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Upper Hutt Leader : September 28th 2011
4 UPPER HUTT LEADER, SEPTEMBER 28, 2011 NEWS The First Name in Good Gardens Specials valid till 05/10/11 or while stocks last www.oderings.co.nz www.oderings.co.nz Not being members we cannot sell or redeem NGIA Gift Vouchers. Other Vouchers - Yes. Your Guarantee of quality is assured when you purchase plants grown and selected by Oderings. Darryn Odering Open 7 Days 8am - 5.30pm 1066 Fergusson Dr, Upper Hutt Ph: 939 1020 Cordyline Green Goddess Broad leaved, dwarf cabbage tree. Good in containers. $16.99 $1199 EACH English Lavenders Starter grade. Angustifolia, Hidcote Blue, Fouveaux Storm & Munstead. Great buying. $6.99 $499 EACH Lawn Replenish Top quality, slow release lawn food. Feeds 140sqm. $25.99 $1999 2.5KGS All our standard range of bedding plants in PACKS OF 9 - NOT 6 like most of our opposition - 50% more plants Rambling Petunias 8 great colours and mixed. Hardy perennial plants covered in showy bright flowers all season. Good in pots, baskets or garden. $5.29 $429 PACK OF 6 Nemesia Nebula Mixed Bright bold flowers on compact bushy plants - very eye catching. Plant in a sunny position. $4.29 $329 PACK OF 9 Tomato Sweet Treats Large cocktail tomato with exceptional taste. Very heavy cropping. $7.49 $649 EACH Cineraria Dwarf Mixed Excellent for shady areas. Very showy and long flowering. $4.29 $329 PACK OF 9 Geranium Maxibloom Mixed Also available White & Red. Masses of blooms all spring and summer. Great in pots. $5.29 $399 PACK OF 6 Megatom Grafted Tomatoes For the heaviest of crops and the healthiest of plants. Over 12 varieties including hybrids. $7.49 $649 EACH Thrive All Purpose and Fruit & Flower Plant Food. Excellent for all plants. $13.49 $999 500GMS Talking Real Estate with Steve Slicker Hi folks, I haven't discussed the property market directly in Upper Hutt for a while so as daylight saving is now here and spring is upon us it seems a good time to look at the year to date. As ever with the property market as soon as I think I have a handle on what's happening everything changes! For example, in March of this year I had to justify value on a large family home, I checked the sale statistics on all simila r sales and went back 6 months, at that time there 12 sales, 9 of which sold at or over GV. This told me that for the larger family homes GV was not important as a valuation marker as people were planning on staying in such a home for at least 10 years depending on the age of the children. I have just done the same exercise again, same area, same types of home but this time the figures are vastly different, only in 3 out of 15 sales did the sale price exceed GV. So what does this mean for the property market? For me it means that I and my colleagues have to justify value very clearly using market knowledge and previous sales as opposed to taking the lazy opinion that GV is an actual value and overcome those objections and recognise that the market in Upper Hutt is always evolving and just because that was the situation 6 months ago it is not the same situation now. A very visible sign of market change is the actual number of sales that have taken place in 2011 compared with 2010, to the end of August 2011 there have been 477 sales in Upper Hutt compared with 372 in 2010, a HUGE difference, but interestingly prices have not increased. The 2 main commentators of price in New Zealand, Quotable Value and REINZ report that average and median prices are slightly lower than the corresponding months of 2010. So we have steady prices, lower interest rates and good stock in a great area, it's not that surprising to see where the 105 sales difference is this year!! If you are thinking of selling your home please call me on the numbers below or contact me via email email@example.com alternately fill in your details on my website www.steveslicker.com Kind regards, Steve Slicker (04) 212 6787 0275 661 949 Advertorial 2148529BZ Easy Key Self Service Laundromat DRY UP TO 4 LOADS OF CLOTHES IN ONLY 18 MINUTES SAVE YOUR TIME & ELECTRICITY Fast Dryers Washers Domestic Laundry Sports Gear Duvets Mink Blankets Bedding 4068762AA Dry clothes in only 18 minutes Save time & electricity UPPER HUTT 557 Fergusson Drive, Ph 528 0515 STOKES VALLEY Scott Court, Ph 563 8260 14 x Dryers from $4 for 18 mins 9 x Washers - from $5 ALSO AT THESE LOCATIONS Taita 970 0994 Wainuiomata 939 5171 Porirua - Cannons Creek 237 0630 Newtown 389 7926 Lower Hutt 569 5792 Council considers a Maori ward By COLIN WILLIAMS Public feedback wanted on Maori representation A decision on whether there should be formal Maori represen- tation on the Upper Hutt City Council in its next three-year term, has to be made in early November. Public input on the move, which could see one councillor elected in a specific Maori ward, is wanted by the council now ahead its con- sideration of the issue at a Novem- ber 2 meeting to meet a Local Electoral Act deadline. The Maori representation con- sultation forms part of an overall pre-review'' which is also calling for the views of residents on how councillors are elected (currently at large under a first past the post system), the need or otherwise for city wards or a mix of the two systems. These other issues and options do not need to be considered by the existing council until next year. The number of people in Upper Hutt qualified as electors for a Maori ward are sufficient to jus- tify the establishment of one Maori ward, the electors of which would be able to vote one council- lor to be elected to the council,'' a report by the city's democratic services adviser, Kate Glanville. The Act does not impose an obligation on council to make a decision about the establishment of a Maori ward so the council could decide not to do so or simply refrain from making a decision.'' But the council should consult on the issue, the report says. The consultation period runs till Friday, October 21. It is proposed the consultation be undertaken in the community generally. The feedback likely to be received will be of real benefit to council when it comes to making its proposed representation arrangement decisions,'' the report which was approved immediately by councillors, says. If the council, in its November 2 decision, decides to set up a Maori ward it must follow a clear process from then. Public notice of its decision must be made, and the fact that a poll would be required to counter- mand the decision, and that electors have the right to demand such a poll. Submission forms, and a report of the overall review, are available from the council, the i-SITE Visitor Centre, the central and Pinehaven libraries and the upperhuttcity.com/consultation. NEWS 528 9654 PHONE US AT
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