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Botany and Ormiston Times : Botany and Ormiston Times Thursday June 25 2015
www.times.co.nz Botany and Ormiston Times, Thursday, June 25, 2015 — 15 120625-V4 Firdosh Siganporia, product planner, Fuji Xerox: With escalating costs of real estate, the 15 per cent deposit makes a great difference. It is the only thing that young couples can afford. I am sure the more people will invest in low maintenance apartments now and, yes, there will be a lot more apartments built to meet the demand. Jane Ellis, Rainbow Rascals: Lowering the initial deposit from 20 to 15 per cent is a good thing and will help a lot of young people who can’t afford to invest in homes. It’s a stepping stone for them. Regardless of the deposit, apartments are quite popular with young people who may not be very keen on gardening. Garry Singh, licensee salesperson, Ray White: Yes and no. Apartments do appeal to foreigners and new migrants as this is typically the way of living in the larger cities. But the typical Kiwi still dreams of having the backyard for summer barbecues so regardless of the deposit amount, they will still aim to get that. This is just my point of view based on the area that I work and live in. Ron Johnson, managing director, Pakuranga and Howick Realty: I am not sure if apartments would sell in this area. It’s more the city central area but, having said that, all big cities rezone and have high-rise buildings come up. If at all we have apartments in this area, they should be not be pokey little holes but of good quality with swimming pools like the ones in Australia which are really attractive. That would help change the mindset of people and have more people invest in them. In view of the initial deposit for an apartment being reduced from 20 to 15 per cent, do you think there will be a surge in apartment sales with more people in the area wanting to live in apartments? Would that lead to an apartment bubble? We asked a cross-section of people. WORD ON THE STREET Your view It pays to give your opinion. Your feedback matters to us. Email us at email@example.com; text 875, use the word bot as first word in text and then add your comment; or comment on our Facebook page, facebook.com/timesonlinenz, and be in to win a double pass to Hoyts Cinema, Botany Willing and able I CANNOT understand why it has taken so long to see that the opinion “No need to teach number tables – pupils will pick them up”, is totally false. Pupils do not. When I started teaching in secondary schools in 1953, I taught pupils in the slowest class to find square roots by long division the last teaching week of the year. They were willing and successful. In 1970s and 1980s, a whole new class of 3rd formers came in telling me they hated maths. I found they did not know their tables and deeply appreciated help. My head of department then told me I should be teaching algebra. A few days later we started algebra with the tools to cope with it! I also wondered who did appreciate changing the timetable from a seven- session day to a five-session day. It wasted more time than it saved in junior classes. And for the expert who said mixed- ability classes were better for all subjects, had he ever tried teaching science and maths classes to mixed-ability classes? Who evaluated these ideas? Had he ever tried teaching these subjects? Give pupils the necessary tools to use logic like repletion. Watch them get on with it! Lesley Thomson Safe house for men THE article on Gandhi Nivas safe house for South-Asian men is a great story. Some contact details for the organisation would have been a benefit as I have been unable to find an online presence. Do you have any details to contact them? Also I think its Niwas not Nivas. Mat They can be contacted through ➤ Sahaayta located at Level 1, 6 Osterley Chambers, 6 Osterley Way, Manukau (next to WINZ, Manukau) Phone: 280- 4064. SuperCity is not so super WELLINGTON was asked if they wanted a SuperCity. Why was Auckland not given the same choice? The experiment with Auckland is a failure and Wellington benefits from our loss! Bob Wichman, Botany Online feedback Share your comments on facebook.com/timesonlinenz Join us on facebook TimesOnlineNZ WIN! As the temperature drops and humidity levels plunge this winter, finding relief for itchy, dry and uncomfortable skin is essential. Formulated for extra-dry and cracked skin, the AVEENO® Skin Relief range harnesses the soothing benefits of ACTIVE NATURALS® Natural Colloidal Oatmeal, to provide relief for even the most beaten winter skin, leaving it looking and feeling healthier. We have four prize packs to give away this week. Each pack contains Aveeno®’s Skin Relief Moisturising Lotion 354ml RRP$16.99, Body Wash 354ml $16.99 and the Moisturing Cream with Cooling Effect 312g RRP $25.99. Simply LIKE our Facebook Page (www.facebook.com/ TimesOnlineNZ) to be in the draw. Enter now! Last week’s winner of the Remington SmartEdge Advanced Foil Shaver was: Craig Potter Aveeno Skin Relief Body Care Range OUR Facebook post regarding ■ Counties Manukau Police trialling a new initiative aimed at reducing the wider issues being caused by window washers in the district received a strong response. Anita Erceg wrote: “Please get rid of the ones on Ti Rakau Drive/Waipuna Bridge/Reeves Road intersection – on Sunday there were a dozen of them running in front of cars, squirting randomly at windows. Some were as young as about 9 or 10!” Lisa Baldwin posted: “I had one at Ti Rakau/Pakuranga Hiway intersection Didn’t like it when I shook my head and said No Thanks so he walked past and squirted all down the back of the car.” Frances Beniest commented: “Anita have just commented on this in another post, they are really bad here at that intersection and risking their lives. Seen that young fellow nearly knocked over a couple weeks ago, just saunters through between the trucks and cars. Very frightening as a driver.” And Emma Smith had this to say: “ They don’t seem very impressed with having their photo taken! Counties Manukau Police thank you! I’m sick of these guys intimidating people.” Burning uestion For those who came in late, Dubsmash is a video messaging application for Android and Apple phones that allows users to have fun lip synching. Users can use an audio recording of a well known movie dialogue from a list of recorded videos and do some serious dubbing. The Dubsmash fever has taken everyone in its fold and the app has gone viral with it being downloaded more than ten million times. After selecting an audio clip, users record their won video to play with the sound they have chosen and can then share the clip they have created via Whattsapp, Facebook, Instagram or in a text message. Apart from iPhone addicts celebrities are in no way lagging behind when it comes to the addiction of this utterly crazy yet fun-filled app which has been created by a small team of German developers. Luckily the Dubsmash audio library is exhaustive so you can pretend to be the Terminator and say, “I’ll be back” or be Katy Perry singing `This is how we do’. What is Dubsmash? Why is everyone suddenly talking about it?
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