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Upper Hutt Leader : December 21st 2011
2 UPPER HUTT LEADER, DECEMBER 21, 2011 NEWS 4204286AA Delivered to 21,740 Homes and Businesses throughout Upper Hutt, Stokes Valley, Manor Park and Haywards Cnr Pine Ave and Queen Street, Upper Hutt Ph 528 9654 Now available online at: www.uhleader.co.nz Our Top Ten Stories on: stuff.co.nz go to Newspapers/Upper Hutt Leader Order Photos online at: pix.ccn.co.nz The Upper Hutt Leader is published by Central Community Newspapers, a division of Fairfax New Zealand Ltd, and printed at 35 Bouverie St, Petone. The registered office of Fairfax New Zealand Ltd is 40 Boulcott St, Wellington MANAGER: Jenny Russell email@example.com DDI 527 2422 EDITOR: Rosemary McLennan firstname.lastname@example.org Ph: 528 9654 SPORTS EDITOR: ColIn Williams email@example.com DDI: 527 2427 NEWS: Jimmy Ness firstname.lastname@example.org DDI 527 2428 FOR ADVERTISING: Sandra McIver Advertising Consultant email@example.com DDI 527 2423 Rick Clapham Advertising Consultant firstname.lastname@example.org DDI 527 2424 CLASSIFIED ADVERTISING: Classified: email@example.com Ph: 528 9654 Fax: 528 3021 Woodstock 5% 12pk Btls $21.99 Jim Beam & Cola 15pk Cans $27.99 Coruba & Cola 5% 10pk Btls $23.99 Codys 8% 12pk Can Range $20.99 Jacobs Creek Core Range $9.99 Brown Brothers Zibibbo, Moscato Rosa, Moscato & Dolcetto & Syrah $13.99 Jim Beam 1125ml, Jim Beam Rye 1000ml & Jim Beam Choice $41.99 Cruiser & KGB 8% 12pk Can Range $20.99 Teachers 1000ml $33.99 Seagers Gin & Seagers & Lime 1000ml $29.99 Blackheart Rum 1000ml $31.99 Jose Cuervo 700ml $35.99 Carlsberg 15pk Btls $24.99 3788560AM Manuka Gold $39.99 Thirsty Liquor, Silverstream 204 Fergusson Drive • Ph: (04) 528 0382 www.thirstyliquor.co.nz • 0800 THIRSTY Specials end 31 December 2011 *specials only available at Silverstream For instore specials txt THIRST to 244 (txts cost 20 cents) SUMMER SPECIAL Book with this coupon for... MOONSHINE AUTOMOTIVE "Got a quotation -- we'll beat it!!" 51 Moonshine Road, Upper Hutt Ph: 528 3192 or 027 569 9645 * Car WOF & Service Combo From $99.95 +GST Warrant, Oil + Filter * BRAKE PADS or SHOES Fitted from $79.95 +GST * FREE 35point Winter Check with every WOF * 12.5% OFF REPAIRS -- Retail only * SPEND OVER $500 ON REPAIRS and get a FREE Powersteering Service (Value $89.95)* Conditions Apply 3651527AJ 4254209AA Upper Hutt Dental Centre We will be Open during the Christmas and New Year Period except Statutory Holidays Hours 9am -- 2pm(Wed, Thur & Fri) We wish all our patients a Safe and Happy Festive Season Cnr Main and Royal St Ph: 9200882 / 5282458 4253445AB Talking Real Estate with Steve Slicker Hi folks, Well I can't believe it's that time of year again! I'm sure it was Easter only last week. As they say time flies when you're having fun so I must have had a fun time in 2011. This is my last column of the year and what a great year it has been, for me both professionally and personally and I hope in my own small way that I have made it a great year for a good number of people. I would like to thank each and every one my vendors for trusting me with what is generallyconsideredtheir most important asset, their homes, and I know from the increasing number of referrals and testimonials that I'm receiving that people a re very positive with my work. Also a special thanks to all my colleagues at Tommys who make going to work a pleasure, so much so that I'm not sure I should call it work. 2011 has been a year of change for me in other ways, I'm newly married and enjoying it immensely and I must thank my wife Rosie for being so patient with me and my sometimes unsocial hours. I have also seen a lot of positivity in Upper Hutt in recent times that seems to bucking the national trend of misery, especially since the end of October! I'm fairly sure I can now say Rugby World Cup without fea r of being sued by the IRB.A trophy brilliantly won by the All Blacks, the best team in world rugby.(as a pom, not the easiest thing to write) The RWC also ensured that I do not consider a change of career as a pundit, confidently telling all and sundry that the ABs would win by 20+ was not the smartest prediction I have ever made and has ensured my future in real estate! Good luck to all, happy holidays, be safe and I hope to see you in 2012 If you are thinking of selling your home please call me on the numbers below or contact me via email firstname.lastname@example.org alternately fill in your details on my website www.steveslicker.com Kind regards, Steve Slicker (04) 212 6787 0275 661 949 Advertorial Doing it 'a bit differently' FROM Page 1 You allocate offices, you also have a bit of a say around resourcing like for staffing for electorates and you sign off MPs' expenses as