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One serious after Flat Bush crash A collision between a car and bus on Saturday left one person in hospital in a serious condition.
The crash happened on Jeffs Rd, Mission Heights, Flat Bush around 2:30pm. One person, believed to be the driver,
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New bins carry electronic chip Council confirms introduction of a Radio Frequency Identification Device on new rubbish bins ■ BY FARIDA MASTER
t was a call from one of the Times readers that set us thinking. The caller expressed concern about the new wheelie rubbish bins to be
introduced to the former Manukau City Council area in June or July with the first collection day being in September. Few people are aware that the new rubbish bins come with a chip
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embedded in them and, he claimed, will not only register the residential address but will also weigh the rubbish content in the bin. He said that the Auckland Council Waste Management team would
keep a record of how much your rubbish weighs and then charge extra if it’s overweight. The local resident wanted to know how Auckland Council was going to police it.
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ustomers dropping by the Ti Rakau Drive McDonald’s restaurant may notice some new and improved renovations. The restaurant, which first opened in November 2002, has had 20 new jobs created in the $2.1 million redevelopment and now features a new, fully enclosed two-storey playground and a party room with an interactive Sparkle table. Head of Communications Simon Kenny said the reimage is designed to “improve the experience of our customers”. Mr Kenny said the restaurant currently serves approximately 13,500 people a week and the redevelopment was designed with an increased capacity in mind. “The new design has a new front counter layout and a relocated McCafe with a second coffee machine for McCafe coffee through the DriveThru to help manage an increase in capacity. “There are also new digital menu boards at the front counter and in the Drive-Thru and a fully enclosed dining area with increased seating capacity.” A launch event on Saturday featured The Ronald McDonald Fun and Magic Show and Ronald McDonald and friends who mingled
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➤➤From page 1 “How are we going to measure it ourselves?” When the Times contacted Terry Coe, Waste Enteprises and Refuge Manager, Auckland Council, he was quick to set the record right. Mr Coe confirmed the new bins would have chips embedded and be programmed with the householders’ address of. “It will have a unique Radio Frequency Identification Device (RFID, an identifying number to record the pickings,” he said. “What the RFID will do is identify the address on the bin and record it if the bin is broken or if the wheels have come off and need replacement or maintenance. What it doesn’t do is track the volume or record the weight of the household rubbish,” he emphasised, binning the conspiracy theory. “There is no technology available at yet anywhere in the world to do that,” he clarified.
“All the chip will do is help us with the management of the asset.” Mr Coe, who looks after the implementation of the commercial aspects of Auckland Council’s Waste Management and Minimisation Plan (WMMP), explained that the chip will also record the collection rate. “We will be able to tell how many households put their rubbish out so that we can contract work accordingly. “There are a lot of people who don’t put their rubbish out regularly so the chip would help us keep track,” he said. “If people need to upsize their bins or if they need help we are more than happy to step in and fix the problem.” ➤➤The new bin holds 120 litres of rubbish, about the same as two black rubbish bags. If the 120 litre bin is not big enough, you can request a 240 litre bin. ➤➤The larger bin will add about $55 to your rates next year. Exact charge to be finalised in June.
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‘Like waking up in a river’ Wild weather forces families to flee ■■By Kelly Teed
uesday night was a standard one for Grant Henson and his family. Like most of us, he went to bed listening to the rain pound on the roof. Just a few hours later at 5.45am, he and his wife woke up to thighdeep water outside their house. Drowned sheep were floating past, the rain was continuing to pour and it was the beginning of a five hour “adventure”, Mr Henson said, recalling it was “like waking up in a river”. Mr Henson and his wife woke their four children – a 7-monthold, 3-year-old, 11-year-old and a 12-year-old – and rescued his dogs from the shed where they were shut in and waited to be rescued. Rescue came in the form of their landlords chevy dodge truck but at a cost – the truck was completely written off in the rescue as the water damaged the engine. The next day, Mr Henson returned to the property with a friend and surveyed the damage. While the house itself remained dry, the shed was a write off. Mr Henson estimates around $10,000 of equipment was ruined by the flood, but the memories lost in the flood will be harder to replace. He said they lost memorabilia and “a couple of old laptops which needed to be fixed and had memories of our older children on them.”
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Many families, like the Hensons, woke to find extensive flooding on their property, a lot of damage and dead livestock floating by.
Three vehicles were also damaged beyond repair by the water and while the Hensons had vehicle insurance, they didn’t have contents insurance. In a silver lining, community spirit has shone through. The house on Clevedon-Kawakawa Road is currently uninhabitable and the Henson family is living in a granny
flat on offer from local residents until next Wednesday. Contacts from the local church where Mr Henson’s wife takes their children to playgroup three times a week have come to the rescue with donations of dinners, groceries, supermarket vouchers and offers of temporary accommodation. “We haven’t had to cook a
meal since the flood, people are awesome,” said Mr Henson. A Givealittle page had also been created by a friend which Mr Henson said at last count had raised around $3500. Watercare is calling for Auckland residents to continue to reduce their water usage to avoid a citywide boil water notice being issued.
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Last week’s “off-the-chart” rainfall washed large amounts of debris into the Ardmore Water Treatment Plant, which supplies up to two thirds of the Auckland region’s water. Watercare chief executive Raveen Jaduram said the plant is continuing to operate at half its capacity due to the “unprecedented” level of silt in the water.
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Meet the stars of local schools PAKURANGA COLLEGE
A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way and shows the way. They are role models with leadership skills. Times shines a light on the young stars, the head students of schools in the area— that include Saint Kentigern College, Pakuranga College, Macleans College, Elim Christian College, Edgewater College, Howick College, Botany Downs Secondary College, Sancta Maria College. The only reason we couldn’t include the head students of Ormiston Senior College in the round-up is because they have around 50 student leaders. Compiled by Farida Master.
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Student leaders of six houses – Bell, Bacot, Ingham, Irving, MacDonald and Minerva – left to right: Elias Worrall-Bader (MacDonald), Dominique Nagel (MacDonald), Olivia Walls (Bell), Amol Kumar (Ingham), Raynor Perreau (Bacot), Dylan Anderson (Bacot), Max Calvert (Irvine), Vuyo Dzadya Minerva), Susana Jones (Irvine), Connie Passfield (Ingham), Bradley McAuley (Minerva) and Reuben Beattie (Bell).
