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Thursday August 17, 2017

readers have their say... Find out the WORD on the Street. Question: What is the most important issue for your neighbourhood this election?

Andrew Bevan, Newtown “I’d say living in Newtown immigration is an important issue. Doesn’t affect me directly but affects my neighbourhood.”

Ann James, Kilbirnie “The new planned bus hub is a disaster waiting to happen and I’m very disappointed in the manner [the council] went around that.”

Bronte Wilson, Miramar “The parking problems around Mirimar near the airport. Some action was taken … but it seems really poorly thought out.”

Olivia Murray, Newtown “I’m very young, this will be my first year voting. I haven’t really educated myself a whole lot on politics yet, so I’m still not very sure about all this!”

Steph Simmonds, Newtown “I’m studying nursing, so I always think healthcare is the main issue. Newtown isn’t exactly the fanciest neighbourhood, access is important.”

Henry Smith, Hataitai “There is a corruption in our political system, and the people who could change it are complicit in it. Housing Crisis? No, we have a greed crisis.”

LETTERS to the editor Letters on issues of community interest are welcomed. Guidelines are that they should be no longer than 150 words. They must be signed and a street address provided to show good faith, even if a nom de plume is provided for publication. The editor reserves the right to abridge letters or withhold unsuitable letters from publication. Send or fax them to the address on page two, or email them to Please note that your name and street address must also be provided in e mails.

Equal Pay bill kick in the guts Dear Editor, I watch Parliament and have been listening to the debates over the Government’s proposed bill concerning Equity and Equality following the settlement of the Kristine Bartlett Care support worker. Even although in the courts it was proven that an injustice had be committed, which now has led to improved pay

House price stabilisation a folly Dear Editor, How brave to have the Prime Minister advise the Reserve Bank what to do to stabilise house prices in NZ. It is about time he did something about the pure robbery to pensioners by having their bank savings penalised to help the

rates for workers in that industry, at the cost of $2 billion, it seems actually the new bill will totally limit and present awful hurdles to the future generation. Even claims that are presently pending will be turfed out and the new act will make it lawful not to consider back pay in any claim. What a kick in the guts it is for all workers, and especially women!

In the context of rugby, and that infamous fake star SBW, how would a claim for equality rest for our worldclass rugby women fare against their overpaid male losers? I hope the majority of Kiwis vote out the discriminatory National Government! Sarah Rose Wu Kilbirnie

Roads – the real culprit

rest of the country! My insurance went up by more than 10 percent - Please don’t tell me that the cost of living is not going up. There’s lies, lies and statistics. Paul Franken Strathmore Park

Dear Sir or Madam, In response to Master Peter Croft (Letters to the Editor, August 10). Whilst Henry Ford was many terrible things, including an ‘inspiration’ to Adolf Hitler, I cannot but take exception to him being blamed for the current over-congestion

plaguing our fair city. The culpability surely lies with the inventor of roads - the Roman Empire. If only they had made them wider (or better still not bothered with them at all) we would never be in this ridiculous gridlock. Carl van Lawrie Berhampore

Entrepreneur harnesses internet in skincare venture A beauty entrepreneur has turned an interest in the health properties of soil and clay into a thriving online business with more than 60,000 subscribers around New Zealand. Starting in her parents’ garage in Kilbirnie with nothing but a bucket and cake mixer, Sara Quilter began making detoxifying face masks using clay sourced from Hawke’s Bay. Sara has since expanded her range to include a moisturiser, an award-winning cleanser and an award-winning probiotic serum. She has relied primarily on the internet and social media marketing to build her business. “I hated going into shops trying to sell my products. But like many other introverted types, I can find my way around the web and social media pretty well.” Sara started with a Facebook page and then made a few YouTube videos. From there she gave Google Adwords a try and the orders began to roll in. “Google allowed me to reach

people who watch beauty videos on YouTube. The viewers … were Tailor’s target demographic.” Sara said. Sara now processes around 400 orders a week, has moved her business into new premises in Lyall Bay and has three employees. Orders increased by around 30 percent as of 2017, and Sara planned to expand her skincare empire into overseas markets including the US. She had a strong message for anyone who, like her, dreamt of running their own business. “You can do it yourself. You don’t need expensive marketing but you do need good advice,” she said. “All you need is a product or service you believe has validity, an internet connection and a spare room. If you’re passionate about your cause then it’ll be worth all of the work.”  Her products can be viewed and purchased at

Kilbirnie’s Sara Quilter works on her beauty products for her business Tailor Skincare. PHOTO: Supplied

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