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12 --- Howick and Botany Times, Wednesday, December 12, 2012 www.times.co.nz There's not a lot one can do with $3.50 -- most people would be hard pressed to buy even a small coffee with that. But at Japanese-inspired shop Tokutokuya in Manukau's Westfield Mall, there is a world of options awaiting those who have some change to spare. Selling everything from kitchenware, cosmetics, electronics, toys, stationery, brooms, clothing, pottery and Tupperware, Tokutokuya is not only a paradise for the home, but a haven for gifts and quirky accessories too. Young franchisees Ratu Aulia and Chika Fukuda were the first to bring global Japanese brand Tokutokuya to New Zealand two months ago and are ecstatic to finally have a business they are both passionate about. Sharing their love for vari- ety shops such as Toku- tokuya, the long time friends decided to follow their "ran- dom" dream to own and run one. After several trips to Japan, the pair was convinced this was the dream they wanted to pursue. Ratu says: "I used to spend hours browsing shops like these in Japan -- I love the variety and the excitement of finding something really interesting. What's more, for $3.50 it barely makes a dent in my pocket!" And it gets even better than $3.50. For those who can't decide on one item -- as is often the case -- they can have three items for as little as $10. Designed to make living easier, Tokutokuya products are useful in everyday life and promote daily convenience. Everything from bento boxes with built-in chopstick holders, bicycle covers for rainy days, bottle coolers, to extra-wide clothes pegs for thick duvets and covers can be put to good use. And if a taste for the frivo- lous tickles your fancy, why not indulge in cute stationery or colourful boxes and stor- age options? A treasure trove for girls especially, Tokutokuya has all manner of gorgeous, dainty accessories such as hair ties, bows, bands and jewellery. To cultivate the inner nail maven, find exquisite nail art, nail polish and nail files that create nails that will be the envy of the town. Japanophiles, too, can satisfy their fix for the Japa- nese way of life. Rice moulds for creating eye-catching bento lunches, brightly- coloured sauce pottles and other accessories can cre- ate an authentic Japanese lunch that looks as good as it tastes. The very definition of affordable, there will be no guilt trips after impulse buys at Tokutokuya -- unless you've spent the last of your coins, of course. For some spice in your life, head to Tokutokuya near the bus stop and next to National Bank just outside the Mall's food court. Tokutokuya (outside Mall, facing bus stop and next to National Bank), Westfield Shopping Centre, Manukau Phone 263 5647 www.facebook.com/ tokutokuyaNZ 121450 TOKUTOKUYA: Something for everyone. Shop 10 Westfield Manukau City Ph 263 5647 (in front of the bus stop by the foodcourt entrance) Products from Japan -- everything $3.50 each or 3 for $10 Household ware, kitchenware, cosmetics, stationery and MUCH MORE! 119187 Affordable, high quality Japanese goods GREAT CHRISTMAS GIFTS FOR ALL AGES! Make Xmas easy with Tokutokuya Invest in community SOME responses to the WERO project proposed by Counties Manukau Pacifc Trust have astounded me. Much of the opposition to the project is based on notions that the project would increase the ratepay- ers’ bill. This is not the case. I understand the land sale which the trust is requesting the proceeds from has been court ordered to stay within Regional Facilities Auck- land (RFA). It can be used for the WERO project, or it will likely be dispersed across greater Auckland to other public facilities, most being located in central Auckland. And $20 million does not stretch far when distributed this way, and I hazard the drop in rates would be both short-lived and unnoticeable. My concern is that the council- lors opposed to this facility would prefer to see the money from the sale of land in the south used in other areas, to little overall effect. Should the proceeds from selling off the land of Manukau not also stay in Manukau? As a younger resident, I’d much prefer to see this facility created. The beneft to the schools both in the area and around Auckland would be immense. Young people who are exposed to risk become better decision makers later in life and stronger members of their community. The construction and mainte- nance of the facility will provide immediate and ongoing employ- ment, and the increased tourism output for the region will beneft us as a community as well. This is a facility which will beneft the Auckland region and which I’m very much looking for- ward to using one day with my own children. Scott Russell, Howick THE Times of last week reads that the Guy Homestead is a charred mess, but there are hopes the ruined historic building will yet be restored. That old deteriorating Guy Homestead building was just waiting to be rebombed. It was such a tempting target. I'm surprised that it lasted so long, being unprotected and unloved, and far too expensive to restore for any local businesspeople to make it viable. The powers that be need to look hard at themselves. Suggestions by the newspaper stories and bureaucrats, who control such matters, to remove and restore this and other historic buildings for some local society to take over, have fallen on very deaf ears. Is it not too late and too expensive now, to rebuild and restore, as the place is an even worse eyesore than it was before? And are we destined to see those bureaucrats and the city council wa e on forever and a day for another 20 odd years? I say it's time to cut the Gordian knot and get rid of all that mess, and move on to other more important issues in the area and around Auckland. Barry Southon, Burswood FUTURE UNCERTAIN FOR HISTORIC HOMESTEAD Guy Homestead in Ti Rakau Drive, Botany, is in a sad state after re ripped through it on December 1. Its future is now very much up in the air. See www.times.co.nz for last week's story. Times photo Wayne Martin Letters to the Editor Featured letter each week will receive a Times pen. 4 Are you the next Lydia Ko? 4 GET INTO JUNIOR What sport allows you to: and roll it? 120252 the women's guide to everything!
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