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All in all an e icient, simple and straightforward service from a highly experienced, professional and personable agent. Very happy!" Emma Schwaner Senior Forum Every 2nd Wednesday each month we hold a FREE seminar to discuss the big decision to move from the family home into retirement living. We bring to you a panel of experts to help you become better informed: Suzanne McDowell -- Mike Pero franchise owner Carol Livingston -- Lawyer Peter Lane -- Dannemora Gardens Guest speaker this month: Ena Hutchinson from MoaTrek Wednesday 12th June, 10am-11am, Te Tuhi Social Room, 13 Reeves Road, Pakuranga Phone Suzanne on 215 2787 Hi everyone, Our o ice has been extremely busy this month helping many of you achieve your goals of making the move, staying within our local area or further a ield. There have been a number of you retire out of Auckland to the sunny north or down to Tauranga -- new lifestyle and a new beginning. It is always exciting and satisfying for me being part of this transition. I would like to welcome Robyn Mackey to our team. Robyn is an important part of our group who makes sure everything runs smoothly in the background while we are working with you. On a personal note -- I tried kayaking in the Bay of Islands while taking a few days break -- moral of that story, choose a tandem kayak and make sure you sit in the back and enjoy the ride! Have a great month. Warm Regards Suzanne McDowell Auckland -- Pakuranga P 09 215 2787 M 027 494 2405 E firstname.lastname@example.org So much for so little! 21/11 Carlos Drive, Flat Bush. Safe and secure living, 2 brms, 2 bthrms, 2 carparks. Priced to sell at $339,000. Open Homes Sat & Sun 1 1.30pm Recent sales in your community John Gill Rd, Cockle Bay $738,000 Gossamer Dr, Pakuranga $415,000 Merino Ave, Somerville $570,000 Riplington Rd, Dannemora $635,000 Stornaway Dr, Dannemora $707,500 Cardi Rd, Pakuranga $590,000 Kurnell Dr, Howick $565,000 Edendale Rd, Howick $540,000 Savona Dr, Flat Bush $541,000 Santa Ana Dr, Dannemora $895,000 Happy Birthday to us! Yes, after two years we've grown hugely. I can honestly say I'm delighted with the weight of the Mike Pero organisation and the commitment of our business owners, one of whom is Suzanne McDowell. Unlike most other real estate companies Mike Pero Real Estate has built its reputation in the funding of real estate. As well as funding, Mike Pero Mortgages is big in insurance therefore you will appreciate the value of being part of an organisation that has a number of strengths. On several recent occasions we have been able to provide real estate advice and at the same time provide introductions for FREE advice from the Mortgage team and Insurance experts. Listing and Selling real estate in the eastern suburbs is Suzanne's specialty area and in recent times there has been plenty of it. The market continues to signal a strong demand for homes in the $400,000 to $700,000 range with 3 4 bedrooms being of particular interest. As always Suzanne is happy to provide current market appraisals at no cost so if you are likely to be coming to the market in the next few weeks or months then Suzanne will happily provide you with some professional guidance. If you were not aware, our fees are more sensible than many other national companies at only 2.95% of the sale price. Often we can save sellers up to $4,000 or more and with a service that exceeds others. A word from Mike How to stop this carnage requires tough solutions. Politicians talk and do nothing, and in fact they’re responsible for the situation get- ting out of hand. Consider the alcohol problem. No motorist should drive having consumed alcohol. Forget percentages, or number of drinks, zero tolerance must be enforced. If you’re stopped and tested for traces of drinking then loss of licence should follow. No excuses, the result should be a huge reduction in alcohol-related motor accidents. In addition to loss of licence, your car will be confscated and crushed. Why then do politicians refuse to consider a total ban on the con- sumption of alcohol for driving? They would lose votes, and try to argue that employees in hospital- ity could lose their jobs also, and breweries could not be approached for election campaign funds. Boy racers and speed idiots present many problems not always caused by alcohol. Not only are they trying to prove to themselves that they’re invinci- ble, but they could have passengers and are a constant threat to other safe drivers. The following recommendations could help, but would need strict enforcement. Before qualifying for a licence, all learners would have to take a course in frst aid as part of this training, and attend a hospital to witness the treatment needed to restore accident victims to full health. I’d penalise drivers who were proved to be at fault for speeding and causing an accident. Their car would be crushed fol- lowed by loss of licence. Offenders would also have to make a contribution towards medical costs for the victims of their stupidity. D G Spencer, Howick Haphazard planning I RECENTLY canvassed the Buck- lands Beach peninsula to fnd out what the level of understanding is relevant to the Auckland Council draft Unitary Plan – the rulebook on how and where Aucklanders will live. I’d like to state I was surprised by the level of understanding. Sadly, this is not the case. Most had not heard of the Unitary Plan and cer- tainly no one was aware of what it means for that area. Most of Bucklands Beach and the entire peninsula are in the mixed housing zone. This is the most ubiquitous zone covering almost half the Auckland residential area. The mixed housing zone is intended to greatly increase sub- urban population density. Council literature refers to 10,000 people per square kilometre. Multi-storey apartments will be haphazardly spread throughout the peninsula. Three-storey apartments will be allowed on a site with a 20-metre road frontage without any require- ment for the resource consent to be notifed, or with the consent of affected neighbours. It’s quite possible that the frst time an affected neighbour would realise a three-storey apartment was being built next door is when the bulldozer moves in. Worse still, if a developer is able to accumulate over 1200 square metres with a 20m road frontage and 20m width for at least 80 per cent of the length of the side bound- aries that site will have unlimited density. In some of the cases the devel- opment can be entirely made up of small one bedroom and studio apartments. The character of Bucklands Beach and surrounding areas will be changed forever from low rise to a haphazard collection of multi- storey apartments. Dick Quax, Auckland councillor, Howick ward Just who should pay? A DRUNK Taranaki 15-year-old and his mate stole an elderly man’s car, and then crashed it at speed into a local historic drinking foun- tain, destroying the car and the fountain. That drinking fountain had apparently been restored in 2007 at a cost of $49,500, and now that drinking fountain is wrecked, as is the car. So, who pays for the fountain’s restoration? The feeling now is that the par- ents should be made to pay for that. That is, if they can pay. By making parents responsible for their errant offspring, people may just take more care of their growing up fam- ilies, just as any errant youths also need to be treated as adults and be made responsible for their criminal actions. Too many errant underage youths are nursed through the sys- tem, till they’re legally considered old enough to be adults and so be charged as adults, if they ever will be adult enough to be real adult. Some of our youth, like those two 15-year-olds are just plain lucky to live long enough to be an adult, but a crime is still a crime, no mat- ter how young or old that criminal may be. The law needs to take a hard look at itself and stop pussyfooting around with these young criminals, as that’s exactly what they are. Barry Southon, Burswood Letters should not exceed 200 words and should carry the name, residential address and contact telephone number of the author. Featured letter each week will receive a Times pen.
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