Rodney Times : November 11th 2010
2 RODNEY TIMES, NOVEMBER 11, 2010 Editor Geoff Dobson Ph (09) 426 5024 email: firstname.lastname@example.org Chief Reporter Ph (09) 421 9133 email: email@example.com Senior Reporter Ph (09) 421 9130 Features Ph (09) 421 9131 Sales Manager Pauline Caley Ph (09) 426 5024 email: pauline caley@snl co nz Office & Distribution Manager Heather Ringrose Ph (09) 425 0695 email: h ringrose@snl co nz Circulation (09) 426 5024/(09) 425 8169 email: h ringrose@snl co nz Classifieds Ph 0800 022 812 Fax 0800 022 815 email: firstname.lastname@example.org 37,398 Audited Circulation (ABC Jan-Dec '09.) Delivered each Tuesday/Thursday from south Wellsford to Kumeu and coast to coast from Helensville to Whangaparaoa. Orewa Office: Cnr Alice Ave & Florence Ave, Orewa. P.O. Box 79. Ph (09) 426 5024. Warkworth Office: Mill Lane, Warkworth. P.O. Box 636. Ph (09) 425 8169. www.rodneytimes.co.nz 3263520AA Northland Waste/Mason Bins is a 100% locally owned and operated company based in Warkworth that employs over 120 people from Warkworth to Kaitaia. Mason Bins' roots are firmly tied to the Rodney District and wants to assure its customers that there will be no negative changes to its waste collection with the change over to the Auckland Super City. In fact rubbish collection has not changed at all despite the claims of some companies. Northland Waste is proud to announce that it has opened the landfill at Puwera in Whangarei on the 1st November 2010. Northland Waste is a joint venture partner with the Whangarei District Council on this large and exciting project. This new landfill has negated the need to truck Northland's waste through the Rodney District and provided competition to the large multinational companies that were controlling the landfill business in New Zealand. The waste we collect will now be going to this new landfill and as a result we are very happy to announce a drop in the cost of rubbish bags in the Northern Rodney area. We strongly believe that the people that have supported us over the year should now benefit in our new venture. We would like to thank you for your continued support and confirm our support of local charities, clubs, volunteer groups and community projects. OREWA OUTLET Pre Christmas Sale 25% OFF ALL KIDS BOOKS Stolen ornaments no light work for thieves Girl gone: This ceramic garden ornament of a little girl has been taken from a Red Beach property. Swanned off: This swan has also been taken much to the dismay of owners. By CARALISE MOORE Two garden ornaments seem to have gone walk- about from two Red Beach properties, much to the dismay of their owners. Neighbours Ann Clay- ton-Goffin and Bev Marks are missing two sentimentally valuable garden ornaments since Friday night. A ceramic seated girl has been taken from out- side Ann s front door, and a ceramic swan from her neighbour Bev s front yard. My little girl was given to me as a birthday present from my daugh- ter who has since passed away after a fight against breast cancer, Ann says. I would very much like to have her back. The women have re- ported the stolen pieces to police. They were both quite heavy and would take an adult to lift them, Ann says. We are both willing to offer a reward for the return of the orna- ments. If you have more infor- mation contact Orewa police on (09) 426-4555 or Ann (09) 427-8024. Book fair raises $5000 More than $5000 was raised by Huapai Kumeu Lions at their popular book fair in the Kumeu Community Centre on Saturday. Lions president Gary Moss was delighted with the community support for the event and says the quantity and quality of donated books was outstanding. A large number of buyers young and old pored over tables fully stocked with books on every imaginable topic, clearly indicating that reading continues to be a popular pastime. A large queue waited for the doors to open at 9am. Most books sold for $1, with the maximum $2, resulting in more than 4000 books sold. That means a good profit can be returned to community projects which, this year, include a significant donation to the Kumeu Band for their practice hall rebuilding project, Mr Moss says. A number of band members assisted Lions on the day. Another book fair is on April 9. Mr Moss says Lions are very grateful for the community support and confident people will again help in what has become a regular com- munity event. Retailers bank on more profits from tax changes Tax changes buoyed October sales, according to the latest Paymark statistics. And retailers will be hoping the trend continues through to Christmas. Retailers benefited from increased sales in October since two major tax changes took effect, with spending through the Paymark network growing 3.3 percent (year-on- year) that month -- a growth rate nearly double that com- pared to the midyear months of May-August (1.8 percent). The net impact of the tax changes is evident not only in the total dollar value spent through the network, but the volume of transactions, which were up 4.9 percent. We anticipated a rise in the value of transactions, relative to the 2.5 percent GST increase, however the combined volume and value figures indicate not only an increase in spending, but that we re are also purchasing more often, Paymark chief executive Simon Tong says. One month s data is not enough to determine if the increase has come as a result of people having more money in their wallets, or simply because prices have gone up -- it would appear to be a bit of both at this stage, he says. The growth has come despite October having five Sundays -- typically the slowest trading day of the week -- and a pre-GST sales surge late in September. While national totals point towards positivity, not all retailers or regions enjoyed the growth, with many finding themselves worse off than the same time last year. Predictably, spending on big-ticket items declined, with furniture and appliance sectors down 6 percent and 14 percent respectively (year-on- year) reinforcing the belief that shoppers made the most of the big pre-GST rise sales.
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