Howick and Pakuranga Times
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10 — Botany and Ormiston Times, Thursday, May 19, 2016 www.times.co.nz HEAT EXPO May27–June5 We sell gas and wood fireplaces www.greengas.co.nz MASSIVE SAVINGS 10A MAURICE RD, PENROSE. AUCKLAND. PH 0800gRNgAS OR (09) 525 0800. green gas JE0603 You could say that optometry runs in the blood of the Jenkins family. Since the early 60s they have operated in Howick Village as Howick Optometrists and their presence as an independent operator in the 21st century remains paramount. “We are proud to be independent and stand alone,” practice manager Frith Jenkins says. “It’s hard work to do that though. It’s not stubbornness, it’s pride and we’re still here.” In 1963 Bryan Jenkins brought his family to Howick from England where he bought an existing practice. From a house at the top of Picton Street – now Resthaven Funerals – Mr Jenkins senior and eventually his son Graham ran the business. Graham, a dispensing optician with more than 40 years experience today, started working in the practice in the early 70s. Optometrists in those days were not allowed to have a retail frontage. Strict import controls protected the country’s two frame manufacturers. The optometrists’ professional body decreed that the industry should show a ‘professional’ face to the public allowing only a brass plaque displaying the partners’ names and the hours of business. As it dawned on optometrists that they were also in retail business, moves towards retail displays started in the late 70s. But they were not full fashion displays. “People were realising that there was a retail side to the business in the 70s but the governing body was still in control,” Graham says. Posters were not allowed to be visible to the public on the street or in the waiting room. “So I set aside a separate room for a retail display,” Graham says. “Optometry had aligned itself with the solicitors of that era. No advertising was allowed from the 60s to the beginning of the 80s. We were getting away with stuff in the late 70s while the industry boards were trying to stop us from being too flamboyant.” Things changed when Finance Minister of the time Roger Douglas stripped controls from New Zealand’s economy. Meanwhile expansion of the Jenkins business was rapidly swallowing the Picton Street house. In 1994 Graham and Frith became one of the first optometry businesses in Auckland to move to a large retail shop, their current location in Picton Street. “It was a brand new building,” Frith says, “and we have been here since day one. It was part of the pub at one time.” They had business partners, but in 2003 the couple went solo, bringing it back into the family and Frith came on board as practice manager. “It’s lovely that a son and daughter-in-law could do that,” Frith says. “Not many of us have generational businesses. We do it because we enjoy our jobs and we care.” Now they employ four optometrists – “all mothers so they can job share and that’s important”, Frith says – and two dispensing opticians including Graham, along with front-of-house staff members. The couple are known for their community spirit, being a major sponsor of Howick Village Radio and, since they have been allowed to advertise in the mid-80s, a strong supporter of the Howick and Pakuranga Times. “ The local newspaper is important, especially for a local business,” Frith says. “It’s a good way of getting information about the community and for letting people know that we are still here.” business Family business runs with the times Graham Jenkins Menacing dogs Dog amnesty getting results ■■ by Marianne Kelly A 10-week Auckland Council amnesty on menacing dogs has exceeded expectations with 200 dogs booked into the programme just two weeks in. The amnesty is a bid to get menacing dogs in Auckland registered, de-sexed and micro- chipped. It runs until June 30. It’s available to owners of dogs classified as a menacing type, particularly American Pit Bull Terriers, which are not registered for the 2015/2016 year. During the amnesty dog owners who have failed to register their dogs until now will have the $300 failure to register fine waived. The council will also provide de-sexing, micro-chipping and muzzles for a nominal $25 fee. After one year, the council will provide a Responsible Dog Owners Licence to candidates that qualify. Mayor Len Brown says animal management teams are the unsung heroes of recent years with vastly increased professionalism in encouraging more responsible ownership of dogs. The focus of the amnesty initiative is to concentrate on the owners who have allowed the remaining unregistered dogs to become dangerous. “ The teams are working on bringing the owners to book, to put pressure on them and take responsibility.” Mr Brown credits Calum Penrose, who chairs the council’s regulatory and bylaws committee, with the leadership which has enabled the changes to be made. Mr Penrose says the council is best placed to take the lead to reduce harm in vulnerable communities. “A dog attack affects an entire community. It leaves victims with permanent scars, both physically and emotionally, and can tear families apart.” Mr Brown says finding dogs not brought forward to the amnesty will be actively pursued. “Even if you are training a dog for illegal purposes you still have to walk it. “ The animal management guys know who is causing the problems. People talk. They are passionate about the job.” Following July 1 the council’s Animal Management team will conduct a widespread enforcement campaign. Any unregistered menacing dogs will automatically be seized and the owners fined. Anyone caught with an unregistered menacing dog before July 1 will be given the opportunity to join the amnesty. If they refuse, they will also be fined and their dog seized.
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