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www.times.co.nz Howick and Botany Times, Wednesday, July 17, 2013 --- 11 A glance at the accounts once in a while will only reveal what's on the surface. However, chartered accountant Carol Rigby says there may be more to glean from them. The Howick resident who has overseen the accounts of local businesses for more than 15 years says she frequently finds discrepancies with clients' computerised accounting records. "Often we find prior years' records have not been adjusted to agree with the accountant or data has been entered incorrectly. Either of these can create a misrepresentation of their financial situation when reports are reviewed." Speaking from experience, Carol says many business owners relax their hold on their finances to concentrate on other aspects of their business. And while accounting software such as MYOB and Xero make accounting easy, expertise is required to ensure it runs correctly. When a new client arrives Carol and her team have a look at their MYOB or Xero to see if there are areas to address. This will enable cost savings and better updated information to be obtained when making decisions. The home-based accountant adds that building a relationship with her clients is extremely important. "I strongly believe in talking to my clients at all times, not just once a year. In facing major business decisions, clients should consult their accountant and seek their advice." Working with a range of clients from small to medium businesses, Carol has broad expertise in dealing with issues specific to each entity. Offering a FREE half hour consultation to demonstrate how she can help, Carol's knowledge and expertise have proven to be an invaluable resource to many businesses. "It's ensuring clients get the most out of our services for their business in terms of quality and affordability." To let Carol and her team prepare your annual accounts or review your accounts, come equipped with accounts from the past year, as well as accounts for the year to date where these are available, and call in to see us. Put all accounting systems in place Carol Rigby, 59 Botany Road, Howick. Phone 533 0520. Mobile 027 290 2365 • Email: email@example.com 123021A Carol Rigby Objects may be important but it's the sentiment that is truly priceless. And with the right frame, precious memories will continue to delight and inspire. Thanks to Howick Frames and Gallery on the corner of Wellington and Elliot Streets, the art of preserving memories is a well- honed one. Long-time locals, Phil and Robyne Parker, have always gone the extra mile for their customers and the community, and are prepared to go even further with the help of some flash Italian machinery. "We're all about maintaining our services and, with our equipment, we can deliver a better, more precise and refined product," says Robyne. And although Howick Frames and Gallery's on-site operations employ the use of state-of-the-art technology, the affable husband and wife team still delivers good, old-fashioned service. "We stand behind all our products and services and have a range of works from wonderful New Zealand artists. We even offer customers the opportunity to take framed artworks home on approval. We also share practical advice on positioning and maintenance and treat every item that comes into our care as if it was our own." The creative duo is also known for its support of the community which has spanned decades. "We're proud sponsors of local schools such as Pakuranga and Howick Colleges, Our Lady Star of the Sea School, and also GirlGuiding, local sports clubs and the RSA. "On Anzac Day, we love seeing the pride on our clients' faces when they wear their medals and help return the medals to their protective frames after their special day." Phil, a former panelbeater, has an exceptionally fine eye for detail. As a result, every piece of art or memorabilia that has been given the Howick Frames and Gallery treatment shows painstaking care and attention. Together with shaggy shop mascots, Chequers and Toffee, the Parker family will gladly help celebrate every milestone and rite of passage, or give any new addition to the family the welcome it deserves! What's more, mention this article and receive 15% OFF every custom framing order over $100! (terms and conditions apply). In the right frame of mind Robyne and Phil Parker, Howick Frames and Gallery. Phone 534 1307 • www.framesandgallery.co.nz 123027A Robyne and Phil Parker Homes are often a reflection of life and its different phases. Whether it's a couple starting a family, parents helping their children into their first home, or even children helping their parents into a retirement village, Robyn Greer has seen and experienced it all. Celebrating her silver jubilee in the real estate industry this year, the Beachlands resident has helped people from all walks of life with property needs from Panmure to Maraetai. No property is too big or small for the First National Howick real estate agent. "I've sold everything from premium homes to very modest units but it's not about the property, rather the goals I'm helping people achieve." The AREINZ-qualified professional has witnessed all kinds of emotions related to buying or selling a home. "I understand the relief and joy that comes with a successful sale for my vendors and I really get a kick out of seeing the joy and excitement that comes from buyers when securing the home of their dreams." In fact, it is experience that has contributed to Robyn's success. "You can't beat experience. Because of this, I know what vendors and buyers look for, and I can help my clients achieve the result they want." In addition, this respected consultant has developed a keen eye for marketing packages for vendors. "Because we are a boutique agency we can tailor make our packages to suit any budget and any property as that is where my passion, expertise and experience lies." Recently Robyn was approached by Howick Baptist Healthcare to market 139 on Union retirement apartments and her life experience also comes into play when exercising her skills in the retirement village arena. "I have personally been through the experience of helping my family into a retirement village. I understand it's an emotional transition for the retiree and the family, but I can also help them see the benefits and support them