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Upper Hutt Leader : December 21st 2011
8 UPPER HUTT LEADER, DECEMBER 21, 2011 LETTERS 2ND HAND APPLIANCES Queen Street, Upper Hutt 528 6767 3928350AK PRE LOVED APPLIANCES Washers from $99 Dryers from $199 Dishwashers from $329 Fridge/Freezers from $99 TVs from $29 Stoves from $499 Haier 6 kg Dryers brand new C grade 4 ONLY - $529 SAVE $200 now $329 WE CAN DELIVER & INSTALL Work & Income Quotes Welcome Spare Parts Available Only at Esquires The Mall Opposite McDonalds, Main Street, Upper Hutt. Tel: 04 527 0651 Present this voucher instore when you purchase any hot beverage from the menuboard to receive a 2nd hot beverage for free. treat a friend. 2for1 hot beverages Not redeemable with any other offer. One coupon per visit. 2nd beverage must be of equal or lesser value 3841819AM CHRISTMAS MASS TIMES Christmas Eve: 6pm & 9pm & 12 midnight Each preceded by 30 minutes of carols Christmas Day: 9am & 10.30am Join with us to celebrate the birth of Christ St Joseph's Catholic Church 1 Pine Avenue, Upper Hutt 4272514AA I hold regular constituency clinics throughout the electorate. To book an appointment, please contact my offices. Chris HIPKINS MP for Rimutaka Chris Hipkins Taita Electorate Office: 1195 High Street Taita Phone 04 567 0156 Upper Hutt Office: 216 Main Street, Upper Hutt Phone Email firstname.lastname@example.org chrishipkins.org.nz labour.org.nz 04 528 5715 3823214BB Low-life stole right to feel safe I am permanently disabled and spend my life in a wheelchair. On December 10, at about 7am some lowlife entered my home while I was in the shower. They not only stole money and possessions, they also stole my right as a New Zealander to feel safe in my own home. I no longer feel confident alone for any period of time so therefore the taxpayer will ultimately pay for more home help and attendant care. I hope what you did makes you and those who know you proud that you have sunk so low to steal and intimidate a wheelchair- bound person. The only brightness were the police who came so promptly. Thanks guys. SHARON BAULCH, Upper Hutt Library incident Following my previous letter (November 9) with the title Keep Library a Safe Place I consider that other recent information has a bearing on this issue. With regard to the matter of the very small man who I believe harassed a female patron at the Upper Hutt Library, another newspaper has recently featured this person after appearing in court and being convicted of a serious offence. Upper Hutt Library manager Debbie Duncan has confirmed to the editor and me that staff have noticed his presence in their library and assures the library users that no future problems will be tolerated from him. This does not detract from the fact that an unprovoked verbal attack occurred on an unsuspecting member of the public. In the possibility of a future similar incident transpiring, it would be my hope that any staff present would intervene with the more appropriate response. H O'CONNOR, Upper Hutt Debbie Duncan, library manager, replies: I would like to reiterate that staff strive to ensure that the library is a welcoming and safe environment for everyone in the community. Anyone behaving inappropriately will be dealt with and if necessary, may be formally removed from the building and surrounds. City needs Maymorn project Maymorn s residential development needs to go ahead because the rest of Upper Hutt needs it. Upper Hutt needs to accelerate its population growth in order to better service its local costs to ratepayers, to better spread local taxes and to reduce costs to home owners. As a city, Upper Hutt is big in size but small in population. In relativity terms, we are over- abundant territorially but inadequately populated. Upper Hutt has become an expensive place to live. Among other costly aspects, its parks and reserves gobble up what s in the coffers. The plans for a residential expansion of Maymorn and the lesser known plans for creating a new suburb in the hills above Pinehaven spreading out towards Whitemans Valley, are realistic and progressive, not regressive. MICHAEL ROMANOS, Silverstream Paid parking will drive people away I see the council are planning on ramming paid parking through, despite overwhelming public objection. Obviously if they raised rates folks would raise hell, so this is their answer to further tax the populace. Two things will happen: 1. People will park at The Warehouse. 2. People will go to Lower Hutt. Given this, there s no way in hell this new tax will successfully take $800,000 a year out of our pockets and into theirs. Speaking of that estimate, it is a rather convenient number isn t it? Councillor Bob: We want more money, what can we do Bill? Councillor Bill: Can t raise rates, how about making people pay for parking? Cr Bob: Great idea Bill, how much d yah reckon we ll make? Cr Bill: I dunno Bob, maybe 20 bucks a year? Cr Bob: So, let s see. 40,000 people in Upper Hutt, times $20. Oh, we ll make $800,000 a year. Let s do it. Needless to say, actual net revenue will be a tiny fraction of this with only one possible outcome -- increased parking charges in the near future. This will, of course, damage Upper Hutt business even further, while still not giving the council this mythical figure they re singing about. SI DAWSON, Upper Hutt Result missing On December 7 an article appeared in your paper regarding the Kapi Mana Motocross Club. It said that the club s best result was a third placing. Carl Woodman-Smith from Wainuiomata was another Kapi Mana member who also competed in this event and finished second. This result and others can be seen at the following website:mylaps.com. JO WOODMAN-SMITH, Wainuiomata (abridged) Christmas cheer On December 7 I was delighted to hear the familiar tunes of Christmas coming from the Upper Hutt Cosmopolitan Brass Band. They were doing their annual walk around my neighbourhood and stopped outside my house to play Joy to the World (G F Handel), O come, all ye faithful (J F Wade), and Rudolph the red- nosed Reindeer. All three were played beautifully by the ensemble and left me with a wonderful, warm felling in the pit of my stomach.I think it is absolutely wonderful that the group provides this service to the community and I wish to thank them as well as encourage them to keep up the excellent work. The community appreciates the efforts of this group and we love to have them on our lawns this time every year. Eleven out of 10. ROBERT WHITEFIELD, Upper Hutt EKERS' WEEK
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