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he Second Health and Social Care Integration breakfast hosted by the Counties Manukau Health Eastern Locality (a partnership between Counties Manukau DHB, East Health Trust PHO, Procare, Alliance Health Plus and National Hauora Coalition) was held on Thursday, March 2. The aim of the breakfast meeting is to bring together all the community providers in the locality to build greater working relationships and facilitate integration between the services to better support the communities within the eastern
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to help the community to get well, stay well and live well within their own communities. The breakfast meetings have been attended by over 30 organisations including
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Torrential rain forced Korean War Veterans to abandon their final march outside the Auckland War Memorial Museum last week. The national body representing them – the NZ Korean War Veterans Association – has been wound up as its ageing vets lose the battle against old age. Regional branches will continue to operate. Howick’s Barry Dreyer, Colonel Commandant of the Royal Regiment of New Zealand Artillery, attended the closing ceremony on behalf of the New Zealand Army, and laid a wreath alongside his naval and air force counterparts. “We’d intended there to be a marching parade with 82 Korean war veterans marching but it was just too wet so the ceremony had to be inside,” Colonel Dreyer said. As many as 180 veterans were amongst more than 300 guests marking the association’s closure and a luncheon at Alexandra Park on Wednesday.
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Battle of the young chefs will begin The search for Auckland’s most promising, young environmentally-conscious chefs is on. And Botany Downs Secondary College is looking to secure a hattrick in the cooking contest. As part of its award-winning, children’s environmental education event, Eye on Nature, coordinated by the Manukau Beautification Charitable Trust (MBCT) in partnership with more than 30 environmental organisations— is inviting schools to enter this year’s competition. Eye on Nature will be hosted at the Auckland Botanical Gardens with 1500 Year 5 and 6 students participating in a range of `Edible’ themed interactive educational games, arts and craft from March 28-30. Local school Botany Downs Secondary College is particularly excited about participating in the Eye on Nature Cooking Competition, more so, since they won the first place in both 2015 and 2106. In April 2016, Deanna Stubbs, Keeha Riley and Raina Karan presented the judges with A dip in the ocean a tasting plate of New Zealand’s finest seafood, prepared three ways. This year, Keeha Riley, Raisa Moiunuddin and Farzana Rahimi will be entering the competition to defend their title. Students will be designing a dish featuring produce from New Zealand gardens. Keeha says, “We aim to use root based vegetables and show off our culinary skills from our mentor’s chef experience.” Entrants will be put through the paces in a Masterchef-style cook-off, when they prepare, cook and serve their dishes live at the Family Day. First, second and third place awards of $1,000, $500 and $250 respectively will be announced after the competition.
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Facing the longer-term challenges With Governments have a responsibility to face the bigger, longer-term issues for New Zealand. Already this year we have made significant announcements in areas like policing, rolling out ultra-fast broadband to another 150 towns, improving freshwater quality and tightening up on the tax obligations of multinational corporations. Last week the Prime Minister addressed another of these longterm issues when he announced how we will tackle the rising cost of New Zealand Superannuation. Improvements in healthcare and lifestyle mean we are living and working longer today than we ever have. Good health is good news. It means we can enjoy life more and remain active in the workforce and the community for longer. However, longer life does drive up the cost of Super. By international standards, NZ Super remains relatively
affordable. Funding superannuation presently costs about 5 per cent of GDP compared to 9 per cent across OECD countries. However, the cost in New Zealand is expected to rise to 8.4 per cent by 2060, a significant increase on today’s cost. That level of spending on superannuation is affordable if we tighten spending in other areas. But we don’t want future governments to be forced to cut spending on healthcare and education, or to put up taxes. That’s why we have proposed progressively increasing the age of eligibility for NZ Super to 67, starting in 20 years’ time. With the average life expectancy increasing by about 1.3 years each decade, someone who retires at age 67 in 2040 is likely to receive NZ Super for longer than someone who retires at age 65 today. This policy will more fairly spread the costs and benefits
Your view How will council fix this? I wrote the letter below a few weeks back, and I see today (March 6) in the news that an elderly man in Papatoetoe fell to his death after falling off his mobility scooter caused by an uneven footpath. Seeing a woman at East Care Medical Centre last week with injuries to her face and arm, and a recent visit to a Golflands property requested by a distressed and angry senior resident, has reinforced my decision to demand answers from council as to what will be done to resolve a major problem that may have serious repercussions for our pedestrian population. It probably is no surprise that the trees planted on the berms in Botany are causing serious problems to the footpaths, and probably not only in this part of the city. The root systems are destroying the footpaths, some driveways and even fences. Has council a plan in place to resolve what I see as a major
of New Zealand Super between generations, ensure the scheme remains affordable into the future, and give people time to adjust. We will also change the residency requirement for eligibility for Super from 10 years to 20 years. It will apply to people arriving in New Zealand after the legislation is passed. Facing the longer term issues is not necessarily the most popular thing to do, but it’s responsible and necessary. Doing so early means we give New Zealanders a long lead time to help them plan for their retirement. Jami-Lee Ross Member of Parliament for Botany
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problem which, if it hasn’t already, is going to cause some serious injuries to our ageing population who have already, and will in the future, trip over the hundreds of uneven adjoining concrete slabs? I have noticed that in many instances asphalt has been used to try and remedy the height differences between pavement slabs. This not only is a poor substitute for much-needed repairs, but looks unsightly to say the least. Recently, we even had an Auckland City Councillor attend the Howick Local Board meeting complaining about facial injuries suffered falling over on an uneven pavement. Obviously, it would appear that not enough consideration was given to the types of trees that were planted, to ensure that ageing root structures would grow downwards and not outwards, often on the surface. I believe that council officers need to urgently resolve to find an answer to this problem before one of our residents pays the ultimate price. I would appreciate a response
from officers or of council arborists as to what could or will be done to resolve this very serious situation before the problem gets any worse. Bob Wichman, Botany
Someone will be killed We moved into Beach Road, Mellons Bay, in October 2016 and I am amazed that nothing has or is being done to address the speed of some vehicles from the roundabout at Park Hill Road to the top junction at Mellons Bay Road. One day I feel that there is going to be a fatality as children walk to and from schools. Beach Road isn’t that wide and, with cars parked on one side, makes it more dangerous. Maybe a reduced speed limit on Beach Road and Mellons Bay Road and speed bumps would slow the traffic for the volume of vehicles using Beach Road to bypass Picton Road. I contacted the council but nothing has changed. Concerned resident
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Euro, Brit classic car show a success ■■By Laura Brookes
Gary Maitland, the owner of a standard DeLorean, and said it’s the first time in New Zealand the two cars have been side-by-side for people to see the difference. “It was quite entertaining sometimes. “There were interesting comments made as people tried to work out what was what with the two cars.” It still amazes Mr Bedogni that 30 years on, people remember the car from the movie so well. “Most kids stood in amazement that they were actually seeing the time machine.” The local resident said he received comments from people who didn’t know the DeLorean was a real production car, and thought it was simply made up for the movie, as well as the commonly-asked question of whether he can actually drive it. “People are amazed that I drive it on the road like a normal car. It certainly gets a lot of attention on the road too.”
