Feilding Herald : December 1st 2011
8 THURSDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2011 NEWS/OPINION Your Community Christian Churches Feilding Christian Leaders Network Sunday 4th December Advent 2 8am Feilding 9.45am Feilding 10am Colyton 11am Kimbolton 5pm Rangiwahia Wednesday 10am Feilding Contact: 323 4026 or 323 7050 4223546AA SUNDAY WORSHIP 10am Knox Tuesdays 9.15 & 10.30am Little Groovers Minister: Rev Rilma Sands 06 323 8654 FEILDING OROUA PRESBYTERIAN PARISH North Street 4223556AA SUNDAY 9.00am Worship 10.30am Worship FEILDING FAMILY CHURCH (St Pauls - PCANZ) All Welcome Graeme Turnbull Ph (06) 323 4366 Cnr Church & Grey Sts 4101300AA The Hub Church meets at the St John Ambulance building, Bowen Street, 10:30am on Sundays Visitors welcome www.thehubchurch.org.nz 4218877AA 4217957AA Watson Real Estate Ltd Licensed under REAA 2008 firstname.lastname@example.org www.watsonproperty.co.nz Michael Ford AREINZ, ANZIV, SPINZ WK: 06 323 8601 M: 027 542 4707 A/H: 06 328 7890 An investment you can live in! Regards, Michael Like it or not, property has been one of the best performing investments over time in New Zealand. In Feilding, house properties have approximately doubled in value every 8 years on average, over the last 40 years. What was worth $7,000 in 1971 is worth about $224,000 today. Even in the last 8 years which includes the biggest downturn in recent history, the median sale price calculated over 3 months has increased from $111,000 in mid 2003 to $220,500 today. If you had purchased in 2003 with a 10% deposit, and borrowed the rest, your equity would have increased from say $11,000 to about $125,000 which includes some reduction in your table mortgage. That is an eleven fold increase!!! We love to own our own homes and investment properties because of the great investment and leverage qualities, and the banks are very keen to lend us money. Would they lend you money for other investment products? We don't have capital gains tax! Over and above the investment qualities, your property will keep your family (or another family) dry and warm. You can live in it, and raise a family - be Lord and Lady of your very own Manor. You can paint it, add a deck, improve the kitchen, landscape it, plant a garden and put paintings on the wall, have a party, and know that if you pay the mortgage repayments you won't be evicted. You can't do these things with a share certificate! We are not a nation of great savers, and for most of us, paying off a mortgage is the best and easiest way of saving for the future. Buy now as we are at the bottom of the cycle which is when the prudent investors buy. I can help. Just give me a call. 4217999AA 70 Manchester Street Feilding Phone 323 7504 4221533AA Congratulate Renee Our new senior stylist Book your appointment today Open 3 late nights, 6 days a week. Have a new look for Christmas and summer C C OO LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Birds in a state I used to live in fair Feilding and agree, it is the friendliest and cleanest of towns -- something to be very proud of. On the weekend I returned to visit friends, and as I was early, decided to visit Kowhai Park. I must say the cleanest and friendliest issue appears not to extend to its poor feathered inmates. Starting at the budgies cage, green moss was growing over the blocks and posts indicating cold, damp and much shade, along to the red rumps cage only to find them all busy scratching and chewing at their feet and feathers -- a mite infestation? Moving rather hastily along by now to the poor old cockatoos -- one dear specimen with his back, thighs and chest missing great clumps of feathers wearily climbed the cage to usher a few raspy good mornings . It was tragically sad -- these birds I am told canliveto80yearsofage--whata depressing thought, hopefully he doesn t know that! The cockatiels were a little better, scratching but at least feathers were intact. The beautiful red rosella has an undershot jaw, how he manages to eat I don t know. It was really hard to see these beautiful creatures in such conditions. I couldn t look into any more of the cages offered. I came away from there most depressed for the state of these critters, thus the letter. I am sure most of these birds are native to Australia which I imagine to be fairly warm and dry, with vast skies to fly in. All the cages were in shade from the mass of trees surrounding them, there was no stimulation for them other than their friends, I m not sure who was more depressed, me or them. I think it s great we are able to have such beautiful creatures available to admire but I think we need to be more responsible for their wellbeing and upkeep -- surely it s cruel not to. Louise P. Whanganui Thanks given The New Zealand Secondary School Minibike Racing Club planning committee wish to thank the Feilding area sponsors; Central Auto Parts, Costal Machinery, Gary Worsley Motorcycles, Mitre 10, PML and Repco for the help and assistance provided for the recent Mini Moto GP meeting at Manfeild Raceway. A special thank you to the race day s supporters Feilding Host Lions, Manfeild management and staff, Motorsport Manawatu, Mara Marketing, Tim Gibbs track timing and Trade Tools. Thank you also to Feilding High School, the students parents, grandparents and supporters for their considerable efforts before and on the race days. The event was a great success with 280 competitors from the Auckland region to the Nelson region taking part. Planning has commenced for the October 2012 event. Bruce Imrie Meeting secretary IN BRIEF Jandal Day appeal Surf Life Saving's annual appeal day, National Jandal Day, is fast