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Upper Hutt Leader : December 21st 2011
Wednesday, December 21, 2011 SERVING YOUR COMMUNITY SINCE 1939 Letters 8 Real Estate 16-25 Arts 20-22 Motoring 27 Classifieds 28-31 Sport 34-36 SWEET FUNDRAISER Help from Piri, Cory 2 OPEN ALL HOURS Unexpected drawcard 13 OUR SPORTING LIFE The year in review 36 Ancient role for young Labour star By AMY JACKMAN CONTINUED Page 2 One of the oldest jobs in Parlia- ment has gone to Rimutaka MP Chris Hipkins, who was appointed chief whip for the Labour Party last week. Mr Hipkins says his new role will not change how accessible he is in the electorate and may have benefits in the long term. It will mean that my time will be a bit tighter but I'll still have a goal of being here on Fridays and Saturdays to do electorate work. So I don't envisage that I will be any less accessible to people here than I have been in the past. It also puts me much more in the senior function of the Labour Party, which in the short term, while we are in opposition, at least gives me an opportunity to put things on the agenda. When we move back into gov- ernment again, it will put me the centre of the new government, which will obviously be good for this electorate.'' The position of whip is one of the oldest in Parliament and dates back to the old Westminster system. A whip's job was to ensure members of Parliament voted in a particular way. They would usually ensure these votes via force, hence the term whip. They would actually bully people into the relevant lobbies because it used to be for every vote in Parliament you would have to walk into the ayes lobby or the noes lobby, so the whips' job was literally to force people into which- ever lobby they were whipping for. It's a little bit more civilised these days, we tend to ring people.'' In a modern Parliament the whip's job is to ensure the parlia- mentary aspects and adminis- tration of the party is running smoothly. It's about us ensuring we have all of our Labour votes lined up for every piece of legislation, making sure that we have speakers lined up to fill all the debate slots we get in a Parliamentary debate, making sure that all our select committees are covered... then there's the resourcing side as well,'' Mr Hipkins says. Stay put: Justin Burrell from the Upper Hutt Christian Fellowship makes some adjustments to Joseph's awkward pose to stop him from falling over. Photo: ROSEMARY McLENNAN Baby Jesus returns again By ROSEMARY McLENNAN Upper Hutt Christian Fellowship's popular nativity figures are back at The Mall. The display, facing Main Street, features life-size mannequins dressed as Joseph, Mary and the Three Wise Men watching over baby Jesus who lies in a straw-filled manger. The backdrop was painted by inmates at Rimutaka Prison's faith-based unit. Alongside the figures is a series of boards that tell the Christmas story. The scene was made several years ago for a Christmas dis- play in the former stables behind the fellowship in Lane Street. Mall manager Martin Threa- pleton says people have been asking if the display would be put up again this year. It will be at The Mall till Christmas. The fellowship is holding a carols service this Friday at 6.30pm and Christmas Day service at 9.30am. Members of the public are invited to both. Awarded for efforts to promote health Upper Hutt resident Jim Blair has been named one of 10 semi- finalists in the seniors category of the Kiwibank New Zealander of the Year. Mr Blair, 76, is the past presi- dent of Athletics New Zealand and has been involved at local, regional and national levels of athletics from 1947 till the pres- ent day. Many of the organis- ations that he has been involved with promote active lifestyles. He spent three years as the chairman of the Wellington Track and Field Committee, has been a member of the IAAF veteran com- mittee, and is currently the del- egate for the NZ Masters Associ- ation to Athletics New Zealand. Mr Blair has influenced many older people to become active again and participate in sporting endeavours. He is a firm believer that physical fitness maintains an all around quality of life for older people. He is also a life member of the Petone Football Club where he occasionally returns to the field as a player. The top three finalists in each category will be announced on January 16, and the winners named at a gala awards event in Auckland in February.
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