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www.times.co.nz Botany and Ormiston Times, Thursday, August 27, 2015 — 9 For Insurance claims it is your RIGHT to choose who repairs your vehicle vehicle 12 CORTINA PL, PAKURANGA. Ph 577 0002. PAKURANGA PANELBEATERS 128266 • In business for more than 40 years, providing Panelbeating and Car Painting services. • Repairing vehicles quickly and efficiently while maintaining the highest level of workmanship, and all work is guaranteed. • Specialising in Insurance work • We also do rust work for failed WOFs: door locks, re-attach bumpers, change door glass. • We even do welding repairs to lawnmowers, chairs and wheelbarrows. • Local business employing LOCAL PEOPLE Keep up with us on Facebook... facebook.com/ TimesOnlineNZ Ethan McCormick, a Year 8 student at Somerville Intermediate School, was this week awarded the Premier Award for Best Exhibit of the Science Fair in Manukau by NIWA’s Auckland regional manager Ken Becker. Ethan’s project was entitled Mangemangeroa Medical. He went out into the Mangemangeroa estuary at Howick to collect water quality data and to study how sedimentation affected its quality. Ethan discovered there was more sedimentation upstream but less dissolved oxygen. With little data available in this area, Ethan has forwarded his results to the Friends of Mangemangeroa, a volunteer group that helps protect the natural resources of the reserve. Ethan says: “The winners of the categories were announced with my project placing first in the Year 7 and 8 Environmental category. “I also won an NZ Dairy Award, Best Year 8 project, NZ Heritage Award and The Premier Best Overall at the Fair Award. “ This was a huge surprise on the night and it feels great to have all the hard work and effort throughout the journey pay off.” He says that his science fair journey was a great experience, and a huge learning curve. “ There were many challenges to overcome and some great fun along the way! I can recall getting stuck in the mud with my dad during the practice test about halfway up the estuary in the inflatable at one point, which was a bit worrying, but we got there in the end,” he says. Students from Years 7-13 entered the fair from more than 25 schools in the region, competing for more than $11,000 in prize money. Organiser Catherine Hunter said the judges made several comments about the high calibre of projects from such young scientists. “ “ They were especially amazed by how personalised the scientific questions and technological designs were.” ➤➤ Special awards for best innovation, invention or investigation went to: Year 7 – Danielle Mayer, Saint Kentigern College, Margarine or Waterine; Year 8 – Ethan McCormick, Somerville Intermediate, Mangemangeroa Medical; Year 9 – John Yang, Bill Wong, Ryan Ngo, Mission Heights Junior College, Misconception; Year 10 – Avinash Sathiyaseelan, Mission Heights Junior College, Propelling the Drone. TECHNOLOGY Meet the district’s most promising young scientist Somerville Intermediate student Ethan McCormick’s project was about water quality. Photo supplied Good things come to those who wait, and they often come in small packages. The sayings couldn’t be truer for Howickian Karen Hyde- Smith who waited nearly two decades for her dream kitchen. “Basically after 18 years, it was very tired and needed attention,” she says. A closed off corner resembling a mishmash of pigeon-hole units, the old kitchen had been built with the existing house in 1959 and was far from functional much to Karen’s frustration. “I’d been living with no bench space,” says Karen. “I even had to use the freestanding oven to chop things on!” At one stage, the pantry doors had fallen off, that was how bad things were, she adds. Although well overdue, a new kitchen was still possible and Karen knew designer Liz Martin from Jag Kitchens was the person to call. “I’d been recommended Liz by friends and a builder I know from across the road,” says Karen. So, heading for the Botany showroom in the Danske Mobler Home Centre one Sunday afternoon, Karen popped in to see Liz. “Within half an hour we had a plan!” says Karen. With bench space and a rubbish bin insert high on Karen’s list of priorities, Liz kicked off the design process, answering questions and acting as a sounding board for Karen. “The kitchen was really divided and had a tall wall cutting it off from the rest of the house,” says Liz. “It’s a little kitchen but we wanted it to be compact and still be able to do everything.” The transformation is nothing short of dramatic. Gone is the wall, opening up a view to a sloping suburban street and in its place is an ample breakfast bar that flows seamlessly to the living area. Natural light floods into the space, enhanced by white, high gloss cabinetry with sleek handles and plenty of overhead and under bench storage. Importantly, bench space is in abundance and appliances plug into additional power sockets handily located under the worktop. “I got everything I wanted and I also really love the revolving Mondo corner,” says Karen. Pleasantly surprised, Karen could not believe her eyes when she first saw the kitchen. “I’m just absolutely thrilled, she says. “More than anything I want to say a big thank you to Liz. I’m so grateful for her expertise and knowledge which made it a breeze for me in terms of guiding me and giving me the confidence to make decisions. “Thanks to Liz I now have a dream come true!” And with Karen already recommending her talents to a friend, it seems another dream kitchen is on its way. Jag Kitchens specialises in custom designed kitchens and has its own manufacturing plant. The staff also use a state of the art 3D computer design programme to show clients beforehand exactly how their new kitchen will look. Jag Kitchens has an excellent reputation for designing and building for all budgets and for providing an outstanding design service with sound advice. Visit www.jagkitchens.co .nz for more information on a wide range of materials and design options or to see more kitchen examples. Small but perfectly-formed kitchen Inside Danske Mobler, 501 Ti Rakau Dr, Botany Town Centre. Open 7 Days. Ph 271 3131. www.jagkitchens.co.nz Whether you are thinking of a major renovation or simply planning to replace an existing kitchen do contact Jag Kitchens. All designers have years of experience and are happy to discuss your kitchen project free of cost and obligation. 123240-V23 Working in a small space is always tricky but Jag Kitchens once again rose to the occasion marrying function and aesthetic to create a delightful new nook for a grateful client. Jag Kitchens’ designer Liz Martin (right) with Karen Hyde-Smith.
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