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Wednesday April 5, 2017 Victoria Nelson and Kieran Kydd are in the latest Wainuiomata Little Theatre production.

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Musical thriller with a close shave What does a Victorian barber shop and pie shop have in common? Well you are about to find out with the latest show from the Wainuiomata Little Theatre. The group’s next production is the musical thriller Sweeney Todd – The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. Set in 19th century England, it is the tale of barber Sweeney Todd who returns to London after 15 years of exile. He resumes work in his barber shop above Mrs. Lovett’s struggling pie shop after being wrongfully sentenced to life imprisonment by the corrupt Judge Turpin. After swearing vengeance against the judge that tore his family apart, Todd and Lovett plot a unique plan that helps them both and leads them down a dangerous, thrilling path with deadly consequences. People may be familiar with the 2007 film version which starred Johnny Depp as Sweeney Todd. The musical, with music

by Stephen Sondheim, will give local audiences the chance to see a show that is not performed that often by amateur groups. “It’s been an exciting and challenging experience doing a show which is a little different from what we usually do”, said director Barry Paterson. “The challenges have come on a number of levels from the music through to the set.” “The cast and crew have been hard at work since February and I have hugely impressed with the efforts they’ve put in so far. We are lucky to such a talented bunch and it’s great to see some new faces. All of our shows take a huge effort from a team of people, not just those on stage, and this has been no exception.” The show runs from May 24 to June 3 at the Old Wainuiomata College Hall, Moohan Street, Wainuiomata.  Tickets will be on sale from early May.

A word from

Mayor Ray Wallace Hello, We have begun consultation on the proposed Annual Plan 2017/18. As we enter into these discussions, it’s important to understand the financial aspects of our plans. For many years Council’s focus was solely on keeping rates and debt as low as possible. While this was a sensible approach at the time given the city was not in strong financial shape, it meant some facilities were neglected and Lower Hutt’s growth was stunted. Now, we are in an excellent financial position and we can invest in growth and rejuvenation. It’s important we balance investment in the city with careful financial management and responsible levels of debt. This year we’re planning on making changes to our financial strategy so we can continue to invest. These changes mean borrowing more as a percentage of our income, which our continued strong financial position allows us to do. The borrowing will be capped at 150 per cent of our income with a contingency in case of natural disaster. However the proposed Annual Plan sees debt peaking at 121 per cent in 2020-21 – well below the proposed policy limit. This also means we won’t need to fund new projects in this year’s plan by increasing rates. Investment now pays off in the future, for example the riverside promenade as part of the RiverLink project shows fantastic economic, as well as social, gains such as growth in development, activity and population in the

city centre. There will be average rates increases to account for inflation and existing investment, but we remain committed to keeping these as low as possible. Our forecast average rates increase of 2.3 per cent will affect residential and business rate payers differently. This year some residential rate payers will see higher increases, on average 5.1 per cent, because property values in some suburbs have increased by as much as 35 per cent, growing in value at much faster levels than commercial property values. In contrast, some business rates will decrease. We are looking at an option to reduce this impact on residential ratepayers by looking at the way we determine the difference between residential and business rates. If you missed a copy of the proposed Annual Plan consultation document in the Hutt News make sure you pick one up from a Council facility or visit to have your say online before 28 April. Until next time, take care

Wainuiomata High rider Tayla Hutchinson on her way to three top 20 placings.

Riders from Wainuiomata High School have done their school proud at their first ever inter-school equestrian competition, with one participant almost getting a prestigious ribbon. Held on March 28 in Waikanae, three girls competed as individuals, instead of a team of four, as one competitor, Jamie Nash had a horse that went lame. Competition among the 24 schools was fierce with one class having over 80 riders. Placings were awarded to the top 10, with the top six getting ribbons. Tayla Hutchinson,16, riding her horse Keyara, was top 20 in the 60cm height, in the 70cm speed round she was 14th out of 81 riders, and in the 80cm she was pleased to place 7th out of 48 riders – just one place off a ribbon. “I`m really happy. It was a really good competition,” she said. “The school did really well, as it was the first competition as individuals.” Toni Williams riding Willow Creek

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Cascade was placed 11th in the 50cm height out of 42 riders, and in the 70cm speed round, was 24 out of 81 riders. Also riding was Abby James, on Fortem Blue. She was placed top 20 in the 60cm optimum time round and was the closest to time of the three riders. In the 70cm speed round she was 2 out of 81 and in the 80cm round which they had to jump a course and then if clear do a fast jump- off of several more jumps she came 13th out of 48 riders. Tayla’s mother, and the schools team manager, Katana Hutchinson, said while the girls expected to have a good day, their results were impressive in such tough competition. “All the girls rode fantastically and we ended up with each girl doing three rounds at three different heights. Not one of them dropped a rail.” “It was so great to see them out there calling out there support for each other.” Wainuiomata Highschool is now a team to look out for in future equestrian events.

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