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World championships experience for young rider Continued on page 2. “The racing was next level; it was definitely the best pa r t. I a lso made some really good friends,” she said. “Getting to see the elites race was also pretty cool.” The teenager, also part of t he Wa i nu iom at a BMX Club, was one of approximately 80 riders from New Zealand who attended world championships. There were about 3000 competitors in total. Moving on from the world championships, Natasha is focusing on the New Zealand BMX season and is currently work ing towa rds the North Island Titles in December. Her next big race is the New Zealand Nationals. Natasha mentioned how she looked up to Olympic
silver medallist and three time World Champion in BMX, Sarah Walker – then continued to explain her dream to one day ride under the number one plate also. She is currently fifth in New Zealand and is focused on moving up. “Hopefully I can get New Zealand number one.” Natasha followed her brot her’s into BM X, starting riding in 2011 and has not looked back. Jamie Hargraves, Natasha’s dad, said that she was very motivated and that people had commented on how good her riding was. Natasha has nicknamed her bike Diana Prince, in light of her favourite movie Wonder Woman. She races with the Thrill BMX NZ team.
Natasha Hargraves loved representing New Zealand at the 2017 UCI BMX World Championships. PHOTO: Dan Whitfield
House builds hit new highs, city economy firm Lower Hutt’s economy is showing signs of improvement with residential building figures in the year to June hitting their highest levels since the late 1970s. During the year, 325 dwellings were built with a value of more than $65 million, excluding land costs. The number of dwellings built has been steadily rising in the last few years, coinciding with Hutt City Council introducing incentives in 2013 for some new housing developments. In the 2017 financial year, unemployment fell from 7.6 per cent to 5.6 per cent, according to Statistics New Zealand, and
electronic card retail spending in the June 2017 quarter rose 6.5 per cent compared to the same period in 2016. The total retail spend for the 2017 financial year was $1.14 million, according to MarketView data. Hutt City Council Mayor Ray Wallace said while council couldn’t claim all the credit for the recent growth in the city’s economic performance, its unwavering focus on partnership-building with business, community groups and education institutions over the years, targeted incentives for housing and business development and other ground work to grow the
city is clearly getting traction. “Rejuvenating Lower Hutt is much more than a catch cry. “Beneath the vision is a great deal of hard graft and thoughtful planning to ensure growth is managed and sustainable and enhances the Lower Hutt lifestyle,” Wallace said. Historically, Lower Hutt’s economy had a run of high growth until the economic reforms of the 1990s, when many large industrial employers closed down. The global financial crisis in 2008 also put the brakes on economic performance, resulting in a long period of low growth.
However, the most recent economic data available shows the number of businesses operating in Lower Hutt has steadily risen from 9627 in 2013, when council introduced economic development incentives, to 9990 in 2016. Between the 2015 and 2016 financial years, Lower Hutt’s average household income jumped 15.2 per cent from $88,775 to $102,257, according to Statistics New Zealand. In 2016, population reached 103,400, up 1.4 per cent from 2015 – not a massive increase but significant given the highest annual increase since 2001 was 0.7 percent.
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