Wednesday January 24, 2018
Keep cool without blowing your energy bill You can keep your home cool without blowing your energy bill, according to the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA). Technical expert Allen Davison says more New Zealanders are using their heat pumps as air conditioners in summer and there are tactics to avoid big energy bills. For example using the fan only setting helps you feel
cooler by creating a breeze, he says. “This setting uses a lot less electricity than the full cooling mode. Keep your windows open while using the fan only mode.” Selecting the dehumidifying mode also uses less electricity than the full cooling mode, Allen adds. “This works well if it’s humidity rather than the temper-
ature that’s the problem. Shut your doors and windows in the rooms you’re dehumidifying.” Allen suggests only using cooling mode on really hot days when the other methods aren’t enough. “Set the thermostat to around 22 degrees. The room won’t cool down any quicker if you set it lower, but you are likely to use more electricity by overcooling.”
Avoid using auto settings because if you forget to switch the unit off, it will start heating if the temperature drops below the thermostat setting. Floor and desktop fans are relatively cheap to buy and install, and are much cheaper to run than air conditioning. Closing blinds and curtains at windows that receive direct sun provides shade from the hot sun.
Day of celebration because “We can do better than that” By Glenise Dreaver
Scott MacKenzie, co-owner of Wainuiomata’s Way of Life gym, is putting on a special celebration on February 10. It has come about due to
Scott’s support for Jong Son (Charlie) , the sushi shop owner who has been operating near the gym and in the almost deserted mall for about six years. “Charlie has stuck with this and I thought ‘We can do better
Scott MacKenzie with Charlie, whose sushi shop he is relocating at the entrance to the mall.
than that for him’.” Scott has sponsored a grand opening day from 10am for a new premises that he is bringing in ready-built and “planting” between the gym and Pricebusters. The grand opening will see a free karate day, prizes, free gym access and cheap sushi. Scott hasn’t always been that sort of person. “I was an angry kid,” he says. “And I vented that.” Not un-naturally, by 15 he was a high school drop out; though he didn’t leave without any piece of paper. “I passed sixth form maths in the fifth form. Only because the teacher said I’d never be able to do it.” After a couple of false starts, Scott set out on what has proved to be a high-achieving business career by first completing a Diploma of Business Studies from Otago Polytechnic. To help with all that venting, he also joined Close Quarters Battle and on leaving Dunedin, found karate. Scott’s passion for and commitment to that discipline, and to using it to further his strong commitment to social justice, “to make a difference” has been
allied to achievement in karate circles. Scott is also a consultant with several government agencies, all with a strong social development focus. But this father of four, and at 42, grandfather of one, limits that work to four days a week. The rest of his time is dedicated to his karate academy in Wainuiomata, which is basically non-profit making, aiming to build confidence and focus in people of all ages, and in the process often turning lives around. The academy grew from Scott’s own karate practice days in his garage. By the time there were 15 they had outgrown the garage. They hired a hall, and numbers grew to 60-80 and outgrew that premises, with numbers building to 150 plus. At that stage, Scott and his wife, Lynda, sat down and to see how they could make this sustainable. The result was the Way of Life gym. This has proved to be a success, with a second karate dojo open in Lower Hutt. Scott says the open day will be a great chance to celebrate these successes with the Wainuiomata community.
inbrief news Mural competition Keep New Zealand Beautiful, in partnership with Resene, has announced the opening of the 2018 Nature Murals Competition, open to local artists who are willing to Do The Right Thing and help paint New Zealand beautiful. Submissions open on February 1, with the winning entries receiving a $1000 grant and all the materials to paint the mural, sponsored by Resene. Murals must celebrate some form of the natural environment on or around the wall. More information on the Nature Murals competition can be found on the Keep New Zealand Beautiful website.
Exhibition looks at Matiu Island during WWI For Enjoy Public Art Gallery’s first exhibition of 2018, Wellington-based artist Aliyah Winter is revisiting the biography of Dr Hjelmar von Danneville, who was interned on Matiu Island in Wellington Harbour as a suspected ‘enemy alien’ during World War I. Titled hardening, the exhibition, will be presented during Wellington Pride Festival Tū Whakahīhī e Te Whanganuiā-Tara from February 8 – March 10 March. The exhibition also includes a walk with the artist on Mātiu Island on March 3. Further details to be confirmed. An open night is scheduled for February 7, at 5.30pm.
Mural art competition Keep New Zealand Beautiful, in partnership with Resene, are excited to announce the 2018 Nature Murals Competition, open to local artists who are willing to help paint New Zealand beautiful. Submissions open on February 1, with the winning entries receiving a $1000 grant and all the materials to paint the mural. Murals must celebrate some form of the natural environment on or around the wall. For more information visit knzb.org.nz/ paint-new-zealand-beautiful.
Wainuiomata News 24-01-18