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It is deeply con­cern­ing that young peo­ple are run­ning wild in Up­per Hutt over the hol­i­days and that they seem to have lit­tle respect for oth­ers and the law.

Some years ago we had the blue light ac­tiv­i­ties that were aimed at the aim­less youth of the city. It ap­pears as a com­mu­nity over the years we have lost ground and are head­ing back­wards.

It is I be­lieve the fault of the cur­rent gov­ern­ment that has, since been elected, pulled out fund­ing for many so­cial ser­vices on a piece­meal bases so that all the gains made are now lost. Crime is the price we pay for the lack of so­cial ser­vices and the con­tin­ued pres­sure on both par­ents to go into full time paid em­ploy­ment.

Dis­con­tented youth and a grow­ing in­equal­ity fuel a lack of respect for other peo­ple’s pos­ses­sions and make them fair gain. We need to unify as a com­mu­nity and find so­lu­tions to en­gage our youth and to en­cour­age good be­hav­iour by af­firm­ing them when the act ap­pro­pri­ately but also to let them know un­der no cir­cum­stance will we tol­er­ate them hold­ing the com­mu­nity to ran­som

We also need to stop dis­crim­i­nat­ing against strug­gling fam­i­lies and blam­ing their par­ents for per­ceived ne­glect. Let’s all take re­spon­si­bil­ity for cre­at­ing a safe com­mu­nity, stand strong to­gether, find the an­swer to our youth is­sues and if nec­es­sary de­mand lo­cal and cen­tral gov­ern­ment to pro­vide fund­ing for so­cial ser­vice where needed like blue light ac­tiv­i­ties of the past.

Teresa Ho­man

Up­per Hutt


A lot of peo­ple I guess have seen the ac­tiv­ity at the Rail­way sta­tion area. The plan is to make a new walk way from the sta­tion to the Main road.

I’m sure the $1mil­lion plus that


Let­ters to the ed­i­tor are wel­come. Please keep to amax­i­mum of 250 words. Let­ters may be abridged and are pub­lished at the ed­i­tor’s dis­cre­tion. Please email to ed­i­tor@uh­leader.co.nz will be spent could be used on some other project like pro­vid­ing bet­ter cover for bus pas­sen­gers at the sta­tion when it rains as it is in­ef­fec­tive to keep rain out.

What a waste of tax­pay­ers’ money.

Frank Shel­ley

Up­per Hutt


Last Tues­day I went into WINZ in Up­per Hutt. I was stopped from en­ter­ing the build­ing by an Ar­mour­guard em­ployee.

He de­manded to see any form of ID that I may have been car­ry­ing and also asked what busi­ness I was there for, be­fore he would al­low me to pro­ceed. By this time he had been joined by an­other guard.

I told these peo­ple that I was very an­noyed at this ar­ro­gant treat­ment.

felt very in­tim­i­dated and was up­set by this in­ci­dent.

I am­about to turn 68, I have lived and worked in Up­per Hutt all my life. Now I ama pen­sioner. I don’t think that I have sud­denly be­come a threat to the na­tion.

Ar­mour­guard is a multi­na­tional com­pany, their prof­its leave New Zealand for ever. I ob­ject strongly that they are given pow­ers to col­lect pri­vate in­for­ma­tion about me.

I sug­gest to WINZ that they move their entry val­i­da­tion se­quence in­side their build­ing and screen off their staff from this ac­tiv­ity. Place a no­tice out­side say­ing (in a nice way) that entry is sub­ject to some for­mal­i­ties. And why not use a lo­cal Se­cu­rity Com­pany?

Jef­frey Archer

Up­per Hutt

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