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Upper Hutt Leader : October 12th 2011
7 UPPER HUTT LEADER, OCTOBER 12, 2011 NEWS !,3 &10',5,10,0* $0' +($5,0* 4745(/4 #622.7 $0' ,045$.. $.$3/4 $0' 45(3(14 #5$35,0* $0' &+$3*,0* 231%.(/4 #&$0 ',$*0145,&4 !,3%$* $0' !"# %3$-( )$6.54 !.. (.(&53,&$. )$6.54 "*3 6/41 !! %*5'1)2 $/,.32 +*1* "/.* %(%#.,'#"( ! "', #*)$'.'*)')& -+%#'"('-.- $*$$ ,431 -/6 AC (&) '+(& 4@=E +# %%$ 5<7>7E=>= 2E# 4BB:C .FEE !:@EC7@8: A;; 07D:;=:?9 2E" &/41 -/('- !! #,(*.2*) %*0',1*1 3648099AK HEALTH 2000 UPPER HUTT Wruvcktu kp VJG OCNN 3:7 Ockp Uvtggv. Wrrgt Jwvv *26+ 74: 5585 j4mwrrgtjwvvBiockn0eqo YYY0JGCNVJ42220EQ0P¥ FREE LIP BALM Rwtejcug Cpvkrqfgu⁄ Fkxkpg Hceg Qkn Qticpke Cxqecfq Qkn ( Tqugjkr 52on cpf tgegkxg c htgg Qticpke Nkr Dcno ykvj Nkog Ngch ( Eqeqc Dwvvgt# Helps reduce the appearance of lines and age spots. Helps target scars and wrinkles. WORTH $15.20! Qhhgt gpfu 52vj Pqxgodgt 42330 Yjkng uvqemu ncuv0 3758124AK imbles reads Patchwork • Embroidery • Crafts • Gifts • Knitting Yarns AND FREE PARKING AT THE DOOR 40 Park St, PO Box 40836, Upper Hutt Ph: (04) 526 6513 email: thimblesand firstname.lastname@example.org 3841750 YOUR Patchwork, Haberdashery, Embroidery and Knitting Yarn Specialists Bernina Sales, Service & