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Upper Hutt Leader : July 6th 2011
13 UPPER HUTT LEADER, JULY 6, 2011 LETTERS $49.99 $34.99 TUNIC $89.99 $69.99 VEST $59.99 $24.99 REG JEANS $129.99 $89.99 TOP $59.99 $29.99 TUNIC $189.99 $129.99 COAT $99.99 $69.99 JACKET TUNIC $79.99 $49.99 $69.99 $49.99 MERINO $49.99 $39.99 $64.99 $19.99 TUNIC TUNIC $79.99 $59.99 Our new Red Button Rewards monthly prize draw kicks off in July with 1000 $25 vouchers up for grabs over three months. Come instore for more details. SELECTED SHOES SELECTED SHOES ALL JEWELLERY NOW 50-70% OFF PRICE PRICE PANTS TAILORED NOT ALL COLOURS OR SIZES AVAILABLE IN ALL STORES VIEW THESE SAVINGS AND MORE AT www.bfc.co.nz The Mall, 185 Main Street, Upper Hutt Ph. 527 8327 200 High Street, Lower Hutt Ph. 569 6730 155 Queen Street, Masterton Ph. 06 378 8231 132 Jackson Street, Petone Ph. 576 9109 2148529BT Talking Real Estate with Steve Slicker Hi folks, This week I thought I might address high pricing in the current market place. As we know Real Estate is a very competitive industry and recently a couple of properties have come to my attention as being what I would term "optimistically priced". Some (less professional) agents have strong motivation to quote high when assessing the value of a house for sale -- they want the listing. I believe the more professional agents don't do this because it wastes everyone's time and often leads to a no-sale stalemate. Sadly, the more unrealistic vendors are about their own proper ty and the less infor med they a re about the market and real estate in general, the more likely it is that some agents will feel the need to up the potential selling price. But there are things you can do to encourage frank dealings and make sure they don't over quote to get the listing. What are they? Firstly, don't put words into their mouth. Don't tell agents you're after a certain figure and that you won't sell for less. Unless your house is seriously unusual, agents can 'guess' very accurately to within a few percent of what a property will sell for and you want them to tell you what they think, not parrot back your own wishful thinking. Of course they're not really guessing --their assessment is based on years and years of selling similar properties under various market conditions -- and they have statistical data bases at their finger tips. Secondly, listen carefully to their lowest figure and don't try to push them up; it stands to reason they will go as high as they can because they know they are in competition with other agents for the listing. If you've done your homework and you are truly objective you will know in your hear t that they are right. Resist the temptation to place a dollar value on the emotional attachment you have to that deciduous tree in full autumn glory (because you planted it 10 years ago and watched it grow and don't want to leave it behind, especially since the family cat is also buried there) or those paved areas (because you laid them with the help of your father who died recently) while at the same time overlooking the inconvenience of the steep driveway (you put up with it all these years) or the laundry that's out the back. Most home owners don't realise the emotional weight they expect their home to translate into dollar terms, just as they think their own children are the most beautiful, the smartest, the best at sport. But they need to remember that if they appear emotional and unrealistic, some agents will simply reflect back to them what they want to hear. It's a bizarre irony that when the reality check of buyer indifference comes along, many home owners ultimately blame agents for overpricing their homes when they themselves created the competitive environment that caused the asking price to be set so high. If you are thinking of selling your home please call me on the numbers below or contact me via email firstname.lastname@example.org alternately fill in your details on my website www.steveslicker.com Kind regards, Steve Slicker (04) 212 6787 0275 661 949 Advertorial FROM Page 10 CONTINUED Page 14 Fluoride Action Network applauds the councillors for being open minded enough to listen to new evidence and then acting to protect the health, wellbeing and rights of its residents. Fluoride is linked to a multitude of adverse health effects including hip fractures, increased bone fractures, thyroid problems and immune dysfunction. A review of published research since 1992 published last month in Neurologia concludes The prolonged ingestion of fluoride may cause significant damage to health and particularly to the nervous system. Fluoride is capable of crossing the blood-brain barrier, which may cause biochemical and