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Upper Hutt Leader : July 27th 2011
6 UPPER HUTT LEADER, JULY 27, 2011 NEWS 0508 443 284 www.intelligenttradeservices.co.nz 3850293 Need a tradesman? TradeServices iIn elligen rade ervices d • Builder • Electrician • Plumber • Painter • Maintenance and many more Other companies referring customers to tradesmen tend to do business online, which is an impersonal system, says ITS managing director Rob Neru. "Other companies like ours are all internet-based. There's no communication,'' he says. ITS offers customers three independent quotes from its pool of quality tradesmen, whereas rivals make tradesmen outbid each other online for contracts, he says. Rob Neru set up ITS in September last year and aim to make home repair, building and maintenance an easy and pleasant experience for customers. Customers choose tradesmen from the quotes ITS provides, and Rob Neru can organise a project manager to oversee a build, ideal for working couples. "You don't have to deal with six people, you deal with one,'' he says. "Leave it to one person to come up with the best solution for a home, and that's what we are, a good solution.'' Plimmerton-based ITS operates from Wellington to Upper Hutt and Kapiti. It has a large pool of tradesmen from builders, plumbers and electricians right down to niche specialists like butanol applicators. All trades companies ITS contracts are certified and licenced with years of experience. "We guarantee all our tradespeople and their workmanship,'' Rob Neru says. "In a short space of time we've established very good relationships with the largest property management companies in the Wellington region." Upper Hutt born and bred, Rob Neru was working in Nelson installing air conditioning and heat pumps when he hit upon the idea for ITS. He was meeting a lot of good tradesmen on the job and found himself recommending them to customers he met. "I could provide the customer as well as the company a good service,'' he says. Paul Sinclair, a landscape design and construction expert, says ITS benefits tradesmen as much as customers. Tradesmen pay a monthly fee to ITS and work is distributed fairly among the pool. ITS is about to launch software which allows tradesmen to schedule work around other tradesmen on site, and customers to check online the progress of their build. The company plans to expand nationwide but wants to lay good foundations in Wellington before taking the next step. "We're determined to get the nuts and bolts right," Paul Sinclair says. "Expansion plans are there but we need to walk before we run." The personal touch is what sets Intelligent Trade Services apart from its competitors. Intelligent Trade Services provide a hassle- free service. All our tradesmen come with glowing references, so call us today! Cunliffe sees big change ahead Tax plan 'supported' High-level support for Labour s capital gains tax plan had come as a shock to the Government, the party s finance spokesman, David Cunliffe, told an Upper Hutt meeting last week. A big change had begun in New Zealand politics in the past two weeks, he said. Speaking to about 20 people, mostly party faithful, at an other- wise quiet 7 Bar in King St last Tuesday night, he said Switzer- land, Turkey and New Zealand were the only countries in the developed world without a capital gains tax. Editorials in both The Dom- inion Post and The New Zealand Herald had come out in support of the policy before it was announced, he said. Ithadbeenabigweekanda good 10 days for Labour, even before the announcement once the Parliamentary press gallery got the sniff about the capital gains tax. New Zealand was in a difficult place, too many young people were going overseas and the country was slipping behind in income per capita and growth rates. Commentators on both the pol- itical Right and Left were saying thank goodness Labour came out with substantial policy we can debate . Labour supported a capi- tal gains tax because New Zea- land had to pay down outstanding debt while keeping its assets. The tax was realisation-based only and would not apply to the family home. It would not cost a cent until a person had cash in hand. It was about future gain. There will be no-one rifling through your drawers to see what you ve got. Currently there was a way too big tax preference for real estate and young people could not buy homes because they were outbid by landlords. Overseas experience showed the tax takes the peak off and made housing more affordable. Revenue from a capital gains tax built up over time to a signifi- cant amount once it gets going . Labour believed it could pay government debt down to zero faster than the current Govern- ment s projections. The tax would unlock capital from the property sector to help the country grow. Other proposals by Labour would give everyone $100 extra a week plus the impact of removing GST from fruit and vegetables. He said 150,000 people would pay more tax but 98 per cent would be better off, including poorer people. The party s tax policy would become a long-term foundation to turn the economy in the right direction. This is about doing the right thing for New Zealand for generations to come. New Zealand would be a com- plete loser to sell down its assets. Selling them would be simply a dead-end street . We want to own our future. Asked about capital gain from the sale of a restored vehicle, Mr Cunliffe said it would be deemed a collectable and exempt from the tax. He also said that capital gains tax on property had to take into account the value of improve- ments before being calculated. Mr Cunliffe said the current Government had been missing in action for the past three years and Prime Minister John Key s leadership was inadequate when times were tough. Asked about losing manufacturing to China, Mr Cunliffe said his party was just beginning a conversation with New Zealand over the long term. We plan to be at a place you want to be in the future, Mr Cunliffe said. Chris Hipkins said he was in regular contact with migrants to Upper Hutt and they moved here for reasons other than what they will earn . But in Parliament we measure on economic terms. To a question about the possi- bility of supermarkets taking advantage of the removal of GST on fruit and vegetables, Mr Cunliffe said supermarkets had told his party margins could be tracked. He said the Commerce Commission could take action if needed. Mr Hipkins praised the high- tech industries in the Hutt Valley including Wedgelock, Acma and Fraser Fire and Rescue, a world leader in fire engine manufactur- ing. Mr Cunliffe said climate change was a scientific fact, oil would run down and the country needed a plan to cope. Countries that do best will be those that plan the earliest. I m proud to be part of a party with a long-term view. A big change had begun in poli- tics in the past fortnight and Labour s on a roll now , he said. Praise for Hipkins Chris Hipkins Labour finance spokesman David Cunliffe had high praise for the party s MP for Rimutaka, Chris Hipkins. There was no harder working MP in the House than Mr Hipkins, who submitted masses of Parliamentary questions and had a bloodhound political instinct, he said. The MP, who he called Chip , had worked in his Parliamentary office for three months before the last election. I reiterate what a fantastic MP you have. He was widely respected by his colleagues and had a big future in politics, Mr Cunliffe said.
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