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willing to let people have a seat to see what it was like to drive a car 94 years ago... at the other end of the scale, I had a gentleman who was two years older than the car, so he was most interested but unable to climb up into the car! “A large number of families were enjoying the walk about the park and seeing cars they haven’t seen before. Because there is no competition between the cars, it becomes a very relaxing day.” DeLorean car owner Mathew Bedogni was displaying a movie version of the car he built himself, reminiscent of the car featured in the 1985 Back to the Future time travelling film. Mr Bedogni built the car for his own satisfaction and didn’t have any plans to share it, but after constant feedback from people wanting rides, he started Hero Car Hire, a business that supplies unique vehicles mainly to PR, marketing and events industries. At the show, he was next to
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Sancta Maria College open day and enrolments for 2018 on Wednesday, March 22 from 3.305.30pm at school auditorium. Enrolments application for 2018 for all year levels open on Wednesday, March 22 and close on Monday, May 29. All welcome to join guided tour from 3.30pm until 4.30pm. Principal’s presentation will commence at 4.45pm in auditorium.
U3A Ormiston next meets on Thursday March 23 at 10am at the Flat Bush Old School Hall, corner of Flat Bush School Road and Murphy’s Road. Our main speaker will be from Independent Living Services, who will describe their products which are designed to make life easier for the elderly. All welcome, free admission, morning tea provided. Come along and learn what U3A is all about! For more information, phone Mike Lowe 279-3956.
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The 42nd ASB Polyfest kicked off this Wednesday at 7 am with a special flag raising ceremony and powhiri at the Manukau Sports Bowl. This year’s powhiri has special significance, marking the memory of one of the festival’s great leaders George Pomana, who passed away on January 1.
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dvocates for a national memorial for the 257 people who lost their lives in the 1979 Mt Erebus air accident have commended the organisation and work for the recently unveiled Christchurch Earthquake National Memorial. They believe it is an “excellent example” of what can be done with hard work, creativity, national and local Government endorsement, and wide public support, and look forward to similar support for the planning of the Mt Erebus air accident national memorial for the 40th anniversary on November 28, 2019. Erebus National Memorial spokesperson, Rev Dr Richard Waugh, of Howick, said the Christchurch earthquake memorial is an attractive design, accessible, not in a cemetery, and a special place to display all the names of the earthquake victims. “I have had many Erebus families contact me saying, “Did you see the Christchurch memorial. That’s what we can do to have all names together, in such a special way”. There is presently no public memorial to the Erebus accident where all 257 names are displayed together. The Mt Erebus air accident with 257 fatalities - 237 passengers and 20 crew - is still New Zealand’s worst civil disaster and the worst aviation accident in the Southern Hemisphere. Advocacy and planning has began last year for a national memorial for the Mt Erebus air accident. Dr Waugh said significant discussions are being held with the Government through the Ministry of Culture and Heritage, and with “other people and interested organisations”. “New Zealand as a nation continues to be profoundly affected by the Mt Erebus tragedy and it is a pastoral and public oversight that nothing has yet been done to establish a national memorial to the Mt Erebus accident victims, especially for the many families involved,” Dr Waugh said. “There is such relevance and power in having all the names appropriately displayed and honoured. “We see that at memorials on Anzac Day and we saw it recently in Christchurch. The Erebus families need and deserve a
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Did you attend Panmure School? Historic Panmure District School located at 87 Mt Wellington Highway will be holding a school reunion, and open public day on the November 25, 2017. The school was established in 1875 and has a rich history in the Mt Wellington, Pakuranga area. The board of trustees is asking all former pupils, and staff members to contact the school direct, or on the schools face book page, and spread the word. Historical day organiser and ex-pupil John Lehmann says: “The school has so much history to it, its natural we save it. Even now it’s very much like a country school with a small roll, and small classes. It’s one of the area’s best kept secrets although many from Pakuranga and
Howick will have attended.’’ Plans are underway to have some classes done out in the late 1800s, early 1920s and 1950s eras with period dress and story tellers to help deliver more authenticity. Garth Barfoot, a director of estate agency Barfoot & Thompson, was a pupil in the 1940s and is strong supporter of the school and will be a guest speaker. Sailing legend Brad Butterworth, of America’s Cup fame, is also ex-pupil and says he has “very fond memories of that school’’. The school is asking anyone that has any old photos, history, or any information on the school too contact them. The school is also seeking people to assist in running the reunion.
