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Botany and Ormiston Times : Botany and Ormiston Times Thursday May 28 2015
2 — Botany and Ormiston Times, Thursday, May 28, 2015 www.times.co.nz 11 Neil Park Dr, East Tamaki. Ph 273 7068. Planning to renovate or create a new kitchen? HUGE SAVINGS WHOLESALE PRICE DIRECT TO PUBLIC “Look no further” (lifetime 127014-V2124834-v7 25% Off Brakes and receive a voucher when you spend over $300 on a service Come to see us before May 31 2015 with this offer, and we’ll replace your brakes for 25% off. Also, receive a $50 off voucher when you spend $300 or more on a service. This offer is for Commercial Vehicles only (incl Amarok). Offer expires May 31 2015 at Giltrap Prestige and Giltrap Botany. 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PO Box 259 243, Botany, Auckland 2163, New Zealand Botany and Ormiston Times is printed by Beacon Print Hawkes Bay and delivered to 13,600 local homes weekly Phone 271 8000 www.times.co.nz ARE you a workaholic? Do you dream about work? Answer your work emails at home? Are you deadline- possessed? And secretly thrive on it? The list went on. I ticked all the boxes as I scrolled down the magazine article. But then 70 per cent of the people I know fall into the same category. Years ago, the same kind of survey had led me to make a life- changing decision. Obviously, it hasn’t worked! It had the better half whisk me away to the other end of the world in the land of the laid- back. When founding principal of Mission Heights Junior College Joan Middlemiss recently opened up about an all- consuming passion that helped her take the college to a new level, I could feel the burning intensity of her passion. She ticked all the boxes as well. It was easy to see how difficult itisforhertomoveonandcut the umbilical cord with the school she was instrumental in building. Yet, she well realises the price she’s paid by staying away from her family for almost six-and- a-half years out of the eight years she’s been principal. Understandably, she now wants to spend quality time with her loved ones, travel and celebrate all those happy occasions that families do. Whilst everyone the world over has been harping on about maintaining a work-life balance, taking a pause, and drawing a line between work and play, I often wonder if that is a possibility considering the way we live and work? Don’t we work best when we are passionate and engaged with what we do – especially when the personal and professional values merge and complement each other? How then do you detach yourself and work towards self preservation? Then, there are other factors to be considered, like the global recession. The work-life balance went for a toss as corporate redundancies became an upward trend. It left those desperately holding onto their jobs, working longer hours with double the responsibilities. Even now, it is not uncommon for employees working with leading multinationals in Auckland clocking in 12-14 hours a day. It had one of my friends trade a managerial post at a top-notch Auckland firm for a nine-to- five job in New York. She was burnt out and embarrassed to keep her staff working way past midnight, day after day. Also, adding to the sense of exhaustion are the devices which we cannot function without and are a buzzing extension of ourselves. Technology taking over our lives means work follows us everywhere, even on holidays. Whilst we make sure that we recharge our phone batteries, we hardly get a chance to unplug and regenerate ourselves This is a gentle reminder to escort those smart devices out of the bedroom or, better still, switch them off once you are out of the boardroom. If that sounds ridiculous, it’s a sure sign that the addiction must stop – whatever the high you get out of it. Go get a life! Even God took rest on the seventh day. POINT TO PONDER Maintaining an even work-life balance Do you need to hit the pause button? Questions we need to ask ourselves time and again FARIDA MASTER COMMENT Is a work life balance possible? How does it work for you? We’d love to hear it: firstname.lastname@example.org facebook.com/ timesonlinenz text bot (space) your message to 875 Appeal for more volunteers BWCP chairman Dick Marshall says the message is getting through to people to be vigilant. “ That trend [items left in cars] is coming down and that was a significant improvement.” However, he says as people leave fewer opportunities for thieves, they will become desperate. “As a result we have to be picky now and go down to the next layer. “ Things such as GPS cords and clamps, and mobile phone chargers and cables are all indicators of anything of value in the car that will attract a thief.” Mr Marshall says the guardian programmes implemented by BWCP are most successful when there is buy-in from the community. The appeal for more BWCP volunteers comes in light of a particularly bad record for Botany Crime Watch Patrol volunteer Amelia Dustin and Asian Council on Reducing Crime volunteer Benjamin Pan working together to prevent crime. Photo supplied From page 1 ➤ stolen cars in mid-May. More than 30 cars were taken across the Counties Manukau District over the course of a weekend and district prevention manager, inspector Bronwyn Marshall, says people cannot let down their guard. “ We are consistently seeing reports of cars being stolen after being left unlocked or with valuable items on display. Opportunistic thieves will target vehicles which are easy to steal or have desirable items visible,” says Ms Marshall. People interested in joining BWCP can email Margaret Westwood at margaret. email@example.com or phone her on 021-324-126.
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