Wednesday 19 September 2018

Propaganda:Let's all PRETEND we're flourishing

Since we have moved to Alicetown 12 years ago we have lost:

  • At least 3 butchers shops. There is now just one within a 5 km radius.
  • ALL our vegetable shops
  • The one remaining outlet for us, the weekly River Market is under threat
  • Our access to clean drinking water
  • Our last remaining ATM machine
  • Our transport lifeline, the Airport Flyer bus service is under threat
  • There is no plan for future-proofing the Hutt River in the event of the sustained drought that is already here but will get worse.
  • Our one local facility of resilence, the Community Centre is said to be under threat

Important sources of food and other infrastructure gone? Why be negative? After all we’ve got several cafes, hairdressing salons and a liquor outlet.

Never mind the lack of amenities. Let’s celebrate the new stadium and the events center which every town worth its name (as well as those not) have to have them.

Never mind the people living under bridges, the poverty and the crime.

Let’s all pull the curtains and pretend we’re moving.

Just to indicate that the staff of the Hutt News don’t believe it the headline on page 3 is - 

Community loses post shop
Rimutaka MP Chris Hipkins is frustrated that a Lower Hutt suburb’s only postal outlet was at the mercy if the faltering movie rental market

P.S I searched right through our "community  newspaper, the Hutt News in vain for the letters to the editor which seems to have been dropped So this is the only place I can comment in this great 'democracy' of ours. From citizens we are being tranformed into consumers of propaganda and spin.

It is NOT about living in the Hutt Valley versus somewhere else. We are living in a state of economic, political and social collapse.

The Hutt Valley “a great place to live”, we’re told

An increasing number of Lower Hutt residents rate their city as a great place to live.

That’s according to the results of the latest Quality of Life Survey, a collaboration between 9 councils around New Zealand that examines how different urban areas fare when it comes to wellbeing of their residents. The 2018 survey measured the perceptions of more than 7000 residents in Auckland, Hamilton, Tauranga, Wellington, Hutt City, Porirua, Christchurch and Dunedin, as well as the Greater Wellington area.

Of those surveyed in Lower Hutt, 81% rated the city is a great place to live, compared to 78% two years ago, while 89% of respondents said the quality of life in Lower Hutt was good to extremely good, up from 82% last time.

Thirty four percent of respondents said that Lower Hutt was a better place to live than 12 months earlier, citing improved amenities as the main reason (35%), just ahead of good recreational facilities (26%).

Lower Hutt Mayor Ray Wallace says the results are extremely pleasing.

Five years ago this Council started a programme of work to rejuvenate the city by building new community facilities and refurbishing some of the older ones. Residents have always been supportive of this work so we know it’s something they value.”

We have new community hubs at Stokes Valley and Taita, a new Events Centre and refurbished Town Hall, and the new Ricoh Sports Centre about to open at Fraser Park. These are all great community facilities that help make Lower Hutt a great place to live.”

The survey also identified issues that worry people in Lower Hutt, which included traffic congestion (25%), homelessness and a lack of suitable housing (16%) and an increase in crime (14%).

Homelessness is a problem in many parts of the country, including Lower Hutt. We’ve started a piece of work to better understand our local situation and what we as a Council can do about it.”

Participating councils use the survey findings to help inform their policy and planning responses to population growth and change.

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