Howick and Pakuranga Times
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34 --- Howick and Pakuranga Times --- Celebrating 40 Years, 2012 www.times.co.nz 118359-V2 Before Botany and Highland Park, shopping malls or even the Howick and Pakuranga Times, PlaceMakers held a place in the local area. Joint Venture Operator of Placemak- ers Pakuranga, Dale King, says the site at 481 Pakuranga Road has had a well established history of helping Kiwis to build their dream homes. "The site was first branded Place- Makers in the late 1980s, early 90s, but its long history as the place to visit for those looking to build, dates back to the early days of Howick Village," he says. "This site was originally a sawmill back when there weren't many houses around here. This is where a lot of the materials used in the building of the area originated." While the area was once a boom town for new homes, renovations have become more popular in recent years, as the supply of new building sites has slowed, says Dale. "We've come a long wa baby boomers settled in! some new houses are still being built, renovations are now the norm. It's a testament to how much people love this district -- when they outgrow their homes, they still want to stay in the area, so reno- vations, whether to mod- ernise or extend a home, have become the obvious choice." Due to changes in build- ing regulations, Dale say it pays to consult the pro fessionals before turning t DIY. "Times have changed; regulations are much more stringent than even 10 or 15 years ago, so a lot more work requires building consent and needs to be carried out by a profes- sional tradesperson," he says. "However, there's still a lot the aver- age home owner can do, but it's best to come in and speak with our team first so we can offer advice about what jobs should be left to the pros." In addition to supplying DIYers and trade customers, Dale says the team at PlaceMakers is also keen to provide the right tools and materials to support the community. "We're part of the local community and want to be involved, so we regu- larly lend a hand to help out friends and neighbours with fundraising ini- tiatives; it's just the responsible thing to do! "We support a range of charities such as local schools, sports clubs and the Botany Life Church, which undertakes major community projects. When it comes to fundraising we provide tools for the job, either to be used directly or raffled as prizes, rather than just hand- ing out cash." As an example of their drive to sup- port the community, the PlaceMakers' team recently sponsored the annual trolley derby at Macleans College. "I'm sure many people will have already read in the Times about this event. We donated materials to help kids from local schools build soap-box style racers. "Not only did the students develop new skills, but they had the chance to engage with local police officers who ran the event. All that aside though, it was just plain great fun!" ale and his crew have enabled kids living with er to take the ride of r lives at Pukekohe Park eway. We support Kids in Cars, harity set up by Nigel rl, who is one of our m here at PlaceMakers kuranga. Basically they n track days out at Puke- ohe Park Raceway for ids from Camp Quality. "People come out with heir cars and the kids ake a ride around the track." Dale says PlaceMakers to offering local service to local customers. "We regularly have builders coming in telling us how they've been buying their materials here for more than 30 years so, we have a great responsibility to know our customers and the types of projects that they undertake." Building your place and ours Left, the PlaceMakers team today -- and glimpses of the past.
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