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East to East showcases Chinese community ■■By Laura Brookes
ast Auckland is set for community fame after Julie Zhu’s documentary East to East was ranked in the top 10 of a nationwide filmmaking competition focusing on diversity. East to East highlights the various experiences of Chinese immigrants in east Auckland and how they have dealt with assimilation into a foreign society. Born in China and raised in Auckland, the keen Botany filmmaker has written and directed several short films, was the 2016 Producer in Residence at Basement Theatre and gained her honours in screen production at Auckland University. During her time at university, the 24-year-old spent many hours travelling on buses from east to central, and that’s where the
idea was sparked to create the documentary. “When the elderly Chinese people got on the bus, they looked like the best of friends... but if you knew the language, you’d know it’s just, ‘hey, how are you’. You’d know it’s actually the first time they’ve met.” Ms Zhu’s own grandmother, 79-year-old Fang Ruzhen, immigrated to Auckland to help raise her grandchildren. Fifteen years on, English is still a foreign language to her, but she has found community with other elderly Chinese expats on her weekly bus rides to the Asian supermarkets of east Auckland. Ms Zhu is hoping the documentary, created with producer Tema Pua and director of photography Kelly Chen, will be the start of a greater social shift. “Often the social discourse around immigrants is about what
they offer our society and how they affect or improve our economy, but they are people too,” says Ms Zhu. “There’s no one New Zealand identity or Kiwi identity...some immigrants don’t assimilate and that’s okay. They are still New Zealand citizens. That’s what truly embracing diversity means – not just for people who act like you.” The three-minute documentary is supported by Loading Docs – a unique initiative that produces documentaries and gives local documentary makers a platform. Crowdfunding for the documentary is open till March 31, and Ms Zhu said her aim is to purchase the right equipment, hire translators and facilitate free public screenings with any additional money raised past the $2000 base goal. East to East will be completed in early June.
Documentary maker Julie Zhu’s grandmother is one of the main people featured in East to East. Photo supplied
Art Salon invites artists of different genres With a vision to make it an artistic and cultural hub, the Fo Guang Shan Buddhist Temple in Flat Bush rolled out yet another delight for the community, as it officially opened its doors to a wellcurated Art Salon, recently. The vibrant gathering was treated to celebrated Kiwi artist Dean Buchanan’s striking journey of finding beauty in nature. The oil on jute landscapes filled with vivid hues expressing breathtaking wilderness and beauty in nature had the guests reflect on a dramatic escape from urban chaos. The exhibition titled Journey which is open to the public till April 2 also features eclectic pieces of bronze sculptures by Mr Buchanan’s son Rudi who has exhibited his cast bronze pieces all over the world. The opening of the exhibition was followed by an exquisite High Tea after which artistes of different shades and genres were invited to take a tour of the temple and encouraged to exhibit their works of art at the Art Salon. Venerable Abbess Manshin’s invitation to offer complimentary exhibition space to artists during the grand November Cherry Blossom Festival later in the year, evoked
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Top left, an official opening of the Art Salon at the Fo Guang Shan Temple had the artistic community turn up in large numbers; right, Rudi Buchanan’s bronze sculptures are exhibited at the temple. Photo supplied/Times photos Farida Master
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edian house prices firmed slightly and sales volumes lifted across New Zealand during February as the market exited the holiday period, according to the latest figures released this week by the Real Estate Institute of New Zealand (REINZ). Two of 12 regions in New
Zealand hit new record high median sale prices in February 2017 (Northland and Otago), with the national median price rising to $495,000, up by $5000 from January. This represents a 14.1 per cent year-on-year rise on a seasonally adjusted basis. The number of sales for February 2017 was 6253, an increase of 45
per cent on January, although on a seasonally adjusted basis sales for February 2017 fell 8.9 per cent compared to February 2016. In Auckland, median prices rose a seasonally adjusted +11 per cent (6.7 per cent median change) year-on-year, although the median price dropped $5000 (-1 per cent) during February. The median price rose an average of 10.6 per cent over the past three months, versus 10.5 per cent over the same period a year ago, indicating a very similar performance between the first three months of 2017 and 2016. Auckland inventory has risen by
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Other changes of note
The number of properties available for sale continues to decline nationwide with 2541 fewer houses for sale in February compared to 12 months ago, although the number of properties for sale in the Auckland region has increased by 1,562 (+20 per cent). Compared to February 2016 the number of listings fell 7 per cent in Canterbury, 20 per cent in Wellington and 11 per cent in Waikato/Bay of Plenty. Excluding Auckland, the number of properties for sale has fallen by 4,102 (-19 per cent) over the past 12 months. REINZ CEO Bindi Norwell says: “We are seeing a mixed picture across New Zealand. Auckland is mixed: there is something in the market for buyers and sellers. For instance, although there are more houses on the market and median prices are rising on a seasonally adjusted basis year-onyear, sales volumes were down in February 9 per cent year-on-year on a seasonally adjusted basis. “We hear anecdotally that LVRs are having an effect and banks are reducing lending, becoming more selective about who they lend to, what properties they will lend on and the terms. Recent media has noted the lower level of cash incentives being offered by banks, and this ties in with the feedback agents across the country are hearing from their clients.”
The number of sales for February 2017 was 6253, an increase of 45 per cent on January, although on a seasonally adjusted basis sales for February 2017 fell 8.9 per cent compared to February 2016.
Median prices jump, continuing to be led by the regions The national median house price rose $45,000 year-on-year.
A seasonally adjusted rise of 14.1 per cent. Compared to January, the national median house price rose $5000 (+1 per cent). Central Otago Lakes recorded the largest percentage increase in median price compared to February 2016, at 30 per cent, followed by Northland at 20 per cent and Otago at 18 per cent.
Auction sales have declined There were 921 dwellings sold by auction nationally in February, representing 15 per cent of all sales and a decrease of 378 (-29 per cent) on the number of auctions in February 2016. Transactions in Auckland represented 51 per cent of national auction sales, with the number of auctions in Waikato/Bay of Plenty representing 19 per cent of national auction sales and the number of auctions in Canterbury/Westland representing 15 per cent of national auction sales. These three regions represented 85 per cent of auction sales in February 2017.
Days to sell higher
The number of days to sell improved by two days to 39 days from January, and eased three days compared to February 2016. Otago had the fewest number of days to sell at 27 days followed by Wellington at 29 days and Manawatu/Wanganui at 32 days. Northland and Central Otago had the most number of days to sell at 53 days, while in Auckland the number of days to sell rose by two days to 43 days compared to January and rose by a week compared to February 2016.
Million dollar homes show largest increase in volumes
Between February 2016 and February 2017, the number of homes sold for more than $1 million rose by 5 per cent to 708 homes to equal 11 per cent of all dwellings sold. The number of dwellings sold under $600,000 has declined by 1,081 between February 2016 and February 2017 compared to a fall of 1,038 for all dwellings. For regional commentary and tables, please see the accompanying report.
