Howick and Pakuranga Times
Botany and Ormiston Times : Botany and Ormiston Times Thursday February 18 2016
www.times.co.nz Botany and Ormiston Times, Thursday, February 18, 2016 — 3 Out with the old and in with the pre-loved ADVERTORIAL JH10684A Specialising in good quality pre-loved clothing, jewellery, homeware and col- lectables in a boutique environment, the store in Rices Mall, Howick prides itself on being a bit quirky while offering great cus- tomer service in a unique atmosphere. Manager Kim says the response has exceeded all expectations. “We are all so proud and love hearing from shoppers how much they like the store and, of course, all the great clothes! “We would never have been able to make it a success without our wonder- ful team of dedicated volunteers who are all very passionate about making it a suc- cess and raising vital funds for such a great cause.” Money raised from the store helps pro- vide support and information for people with cancer and their families. Kim goes on to say that it’s heartening to see that more and more people are choos- ing to recycle clothing. “It’s really rewarding that in a consumer society like ours people are looking for alter- natives to the higher priced chain stores. “In fact, buying good quality pre-loved goods can offer a real saving for the aver- age household budget. Statistics NZ figures tell us that an average household spends $1600 per year on clothing and footwear which is phenomenal!” On the flip side, it’s the perfect solution for helping people declutter and start new wardrobes afresh. “What do you do with all items that you no longer need? Why donate them of course!” says Kim. “Take a look at your wardrobe and be honest, how many clothes crammed onto hangers have you actually worn in the last year? “If you’re anything like me there are always a few items lurking that are the wrong fit, colour or simply out of season and by donating you are passing on the love.” Shoppers can also enjoy the benefits of the Pre-loved Club which offers loyal customers rewards for shopping as well as regular newsletters and updates via social media platforms such as Facebook and Instagram. If you want to shop, donate, volunteer or simply learn more Kim and the team would love to see you at the store in Rices Mall, Howick. Open Monday to Friday, 9am to 4pm, and Saturday, 9am to 1pm, visit a community- driven store with a heart. Cancer Society Pre-loved Boutique | Rices Mall, Picton Street, Howick. Phone 537-1127 | www.facebook.com/cancersocietyprelovedboutique Since opening its doors in July last year the Cancer Society’s Pre-loved Boutique has quickly become a favourite shopping destination for discerning bargain shoppers. All thAt rubbish Dumpers being investigated ■■ by FAridA MAster Ittakes just one person to start dumping rubbish at a vacant site. Others seem to blindly follow. Despite the Auckland Council’s new initiative that the Times wrote about, it looks like people don’t know what to do with their inorganic rubbish or how to get rid of it. There have been angry letters from readers talking about rubbish being illegally dumped on kerbs, roads, vacant plots and roadside ditches. Howick Ward councillor Sharon Stewart got an email from a Benafshe Lahooti, a businesswoman who takes her daughter riding at a farm in Flat Bush. Ms Lahooti complained about loads of rubbish, including old furniture and clothes, being dumped at 80 Thomas Road. She says that the old farm on 64 Thomas Road was sold last year and there was construction activity happening there. “In the first few months people dumped many unwanted things inside the farm but after a while it was stopped. But in the last three months there is rubbish being put again just outside the farm, creating problems for people who live there or are passing through this road,” Ms Lahooti says. She also says people were leaving rubbish around 2am- 3am. The fact that the dogs are barking at the time gives an indication that there are people lurking around the property. The rubbish started piling up on different parts of the road. Mrs Stewart visited the site, took pictures and posted it on her Facebook page. However, the next day as the Times visited the site along with councillors Mrs Stewart and Dick Quax, there was a pile up of old tyres along the same road. The Auckland Council’s waste solutions team must have cleared up the mess since there was a sticker on the tyres saying: ‘We are investigating this illegal dumping. Dumpers can face instant fines of $400 or up to $30,000 if convicted in court.’ Mr Quax says: “I don’t know how many people have been really fined for illegal dumping. Though illegal dumping has always been a problem in Auckland, we will have to wait and see if the new system of collecting inorganic waste from within properties is going to work. “With small houses, shared driveways and narrow roads it’s difficult for people to leave their rubbish there.” Mrs Stewart says that the new system of ringing charities to take your old furniture is not a good idea. “A lot of people have furniture that deserves to be discarded and calling charities to collect it is not very charitable, is it? “Certain areas stopped inorganic collection long before Manukau did. We were getting a lot of rubbish from the west. Since Waitakere had stopped their inorganic collection way earlier, we were getting people from out there dumping their rubbish in the middle of the night,” she says. “I am not sure if at some stage we need to get the inorganic day back. People can email us and make submissions to get the inorganic collection day back.” Councillors Dick Quax and Sharon Stewart beside the recently dumped tyres on Thomas Road, Flat Bush. Times photo Farida Master Councillor Sharon Stewart visits the site after a call complaining about the rubbish being illegally dumped. Photo supplied Work to start on sailing building The Howick Local Board will contribute $25,000 to extra remedial work at the Pakuranga Sailing Club building in Bramley Drive damaged by fire last September. Auckland Council’s insurance pool will pay $166,288 for repairs on the expectation that it will be reimbursed from the hirers’ insurance. The building was hired for a large birthday celebration when fire broke out. The Farm Cove Maritime Trust, which leases the building from the council, identified three pieces of work which would ideally be undertaken while the remedial work was completed. It has asked for construction of a wall across the room from the corner of the existing kitchen to form a storage area; installation of a hatch with a closing shutter on the kitchen; and installation of echo reducing baffles in the two main lounges. At present, it says, both rooms are extremely echoey and noisy. The trust represents the Pakuranga Sailing Club, Young Mariners of NZ, and the Scout Association of NZ. Street appeal With March being the Child Cancer Foundation Appeal month, the Child Cancer Foundation is seeking volunteers to help with its local street appeal on Friday or Saturday, March 18 and 19. The aim of the month is to both raise awareness about the vital support the Child Cancer Foundation offers to children with cancer and their families, and donations to support its work. Each week more than three children in New Zealand are diagnosed with cancer and at any given time the Child Cancer Foundation is assisting more than 500 families nationwide – offering support in hospital, at home and in the community. People interested in volunteering can register at www.childcancer.org.nz or call 0800- 424-453.
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