Not the right per­son to pub­li­cise

The Hutt News - - FRONT PAGE -

The Oc­to­ber 31 edi­tion of the Hutt News ran a ‘‘story’’ about the founder and cur­rent Pres­i­dent of the NZ Pros­ti­tutes Col­lec­tive, Cather­ine Healy. This item had fea­tured in the DomPost pre­vi­ously. Was this ar­ti­cle lo­cally news­wor­thy? Why did the Hutt News choose to re­pro­duce this ar­ti­cle?

My younger chil­dren can usu­ally safely use the Hutt News as a re­source for speeches, schools projects and home­work - this is as it should be. Please keep our pa­per free of this sort of ma­te­rial es­pe­cially the kind that el­e­vates pros­ti­tu­tion to the sta­tus of a le­git­i­mate ca­reer choice.

On a more pos­i­tive note, the life story on Leo Buchanan - who is ac­tu­ally a lo­cal hero (un­like Cather­ine Healy of the Pros­ti­tutes Col­lec­tive) hav­ing been born in Pe­tone - was very ed­i­fy­ing and quite in­spir­ing. Thanks for choos­ing to pub­lish that.

Mon­ica Devine


We chose to re­pro­duce the ar­ti­cle be­cause Cather­ine was born and grew up in East­bourne and con­tin­ues to live there. She is part of the Lower


Hutt com­mu­nity. Just like Leo Buchanan, she has made a sig­nif­i­cant im­pact in im­prov­ing the lives of peo­ple. Leo con­cen­trated on im­prov­ing the health of Maori chil­dren and Cather­ine on the wel­fare of pros­ti­tutes.


I aman older lady liv­ing in a re­tire­ment vil­lage in the Hutt.

Usu­ally, I take the train into town but to­day had to drive in to pick up a spe­cial Christ­mas toy for my grand­son at Toy­world on Bal­lance St.

I found a space (even though I have a dis­abled plaque, I didn’t have to use it) and went up to pay for my park­ing.

The screen was com­pletely oblit­er­ated by sun strike. I tried to put coins in but the ma­chine re­fused to take them. I read some­thing on the side about us­ing my smart­phone to pay the fee. Well, I only have a very old cell­phone to call my hus­band in case of an emer­gency.

I re­ally didn’t know what to do so just rushed in to get the toy and got back out be­fore a park­ing war­den came by.

Ear­lier in the day I had parked in Hutt cen­tral and used coins to pay for my time.

What is an old per­son to do? Should we just stay out of the cen­tral city? There must be more like me that find it hard to keep up with mod­ern tech­nol­ogy but want to do the right thing. Please help.

Peg Gil­man



Re the ‘‘sham­bles’’ on the first day of Par­lia­ment, so this is the way the Na­tional Party is go­ing to head into its ver­sion of mak­ing New Zealand great again. Be­lieve it or not, Si­mon Bridges and Bill English, New Zealand got the elec­tion re­sult it voted for.

I don’t know of any­one nowa­days who would ad­mit to hav­ing voted forMMPat the time, but I do know that it is the demo­cratic way that our prime min­is­ter and his/her party have been elected.

And by the way, the hor­ror I have is not of a youth­ful, car­ing and en­thu­si­as­tic party leader and her team, but of a bark­ing mad team who just can­not ac­cept that it was de­feated. Na­tional had its time – it should just eat crow and ac­cept that New Zealand wanted a change.

Linda Klein-nixon

Lower Hutt


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Park­ing is made so dif­fi­cult, should the el­derly just stay away from the cen­tral city?

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