Regional housing market The past ﬁve years’ Auckland regional housing market at a glance, as at February’s ﬁgures. Eastern Beaches Dwelling median price 2013 $668,000 2014 $726,500 2015 $868,500 2016 $970,000 2017 $1,028,500 Percentage change 2015 to 2016 — +6% Dwelling numbers sold 2013 203 2014 174 2015 165 2016 106 2017 92 Percentage change 2015 to 2016 — -13% Median days to sell 2013 35 2014 34 2015 33 2016 37 2017 55 Percentage change 2015 to 2016 — +49% KC12310
Auckland Region Dwelling median price 2008 $427,000 2016 $750,000 2017 $800,000 Percentage change 2015 to 2016 — +7% Dwelling sales volume 2008 1772 2010 1578 2016 1936 2017 1661 Percentage change 2015 to 2016 — -14% National sales distribution Under $400,000 2015 3073 2016 3026 2017 2274 Percentage change 2015 to 2016 — -25% $400,000-$599,999 2015 1809 2016 1934
2017 1632 Percentage change 2015 to 2016 — -16% $600,000-$999,000 2015 1439 2016 1656 2017 1639 Percentage change 2015 to 2016 — -1% $1 million and over 2015 577 2016 675 2017 708 Percentage change 2015 to 2016 — +5% WHO’S INCLUDED: The Eastern Beaches area includes Beachlands, Botany Downs, Bucklands Beach, Cockle Bay, Dannemora, East Tamaki Heights, Eastern Beach, Edgewater, Farm Cove, Half Moon Bay, Highland Park, Howick, Lloyd Elsmore Park, Maraetai Beach, Mellons Bay, Northpark, Pakuranga, Shelly Park, Sunnyhills and Whitford. Source: Real Estate Institute of New Zealand
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ith housing activity showing little sign of slowing down, The Plumbers, Gasfitters and Drainlayers Board (PGDB) is reminding homeowners who are embarking on home renovation projects of the costly repercussions of using the wrong people. Choosing the right tradespeople when building or renovating is the message of the new consumer awareness campaign launched by the PGDB last week. The TV, digital, print and social media campaign highlights the risks – and how to sort the pros from the cons at www.pgdb.co.nz. The PGDB and The Insurance Council NZ warn mistakes are costly, and you could void your insurance. Tradespeople need to carry a current NZ Practising Licence – and consumers should ask to sight it to protect themselves. PGDB’s chief executive Martin Sawyers said New Zealand homes have a complex network of pipes and fittings that mix high pressures, high temperatures, gas, electricity and many other high-risk hazards which are dangerous
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and could potentially put your family’s health and safety under threat if handled incorrectly. “It makes good sense to protect yourself by ensuring you are using a qualified professional,” he said. “Nothing is more important than the health and safety of your family and protecting what is one of the biggest investments you will make. “With the new public
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awareness campaign gaining momentum, now more than ever plumbers, gasfitters and drainlayers need to make sure that they hold a current NZ Practising Licence.” The new licence year is fast approaching – it begins April 1. Tradespeople should upload their photo ID for approval now, to begin the process of uplifting their new licence from February 20.
Agency warns of meth risk to property investors First time property investors who choose to manage their own rentals are taking unnecessary risks – exposing themselves to loss of rental income, insurance issues, and often significant and expensive damage to their asset, First National Real Estate chief executive, Bob Brereton, says. Quoting statistics recently released by Meth Remediation firm Meth Solutions, Mr Brereton points to the significant rise in meth use, in particular, as a huge risk to inexperienced property investors who think they can save a few dollars by managing their own rental. He cites one recent instance where a property owner faces meth cleanup costs which could exceed over $20,000. “Meth Solutions found very high incidences of meth contamination in the properties they tested throughout the country – with some locations in Auckland showing meth contamination in as many as 50 per cent of the homes tested”. Mr Brereton said the overall Auckland figure showed contamination in 42 per cent of the properties tested while Wellington showed contamination in 39 per centf the homes tested and Christchurch showed 29 per cent. Other locations such as Northland, Waikato, the Bay of Plenty and Hawkes Bay were also high. He also noted that many of these tested houses were new builds but still experienced alarmingly high incidences of positive readings. He said this meant that first time property investors were taking a huge risk when they managed their own properties. “There are significant costs associated with repairing a home after it has been exposed to meth use (or meth manufacturing) and, while there
are no guarantees, experienced property managers are more likely to spot the danger signs”. Mr Brereton said that the amount of meth being intercepted by Police and Customs showed that the meth issue, in New Zealand, is staggering. “Between them, Police and Customs intercepted 1920kg of meth last year. That works out at about 8 points of meth for every kiwi aged between 16 and 64. Obviously we don’t know how many New Zealanders are regular users – but if average usage was 1 point, per week, we’d be looking at almost 370,000 users, per week, or about 15 per cent of the working population. Add to this the fact that Customs and the Police believe that they only seize 10% of the available Meth and the numbers above become exponentially frightening in terms of usage”. Mr Brereton said that, whatever the actual number, a large percentage of these people are likely to be renters. “It’s too big a risk for first time property investors to take on their own. They need to engage professionals to provide an additional line of defence”. Mr Brereton said that Property Managers typically charge around 7.5 per cent of the weekly rent and manage almost the entire process from letting the property to day-to-day management of maintenance issues and early notification of legal compliance matters. “Toward the end of April, Standards NZ will be releasing their guidelines for contamination in property and whilst this will give some reassurance and solidity to the remediation issues the incidence of meth use is so alarming that serious measures must be taken at the top of the cliff as well”.
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A complete renovation had to begin with the kitchen for one local couple. And thanks to Jag Kitchens, they’ve made a great start setting a gold standard.
The Mellons Bay couple with a long history in building and developing homes knew they had their work cut out for them when they moved into their ‘70s-style dwelling.
happened like clockwork. “We couldn’t fault their workmanship, and everyone was professional from the manufacturers to installers.” What’s more, completion just in time for Christmas was the icing on the cake.
“We had always intended to renovate and the kitchen was the first thing on our list,” says Sandra.
“We had 16-18 people here and everyone was so impressed with how open, light and spacious the kitchen made the whole house feel.”
The tired white, formica kitchen looked like it had been assembled out of a DIY catalogue, she added.
