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Botany and Ormiston Times : Botany and Ormiston Times Thursday March 31 2016
Snapshots David Soh 357 0922 | 021 488 525 email: firstname.lastname@example.org Look up to the sky Egg sculpture is as simple as that 6 — Botany and Ormiston Times, Thursday, March 31, 2016 www.times.co.nz State of Grace East is a women only funeral company that prides itself on warmth, com- passion and eco-friendly practices. Despite this being a part of life that all of us will need to confront eventually, we find that many people have had little experience of organising a funeral, and little knowledge of the options available these days. As well as options for the venue of the service – we have often used Bell House and the Bucklands Beach Yacht Club as wonder- ful local alternatives to a church – there are options about having the person at home, about helping dress them, about eco-friendly cas- kets, and how the service will be held. Finding a way to personalise the service so it truly reflects who they are can lead to a meaningful and special farewell. We are finding that many people choose to prearrange their service. This may be as they wish to be clear about the costs involved, or to decrease the stress for their family at the time, but it can be a really useful thing to do. We are always happy to meet with families at their home or at our cottage to discuss the options and get an idea of what they would like. Recently we did a simple crema- tion service for a man that we had met nearly 3 years before and we were able to meet his wishes com- pletely. It was lovely for his family to know we had met before, that we remembered him, and that we knew exactly what he wished us to do. This has also been a good idea for families where an elderly person may be in residential care with chil- dren who live overseas or in other parts of New Zealand. We can for- mulate a plan of care that will be followed out at the time of death, and the children can be reassured about what will happen, and the cost. It leads to peace of mind on many levels. When someone dies, the days following are often tiring and stressful, so having some of the important decisions made, can be a huge relief. State of Grace, East 437 Ellerslie-Panmure Highway, Mt Wellington. Ph 0800 764 327. www.stateofgracefunerals.co.nz Bringing dignified grace and meaning to lives ■■ Janet Mikkelsen and Liz Hermse ADVERTORIAL CP0887A Keep up with the Times. Emailed direct to your inbox! While the Times delivers to some 45,000 letterboxes in our area, we’re now thinking outside the box. If you don’t want to miss out – ever – then register today to receive your easy-to-read digital version emailed directly to your inbox. This way you’ll keep up, no matter what, with the latest news, interviews, sport, tips, dining, competitions, advertisements and more – page by page – online. So turn on, tune in and open up to the Times online! www.times.co.nz • Ph 271 8000 facebook.com/TimesOnlineNZ Have you always wanted to have get up close for a look at a fire appliance, ambulance or a police car? Or witness top detectives sharing their skills in a crime scene examination with serious crime case studies? Find out what it’s like to ride in an Auckland Rescue Helicopter or have your photo taken on a police motorbike with an Armed Offenders Squad member and with official police horses. All this and more is being offered by Counties Manukau Police at Botany Town Centre, Saturday, April 2 at 10am- 2pm. Botany Town Centre is offering a chance for the public to get up close and personal with the Everyday Heroes that keep the public safe in the community. A range of exciting emergency services displays and demonstrations will be on show for the public to enjoy. Not only is it a ‘free access’ to all areas event but people of all ages can see police officers take on the Police Competency Test (physical test) and police dog demonstrations. There is even an opportunity for the public who are interested in law enforcement as a career to come and see police recruiting on the day! Budding young pumpkin grower Hazel McGhie has won the Mitre 10 MEGA Botany Easy As Kids BIG Pumpkin Contest with her pumpkin tipping the scales at 73kg at the weigh-in on Sunday, March 20. Young gardeners across the country have been busy putting their green fingers to work since the competition opened in October last year, planting, watering and treating their creations. Around 52 stores participated in Sunday’s weigh- in, and there were 646 entrants nationwide. Mitre 10’s general manager Marketing Dave Elliott was delighted to see so many kids across the country get involved. “Yet again, we’re blown away by what our entrants have been able to produce,” Mr Elliott said. “It’s great to see so many youngsters get stuck in and test the limits of their gardening skills.” At Sunday’s weigh-in there were prizes for the biggest at each store, as well as awards for ugliest and best-dressed. Winners were presented with a range of prizes, including Prezzy cards and medals. Community EvEnt Our heroes at work They are people who risk their lives to save others Giant pumpkins on display Hazel McGhie grew the biggest pumpkin weighing 73kg. Photo supplied morE info ➤➤ Date: Saturday, April 2 ➤➤ Time: 10am-2pm ➤➤ Location: Botany Town Square, along Town Centre Drive and in the ASB Bank car park.
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