Wednesday August 2, 2017
Deep Waters opens in Lower Hutt Interpretations of our beautiful oceans by local and national artists are on show at Huia Gallery in Lower Hutt. The diverse work includes sculpture, print, paintings, fashion design
amongst other surprises. Artists are also as diverse as the works. The exhibition opens on Tuesday, August 15, and runs from 6pm- 8pm, and runs until Sunday, August 27.
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Cleaning up meth contamination
has been a range of practice from cowboys to very professional people doing this work. “Now the community can have some assurance that the people carrying out this work know what they are doing,” Briggs said. Briggs said having a consistent standard would mean homes are safe for the families moving into them. He said people would have reassurance that if their home has been tested that it is safe to
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Hutt City Council’s project to transform the lives of young people in the high-deprivation suburb of Taita was recognised at the Local Government New Zealand Excellence Awards recently. Transformation Taita was named as winner for community engagement. The project that aims to create a brighter future for children who need it most, through access to facilities, resources and activities that matter. Hutt City Council Mayor Ray Wallace said the project had really made a difference in peoples’ lives.
Maungaraki School will be getting a new classroom following an announcement made by Associate Education Minister Tim Macindoe Hutt South MP Chris Bishop joined Macindoe last week as he made the announcement. “Maungaraki is a really great school,” Bishop said. “I’m really pleased to see the school get an extra classroom. It’s been growing quickly as its reputation as an outstanding school spreads through the area, so seeing it get room to take even more [children] is fantastic,” he said. The new classroom will cost around $500,000 and is expected to be ready for the beginning of the 2019 school year.
ABOVE: A former meth contaminated house on Fraser St. Photo: SUPPLIED RIGHT: Josh Briggs said he knew of a number of Housing New Zealand and privately owned homes that had been affected by meth contamination, and agreed that the new standard was a positive step. Photo: WAINUIOMATA NEWS FILE.
Transformation Taita wins award
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By Dan Whitfield
New contamination and testing standards are set to help home owners and tenants deal with the risks of methamphetamine contamination. Though the announcement will help New Zealanders better manage the risks of methamphetamine in residential properties, Wainuiomata resident and Hutt City councillor Josh Briggs was pleased with the news. Wainuiomata has made headlines in previous years due to problem tenants and methamphetamine contamination of local homes. The most recent was when a Wainuiomata property owner lost his Fraser Street nest egg - selling the home he bought in the 1990s at auction for $230,000, $65,000 under its rateable value and equivalent to the value of the land only. Briggs said he knew of a number of Housing New Zealand and privately owned homes in Wainuiomata that had been affected by meth contamination in the last couple of years. “I think the move to have a standard for people doing the contamination testing and clean-up of contaminated homes is a positive step, there
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live in after the decontamination has been done, if needed. “This will help first home buyers, renters and those families moving into Housing New Zealand homes. I encourage anyone moving into a new home to request that the house is tested for methamphetamine before purchasing or signing a tenancy agreement.” The new standard will form part of new legislation and give landlords the right to test for meth and enables tenancy F QU REE OT ES
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agreements to be terminated when levels are unsafe. The bill is set to be passed later this year. Building and Construction Minister Nick Smith commented on the new standard and said it was a huge step forward. “The major gain from the new standard is having clear methods for sampling and testing, and competency requirements for samplers and decontamination contractors.”
2017 Volunteer Awards The valuable contribution of individuals and organisations around the Hutt Valley will be recognised next month. The 2017 Volunteer Awards Ceremony will be held on August 24 and will celebrate the many who ensure Lower Hutt is a great place to live, work, and play. A presentation will be held at Silverstream Retreat.
Wainuiomata News 02-08-17