Category Archives: Electorate News

Upper Hutt

Amalgamation proposal removes ‘local’ from local government

The Local Government Commission have clearly ignored the overwhelming feedback from local residents opposing the creation of a Wellington Super City and have instead done the National government’s bidding in recommending amalgamation against the wishes of the affected communities, Rimutaka MP Chris Hipkins says. “Survey after survey, submission after submission, meeting after meeting, local residents […]

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Uh Fire

Upper Hutt Fire Brigade turns 100

The Upper Hutt Fire Brigade recently celebrated 100 years of service to the local community. A parade through the centre of Upper Hutt provided local residents with the chance to see some of the various fire engines and equipment that has been used over the past century, and current and former members of the brigade gathered at Trentham racecourse for a variety of celebrations. The Upper […]

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Technology Class

Rimutaka to lose tech teachers

Pupils at Rimutaka’s three intermediate schools will be the losers if teaching jobs under the Government’s plans to increase class sizes. The Government announced as part of last week’s budget that technology staff numbers will now be incorporated into the schools teacher-student ratios. “The changes alter the way specialist staff, including technology teachers, are funded […]

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Aged Care

Hipkins supports striking rest home workers

The exceptional care that the staff at Elderslea and other Oceania-operated rest homes provide for the elderly needs to be recognised fairly, says Chris Hipkins, the Member of Parliament for Rimutaka. “This morning 1500 nurses, healthcare assistants and support staff employed by Oceania, the largest rest home operator in the country, took strike action around […]

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Kids deserve better than one size fits all

Local primary and intermediate schools taking action against controversial national standards received another boost recently when the Labour Party announced it will not force them to implement the policy. Rimutaka MP Chris Hipkins is confident that local schools will welcome the commitment. “I visit our local schools regularly and the overwhelming feedback that I get […]

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