Hipkins won the seat, vacated by retiring MP Paul Swain, in a three-way battle with National and New Zealand First to hold the seat with an election night majority of 625. On Saturday he finished 3126 votes ahead of Mr Fletcher. The Greens' Tane Woodley was third with 1701 and ACT's Alwyn Courtenay fourth with 221. Mr Hipkins says it appears there was a lot of vote splitting favouring the Greens, but at the expense of Labour, and the full picture would be seen once split vote statistics were available. NZ First had benefited from the surge in popularity near the end of the campaign, he says. Many ACT and UnitedFuture votes had been picked up by National, he believes. National had also picked up party votes from Labour. Mr Hipkins said he appreciated that Mr Fletcher had taken the time to call him on Saturday night. Greens' candidate Tane Wood- ley is more than happy with their result, especially the party vote in Rimutaka. The Greens now talked the economics of their message rather than it being inspirational only, he says. If Labour lifts its game over the next three years the 2014 election would be very interesting, he says. Rain or shine, Santa's coming This Saturday's Upper Hutt Leader Santa Parade will travel the opposite direction along Main St to past years. Floats and groups will assemble in King St and travel south-west along Main St to fin- ish in Royal St. More than 35 floats and groups, some new to the parade experience, have registered for the parade, which starts at 2pm and goes ahead rain or shine. Details page 16. Whopper Shopper feature, pages 16-24. Millns bags beauty title Crowned winner: Miss Hutt Valley 2011 Rachel Millns takes to the catwalk after being crowned during the 2011 Miss Hutt Valley competition at the Upper Hutt Cosmopolitan Club on Saturday. Photos: DEAN PEMBERTON Beauty lineup: Miss Hutt Valley 2011 Rachel Millns, centre, poses with runners-up Remavaine Albrett, left, and Olivia New and the other contestants. By NICHOLAS BOYACK Taking some rescue remedy capsules proved the winning formula for Miss Hutt Valley 2011, Rachel Millns. The Waikanae resident won the title at the Upper Hutt Cosmo- politan Club on Saturday night and she put her success down to taking the stress relief capsules. I just found they helped me so much.'' Although she impressed those present with her public speaking, she says that it is not her strength. Asked what the biggest environmental issue facing the country is, she had a quick response. I said mining' because it is destroying a lot of bush and things . . . it is really important as an issue because once you destroy it, you can't bring it back.'' Her previous pageant experi- ence was winning Miss Friend- ship in the Miss Horowhenua pageant and she now has her sights set on the Miss New Zea- land title next May. Winning the Hutt Valley title gave her a real buzz and she says it was a real confidence booster. After being involved in Miss Horowhenua, she was looking for something that would take her out of her comfort zone. Although some people have a negative view of pageants, she says the other contestants were not catty'' and everyone got on really well. Pageants are a great oppor- tunity for young women and she has no hesitation in encouraging others to try it. She particularly enjoyed work- ing with the other girls and says she leaned a lot about posture and how to present herself in public. It has given her confidence a real boost. More photos, pix.ccn.co.nz
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