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Botany and Ormiston Times : Botany and Ormiston Times Thursday September 3 2015
www.times.co.nz Botany and Ormiston Times, Thursday, September 3, 2015 — 7 Just Hardwood Floors Visit our showroom: 9 Allens Road, East Tamaki (rear unit) Mon-Fri 9am-4.30pm & Sat 10.30am-1pm. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Supply & installation of quality timber flooring. Solid timber, prefinished engineered timber flooring and laminates – new floors or restorations. Full guarantees. W: www.jhf.co.nz T: 0800 999 543 127026-V9 THIS MONTH the still high-kicking Debbie Dorday talks about her early life, the good times at former theatre restaurant Burgundys, and present- day showbiz life on the road. We feature the efforts of two sporty siblings on the field and in the water, and check out the local real estate consultant who ‘sold’ her dishes to the 2015 MasterChef judges and earned a place in the show’s kitchen. www.eastlife.co.nz eastlife | september 2015 | 1 FORTUNE SMILES KITCHEN QUEEN on beauty contestant sold on MasterChef eastlife.co .nz September 2015 HOWICK, BOTANY, PAKURANGA AND SURROUNDS HOWICK, BOTANY, PAKURANGA AND SURROUNDS OUT & ABOUT | FASHION | HEALTH & BEAUTY | FOOD | ART | HOME | MOTORING | EVENTS | TRAVEL Eastlife September.indd 1 28/08/2015 9:44:03 a.m. OUT NOW SEPTEMBER EDITION Don’t miss out! EastLife – a glossy magazine especially for those living in the east. Copies available from Botany Town Centre Information Centre, Pak’n Save Botany, Sealink Ferry Terminal, Highland Park Shopping Centre (central pavillion), Meadowlands Shopping Centre, Howick Information Centre, Total Focus Property Howick, Pakuranga Plaza (Countdown or Brownson’s Jewellers), Barfoot and Thompson Beachlands and Whitford plus other sites across the district – visit eastlife.co.nz for pickup locations. An e-edition is also available. Bring this coupon www.focushearing.net Don’t buy a hearing aid without talking to FOCUS HEARING JH9967 PROUDLY SUPPORTED BY www.blueseptember.org.nz MAN UP! AND GIVE PROSTATE CANCER THE FINGER DON’T DIE OF EMBARRASSMENT GET CHECKED TDC15 247 A4 AdvertFINAL.indd 1 18/08/15 5:18 pm Housing continues to be a major public focus and it’s heartening to know that thousands of people are applying for the KiwiSaver HomeStart package. The scheme that started on April 1 is proving popular with Kiwis looking to make that most important transaction in life – putting a deposit on a house for the first time. In the first three months of it being available, KiwiSaver HomeStart attracted 6788 applications, of which 2011 have been approved, 1,740 pre-approved, and 2016 are in the process. That equates to $7.2 million in grants already paid out for 1195 properties, in a $418 million programme that is undoubtedly the most generous support for first- home buyers in a generation. I encourage all potential first-home buyers to check whether they are eligible for KiwiSaver HomeStart. It’s expected to assist 90,000 people to fulfil their dream of home ownership in the next five years. The combination of the KiwiSaver, HomeStart and Welcome Homes Loans programmes are making home ownership an achievable goal for tens of thousands of people on middle incomes. It’s a great package, offering first-home buyers grants of up to $10,000 for an existing house, and grants of up to $20,000 to buy a newly constructed home. What this initiative allows people to do is if they’re in KiwiSaver for five years on the average wage with no other savings, they can, with HomeStart, pull together a 10 per cent deposit, be eligible for a Welcome Home Loan, and afford a modest house. This is one of a number of initiatives we have in place to help more Kiwis into owning their own home. We are making more land available quicker through our Housing Accords and Special Housing Areas with territorial authorities such as the Auckland Council. There are also plans in place to constrain the cost of building materials, rein in development contributions, cut the costs of compliance bureaucracy, and invest in improved productivity in the construction sector. There are also new measures coming into effect next month that make sure people who invest in housing pay their fair share of tax. The new bright-line test will require people to pay income tax on any gains generated from residential property bought and sold within two years, including overseas buyers. POWER TALK Signing up for houses Signing up for houses JOTTINGS With Jami-Lee Ross Jami-Lee’s CRIME Police see ‘outstanding results’ after operation Vehicle crime is seeing a downward trend thanks to the police’s latest Operation Focus. Run over two days on August 21-22 across the Counties Manukau district, police targeted volume crime offenders on the road. During this period, police carried out mandatory checks in crime hotspot areas. As a result, 110 vehicles were stopped, 89 people on bail with curfews were checked, 84 traffic-related matters were dealt with and 13 arrests were made. Crime prevention manager, inspector Ann Wilkie said the effects of the operation were seen the week after. “ The week following this operation saw the lowest number of theft from cars that we have experienced which is outstanding,” said Mrs Wilkie. This could also be attributed to the great work that community volunteers carried out last month to deliver prevention messages to the public, she said.
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