through this sometimes difficult process." To discuss your real estate needs or goals, call Robyn for a confidential chat. Trust experience, trust Robyn Robyn Greer AREINZ, First National Real Estate Rutherford • 92 Picton St, Howick • Ph 538 0105 • Mob 0274 940 344 • E: firstname.lastname@example.org 123023A Robyn Greer Flowers by Fiona Jane in full bloom Flowers by Fiona Jane, 324 Pakuranga Rd, Pakuranga. Ph 577 4930. Mon-Fri 9am-5.30pm; Sat 9am-1pm. www.flowersbyfionajane.co.nz. 123045A What happens when you put two English roses together? Flowers by Fiona Jane, of course! A dream come true for long-time friends and Brits Fiona Watson and Jane Oldridge, there is the distinct waft of success from the florist shop which opened just 18 months ago and has blossomed. By fate, the Cockle Bay residents first met nine years ago in New Zealand when their children attended the same school. Both mothers of three with creative streaks, Flowers by Fiona Jane satisfies their cravings for something different. "We've always wanted to do something together and needed an outlet for our creativity," says Fiona, who grew up surrounded by more than 150 varieties of roses planted by her grandfather. And Jane has always had a knack for making things beautiful; designing landscapes, gardens and even owning her own window dressing company in the UK. Focused on bringing the very freshest in flowers to the community, the women visit the markets at least three times a week to source the very best in blooms. Their pickings include orchids, lilies, gerberas, chrysanthemums and roses, of course! "We make whatever the customer wants -- anything special, just bring a photo in and we'll do it!" Jane says. Also offering late pick-ups and deliveries Auckland-wide, this flexible pair has yet to say no to any customer! As a result, they are reaping the benefits of repeat custom. Customers are encouraged to bring their own vases for refills but if not, Flowers by Fiona Jane has a range of pretty vessels on sale as well as chocolates, balloons and cards. "We don't believe in charging inflated prices for special events such as weddings and we don't charge extra for wrapping," Fiona says. For a floral pick-me-up to brighten the home or someone's day, call us. You can also find Flowers by Fiona Jane on Facebook. Fiona Watson & Jane Oldridge Nobody likes being left home alone, especially social creatures such as dogs. But now local dog owners can save the guilt trip and take a trip instead to Barbara's Select Dog Minding Service. A home-based operation specialising in the care of 'small' dogs, Barbara's Select Dog Minding Service is run by dog lover and whisperer, Barbara. Offering a personalised and time-flexible service, Barbara looks after little canines for all occasions providing day care and extended care for weekends, holidays and where an owner cannot be present. Barbara has spent a lifetime with dogs and has a passion for them far exceeding that of the average person. "I absolutely love dogs!" she says. "I empathise with them when they come into a new home and sense that their mum and dad are going to leave them in an unfamiliar environment." That is why Barbara instantly works at putting these lovable animals at ease. "I first calm them down by introducing myself and communicating with them. In no time at all, the dog will be licking my face and saying 'hello'." Dogs are happiest outside, says Barbara. "So I take them outside to my spacious garden where they can romp and explore to their hearts' content." Naturally, daily walks are important too. "I make sure they have a good time outside and in the evenings I ensure they're warm and snug underneath their blankets." All pets that come under Barbara's wing receive individual care, love and attention. "As a result, they go home happy and are equally happy to see me again on their next visit," she says. "This is a loving home reserved especially for 'small' dogs where they can find companionship and happiness." Barbara is now taking bookings for Christmas and the summer holidays -- so call now to express your interest! Exclusive attention for small dogs Barbara’s Select Dog Minding Service Phone 576 5336 • Mobile 0274 860 655 120631A Barbara and friends Nancy Crooks, Air New Zealand Holidays Broker. Ph 575 8476 or 021 757 440. Email: email@example.com. Name any country and Nancy Crooks won't only point to it on the map but is capable of having you there in no time at all. The independent travel broker for Air New Zealand Holidays says she has always had an insatiable thirst to see the world. And now, after decades of industry experience, she has been to more than a few locales and can offer sound travel advice based on first-hand experience. After managing the former Air New Zealand Holidays Store in Pakuranga for many years, Nancy continues to build close relationships, offering one-to- one, personalised services to her clients, thus resulting in many a happy globe-trotter! Of today's travel trends, Nancy says ocean and river cruises offer the perfect way to relax, unwind and indulge in a variety of entertainment, while seeing a wide range of countries. "Cruising converts tend to come back time and time again for the lifestyle, the pace and the diversity of destinations," she says. However, no travel arrangement is too complex for Nancy and the sky is no limit. "We can take clients anywhere in the world -- Alaska, Nepal, the Amazon -- just ask." Although some choose to arrange their own holidays, Nancy urges intrepid travellers to first give her a call, as this may make the difference between a dreamy holiday and a bad trip! "Internet booking looks easy but can be time-consuming and frustrating when trying to co-ordinate bookings and ensure they turn out as expected. "Often people make mistakes -- costly ones that are irretrievable. My job is to make sure that doesn't happen and that clients have the best holiday possible." The experienced broker also says it pays to keep an eye out for specials -- early bird deals for travel to Europe are due very soon. Working flexible hours and willing to meet clients at work, home or in their favourite cafes, Nancy is committed to ensuring clients have the time of their lives when travelling at home and abroad. For your ticket to the world, call: 117888 Nancy Crooks Nancy’s knack for travel!
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