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Upper Hutt Leader : February 29th 2012
Wednesday, February 29, 2012 SERVING YOUR COMMUNITY SINCE 1939 BIG DAY OUT Wellington Phoenix vs Gold Coast United SUNDAY MARCH 4TH, 4.30 PM Westpac Stadium Kids Big Day Out details at wel lingto nphoe nix.com FREE Kids Entertainment All Afternoon From 1pm At The Stadium Family Zone Pricing At Half Price Family trip to Melbourne to be won on game day Tickets available at Ticketek outlets or call 0800 Ticketek or www.ticketek.co.nz CRUNCH TIME FOR GUIDES Popular biscuits on sale 5 CLASSY CLASSICAL Expressions series returns 32 CHILDREN'S DAY Plenty of local events 17 By ROSEMARY McLENNAN Bubbling with joy Summer fun: Upper Hutt's Adele Dean and Jodie Jones cool off in the foam pit supplied by Hastings company Funworks. Photo: PETER McDONALD Upper Hutt turned on a fine, sunny day for Saturday's Pel- orus Trust Summer Carnival at Trentham Memorial Park. Carnival chairman Kevin Joyce said the crowd, estimated at a not bad'' 8000, was slightly up on last year. Attractions included an Activation sports expo, ani- mal display by Staglands, excavator contest, axemen, brass band competitions, rides, motorbikes, cars and models. Some new participants have already booked sites for next year. More photos, page 18. Let world prayer prevail Let justice prevail'' is the theme for this year's World Day of Prayer services. The service was prepared by the Malaysian World Day of Prayer committee. There will be three services in Upper Hutt this Friday, March 2. They will be at the Iona Church, Ebdentown St at 10am, the Sal- vation Army, Fergusson Dr, at 2pm, and St Margaret's Presby- terian Church, Dunns St, Silver- stream, also at 2pm. Offerings from the day of prayer will go to the Christian World Ser- vice in the Philippines to support women's small businesses, to Sri Lanka to improve working con- ditions for women, to hospital chaplaincy in New Zealand, to the Bible Society for schools, and also to help people in crisis situations. The Upper Hutt services are ecu- menical and open to all. Merger 'will improve policing' By AMY JACKMAN ' If this change leads to more police on the frontline, which police argue it will, then that's good. If it leads to any reduction in the level of policing Upper Hutt receives, I'll be the first person to make a song and dance about it. ' Rimutaka MP Chris Hipkins CONTINUED Page 4 Upper Hutt and Lower Hutt police districts are to amalgamate into one, which police say will put more officers on the street. Upper Hutt area commander Inspector Mike Hill has been the area commander for both districts since last March and says the merger confirms the status quo and will affect management only. With change always comes some apprehension but I want to make it really clear that the merging of Upper Hutt and Lower Hutt areas into a single Hutt Val- ley area is principally a manage- ment re-jig and will only affect a small number of staff within the two area management struc- tures,'' he says. The driver is to free up sergeants, constables and detectives from as much adminis- tration duties as possible so that they are free to get out into the streets.'' There will be one area com- mander for the new area with office space at Upper Hutt and Lower Hutt police stations. Mr Hill will stay as acting area com- mander until someone is perma- nently appointed. He says it will not see any stations close or lose autonomy and will not lead to job losses. The idea was mooted in 2009 and was met with heated debate from local government officials and the business community, forc- ing the police to drop the idea. Rumours have been circulating since the middle of last year that another plan was in the works but, until now, the Upper Hutt Leader was told the rumours were false. Mr Hill says the proposal is dif- ferent this time around because it focuses on the police commission- er's Prevention First strategy. Prevention First requires a shift from being mainly offender- focused, to putting the needs of victims at the heart of all we do,'' he says. In 2009, when an amalgama- tion was last considered, we faced a number of differences. The key one was that it was tied up with a larger piece of work looking at how services would be delivered and the then-district commander could not give any assurances that a police station in the Hutt Valley might not close.'' Mr Hill has given that assur- ance and says it will be business as usual for most police staff. The change allows much more flexibility for deploying staff on a day-by-day basis -- as we have seen over the past almost 12 months with me being responsible for the two areas. A good example was yesterday [Thursday, February 23] when I was able to deploy an additional almost 20 staff into Upper Hutt to deal with two wanted people we needed to capture.'' The news of the merger was greeted cautiously by those who opposed it last time. Upper Hutt Mayor Wayne Guppy says that if it means more officers on the street, then it will be a good thing. In 2009 there were a lot of unknowns, but it has been very clear this time what will happen,'' Mr Guppy says. They have confirmed that no stations will close, the police staff will still be the same and the area commander will be in both areas at some time during the week.''
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