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So the Walkers decided to call in the professionals at Jag Kitchens. “We’d know about Jag for a long time. The builder we worked with had used them before and we’d been to the showroom a few times.” The long-time locals found the Botany location in Danske Mobler Home Centre particularly handy.
JAG Kitchens designer Ellie McNae (left) with house owner Sandra Walker.
The key was turning the kitchen into a multi-functional space, says Eliie. “Having the laundry incorporated into the kitchen was one of the more significant features of the kitchen.”
And once they met Jag Kitchens designer Ellie McNae, it didn’t take long before their ideas began to take shape.
Because the bench space above the washer and dryer would double up as a server for outdoor entertaining, the depth needed to be just right so it was easy enough to reach over, says Ellie.
“Ellie was just great to deal with. She was very accommodation all throughout even when we went back with several adjustments,” says Sandra.
The finished result showcases the same attention to detail. Neutral cabinetry in moss grey velvet complements ebony oak overhead with a rangehood neatly hidden from view.
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The staff also use a state-ofthe-art 3D computer design programme to show clients beforehand exactly how their new kitchen will look.
The dark timber is matched by a stained dark wood dining table and floating shelves which create a striking statement as well as a cosy nook for any paperwork. Another nifty corner features frosted cabinetry for glassware and a counter serving as a mini-bar.
Other perks include ample windows opening up view to the pool and deck area on one side and the beach and water on the other. Importantly, Sandra and Wayne could not have imagined a better space.
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24B Polaris Pl, East Tamaki - OPEN SAT 8.30-1pm Ph/Fax 274 0495 Auto Electrical & Mechanical Repairs
FOR ALL YOUR Landscaping needs. Over 10 years exp. Call Tim on 021 885 676
ROOFING REPAIR SERVICE 26Yrs Exper. All work Guar. Ph 536-7173 or 0210-798-166
PHILâ€™S TREE & STUMP GRINDING
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IT PC lap tops Sony, Panasonic, LG Sanyo, Toshiba
Driveways/Patios Swimming Pool surrounds Decorative coloured Concrete Exposed Pebbles and Aggregates Concrete Sealing Bobcat and Digger Post Hole Boring
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Power you need KOBA BATTERIES
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Phone Raewyn Dodds 530 8038 - 021 746 848 E: firstname.lastname@example.org - www.emblazon.co.nz
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PLUMBER all maintenance & repairs, good rate. For an honest, reliable craftsman plumber ph/txt Phil 027 8846000
Ph: 534 5888 Mob: 027 507 8680
EXP, High Quality, regular home, window & office cleaning. Ph Jenny 021 0841 0001
Specialising in: Window treatments, drapes, roman blinds, venetians, roller blinds. Colour Consultancy
HORIZON AERIALS LTD
0800 24 LOCK JE233914
Freeview Installed Same Day Best Prices Guaranteed
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$105 FITTED Ph 265 2941
HAYNE’S GLASS Special Conditions Apply
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ENGLISH /Maths/ Science(NCEA/Cambridge) Qualified exp tutors/teachers. Essay writing/editing. 535-0523 MATHS, English NCEA, Cambridge, IB. Exp & Qualified. Ph 273 9559 or 021 1104138 MATHS, Physics, Chem, Science. NCEA & Cambridge Yr9-13, 1-1, Ph 027 535 4909 www.bluehf.co.nz
ALWAYS BUYING Estates, households, beds, fridges, lounge suites, dining suites etc. Ph: Transit Traders 532-9204 mob 027 2767159
Sat 18 March 10am - 3pm Pakuranga Community Hall 346 Pakuranga Rd (by KFC). Readers, Healers, Crystals, Jewellery and lots more www.crystalvisions.nz
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LESSONS FROM $18 Private, professional,affordable. Competitions, practical and theory exams. We have teachers in your area. (Est 63 yrs)
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YR 1-12 tuition. $25/hr. Maths, Writing, Reading, Science. Ph 021 0222 1935 or 279 0370
We accept donations of: Good Used Furniture Household Goods • Clothing
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Local residents Local news & events Local community all adds up to The Times Phone 271 8055 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Key skills required: • Proven sales record with a talent for closing sales • Flexible approach to finding and securing sales opportunities in the wider community • Affinity with elderly and great relationship building skills • Outstanding communication and public speaking skills • Excellent computer skills, ability to embrace new technology and use a customer database management system (full training will be provided)
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MASSAGE Sports Massage
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Bruce McLaren is a beautiful resort style village based in Howick. In this role you will have support from a dedicated head office administration team and sales manager and the opportunity to join the Ryman Employee Share Scheme.
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St Pauls Church
Chapel Rd, Flatbush Phone 274-3460 Sun 10am & Wed 10am www.allsaintshowick.org.nz
SUNDAY, MARCH 19
OPEN DAY and ENROLMENTS FOR 2018
Open Day Wednesday 22 March 2017, 3.30pm - 5.30pm Meet at the School Auditorium
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QUICK PUZZLE NO. 7798 - SOLUTIONS Across - 1, Queen of Hearts. 8, Adder. 9, Caramel. 10, Tartan. 11, Crease. 12, After. 14, Tweed. 18, Reason. 20, Fiesta. 23, Sunrise. 24, Inert. 25, Soldering iron. Down - 1, Quartz. 2, Eider. 3, Narrate. 4, Face. 5, Error. 6, Rummage. 7, Spleen. 13, Flannel. 15, Whiting. 16, Crisis. 17, Carton. 19, Olive. 21, Steer. 22, Yeti. CRYPTIC PUZZLE NO. 7798 - SOLUTIONS Across - 1, Learn the ropes. 8, Plain. 9, C-heeri-o. 10, Nut-meg. 11, A-shore. 12, A-men-d. 14, War-ms. 18, Arrest (a rest). 20, Woo-den. 23, S-win-dle. 24, A-d-age. 25, Crime reporter. Down - 1, Lo-pin-g. 2, Ava-st. 3, Nan-keen. 4, Hock. 5, Reels. 6, Per-form. 7, Shower. 13, Martin-i. 15, Avo-c-a-do. 16, Bar’s-a-c. 17, End-ear. 19, Sid-l-e. 21, D-r-aft. 22, He-re. Why not have a browse online www.times.co.nz or phone us 271 8055 to advertise
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We welcome you to collect an enrolment pack for 2018, and join one of the guided tours taking place from 3.30pm until 4.30pm. The Principal’s presentation will commence at 4.45pm in the auditorium. 319 Te Irirangi Drive, Botany South T: (09) 274 4081 E: firstname.lastname@example.org www.sanctamaria.school.nz
Cnr Wellington & Picton Sts Phone 534-5142
Selwyn Rd, Howick Phone 534-6864 Sun 7.30am & 9.30am & Wed 10am
Sunday morning 9.30am (with children’s programme) Sunday evening service TBA Youth Group every Friday 7.00pm
Furniture • Household Goods Antiques • Quality Used Clothing
Ryman Healthcare is seeking an experienced Sales Advisor for our resort style village, Bruce McLaren Village in Howick. The days of work are Monday to Friday and some weekend work as well may be required.
