Wednesday October 4, 2017
readers have their say... Find out the WORD on the Street. Question: What gets you up in the morning?
Josh Seupule, Wainuiomata “My job that I love.”
AJ Seupule, Wainuiomata “Coffee.”
Janet Low, Wainuiomata “My dogs get me up and keep me going because my kids have left home.”
Toni Smithies, Wainuiomata “My kids.”
Jon Devine, Wainuiomata “ The will to make that day better than the one before.”
Emma McAuliffe, Wainuiomata “The sun streaming through my curtains gets me up in the morning. Can’t wait for summer.”
LETTERS to the editor Letters on issues of community interest are welcomed. Guidelines are that they should be no longer than 150 words. They must be signed and a street address provided to show good faith, even if a nom de plume is provided for publication. The editor reserves the right to abridge letters or withhold unsuitable letters from publication. Send or fax them to the address on page two, or email them to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note that your name and street address must also be provided in e mails.
Disabled people shortchanged? Dear Editor, Have disabled people been short changed in Hutt City Council consultation on the revised vision of the Accessible and Inclusion Policy? The autistic sector has always had major problems in having a voice and the new revised disability strategy vision of the disability strategy had a twin pack approach.
A twin pack approach is recognising internationally. Hutt City Council never made this transparent and that’s why they used a Wikipedia definition Hutt City Council has used Wikipedia, so article nine and universal design is not understood. It’s important to use the twin pack approach, not minimum standard, so
evidence can be collected about different impairments, helping understand disability issues. I believe council office could handle this better but I have no trust for them now. I think it is time for a new chief executive officer of Hutt City Council Yours sincerely, Mike Grigg Wainuiomata (Abridged)
A word from
Mayor Ray Wallace Spring has sprung! As the days are getting longer and temperatures warmer, it’s more appealing to get out and about. Walkers, runner and cyclists have been out in force and it’s great to see our many Council projects steaming ahead, too. I recently attended the Wainuiomata Primary School gala and it was lovely to catch up with many of you. As usual, the committee did a fabulous job of organising the day and everyone looked to be having a great time checking out all the action. Like the weather, Lower Hutt’s economy is also showing signs of improvement. Residential building figures in the year to June hit 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. It’s great to see Parkway Rise coming along so well and a start to the old St Mathew’s School site in Wise Street. 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.
Recent economic data 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. While Council cannot claim all the credit for the recent growth in the city’s economic performance, our 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 to enhance the Lower Hutt city lifestyle. Until next time, take care.
Mayor - Lower Hutt
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Wainuiomata News 04-10-17