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Upper Hutt Leader : December 14th 2011
Wednesday, December 14, 2011 SERVING YOUR COMMUNITY SINCE 1939 Letters 10 Real Estate 29-43 Arts 35-36 Motoring 44 Classifieds 45-49 Sport 51-52 NEW LIFE FOR BLACK STUMP Kinsmen keen to lease it 5 CAROLS WERE COOL Perfect night turned on 38 FLETCHER STORMS HOME Junior national 400m win 52 Musician honoured with civic award By ROSEMARY McLENNAN Better late than never: John Morrison, at the keyboard of the grand piano in the foyer of Expressions with Mayor Wayne Guppy. Photo: ROSEMARY McLENNAN A lifetime's service to the community through music has been honoured with a civic award for Upper Hutt's John Morrison. Mayor Wayne Guppy presented the gifted organist and pianist with the award at a ceremony in the mayoral office on Friday afternoon, attended by Mr Morrison's family, friends and city councillors. Mr Guppy described Mr Morrison, 88, as a very outstand- ing man'' and apologised recognition had taken so long. Recipients of civic awards were the community's unsung heroes worthy of the highest honour, he said. Mr Morrison was an artist, musician, composer and accompanist highly regarded by other musicians, Mr Guppy said. He was involved in church (at least 60 years playing the organ at St Margaret's, Silverstream) and community musical groups including Upper Hutt Operatic Society (now Upper Hutt Musical Theatre), Heretaunga Players, Hutt Valley Competitions Society and Expressions. He was a popular accompanist for choirs and soloists and admired for graciously sharing his talents with others. He was involved in New Zealand broadcasting's early days in Waring Taylor St and later Broadcasting House, Avalon Studios for television productions, including a documentary on Aunt Daisy and her children's choir. Mr Morrison paid tribute to his late wife, Betty, for her support over the years. Rimutaka satisfied with MMP By ROSEMARY McLENNAN Rimutaka voters appear more satisfied with MMP than the New Zealand average. Referendum on the voting system results released at the weekend show 60.1 per cent of Rimutaka voters want to keep MMP compared with 57.8 per cent nationally. But when it came to an alternative voting system Rimutaka voters largely agreed with the rest of the country. In Rimutaka, 47. 6 per cent supported first past the post compared with 46.7 per cent nationally. Preferential voting was supported by 11.2 per cent in Rimutaka (12.5). Single transferable vote gained 18.3 per cent sup- port in Rimutaka (16.7) and supplementary member 22.9 (24.1). Rimutaka MP Chris Hipkins says local voters are pretty savvy'' and have worked out how MMP operates. There was a lot of split voting two elections ago and he expects to find the same when those results are released in February. Mr Hipkins increased his election night majority of 3126 to 3286 over National's Jonathan Fletcher. Third was the Greens' Tane Woodley with 1990 (1701 on election night) and fourth ACT's Alwyn Courtenay on 241 (221). National's party vote ended at 15,364 (14,114 on election night) compared to Labour's 11,375 (10,291). Third were the Greens on 3422 (3012). Mr Hipkins says Labour's party vote in Rimutaka was a disappointment and would be a focus for the future. But he is really pleased'' with his personal vote and thoroughly enjoying representing the electorate in Parliament. Total referendum votes in Rimutaka were 34,583. There were 918 informal votes were the voter had not made clear the option they supported. Informal votes are not included in the percentages for options. Polling place and split vote information for the ref- erendum is expected to be available from February 1. Full results: electionresults.govt.nz/electionresults--- 2011/. Valley News inside Upper Hutt City Council's Valley News publi- cation is inside on pages 25 to 28. Topics include Upper Hutt Library's expan- sion one year on, tree protection provisions and an upgrade of H2O Xtream during February.
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