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TrustPower most expensive 70% of Marlborough use TrustPower By Damian George. Contact Energy are set to increase their electricity prices by an average of nearly six per cent from today, but will still not challenge Marlborough’s
most widely-used power company as the region’s most expensive retailer. Figures supplied to The Sun this week by energy comparison site ‘Switchme’ show TrustPower,
used by an estimated 70 per cent of Marlborough homes, as being nearly $15 a month more expensive than any other company, even with Contact’s price increase. Continued on Page 2.
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Paulette Wyatt, the mother of 12-year-old Jacqueline Wyatt, right, who was seriously injured after colliding with a truck trailer while biking to school recently, has been assured her job at nanny agency â€˜Annieâ€™s Nanniesâ€™ is secure. The Sun reported last week Mrs Wyatt was unsure whether or not she would be able to return to work when she returns to Blenheim, after a family friend expressed doubts. The Sun has since been contacted by the mother of the triplets who Mrs Wyatt had been looking after, who says she will be gladly welcomed back. â€œShe still has her job and we are really eager to have her back working with us,â€? she says. Mrs Wyatt also confirmed she had been told she can take as much time as she needs before returning to work. Note: Jacqueline was hit by the truck trailer; not the truck itself, as the Sun reported last week.
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Switchme pricing manager Brett Oâ€™Donnell says the gap between Marlboroughâ€™s most and least expensive energy company [Genesis] is one of the largest in the country, and is encouraging people to â€œshop aroundâ€?. â€œTrustPower put their prices up by 4.3% in March this year and, given that nearly three quarters of all Marlborough households are with TrustPower, it makes the impact so much greater.â€? The figures show a â€˜low-userâ€™ household with one to two people will pay an average of $162.56 a month with TrustPower, compared with $131.63 with Genesis. A three to four person household will pay $258.37 compared with $206.34 respectively. Mr Oâ€™Donnell says the Switchme site enables people to accurately compare energy prices, something which they need to do to in order to keep up with price changes. â€œPower companies do
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what they have to under Electricity Industry rules around price rise notifications,â€? he says. â€œI personally donâ€™t believe there is enough communication to customers.â€? Contact Energyâ€™s latest price increase will is one of the largest in recent years, and will see it become the regionâ€™s second most expensive retailer. Low-user households will pay $100 extra a year for electricity, while standard-user households [three to four people] will pay an extra $150 annually. Switchme manager Scott Oâ€™Donnell says people are often not notified of changes, and they can creep up on them. â€œTheir bill may be more expensive
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but they might put it down to usage,â€? he says. â€œSo we just wanted to notify people about who are the most expensive. Going with another retailer they could save $30 a month.â€? Contact Energy communications advisor Jeremy Seed says the rise is reflective of the increasing cost of generation electricity. â€œWe had a number of people on a pricing promise which means we donâ€™t increase their price, but that scheme finished prior to December 1,â€? he says. â€œIâ€™d expect there will be some residual movement from our customers, thereâ€™s always some movement when thereâ€™s a price increase.â€?
Finding work in a roundabout way The Blenheim man who resorted to attaching a sign to a Grove Road roundabout in order to find work has since found employment. Anita Donnelly says her husband Martyn has been working as a forklift operator at Translink for the past week and is getting â€œgood hoursâ€?. â€œItâ€™s really cool, itâ€™s all going well,â€? she says. â€œWe donâ€™t know if itâ€™s going to turn into full-time work or not, but fingers crossed.â€? Mr Donnelly attached the advertisement two weeks ago simply stating â€œjob wantedâ€? and his phone number, highlighting the unemployment problem in the region.
