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Wednesday July 4, 2018

Homes still in reach of Wellington families

Middle-income families can still get on the property ladder in the Wellington region, despite the average home value continuing to rise. Figures show the average house value across the region in May 2018 was $633,759, with the latest home affordability statistics from the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment revealing 72.49 per cent of local renters are unable to “comfortably afford” a new home. However, Craig Pope, director of

Wellington mortgage brokers Pope & Co, says home ownership is still a realistic goal for first-home buyers in Wellington if they’re prepared to look further afield. “Kapiti, Upper Hutt, Wainuiomata and South Wairarapa are all in an easy commuting distance from Wellington CBD, and there are affordable first homes - under $500,000 - available in each of these areas. All these areas also offer great family living,” he says.

6 Good Habits to Boost Your Winter Health

Craig says nationwide close to 80 per cent of renters are unable to “comfortably afford” a new home, but Wellington is still well below national averages. Major infrastructure investment, including Transmission Gully, due to open in 2020 will further reduce the commute and open the northern Wellington region even further. Craig also recommends prospective first-home buyers set achievable budgets.

New subdivision opening doors for Wainuiomata to grow Lower Hutt’s largest suburb is getting a little bigger with the opening of Arakura Mews, the newest subdivision in Wainuiomata. Located off Wise Street, the 37 lot subdivision is being sold as land only packages, and each section will be priced at $195,000. In recent months, new areas of housing have been erected such as Parkway Rise and have been turnkey house and land packages.

Concept drawings of proposed homes for the Arakura Mews sections have been completed to give potential buyers an idea of how their home could look. “This is a first for a sizeable subdivision in the Hutt Valley. With all this flexibility in how and what you build Arakura Mews provides a new level of home creation for Wainuiomata,” says Jim Bagley from Ray White Leaders. The opening was held at the


Wainuiomata Hub on Friday, June 22 with Speaker of the House Trevor Mallard and Lower Hutt Mayor Ray Wallace in attendance. The development is being done by Mircon Limited. In addition to the new subdivision announcement, Mircon Limited are also set to donate $450 to the Arakura School for each section that is sold. The total that will be donated is set to be around $16,650.

1. Keep your fluid intake up. Aim for eight glasses of water a day. Wine, coffee, and tea don’t count – alcohol and caffeine deplete the body of fluids. Herbal teas are fine, though. 2. Don’t get stressed out. Stress can affect immunity and lead to anxiety and depression. So do plenty of things that help you unwind. This could be playing with the kids, having a long soak in a hot bath, working out at the gym, or getting back to nature. We can also advise you about supplements designed to help stop anxiety and depression. 3. Some pointers for practising good hygiene. • Air out your room by opening the windows when the sun’s out, even if it’s only for a few minutes each day. • Wash your hands regularly and thoroughly with water and soap. • Damp houses contribute to respiratory illness, so keep the bathroom door closed when showering, and consider installing a dehumidifier. • Stay away from work or school if you’re coughing or sneezing – don’t pass your infection on to others, especially children and babies. 4. Sleep soundly. Sleep is the natural way your body rests and rejuvenates itself. Not getting enough sleep or having a broken sleep can leave you feeling lethargic and much less able to fight off infections. Drop in and talk to us at the Happy Chemist if you’re not getting enough kip – we can assist you. 5. Eat in season. Nature provides fruit and vegetables packed with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants to help maintain our health. Citrus – packed with Vitamin C – is in season at this time of year. We also stock a wide range of vitamin and mineral supplements. 6. Get as much sun as possible. The sun is the natural source of Vitamin D, and this supply diminishes in winter as we spend less time outdoors. Vitamin D deficiency can lead to a range of quite serious health issues. Go for a walk outside when the sun’s shining – even half an hour a day will make a difference. Drop in to Clive’s Chemist and we’ll help you tackle winter head on with sound advice and supplements.

Clive’s Chemist, 20-21 Queen Street, Wainuiomata. (04) 564 8618 • •

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