Christian LINK Anglican Church
One Lord One Faith One People
This is a not to be missed opportunity to join one of NZ’s most successful and fastest growing companies!
Looking for a church home?
Dog and Cat Boarding Dog Grooming Doggy Day Care Pick up/Drop off service 24 hours on site care
Do you have a proven sales record and the motivation for a new challenge?
TAI-CHI QIGONG for well being, enjoy gathering, relaxing, world music Phone Instructor 576 3705
Sales Person Extraordinaire
GOLD CARD Tuesdays are coming, every Tuesday in June 9am to 2pm, Free stalls for Gold Card holders. Arts and craft activity welcomed. All inq ph Bruce 021 558 557
PINKYS PET BOARDING AND GROOMING
Shopping, chores, errands Hospital/doctor appts Arranging trades people etc Regular or one off service Tailored to your needs
Ph Cate 021 130 1882 email@example.com www.howickmobility.co.nz
MATHS PHYSICS Calculus Stats Chem. Tutor NCEA/ Camb. Ph 250 4422 or 021 107 2851
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5 TE KOHA ROAD THE HUB BOTANY PHONE (09) 271 4421
END-OF-LINE CLOTHING & BOOT DEALS
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SITUATIONS VACANT School Holiday and After School Programmes
Required for busy Howick dental practice. Position is available Wednesday, Thursday, Friday. Previous reception/dental experience preferable, but not essential. Please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
We are currently looking to employ someone to install joinery/conservatories. We are looking for someone with building experience but are also willing to train someone that is keen to learn. This is a full time position and work is over the Auckland region. You must have good command of English and a current drivers licence. This is a great company to work for and we have been in the business for 35 years. Salary is negotiable on experience. Please email your cv to email@example.com
Ph Tadeus 535 9456 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
EXPERIENCED EARTHWORK DIGGER OPERATORS & LABOURERS REQUIRED
MAINTENANCE FITTER OR SMALL ENGINE MECHANIC
Reliable Delivery Staff
Blueprint Diesel’s world class sales and service team need an experienced Parts Coordinator for our spare parts department. We need someone who can place orders, despatch and receive parts, maintain our stock levels, respond to customers’ enquiries, provide quotes and manage the pricing of parts. Some of the important attributes you will bring are your computer skills, positive attitude, attention to detail, customer service, and ability to follow up leads and close sales. Email your C.V. with a cover letter outlining your experience and why you would be perfect for the role to email@example.com.
LABOURER Asset Managers Ltd is looking for a full time Labourer to join our friendly team. You will be required to help with day to day operations including assisting our builders. Must be fit and capable of heavy lifting. A clean full NZ driver’s licence is required and the applicant must be able to drive a manual vehicle. We are based in East Tamaki but work in the greater Auckland area. Must be able to work in NZ and speak good English. Please send your CV to firstname.lastname@example.org
SANCTA MARIA COLLEGE
Topcoat Specialist Coatings has a position for a keen enthusiastic Storeman to support our team. This role is critical in supporting our applicator team and managing stock and equipment. Our business has grown significantly in the last 12 months, and we require the services of an enthusiastic dynamic hands on person, who doesn’t mind getting their hands dirty. You will need previous store experience and be willing to go the extra mile. The successful candidate will: • Be physically fit • Have a good work ethic and positive can-do attitude • Be able to work as part of a team, with a sense of humour! • Undergo a drug and alcohol test • Having a valid Class 2 drivers licence would be an advantage • Have a fork hoist licence or be able to obtain one • Strong written and oral English • Have New Zealand residency The role includes but not limited to maintaining orderly systems in the warehouse, recording inwards and outward product, clean and maintain plant and equipment, delivery to site, stock management and control systems. There may also be a requirement to assist our crew on the tools. Please email a covering letter and your CV to: email@example.com
We seek an enthusiastic and motivated person to work with a student with high special learning needs. This position is part time for 3 hours per day 11.15 – 2.15 each day, fixed term until end of May (may be extended). The successful applicant will work as part of a team and should be empathetic to the needs of young adolescents. They would also be required to support the Special Character of the College. To commence immediately. Applications close: 23 March 2017 Full teacher aide job description and Application form available on website www.sanctamaria.school.nzApply in writing enclosing application form & CV to: The Director of Learning Support firstname.lastname@example.org
Our Teacher Aides work in a variety of classrooms and with a variety of students. They must be able to work within a range of diverse cultures especially Pasifika and Maori, and be willing to work with all students and possibly challenging behaviours. Hours for this position are at least 10 hours per week for 40 weeks, [while school is open], with some opportunities of additional hours as student needs require. Training and support will be provided. Police vetting required prior to starting. Application Forms can be requested from Barbara Ferregel and must be provided with a letter of application and your CV to Barbara Ferregel – email@example.com Applications will close as soon as a suitable applicant is appointed. Applicants for this position should have NZ residency or a valid NZ work visa.