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By Celeste Lodewyk If you saw a brand new red Suzuki Swift driving down the road slowly yesterday morning, it was Blenheim woman Hilary McCarthy. Hilary was named the winner of New World Blenheimâ€™s Great Car Giveaway promotion, and after receiving the keys from owner operators Andrea Boock and Mark Elkington she gingerly drove home to show off her gleaming prize. â€œI am absolutely thrilled. I was quite amazed when I found out Iâ€™d won. I have never had a new car so to get given a new car is just out of this world,â€? she said. Hilary, who turned 72-years-old earlier this month, has been shopping at New World for 11-years. â€œI love coming here and seeing all the friendly faces, I wouldnâ€™t shop anywhere else.â€? Equally as pleased was Hilaryâ€™s husband Ian who said the couple own two old cars. â€œHilary has been driving a Toyota Corona and I drive a Toyota Corolla
which I have owned for 15-years. â€œSo we do have an attachment to our old cars, but we are both over the moon with our new one,â€? he grinned. Asked where she planned to drive first with her new car, Hilary laughed and replied â€œhome, and very slowly.â€? â€œBut I am looking forward to driving around town to get used to it, then I might plan a trip to see family and friends in Nelson and Christchurch, maybe even Wellington.â€? â€œPlus I am looking forward to parking it, my car isnâ€™t the best to park,â€? she said. Hilary simply spent $50 at New World Blenheim between October 11 and November 7 and swiped her Fly Buys card to receive an entry into the competition. Mark and Andrea said the giveaway had been the best promotion they had run. â€œHaving a car in store has generated a lot of interest and it is such a great prize,â€? he said.
TH Barnes wins Registered Master Builders 2010 award By Celeste Lodewyk â€œSpringlands Lifestyle Village is like walking into a premium quality hotel and villa complex â€“ the village is beautifully built.â€? These were the judges comments when TH Barnes and Co Ltd was announced as Marlboroughâ€™s only recipient of a Registered Master Builders 2010 Commercial Project Award. TH Barnes and Co Ltd was named the winner of the Health Project in the Registered Master Builders 2010 House of the year and RMB 2010 Commercial Project of the Year for the Springlands Lifestyle Village.
The awards were announced on Saturday and when the Sun spoke with TH Barnes and Co Ltd chief executive John Smithies, congratulations were still going around. â€œI would like to thank project foreman Neil Phillips for his hard work and efforts that he and his team put in which were what won this award. â€œWe are all rapt to have won this award and for us this is a real feather in the cap for Marlborough to win such a prestigious award on a national level,â€? he says. The finalists â€“ all
National Gold Reserve winners â€“ were selected from 530 entries in 19 regional competitions held throughout New Zealand during June, July and August. Previous Commercial Project winners in the Marlborough region were Thompson & Devanny Construction Co Ltd who won the 2004 Commercial Award over $5 million for the Bay of Many Coves Resort in the Queen Charlotte Sounds, and in 2006 Robinson Construction Ltd who won the QBE Insurance Retail and Business Commercial Project for the Cellar Door in Blenheim.
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Sunday pedal power auction Marlborough Girls College Leo club secretary Danielle Atkinson [left], advisor Florence Porteous and president Hannah Cocker wrap Christmas presents donated by Blue Door recycling centre.
Leoâ€™s help spread Christmas cheer Members of the Marlborough Girls College Leo club were doing their bit to brighten Christmas for the regionâ€™s disadvantaged families last week, wrapping presents donated to the club by the Blue Door recycling centre. Year 13 Marlborough Girls College student Hannah Cocker, president of the club, says they received close to 200 presents which were then handed on
to the Womenâ€™s Refuge and â€˜Birthrightâ€™. Those agencies are now distributing them to families under their care. â€œAll the presents are pretty good, because theyâ€™re all brand new,â€? Hannah says. â€œSome of them still even have the price tags on them. â€œIt feels good to help out some families who canâ€™t afford Christmas - itâ€™s like a good-will gesture.â€?
AUCTION: Blenheim toddler Maia Keen (2-years) gets behind the wheel of this Mini Cooper S pedal car which is being auctioned at the Hospice Marlborough Christmas Market on Sunday. The market is part of the Pre-Christmas Peek Hospice House Tour and is being held outside at Drylandâ€™s Estate on Hammerichs Road.
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