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Upper Hutt Leader : December 28th 2011
6 UPPER HUTT LEADER, DECEMBER 28, 2011 LETTERS 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 3823214BC Ph: 528 7588 (24hrs) 15 Geange Street, Upper Hutt "When quality counts" Fo rProfessional Advice on Flooring WE HAVE IT COVERED! UH103863R 3609155AL Contact: email@example.com 021 270 9113 3489075 PAUL SWAIN UPPER HUTT REGIONAL COUNCILLOR REUNIONS Upper Hutt Bowling Club, Anniversary Weekend, January 20 to 22, contact Marie Parsons, 68 Gibbons St, 970 0207 or mparsons @paradise.net.nz. Upper Hutt College 50th, April 6 to 8, upperhutt.school.nz/ jubilee, email hepburnh @upperhutt.school.nz or call 527 8749. Otago Boys' High, 150th, 2013. A major part of the lead-in to the festivities will be accumulation of contact details for all pupils to have attended the school since 1863. Website: obhsfound ation.co.nz or contact the school s foundation office, P O Box 5077, Dunedin, or 477 8977. Escalator changes issue for some HAVE YOUR SAY We welcome your letters. They should be no longer than 250 words. The editor reserves the right to abridge letters and also decide whether letters are suitable for publication. Letters must include the writer's name for publication. Pen names are not accepted. The writer's address and phone number must be supplied for our records. Email to firstname.lastname@example.org, fax 528 3021 or P O Box 40001, Upper Hutt. Thanks letters for grants to groups are not accepted. Open letters and poetry are seldom used. I would like to know, to whom do the managers of The Mall consult when making changes, just themselves obviously, they have seen fit to turn the escalator at the main entrance as they refer to it, completely around. It must have cost a fortune, then turned around and cut off the up escalator from downstairs, to enable one to travel in comfort to the upstairs area. It is obvious why The Mall changed the first escalator so the people would have to come past the book shop, health shop and the others in that area, but as usual the public has to suffer. What about the elderly, who have to walk for yards, and not just a few yards, to enable them to shop where they wish to, without having to go through big hassles to get where they want to go. I, for one, have arthritis in my knees, not your fault I know, but you could at least have some consideration for people needing to use this escalator. I know it was always breaking down, and even read a notice there one time blaming the school kids for breaking it. Hogwash, spend the money and bring the people back into The Mall, no wonder they are going to Lower Hutt and elsewhere for their shopping. It s time you woke your ideas up, because the ideas you have at the moment are beyond comprehension, one is supposed to look ahead, not backwards. MARION WILKES, Te Marua City council must support project Why must the Upper Hutt City Council publicly support the Rimutaka Incline rail project? Because it will be a world class attraction and bring commercial benefits to Upper Hutt and the Wellington region. In recent years UHCC has let slip other projects that would have greatly enhanced Upper Hutt commercially and brought the city out from the wilderness. The great folly of the closure of the polytechnic/university complex in Trentham when it should have been developed as the biggest and best of its kind in the country was one instant where UHCC and its Mayor and local parliamentary representative/s simply did not push hard enough and got pushed out by Trevor Mallard and his cronies. Lost to Upper Hutt is the daily avalanche of several thousand students and the spinoff this produces for the city. Next came the demolition job on the proposed retail and entertainment mall and centre in Silverstream that would have been the biggest and best in New Zealand and world class. According to the developers their project was privately supported by a large majority of Upper Hutt City councillors who publicly wouldn t say boo and the development was struck out by those with commercial and financial interests elsewhere such as Queensgate (Westfield) in Lower Hutt. So just how will UHCC react to the Rimutaka Incline rail project? It comes in third place behind the other two mentioned but at least it is very feasible in the relative short term and has already gained some heavyweight support. MICHAEL ROMANOS, Silverstream Rates and services In a recent letter a resident from Te Marua complained he was not getting the service for his rates. Maybe he should compare this. I live about two kilometres from Te Marua, pay about $1500 a year on rates and do not get rubbish collection, have no water, no sewerage, no mail delivery, no street lighting, no footpaths, bus service, in fact no service at all and to top this all off, with the realignment of the road some years ago they destroyed my driveway and access to a quarter of my property. At the time when asked to sign a consent form we were promised everything under the sun like tree planting, fixing the driveway etc. What we got is two-metre high gorse and an obstacle course to the house. Now they are wanting to make another water storage lake and when asked if we would then get water supplied as we do live about 100m away I was told no, the supply was for Wellington city but I could always go there with a bucket and get some if I wanted to. When it is time for the next consent form I would say get real and to all residents of that area, watch out, be afraid, in fact, very afraid, if this venture goes ahead. Service and promises from the council are no more than a joke, and this by the people of your own community, it is a sad but a fact of life, nobody wants to know. Every time you see or ring them it is sorry, not my department . HARRY HOMAN, Kaitoke Taking the soft option on water Once again the city council is taking the soft option on conserving water. Putting up a placard encouraging free water collection from roof spouting (Silverstream Reserve, Fergusson Dr) is not realistic because the water that we get from our taps is free anyway. We can use a hundred times more water than our neighbour if we wish and still pay no more than them in our rates. For example, while some people take care to use water sparingly on gardens, others are taking considerably more water to fill their swimming pools. If their pool happens to leak, the amount of water consumed increases still further. Why would you rush to fix a leaking pool if it isn t costing you anything to top it up from the tap? The current system subsidises inefficient users. One such case was brought to the attention of the council but it seems to be in the too hard basket for them. It is much easier just slapping up a placard or two -- tokenism. GERALD BAJEMA, Silverstream Thanks Recently I was involved in a serious car crash on State Highway 2 just by the Timberlea turnoff, north of Upper Hutt. From the bottom of my heart I would like to thank all the public who stopped their cars and came to help me, especially the lady in blue who helped me to the side of the road and sat with me until the paramedics arrived. All of you aided me in various ways, and I am very grateful that there are so many Christian- minded people out there who would help a stranger in trouble. My heartfelt thanks go to all the emergency services -- ambulance crew, firemen, police, and all the doctors and nurses at the Hutt Hospital emergency department and MAPU Unit who looked after me so well. I wish you all a safe and happy New Year.G WHITEMAN, Upper Hutt EKER'S WEEK
December 21st 2011
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