well.'' The chief whip also oversees the members' leave from Parliament. For a party in Parliament to vote its full num- ber of members there must be 75 per cent of them present at any time. Obviously with 34 MPs, 25 per cent of that gives us nine leave spots. So I allocate those and it's allocated by half hour, so you might get leave for an hour and then you have got to get back. For a Wellington MP you can get leave for a couple of hours, but if you are an Auckland MP and you want to go to an event in your electorate, well that's a half a day thing by the time you get there and back.'' Mr Hipkins says he is excited about his new role and the new Labour Party leadership team. You know three years ago when we all entered Parliament... if someone had said to us in three years time you will be running the show, that would have been a bit bizarre, but here we are and that's exciting,'' he says. In politics you have to have a mix, you have to have some people who have been around a while, because there is no point in re-learning everything over and over again, but when you have fresh new people you are not wedded to the old positions sometimes and you can do something a bit differ- ent. I think that's what we are going to be able to do in the next few years, just do things a bit differently.'' Mr Hipkins says Labour's goal is to win the 2014 election and he hopes to have a ministerial role in that government. Rapist's intent proven A double rapist found outside the sleep- out of an Upper Hutt house has been found guilty by a jury of attempted sex- ual violation. While the teenage girl, 16, inside the sleep-out was unaware Justin Ames Johnston was on the property, the prose- cution argued his previous convictions showed his intent. He had twice before broken into houses and attacked women. The High Court in Wellington also heard from a witness who said Johnston spoke of wanting to grab a girl of 14 or 15, have a place to hold her, tie her up, keep her for a few days and rape her. The court was told the girl's father found Johnston on the property on the evening of July 19 when he went outside to get firewood. He chased and caught Johnston but let him go when he was threatened with a garden hand fork. A police dog tracked Johnston down. Last week Johnston changed his plea to guilty on a charge of threatening to do grievous bodily harm to the father. The name of the family is suppressed. After the verdict was announced last Thursday the father said the community should have been warned Johnston was living in Upper Hutt. Because of his past a community out- cry had stopped plans for Johnston to live with a relative in the same street as Kapiti College. He ended up living in Silverstream. Johnston will be sentenced in March. The Crown will be asking for the open- ended jail term of preventive detention. Keep an eye out for water levels A new water supply indicator is available on the Greater Wellington Regional Council's website for people to check how our water sources are holding up this summer. Cr Nigel Wilson, chair of Greater Wel- lington's social and cultural wellbeing committee, says that launching the new indicator at the start of summer is timely as the backup water storage for Upper Hutt, Lower Hutt, Porirua and Welling- ton has been halved and the summer cli- mate outlook is for average to low rainfall and river flow. Now's the time for people to keep a close eye on the water situation. Although November's water use and rainfall were okay, the climate predictions reinforce that with one lake down, people need to prepare for a dry' summer.'' Cr Wilson says that making small changes can make a big difference -- and will help to reduce the chance of severe water restrictions during the warmer, drier summer months. We've already asked people to prepare for a dry summer by doing things like fixing leaks and mulching gardens. I'd also like to remind people about other effective ways to save hundreds of litres of water, such as fitting a trigger nozzle' on your hose, watering carefully or putting a filled one-litre bottle of water in the cistern of single-flush toilets.'' The water supply indicator has a scale from good'' down to extreme'' -- when water levels are extremely low -- to sum- marise how well Greater Wellington's main sources of water are holding up compared to previous summers. Greater Wellington will update the indicator regularly to reflect changing flow rates and levels in our rivers, aquifer and the operational storage lake, as well as the changing levels of water use. Visit gw.govt.nz/water-supply-situation- update for the water supply indicator. The indicator will also be used in online advertising and published in newspapers.
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