Feilding Herald : December 15th 2011
38 THURSDAY, DECEMBER 15, 2011 NEWS Kindy Christmas: Having received her lollypop from Father Christmas, Corbyn Coles was keen to show the residents of Coombrae her progress book. Corbyn was one of 35 Makino Kindy kids who entertained Coombrae residents to a Christmas concert last week. This kindy concert has been a tradition for over a decade, with the children performing Christmas action songs. Photo: Bobbie Nicholls Brand new banking: Customer service consultants Lee-Ann Hodgson and Julie Coleman are impressed with the smart new look and security measures at Marton's BNZ. Photo: LAURA WALTERS BNZ embraces digital age with makeover By LAURA WALTERS The Marton Bank of New Zealand has received a new look and new tech- nologies as part of a $200 million nationwide investment. The team at BNZ opened the doors to their refurbished store on High St on Monday, and held a special morn- ing tea last week for customers to cel- ebrate the store s new look. The bank had been operating out of its purpose-built Marton branch since the mid-1800s. Store manager Janice Watson said she was grateful to locals who had been co-operative during the bank s revamp. We re really pleased to be a part of the Marton community and can t wait to share our new store with every- one, she said. The national investment offered customers an innovative experience, with digital signage replacing the tra- ditional window poster displays, and a lighter, brighter and more modern layout in all of their stores, Ms Wat- son said. Other features added to the store included internet access, and video conferencing facilities to link BNZ s small business customers with specialists in the small business hub. Incorporating new security tech- nologies was also an integral part of the design. These included high defi- nition CCTV, and time-locked cash dispensers, she said. Customer service consultant Lee- Ann Hodgson said the Marton branch had not had a proper face-lift in the past 20 years. The branch was more user-friendly now, she said. The old design had the tellers behind plastic security walls. Even though the walls had gone, the security had been up-graded to become more stringent, but less vis- ible. Long-time customers were blown away by the bank s make-over, Ms Hodgson said. Summer concerts start on New Year's Eve By LAURA WALTERS Palmerston North s summer concert series will kick off with the New Year s Eve concert in The Square, and will carry on into March next year. Next year will be the first time one of the summer concerts has been held at the Massey Oval on Massey University s Turitea campus. The events, funded by the Palmer- ston North City Council, are run by Lancewood Events. Lancewood Events owner Karen Heaphy said the Massey venue is ideal, and it is underused. I don t think people realise what s out there, she said. It s a really neat environment. The bands playing at the Massey Oval concert on February 5, and the Fitzherbert Park concert on March 4, have not been confirmed yet. But Ms Heaphy said the bands would be from New Zealand. The New Year s Eve concert starts at 5pm in The Square with local entertainment. The headlining acts for this year s concert will be the Wellington musical theatre pop-soul-funk band Poppy Dust, and Palmerston North covers band Cherry Bomb. Ms Heaphy said the difference in this year s concert would be a special children s countdown at 9pm. The New Year s Eve concert is an alcohol-free family event. In the past it has attracted from 10,000 to 12,000 people. Ms Heaphy said she was expecting a good turnout at this summer s con- certs as well. The annual Esplanade Day will also be part of Palmerston North s fun and free summer activities. The day of local acts, activities, and food stalls will be held on February 26 at the Victoria Esplanade. Esplanade Day will also have a headlining act, something it had not had in the past, Ms Heaphy said. The plan was to make it into a mini concert. The Festival of Cultures will round up the summer concert and events series in Palmerston North on March 23 and 24. The festival includes a world food and craft fair, and performances. The performances will be by music and dance groups, and individuals from different cultures. It will be a chance for refugees and different cultural groups in the com- munity to showcase their customs to the Palmerston North community. Ms Heaphy said people need to watch out for more information on these concerts and events closer to the time. For more information visit pncc.govt. nz or lancewoodevents.co.nz Kowhai makes return on collectors' coins Back after 22 years New Zealand Post has begun a new chapter in its highly successful series of collectors coins featuring our national symbol -- the kiwi -- lovingly pictured in pure gold and pure silver. We expect a warm reception for these coins based on their intrinsic beauty and on the popularity of the Icons of New Zealand coin series we issued between 2008 and 2010, Simon Allison, the sales and market- ing manager of New Zealand Post s coins business says. The earlier Icons series featured a kiwi alongside [respectively] a map of New Zealand , the Southern Cross  and the silver fern . Those coins made their way to collections all around the world -- with the map coin selling out completely and only small quantities of the others available on our website. The 2012 coins -- which have just been released -- are the first entry in a new three-part series called Kiwi Treasures -- which will be released between now and 2013. The 2012 entry in this series are stunningly beautiful coins -- with the tails side shared equally between our most famous natural treasure, the kiwi, and iconic New Zealand flower, the kowhai. The second and third entries in the Kiwi Treasures series will come out at the end of next year and at the end of 2013 respectively, and each will feature the much-loved kiwi alongside a different natural treasure. Kowhai's triumphant return The decision to feature the kowhai on the 2012 coin will be a blast from the past for anyone who remembers two- cent coins. Every two-cent coin fea- tured the kowhai as its tails side -- and the 2012 Kiwi Treasures coin is the first legal tender coin to feature the kowhai since 1990, when two-cent coins were withdrawn from circu- lation, Simon Allison says. The kowhai coins have increased greatly in value and prestige. Three variations of the 2012 coin have been released -- two are one ounce pure silver coins which are 40 millimetres across, while the third is a quarter ounce pure gold and measures 26mm across. The entry level pure silver specimen coin has a face value of $1 and sells for $79. It is available in a limited edition of 13,500. The pure silver proof coin has the same face value ($1), but the engrav- ing is more strongly 3D, featuring both polished and frosted highlights. Just 5000 will be available at $129 each. The rarest and most valuable coin is made from pure gold -- certified as 0.9999. Only 950 of these $10 face value coins will be made available. The gold coin will sell for $895. Simon Allison says: The 2c coin was,bytheend,abitofahassle-- with a bulging handful being barely enough to buy a sandwich. By con- trast these new Kiwi Treasures kowhai coins are truly stunning limited-edition collectors pieces -- to be kept and passed on to future generations, or to be proudly put on display, he said. The 2012 Kiwi Treasures kowhai coins are available now through selec- ted New Zealand PostShop stores, at REAL Aotearoa stores in Auckland and Wellington, online at nzcoins. co.nz, or by phoning 0800 NZ COINS (0800 692 646).
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