Rodney Times : November 4th 2010
3 RODNEY TIMES, NOVEMBER 4, 2010 NEWS THE BIGGEST RANGE OF HOMES IN THE COUNTRY RODNEY Orewa Offce: 20 Tamariki Ave. (09) 427 9231 Orewa Display Home: 15 Grand Drive. (09) 421 0991 Huapai Offce: 1A Tapu Rd. (09) 412 5371 Mangawhai Display Home: 24 Insley St. (09) 423 1020 Snells Beach Offce: 8 Riverleigh Dr. (09) 425 6175 A bigger choice and better value from New Zealands No. 1 home builder Eliot 166m2 Nottingham 400m2 Riviera Express 262m2 0800 42 45 46 www.gjgardner.co.nz G.J. Gardner offers you a wider selection of homes than any other builder and with our country wide experience, we can build a home that caters for the specifc needs of your farming or horticultural operation. These are just a few examples from our wide range of concept plans or we can customise a home just for you. We can include extra facililties such as a mudroom/wetroom freezer space, extra storage space, expanded garaging and workshop area, septic tanks and such like. Whether its a homestead for yourself, a house for your farm manager, secondary dwellings or worker cottages, G.J. Gardner gives you more home for your money. As the countrys largest home building group, we are able to negotiate preferential buying rates on materials, and can pass those savings directly onto you. Also, with the experience of building over 17,000 homes in New Zealand and Australia, you can trust us to work cost- effectively. Our sales consultants are more than happy to visit your site and offer free advice on possible house designs, site development costs, permits, resource consents and anything else that may affect your plans. Rodney joins help package HELPING leaky home owners was one of the last acts of the Rodney District Council before it ceased to exist. The council signed up for the government's financial assistance package for leaky home owners. These rep- resent an estimated 90 percent of likely weathertight claims, authorities say. Rodney has about 80 leaky homes registered. The package centres on the government and local authorities each contributing 25 percent of the agreed repair costs and homeowners funding the remaining 50 percent. The government hopes to have the package available from early to mid 2011. Leaky homes have been a disaster for the families liv- ing in them,'' Auckland mayor Len Brown says. We need to ensure every- one has a safe, secure and dry place to live and we need to get on with fixing this prob- lem. It's essential that the government and councils work together to solve the leaky homes crisis. A deal has been signed and I congratulate the gov- ernment for rolling up its sleeves and getting involved. Auckland Council will do its part to help fix up people's homes,'' he says. The house is most people's biggest investment and to have that threatened is incredibly stressful. The council needs to work quickly to deal with homeowners and get the problems sorted,'' he says. Homeowners who choose to apply for the package must agree not to bring pro- ceedings against the local authority and the govern- ment at the Weathertight Homes Tribunal or in court. Applying for the financial assistance package does not prevent claimants continuing with dispute resolution under the Weathertight Homes Resolutions Services Act 2006 or in the courts against non- territorial authority and non- Crown parties. Local authorities will not be making a contribution to repair costs if they were not involved in the building work -- where inspection and sign- off was done by a private building certifier. Owners in those cases may still be eligible for govern- ment assistance and they will retain the option to pursue claims against the local auth- ority and other parties. Where local authorities are not part of the package, the support to owners will be lim- ited to government contribu- tions only. IN BRIEF Missing ring Whangaparaoa police seek the owner of this ring. If you have lost a ring in the Whangaparaoa area contact Charlotte Jones at the Whangaparaoa police on (09) 424-6509. Sacked North Harbour has sacked ITM Cup coaches and former All Blacks Craig Dowd and Jeff Wilson. The pair have a year to run on their contracts but North Harbour chief executive Brett Hollister says the board had little choice after the team finished ''well below expectations'' in finishing 11th this season. The decision was unanimous. Cattle taken Fourteen cattle were stolen from a Pah Hill Rd paddock in Wellsford between October 26 and 29. Eight are horned two-year-old blonde charolais heifers. Theywere recently drenched with an anti- parasitic pour-on which is highly dangerous if the meat is ingested within the withholding period, which is 49 days for domestic slaughter or 140 for export, police say. Police are following strong leads. Anyone with further infor- mation can contact constable Garth Mackay at Wellsford police on (09) 423-8228 or anonymously on Crime- stoppers 0800- 555-111. Fashion tips Kiwi fashion entrepreneur Annah Stretton will be at Ascension Wine Estate on Thursday, November 11, to launch her book Wise Heart and offer business advice. Tickets $20 for Warkworth Business Association members, $25 non-members. Contact Liz, daytime (09) 425-8645, evening (09) 422-2500, info@wark worthbusiness.co.nz or register at Annah Stretton Matakana, Shop 11, Matakana Village. Racing club gifts land to the community Helensville handover: Penny Webster accepted the keys to the Helensville Showgrounds, gifted to Rodney by the Helensville District Racing Club in one of her last official duties as Rodney mayor. ''Many will remember fondly our annual equaliser meeting but the last was in the mid-90s and we felt it time to gift the site to the community so that it can be protected and preserved as a community park and reserve,'' club past president Richard Kidd says. Mrs Webster says the community is grateful for the club's generosity and a special plinth and plaque will commemorate the occasion. At the handing-over ceremony are, from left: Penny Webster, Downer EDI contractor Brian Warren who installed the plinth in the foreground, Richard Kidd and club members Stan Keith, Merle Keith and Dianne Kidd. Early end: Thoroughbred Jasper was shot and killed at Wellsford. Horse shot in paddock By CARALISE MOORE A thoroughbred horse was found by its owners shot dead by a random passer-by last week. On Monday afternoon 17-year-old gelding Jasper was found dead and bloated by his owner in his paddock alongside State Highway 1 near Wellsford. The former racehorse was seen grazing on Saturday afternoon, but by Monday he was dead. The bullet went up by his ear and right through his cheek on the other side. He was just an innocent horse doing nothing out of the ordi- nary. He was such a gentle giant, and a real friend,'' owner Annette Richards says. If you know anything about the shooting of the horse con- tact constable Dale Wewege at the Wellsford police station on (09) 423-8228.
Rodney Times 1st November
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