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Botany and Ormiston Times : Botany and Ormiston Times Thursday June 16 2016
4 — Botany and Ormiston Times, Thursday, June 16, 2016 www.times.co.nz The very best of dementia care 5896 Our purpose-built dementia care unit provides a secure home in a beautiful, warm environment for people with dementia and wandering issues. The care unit incorporates the latest design features to help residents find their way about, such as interesting wall decals and textural wall fittings. The open plan dining and lounge area enhances freedom of movement for the residents, and allows them to wander to the secure outdoor courtyard. Art, music, aromatherapy, exercise, reminiscence and therapy are part of the extensive diversional activity programme for residents. The programme is tailored and supports all degrees of physical and mental dependence, and has a positive impact on their quality of life. Our staff specialise in dementia care and care for residents in a positive and friendly manner. Trained staff available 24/7 Spacious private rooms with ensuites Companionship and care A varied, fun and busy activities programme Exclusive Ryman Triple A exercise programme Delicious meals made by our village chef Fully subsidised rooms available For more information on dementia care please phone Philip on 09 535 0220 795 Chapel Road, Howick KC11728 Abathroom is no longer about a shower and a toilet. It’s a space people can express themselves, creating hotel luxury in a home and not at huge expense, Josh Burkhead, director of Elite Bathroomware says. Josh took over the family business from his Dad 15 years ago and it’s grown close to 30 times in turnover and staff numbers which are up to 15 from three. “We have a lot of experience in the industry with people who have been here a long time,” he says. For the first 14 years of his watch the company operated from its original premises in Lady Ruby Drive, East Tamaki. But as the retail side of the business grew it was time to move to larger premises and last year the company opened in Allens Road, East Tamaki. The new showroom quadrupled the retail space. The business was thriving, Josh says. “We needed more staff and the ability to display and showcase more products. “ This store is often referred to as the Highbrook super store,” Josh says. “It’s the largest bathroom showroom in Auckland with a lot of exclusive products along with all the big brands. Bathroomware, he says, is a visual thing. People are going into a new home and have to live with their choices. “ They want to touch the products and feel things, such as the water pressure from a shower head.” When the popular shower rain heads first appeared on the market, Elite Bathroomware was supplying them. Now customers have more than 100 different shower heads to choose from. Shopping for bathroomware has turned into an experience by the Elite team, for example free espresso coffee made by a professional barista on Saturdays, and a kids’ corner with child-friendly staff which makes shopping with the children a much less stressful experience. “People love it,” Josh says. The store is an interactive showroom including a dedicated spray area for people to test the variety of shower heads and the way they work, such as the way air is injected to double the spray pressure. “Buying a shower without testing it is like buying a car without driving it,” Josh says. Style changes over the years have been immense, Josh says, such as soft closing toilet seats, wall hung vanities, vessel-style basins and unsightly wires protruding from heated towel rails hidden out of sight. People visit the showroom from distant cities, such as Palmerston North, Whangarei, Thames, and Tauranga “No-one provides the display or sells at the price we do,” Josh says. “ That comes down to us. We do the hard negotiating with the suppliers and importers and the public doesn’t have to battle the price.” The main difference between Elite and other plumbing retail outlets, he says, is being set up purely for members of the public rather than the trade. “When I took over the business I learned from my clients. If I couldn’t find something, I would get on to the suppliers for samples of new products coming onto the market. That was exciting. “When I first started we had only five or six suppliers. The biggest change we have seen has been the major plumbing chains starting to import their own merchandise and cutting out local suppliers. “ That left the door wide open for Elite to walk in and deal with great suppliers to achieve a great range, price and service” – brands such as Methven, Felton and quality German products such as Hansgrohe, and Villeroy and Boch. Josh says he’s always on to the suppliers about what’s new and what’s coming next. A full renovation service, including bathroom design and project management, has always been part of the business. But these days the retail arm has grown to the extent that the renovation service accounts for only 15% of the business. “Our strength,” Josh says, “is having the largest hand-picked range.” Before Josh took over, the company had been advertising with the Howick and Pakuranga Times for close to 20 years. “From day one we have used radio and the newspaper,” Josh says. “I believe advertising is the key part to any successful business. Our type of product is a visual thing and seeing our products in print gets the people in the door. “We book some of our advertising a year in advance. Print is a very good advertising medium.” Josh Burkhead, rear, discusses tap styles with a customer. BUSINESS Bathroom super store Where wildebeests roam, one former member of the Times ‘family’ is sure to follow. However, during June, there’s no place like home for multi- award-winning wildlife photographer, David Lloyd. The former Howickian (now resident in London) will be on hand during the opening of his latest exhibition titled As Long As There Are Animals at Howick’s Monterey Art Gallery, now until June 25. Showcasing a range of works, mostly taken on safari in Africa, the exhibition showcases photos designed to capture the very personalities of the animals they portray. Influenced by German wildlife photographer Frans Lanting, Mr Lloyd told the Times during an interview in 2012 that his take on shooting is one which can inspire everyone. “I take pictures that will look good on someone’s wall, rather than photographing the kill. People don’t want animals with blood all over them on their walls,” he said. Gallery director, Maureen Crombie, says she is delighted to see David and his work return to Howick. She’s expecting this exhibition to attract a great deal of interest from across the city. For details, including gallery opening times, see montereyartgallery.co.nz. Additional information regarding the Auckland Festival of Photography – including another local show, The Non-living Agent, at Te Tuhi till June 24 – is available via photographyfestival.org.nz. Photo ExhIBItIoN Developed talent comes home for June David Lloyd’s exhibition is expected to attract a lot of interest.
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