Required to deliver the Botany and Ormiston Times in the following areas: DANNEMORA RUN# 24RR Claremont Way, Ridgefield Ln, Eaglemont Dr, Fairfield Lane RUN# 24S Gracechurch Dr (part of), Barcaldine Rd, Middlefield Dr (part of), Baltesan Dr, Chapel Rd (part of), Dalcross Dr, Earlshall Dr RUN# 17B Kelvin Hart Dr, Franshell Cres, Lilybank Cres, Guys Rd (part of) RUN# 24FF Dannemora Dr, Fintonia Pl, Glencullen Pl, Glanworth Pl, Emwalie Pl, Carnview Pl, Ballycullanie Pl, Castlemaine Pl Please email name, address and contact phone numbers to: firstname.lastname@example.org In the SUBJECT line please include the RUN#
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PAPATOTOE INTERMEDIATE SCHOOL
Permanent positions available working for a reputable company within the Manukau and Glenn Innes area. Experience in laying water mains, laying concrete and roading, able to operate excavators and labour when required. Key requirements: Reliability Good team worker with a positive attitude Able to work with minimum supervision Current drivers licence (preferred) The rate of pay is negotiable dependant on applicant. Please note: Earthco Civil Limited operate a no tolerance policy regarding drugs and alcohol, including pre-employment screening. Applicants for this position should have NZ residency or a valid NZ work visa. Contact Earthco Civil for more information 579 7100
We are looking for a Maintenance Fitter and or Small Engine Mechanic to work in a team of 12 technicians maintaining our rides and park to a high standard. Key attributes and requirements: Have a basic PLC understanding A methodical approach to fault finding and problem solving Have a relevant trade qualification Be a self-starter Key responsibilities for the Maintenance Fitter: Preventative maintenance and repairs General engineering, fitting, welding and turning Key responsibilities for the Small Engine Mechanic: Scheduled maintenance service on our fleet of engines Applicants must have NZ Residency or a valid NZ work visa. All candidates will be required to undertake pre-employment drug testing. Please send a CV and cover letter outlining which role you are applying for to: firstname.lastname@example.org
start date 1 May 2017 Part-time hours: Mon-Thurs, 9.00am – 12.40pm, term time only. You will be required to work with individuals and groups of students to support their learning. Previous school experience in supporting students with limited English an advantage. Applicant must have competent computer skills. Successful applicant will be police vetted. Please forward your letter of application and current CV with names and contact details of two referees to: Sue Kennedy – Principal’s PA Email: email@example.com
Qualified teacher to teach creative drama. All curriculum and lesson plans provided. Phone Helen O’Grady Drama Academy 836 0233
Mission Heights Primary School
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We are looking for a junior admin assistant to join our team. This is an entry level job where you will be required to answer phones and use Microsoft office. We are based in East Tamaki. Having an understanding of Mandarin would be an advantage. Must be able to work in NZ. Please email your CV to email@example.com
Wanted for busy Howick Salon. Full time, wages and commission.
JUNIOR OFFICE ADMINISTRATOR
Are you looking for meaningful work that makes a positive difference in people’s lives? Do you love working with special needs children and youth? Are you an energetic, motivated, enthusiastic individual? Do you have a great attitude? If you answer yes to the above you could be the person for us! Email your CV to: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 533 6360 to discuss further.
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Want to give RIPPA RUGBY a go? This day is for you! Learn the game of RIPPA RUGBY Rugby skills and drills BBQ and Drinks Noon to 1.00pm Saturday, 25 March Lloyd Elsmore Park www.purc.co.nz Ph: 09 576 7928 Live Local/Play Local
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Touch Blacks goal in sight ■ BY KELLY TEED
t just 17 years of age, Kodi Barlow has been playing Touch Rugby for slightly less than 10 years. She started at age eight, playing for the Counties Manukau Under-9s team and quickly moved up the ranks. The Year 13 Pakuranga College student continues to play for a variety of Counties teams was recently selected as part of the New Zealand Training Squad for the next Touch Trans Tasman in 2019 in the U20s. Barlow said she was impressed to be chosen for the squad and hopes it will bring her closer to her end goal.
“I want to be playing for the Touch Blacks. That’s my ultimate goal so this [NZ training squad] is the pathway to get there.” Barlow recently played at the New Zealand Touch Nationals representing the Counties Open Womens Grade where she played every game and made it through to the finals against Auckland but lost in the last second with a score of 11-10. Despite her young age, Barlow has already represented New Zealand twice. In 2015 she played for the U17 National team and travelled to Australia. Last year she was also selected to play at the Trans Tasman Test Series as part of
Kodi Barlow is working towards playing for the Touch Blacks.
interested in.” But the hard work seems to be paying off – she was awarded Most Valuable Player for the Counties U18s Touch Team at an awards ceremony on Saturday night. Barlow is in the process of applying for scholarships to play for US universities next year but in the meantime she plans to keep training hard and working towards her goals.
the New Zealand invitational team. Barlow said playing in the Nationals was “a big step up” from any other touch she’s played. “A couple of weeks ago I was at Junior Nationals but this was definitely a step up. “It was a great experience, especially because the team I was in was full of New Zealand players and me being able to play alongside them ... I definitely learnt heaps.” Her successes haven’t come without hard work and she admits it can be a struggle in summer to balance sports with schoolwork. “I play club, module and then my Touch Counties teams as well as training for sevens which is something I’m really
Times photo Wayne Martin
Macleans College take silver in Under 17 Coxed Quad class The Macleans College rowing teams battled the stormy conditions at the weekend to compete in the North Island Secondary School Rowing Championships at Lake Karapiro.
They went head to head with more than 1800 athletes representing 96 secondary schools. The Under 17 Coxed Quad team consisting of Heath Shepherd, Harry Newbury-Lee, Camille
Dignadice (Coxen), Waldo Singleton and Jack MacDonald won silver while Harry NewburyLee and Heath Shepherd also snatched silver in the Boys U17 double sculls class.
From left to right, Heath Shepherd, Harry Newbury-Lee, Camille Dignadice (Coxen), Waldo Singleton & Jack MacDonald. Times photo Wayne Martin
Let’s bin the bag! Say goodbye to rubbish bags because there’s a new rubbish bin service coming to you in September.* We’ll be providing each household with a 120L rubbish bin, so you no longer have to buy black rubbish bags. If you need a larger bin size a 240L one is available, but it will come with an additional cost of approximately $55** per year. Renters: please note that landlords will have to apply for a larger bin as the charge will go on their rates bill. To request a larger bin please contact us before 31 March 2017 at makethemostofwaste.co.nz or 09 928 0934. Please note that this change only applies to the former Manukau City Council Area.
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**subject to approval of the Council’s Annual Plan in June 2017. KC12155-V3