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Upper Hutt Leader : August 24th 2011
18 UPPER HUTT LEADER, AUGUST 24, 2011 Hoop design will travel By JIMMY NESS Hutt International Boys’ School students have come up with a unique invention, a portable basketball hoop. The innovative students created a lightweight hoop, which can be mounted on a car tow bar and transported anywhere. Jordan Williams, 17, says the idea came to him randomly. ‘‘It was in the morning with my friend. He asked us about ideas for a tech project. It just popped into my head because we were playing basketball.’’ The hoop took about two months to finish and the backboard is made from recycled milk bottles. It was created as part of the Young Enterprise Trust programme, which encourages young people to undertake new business ideas. Campbell Mackie, 17, says the hoop can be assembled within five minutes and fits easily into a car boot. ‘‘We kinda aimed it at people who maybe do not have enough room for one of the bigger hoops. They can take it away to the beach or on holiday.’’ Metal Art Limited in Seaview provided the students with the resources they needed including Young innovators: A group of HIBS students has created a unique portable basketball hoop. From left are Jamie Beckman, 17, Campbell Mackie, 17, Jono Pritchard, 18, Jordan Williams, 17, and Josh Cornish, 17. Absent: Jake Forty and Hayden Johnson. materials and professional advice. Owner Carl Longstaff said he was impressed with the idea. ‘‘Very few kids out there are pre- pared to get their hands dirty in the workshop and actually do it themselves. ‘‘I think it definitely has commercial capability. They should definitely get a few sales from them.’’ Mr Mackie says the hoop is a prototype with more developments to come, possibly including a net behind the backboard to catch the ball. They plan to sell it under their JBC Enterprise business name and it will retail for about $299. ❚ If you are interested in buying a hoop, email firstname.lastname@example.org NEWS HR base opens By COLIN WILLIAMS Staff have begun working in the New Zealand Defence Force call centre in the refurbished, and largely rebuilt, former Hazelwoods location on the Main St. More than 110 people, a mix of enlisted and civilian staff, will work at the new human resource administration and payroll services base when it is fully up and running. The Defence Force signed a six-year lease on the building in March and the first staff began work more than a week ago. A formal opening for the centre will be held next month after all the staff have arrived and settled into their new workplace while a smaller event, with the mayor Wayne Guppy and city chief executive Chris Upton attending, will be held this morning. The building, owned by Trentham City Investments, is accessed from the Logan St carpark. Work on the building’s Main St frontage is yet to be finished. TOP CUT HAIRDESIGN BASE COLOUR with Cut & Blow Wave or Straighten $ 120 *Conditions apply (including long hair extra) When you mention this ad! Offer finishes 14 September 2011 See our Facebook page Topcut Hair Design… for monthly specials Geange Street, Upper Hutt• Ph 528 5688 LOOKING FOR A CHEAPER OPTION FOR YOUR RUBBISH? A BRAND SPANKING NEW PANASONIC 42” 3D TELEVISION UP FOR GRABS EVERY DAY FOR 5 WEEKS! 42” 3D T EVE 140L Wheelibin for an annual cost paid in full still only $200 Monthly direct debit of $20 which works out to $4.62 per week 240L Wheelibin for a Monthly direct debit of $26.50 which works out to $6.12 per week STILL SERVICING THE VALLEY AFTER OVER 20 YEARS AND STILL OFFERING THE MOST RELIABLE SERVICE AND COMPETITIVE PRICES SEE YOUR DOMINION POST FOR YOUR DAILY CHANCE TO WIN NCE TO WIN Ph: 0800 Wheelie Order online www.wheelibin.co.nz 3623965AB 3590056
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