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Botany and Ormiston Times : Botany and Ormiston Times Thursday May 5 2016
6 — Botany and Ormiston Times, Thursday, May 5, 2016 www.times.co.nz $25 $25 $25 $25 $25 $25 $25 $25 $25 $25 $25 $25 $25 $25 $25 $25 $25 $25 $25 $25 $25 $25 $25 $25 $25 $25 $25 $25 $25 STARTS FROM PREMIUM QUALITY & ATTRACTIVE EUROPEAN TILES SC3451-V13 Bring this coupon www.focushearing.net Don’t buy a hearing aid without talking to FOCUS HEARING IN ASSOCIATION WITH FOCUS HEARING JH9967-V2 Receive $300-$500 Cash Back on selected hearing aids Bring this coupon into Focus Hearing to claim this special offer AT.govt.nz/journeyplanner Relax & spend your time better by bus. DRIVING DRIVING YOU CRAZY? KC11631-V2 Fourteen years ago Colin Dunning and Mike Wyber who worked together as carpet layers came to the mutual conclusion that it was time to spread their wings. Among the retail outlets which used their skills was Carpet Savers in Panmure. When they heard it was on the market they decided, along with Colin’s wife Wendi, to buy the business which at that time specialised in seconds and roll ends. Then in 2008 another business the two carpet layers had worked for, Factory Carpets was on the market. Buying it involved a move just around the corner. These days the 800 square metre property is the hub for a busy flooring business. The biggest proportion of their trade from day one has included property managers, such as real estate companies, Barfoot & Thompson, Crockers Property and Ray White. “ They have been our clients for years,” Wendi says. “In that way we have been quite lucky and it is the biggest part of our business.” However their retail trade spreads far and wide. “We mostly do house loads,” Wendi says. “It seems to be every 10 years that people decide to change their carpets. So we have many repeat customers. “It’s a steady retail market. There are no swings and roundabouts.” While they get the odd purchase from Auckland’s North Shore, much of their retail work is in the Eastern Suburbs, such as Mission Bay, Kohimarama and St Heliers. In the other direction their team of carpet layers can at any one time be working in Pakuranga, Howick and as far south as Manurewa and Pukekohe. Factory Carpets carries the Godfrey Hirst range of solution dyed nylon (polyester) carpets which includes the Feltex brand. Wendi says they deal with mainly cut piles which don’t fade and are easy to clean. Three years ago they were among the first carpet businesses in the country to join the Godfrey Hirst Flooring Foundation. The manufacturer, the largest in New Zealand, set up the foundation as an opportunity for independent outlets to amass some strength in a market that is dominated by overseas-owned, particularly Australian, carpet companies. “Because there are so many of us we can get better prices, they run joint advertising campaigns and it allows us to compete with the big Australian chains,” Wendi says. Colin and Wendi are long-time residents of Howick and they are avid supporters of their local newspaper the Howick and Pakuranga Times. “We live in Howick and it’s our local paper,” Wendi says. “So we have advertised in it for as long as we have been here [in Panmure]. It gets our name out there. “ We’ve dealt with a number of people from the Times over the years and they are all good to work with.” BUSINESS PROFILE Carpet layers have become retail leaders aRt Call out for estuary entries One of the country’s foremost contemporary art critics, Jon Bywater will judge entries in the 10th annual Estuary Art Awards. Entries close at midnight, June 19 for the exhibition to be held at the Uxbridge Arts and Culture Malcolm Smith Gallery, Howick. Artists are invited to research and respond to the Tamaki Estuary; to underscore the ecological value of this vital waterway and encourage action against its pollution. With a total prize pool of $8300, the winning artworks will be intelligent and innovative responses to ecology in the field of contemporary art. Over the past 10 years Jon Bywater was curator of the inaugural Arts Foundation New Generation Award, has served twice as a Walters Prize juror, and as judge of the Waikato Museum’s National Contemporary Art Award. The Malcolm Smith Gallery will open on June 11 as part of first phase of reconstruction of the Uxbridge complex at 35 Uxbridge Road, Howick. More information about award entries are online at www. malcomsmithgallery.org.nz or email exhibitions@uxbridge. org.nz. Experienced team Wendi and Colin.
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