Rodney Times : January 20th 2011
6 RODNEY TIMES, JANUARY 20, 2011 NEWS 302095AA We offer: · Solid brick & tile villas · A quiet leafy environment · A lifestyle without property maintenance hassles · Fruit trees and gardens but without the need to maintain · A 24/7 emergency call alarm responded to by qualified nurses · A friendly, community style atmosphere · Companionship, where your neighbours do become good friends · 1-bedroom villas from $295,000 · 2-bedroom villas from $375,000 · Conservatory options · Residents lounge and libr ary · One block from the beach and next door to Milton Court Resthome · Absolute brand new interiors incorporating all modern conveniences · Convenient to bowling green and bus ser vices · Accredited member of the Retirement Villages Association of New Zealand Private setting among 70 year-old trees with abundant bird life. Come along and view our village and check out our villas A perfect mix of independence and companionship Applications can only proceed on the Occupation Licence Right Agreement Form Palm Grove Retirement Village 8 Milton Road, Orewa • Ph 427 8138 A rare opportunity to purchase a one or two bedroom villa in the Hibiscus Coast's smallest boutique retirement village. If you are considering a move to a retirement village then this quaint, leafy village, on the flat and just one block back from the beach, may be just what you have been looking for. 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Back to school: School reopens for most students on January 31 or February 7 at the latest. This year's school terms have been readjusted to align October's holidays with the final stages of the Rugby World Cup tournament. Terms one and two will be slightly longer than usual, and term four is two weeks shorter. By MICHELE ONG Price rises for school uniforms, stationery and textbooks can add a strain to families, especially those strug- gling to cope with the economic climate. There are a lot of ongoing costs associated with schooling, such as donations, money for field trips, school galas, Red Beach resident Sue Bishop says. Mrs Bishop has spent a fair bit of money buy- ing uniforms and stationery for her chil- dren. Another Whanga- paraoa mum says she spent $200 on uniforms and another $100 on stationery for her eldest daughter who started at Red Beach School last term. In a way, the uni- forms aren t too bad because she ll be wearing it every day. And her sis- ter can wear it later when she starts school, she says. She says it is hard to estimate how much ongoing school costs will addupbytheendofthe year. We advise parents to get their children involved in the budget- ing process, New Zea- land Federation of Fam- ily Budgeting Services chief executive officer Raewyn Fox says. It also lets them know their parents are not a bottomless pit. By the time the child is 10 or so, they ll know when there s a school camp coming up, and they can budget that in or ask parents how they can earn extra money for it. She says parents can turn hunting through newspapers for cheaper deals into a fun activity for kids. KidSpot.co.nz, a website with tips and advice for parents, also has a few budgeting points for parents get- ting their child ready for school. The website suggests parents have a look around their house first to see if their child already owns an item on his or her must-have list, and to leave children at home when stationery shopping as children in back-to-school aisles are like pigs in mud . When comparing prices, parents are asked to check mailers for specials or wait until school starts to hit department store clear- ance sections for bargains. Other tips include making bulk purchases, buying basic stationery children can then jazz up with stickers and labels, buy quality items, shop online and to buy only what you need. Leave dad at home too, as he is more likely to spend an average 25 percent more on back-to- school shopping than mums. The Citizens Advice Bureau suggests families draw up a budget plan listing the family s short- term and long-term goals of things they want to buy, a savings plan, and list priority items to ensure there is enough money left to cover essentials. Families can also seek help from the New Zea- land Federation of Fam- ily Budgeting Services for free and confidential advice on budgeting. Visit www.family budgeting.org.nz for more information. Students are encour- aged to have a second study option they can fall back on should their NCEA results not allow them to pursue their first choice. Not getting into a course can be difficult for students to deal with, but shouldn t be a deter- rent to continuing to pur- sue the directions they want for their career, Career Services general manager operations Janet Brown says. Career Services is a government-run organis- ation providing advice and guidance to New Zealand job seekers. She says it is import- ant students keep in mind there are a range of other choices and options open to them. Be sure to take time to re-evaluate your options and think how else you can achieve your goals. It may take time and you ll need to do some research. And we can help with that, she says. Students who have missed out getting into their preferred tertiary institution may still be able to study for the qualification they want through another route. Although a tertiary application may be denied this year, students may still be able to start a course in the following semester or next year, she says. Ms Brown says as the New Zealand labour market is still tight, students are to keep their expectations realistic and be prepared with more than one option. She says Career Services have a range of advice and tools to help students Visit www.careers. govt.nz or phone 0800-222-733 for more information.
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