functional changes in the nervous system during pregnancy, since the fluoride accumulates in brain tissue before birth''. As a result of the annual plan process, Upper Hutt City council also resolved to lobby Wellington Regional Council to stop fluoridation. Upper Hutt city councillors also heard from Prof Paul Connett, whereas other councils such as Wellington City refused. The decisions made by councillors in Taumarunui and Upper Hutt are proof that once people allow themselves to listen to all the evidence on fluoridation, and not just what the Ministry of Health espouses, that it becomes obvious that fluoridation is ineffective, harmful and a violation of basic human rights. It is high time all remaining councils that have fluoridation (now only 25 out of 69), actually examine the issue for themselves instead of blindly relying on bureaucrats from the MOH to do their thinking for them. MARY BYRNE, national co- ordinator for Fluoride Action Network New Zealand Perhaps the Upper Hutt City Council is placing canine health to the forefront in deciding to do away with fluoridating our tap water supply. Fluoride is harmful to dogs and the long term health of a dog is very reliant on the water quality they are presented with to drink. They need fresh, clean, cool/cold, chemical-free, toxic- free, untainted water. Fluoridated water, chlorinated water etc is an impediment to their health as is, to more or lesser degrees, the water from most rivers, streams and lakes. Most dog water bowls are filled with tap water and if fluoride-free is doing dogs and their owners a favour. Thanks, UHCC. MICHAEL ROMANOS, executive editor NZ Dog World, Silverstream Criticisms have been made of UHCC members who voted to remove fluoride. The late John Colquhoun, former principal dental officer of Auckland and Auckland City councillor, also fiercely poured scorn over a fellow councillor who had concerns about fluoridation. Colquhoun's persuasion of council resulted in Auckland commencing fluoridation. Due to his successful articulation, Colquhoun was sent on a world study tour, after which he was to become New Zealand's fluoridation expert and lead a promotional campaign. Before leaving New Zealand, Colquhoun's superiors confided that new evidence didn't reflect positive results. Colquhoun visited only pro-fluoridation research centres and scientists overseas and came across the same situation. Like his superiors and international hosts, Colquhoun believed that when more detailed records became available, fluoride's benefits would be proven. Returning to New Zealand, Colquhoun became chairman of the national fluoridation promotion committee. In order to prove how well fluoridation worked, he reviewed New Zealand's dental statistics in depth. To his surprise the information mostly showed a detrimental link between fluoridation and teeth. He advised his superiors about the concerning results and was told if he made the information public he would be retired early, on a substantially lower retirement income. He published anyway and his superiors kept their word. Within three years, through independent research, the once arrogantly, staunch pro- fluoridationist, was thoroughly convinced fluoride did more harm than good. He spent the rest of his life trying to undo what he had done (in Auckland), lecturing throughout the world, even advising United Kingdom's parliament. And the moral of this true story? Before criticising councillors, do your own thorough research. NIC RATAHI, Upper Hutt It is gratifying to learn that Upper Hutt councillors have asked the regional council to stop water fluoridation. I say this because the fluoride being added to our water is a toxic waste product of the phosphate industry with traces of heavy metals such as lead, arsenic, mercury and cadmium. These poisons have no place in our drinking water. Parents can be assured that their children's dental health will not suffer for lack of fluoride. NOELINE GANNAWAY, Wellington Maymorn development Rural Mangaroa is to be destroyed. This is the key effect of the proposed Maymorn development. Reunions Upper Hutt Cossie Club 50th anniversary, July 22 to 24, 2011, contact the club 529 0009. BPW Upper Hutt 25th anniversary, August 2011. All previous members welcome. Contact Alison Prince 528 4404 or 027 476 0438. 25th Hutt Valley Girls Brigade based at St Margaret's Silverstream, previously at St Andrew's Trentham, are celebrating their 50th Jubilee on Sunday, September 18, 2011. Contact Lynaire at Wolfsbauer@xtra.co.nz 528 2267. Otago Boys' High, 150th, 2013. obhsfoundation.co.nz or contact the school's foundation office, PO Box 5077, Dunedin, or 477 8977.
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