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Upper Hutt Leader : December 7th 2011
Wednesday, December 7, 2011 SERVING YOUR COMMUNITY SINCE 1939 Letters 10 Real Estate 30-61 Arts 54-56 Motoring 62 Classifieds 63-66 Sport 70-71 HONOUR FOR MARY Papal medal presented 3 HAM A CUT ABOVE Tradition lives on 8 LA AWARD FOR ANITA A Kiwi first 54 Shock as quake work shuts court By AMY JACKMAN CONTINUED Page 2 The Upper Hutt District Court has been closed for up to a year by the Ministry of Justice for urgent earthquake strengthening work, sending shockwaves of confusion and worry throughout the legal community. The closure was announced late on Wednesday and took effect the following day. All cases will be sent to the Lower Hutt District Court and the lists and services will be integrated into the courts there. Most cases will be held on the date they are currently scheduled for in a separate courtroom from the Lower Hutt lists. This system will be reviewed after Christmas and the Upper Hutt cases may be integrated into the Tuesday and Thursday Lower Hutt lists. The sudden nature of the close meant last week lawyers were at a loss as to when their cases would be held and whether their services as duty lawyers would be required. Carla Leader, from Upper Hutt Law, was on the duty solicitor ros- ter for last week. Last Friday she said it was hard to know what they were supposed to do. I don't know if we just carry on, like every Wednesday is our list day, and so will we have a court in Lower Hutt and the three of us [duty lawyers] go there and it's like we are in Upper Hutt? I just don't know,'' she said. Someone rang me from Christ- church yesterday [last Thursday] and asked if I could appear as an agent in a hearing for her on the 19th and I said, Yeah fine, but is it in Upper Hutt?' and she said Yes', I said Well, I don't know what is going to happen'.'' Peter Richardson, from Upper Hutt Law, said it is important the Justice Ministry finds a tempor- ary space to hold the court in Upper Hutt. You can't fault what they have done. It's how they handle the con- sequences. I feel we need some- thing temporary in Upper Hutt fairly quickly, so how quick will they get that part of it under way?'' he said. From our point of view, it is very disruptive [going to Lower Hutt]. It will just chew up so much time. For the clients it's the same, the travel, the distance and the time. Court processes can often be quite slow and we don't want to add any more delays.'' Many in the community are also worried the closure of the court could become permanent. Mayor Wayne Guppy says he believes the Justice Ministry made a good decision closing the court for safety reasons, but that it must re-open. It's important they understand that the work gets on very quickly. I don't want them to see this as a way to say You have coped with- out a court for nine months, so you don't need one'.'' Rimutaka MP Chris Hipkins has the same concerns and says he will be lobbying very hard for the court to remain open. One of the big challenges for us here in Upper Hutt is going to be preserving what we've got and not being swallowed up into a whole heap of government amalga- mations, and the more the Gov- ernment cuts funding to public services, the more Upper Hutt is going to lose out. So I'm going to be fighting quite hard to ensure that any strengthening work that needs to be done is done and that it actu- ally gets re-opened.'' Steve Corbett, from the Justice Ministry, says the staff at the court reacted well to the news of the closure. The Upper Hutt manager has reported that although it has come as a big surprise, the staff are now excited about the change and about getting out of their comfort zones.'' Who loves ya, Santa? Kisses from Santa: Santa responds to a woman in the crowd who called out ''We love you Santa'' during Saturday's Upper Hutt Leader Santa Parade. Council staff member Joanne Kinnaird, walking alongside the sleigh, brought the woman's comments to his attention and he responded by blowing her kisses. With Santa are two of his four helpers angel Isabella Knox and elf Ixzaybia Bulloch. PARADE WINNERS: Best presented business float, Paper Plus 1, Arts A Go Go! 2, Gillies and Mark The Professionals and Anything Goes Costume Hire 3=. Best community group float, Totara Park School 1, Salvation Army William Booth Educare 2, Upper Hutt Dog Training School 3. By ROSEMARY McLENNAN Upper Hutt turned on a warm day and crowd of thousands for Saturday afternoon's Santa Par- ade. Following a new route south- west along Main St, the parade took about 40 minutes to pass by and included floats and performers from local groups, sports clubs and businesses with Santa and his reindeer, who have never become accustomed to Upper Hutt's hot weather, at the rear. With Santa were his helpers angel Isabella Knox, elves Ixzaybia Bulloch and Flynn Braun and fairy Emma de la Haye. There were about 35 entries this year. Upper Hutt Leader manager Jenny Russell says the extra efforts by entrants this year was obvious in both ideas and decorations. The annual artisan fair in The Mall featured about 15 stalls. More photos, pages 12-14, 18. Stokes Valley parade, page 32 Lake safety work cuts water storage capacity With one of the two Stuart Macas- kill water storage lakes out of action for earthquake strengthen- ing, there will be less stored water available this summer. Greater Wellington Regional Council's supplement inside out- lines how we can all help save water this summer. Also in the supplement is the council's popu- lar Great Outdoors summer pro- gramme, and stories about car pooling, the Encore environment awards and Christmas public transport timetables.
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