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Botany and Ormiston Times : Botany and Ormiston Times Thursday May 14 2015
By NATALIE BRITTAN ■■ KIWIS will queue for many things, like a muffin and coffee, or hot chips or a hot dog at the game. But now the stakes have been raised in the waiting game. As it turns out, many would even queue for a slice of real estate pie. Last Saturday morning saw the sale of 12 Ti Toki Lanes land sections which attracted a queue of dozens of vehicles from outside the newly released subdivision in Beachlands from Friday midday. The sections, which begin at $425,000, were made available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Beachlands’ Wakelin Bakery owner Pam Ly was lucky number 12 and the last to secure a plot. Ms Ly says she had known about the sale for a while as the real estate agent often came to her bakery for coffee. “I didn’t expect to go the day before [the sale] but the agent rang up and told me there was a queue.” The mum of one took turns queuing with her husband from 3pm so one person could look after their four-year-old son at home. “I came back at 5.30am in the morning. It was a great experience. It was just nothing like I’ve ever experienced before and it was amazing to be a part of it.” For the past five years Ms Ly has been commuting to Beachlands from her home in Flat Bush and had been intending to move for some time. “It’s different there [Flat Bush]. No one knows anybody, and here, everyone knows everybody. It’s a great community.” Newly engaged Whitford couple Fraser Penning and Mai Castillo who were number four on the list had also known about the sale in advance. “My fiancée’s boss lives in the area and he told us to get down there [Ti Toki Lanes] and get ready for it,” says Mr Penning. The 27-year-old software test analyst says they had no problems with queuing despite complaints from others in the queue. Although his fiancee’s father, who was helping them queue before they finished work, was bumped down the list for leaving his car, they accepted it was fair. “It was well sign-posted, and the rules were explained and advertised clearly.” Like Ms Ly, Mr Penning enjoyed the experience. “It was cold but it was nice to talk to all of the other people in the queue. We spent a lot of the time getting to know each other and trying to find out which property they would be in.” Young Beachlands brothers Ryan and Troy Larsen, who were the first to obtain a section, would be their neighbours. The young couple had been looking for a first home for more than a year. “ The housing market was moving so quickly, it was outpacing our ability to save,” says Mr Penning. “ This purchase was basically the best way we could see ourselves getting on the property ladder so we jumped at the chance. “It suited us because it was 800 sqm, cheaper [than other developments in the area], and had a longer settlement date. The stars aligned in terms of making it happen.” The pair looks to start building after three years with the help of Mr Penning’s father who is a carpenter. The final release is next Saturday and by auction only. www.times.co.nz Botany and Ormiston Times, Thursday, May 14, 2015 — 3 CURTAINS • BLINDS • SUNSCREENS • ROLLER SHADES • VENETIANS • SHUTTERS • ROMAN BLINDS • UPHOLSTERY • AWNINGS • TINTING • MOTORISATION • INSTALLATION 15% OFF LUXAFLEX BLINDS* FREE CURTAIN MAKING* Lahood 104 Mt. Eden Road, Mt. Eden | P: 09 638 8463 | www.lahood.co.nz | *Special conditions apply. 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To be held on Saturday, May 16 from 7.15pm-9.45pm, there will be pyrotechnics apart from beatboxing, singing, dancing and the spoken word which involves performance-based poetry, focussing on the aesthetics of wordplay and story-telling. “Spoken word is inspirational poems written by Winona Saptoe that involves rhyming and rapping,” says Talia. The Year 13 student leader who will be compering the talent show says she is passionate about the cause because the funds go towards making a change in humanity. “You know where the money is going and how it is impacting people.” Seventeen-year-old student Jessica Stewart has been a part of the World Vision team since Year 9 and believes it is important to see how the other half live. Keen to help the forgotten people she says: “We often forget how privileged we are. When you see videos of the way people in third world countries live, it is quite humbling.” For student leader Isabel, it was a visit to Samoa that got her thinking about poverty. “I came back thinking, ‘I want to make a difference. And this is a good chance to do it.’” cRImE Murderers locked up By NATALIE BRITTAN ■■ TheY had waited nearly two-and-a-half years, but in well under two hours, it was finally over for the grief-stricken Prasad family. In the Auckland high Court last Friday, Justice Geoffrey Venning sentenced Shivneel Kumar, 21, and Bryne Permal, 22, to serve at least 17 years behind bars for the murder of Dannemora man Shalvin Prasad. The guilty men were 18 and 19 years old respectively when they doused the 21-year- old former Botany Downs Secondary College student with petrol and set him alight while he was still alive in January 2013. Justice Venning inferred that it was more likely that Mr Prasad suffered a “long and deliberate” compression to the neck causing him to slip into a deep consciousness which prompted his murderers to dispose of the evidence. he said the murderers showed no remorse and were “still in denial” . Defence lawyers Ish Jayanandan for Permal and Ron Mansfield for Kumar asked the judge for a reduction of a year due to their youth at the time they committed the crime but their requests were declined. “You [Kumar] intended to kill him, this was no impetuous, youthful act ... you understood Mr Prasad’s need for friendship and you abused it,” Justice Venning said. While the judge agreed Kumar was the “main instigator”, he found Permal to be no different. “ There can be no reduction for youth. I find you [Permal], were fully involved ... like Mr Kumar, lack any remorse.” earlier the Prasad family including Mr Prasad’s mother Shammi and brother Pravin, read out heart-breaking victim impact statements describing their “baby of the family” who loved celebrations and soccer. The embittered Mrs Prasad says the family would have celebrated Mr Prasad’s 22nd birthday on February 3, but instead prepared for his funeral and celebrations were now a sombre occasion. “Since Shalvin was taken from us there has been no Christmas tree, no Christmas, no gifts and I don’t know if we will celebrate Christmas or any other festival again,” Mrs Prasad said. “each time I look at a photo [of Shalvin] my heart throbs with pain. It is like a dagger through my heart.” Mr Prasad’s older brother wore a yellow and black soccer jersey, Mr Prasad’s favourite colours, and burst out sobbing as the judge handed down the sentence. Pravin, who had recently become a father, described his grief. “I hate talking about Shal [Shalvin] in the past tense. My children will never be able to see their amazing uncle. They will never be able to share any precious moments with my brother and that is painful.” Detective inspector Dave Lynch, of Counties Manukau Police, commended Mr Prasad’s family and the Crown prosecution team but said unanswered questions remained. “We’re never really going to know. There are only three people who know what happened that night and unfortunately Shalvin can’t tell us, and the other two have simply told too many lies and are not to be believed.” REAL EsTATE Lucky 12 stake out claim Coveted sections sell like hotcakes, with many sold to locals Beachlands business owner Pam Ly emerged victorious last Saturday. From page 1 ■➤ PhotoJanetKeeling Helping forgotten people There will be plenty of other talent on display at Elim’s Got Talent show say the World Vision leaders Jessica Stewart, left, Talia Mimilo and Isabel Chen. Times photo Wayne Martin.
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