approaching! To get behind National Jandal Day, wear your jandals on Friday December 2 and make a donation to a worthy cause. Ticket winners Both Feilding and Taihape have one of 19 Lotto players to share in the second division prize, winning $13,349 each. The Feilding ticket was purchased from Smith's Pharmacy, and the Taihape ticket bought from Spacey's Video World. Give Santa a call Santa will be on call this Christmas, with the much-loved tradition of Telecom's Santaline back to capture the nation's wish lists for 2011. Not only will there be telephone boxes to phone the North Pole set up at the Telecom Christmas Trees in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch, but the national 0800 number is open and free from any New Zealand landline or mobile on 0800 222 222. An annual tradition since 1993, nearly a million Kiwis leave their wishes for Santa on the Telecom Santaline which is open 24 hours, seven days a week. Wishes can also be submitted online at santaline.co.nz. Free buses make shopping a breeze Horizons Regional Council is encouraging shoppers to save their parking pennies by hopping on a free weekend bus in the lead up to Christmas. To help reduce the stress of finding a park this silly season, all Palmerston North buses supported by Horizons will be free each Saturday and Sunday up to Decem- ber 17 and 18 as well as Christmas Eve. Free buses will also operate in Whanganui and Feilding on the Saturdays of these weekends and additional home-only services will operate in Palmerston North after the Christmas Parade, December 3. Horizons transport manager Anne Redgrave is encouraging people to make use of the free ser- vice. It s a great opportunity for those yet to try the public bus services, to jump on board and see just how easy it is to travel by bus. It s also a nice little gift for our regular passengers, she said. Ms Redgrave said the number of people using public transport in both Manawatu and Whanganui is steadily increasing. We ve been making continual improvements to our public trans- port networks over the last few years and this is reflected in higher passenger numbers. Patronage has increased by 61 per cent in Palmer- ston North, 41 per cent in Feilding and 24 per cent in Whanganui over the past three years, she said. For more information see Horizons website horizons.govt.nz or call free phone number 0508 800 800. Christmas wrapped up With less than a month until the Christmas holiday period begins, businesses and organisations are being urged to ensure they are prepared for public holiday entitlements and shutdown periods. The Department of Labour has issued information advising people about the public holiday entitlements this year -- with Christmas Day and New Year s Day falling on a Sunday. Employees are entitled to up to four public holidays during the festive season, depending on their work or shift pattern, says the Department s general manager business process and innovation, Tracy Mellor. We have updated our advice online for employers and employees so they can check their entitlements and clarify when the public holidays are observed, Ms Mellor says. There will also be differences for casual and on- call workers and so a holidays and leave tool has been developed to work out employee entitlements. In 2010 an amendment to the Holidays Act saw changes to the treatment of holidays and leave dur- ing a mandatory closedown or shutdown period. This means that if your business shuts down dur- ing the Christmas and new year period with employees away on annual holidays then those employees are entitled to be paid for any public holidays that they would have otherwise have worked if the business was operating, Ms Mellor says. We would strongly urge all employers to ensure proper processes are in place to ensure business continuity during the festive season and to make sure employees are aware of their entitlements. Can-do attitude pays off Caring: Ruahine medical centre staff, from left, Amanda Bolton, Leanne Curtis, Janine Cuming, Dr Julian Ashburner and Jill Harding. Missing are Ngaire Leins, Jan Teikamata and Marina Kitto, Drs Rennie Young and Amjim Darr. Photo: BOBBIE NICHOLLS Ruahine Medical Centre has a staff of 11, most of whom are part-time receptionists and practice nurses. During the Little Cans of Care -- food bank appeal they contributed an average of 23 items, which gives them the highest number of items contributed per staff member in the collection. They also achieved the same status last year. AMI staff averaged 20 items per staff member and were also runner-up last year. Practice nurse Leanne Curtis said as a medical practice they see first hand the product of struggling families who find it very difficult to buy food or to access medical care. We thought it is something good we can do to help, she said. This is the second year the Little Cans of Care campaign has run, asking Feilding busi- nesses to donate food to the Sal- vation Army and Manchester House food banks. Young enterprise: Joan Ford of the Feilding Herald, left with Zak Rodgers, Niki Cumings and Mitchell Jones from North Street School after their visit to businesses to sell morning tea items as a fundraiser. The students have been busy fundraising for a trip to the Hawke's Bay on December 6 and 7. The group will stay at the National Aquarium and visit the Holt Planetarium and Splash Planet. So far the fundraising has raised $550. Last week they were at Farmers' Market selling rocky road, lolly kebabs and handmade cards that the kids have made and sold morning tea items to various businesses around town.
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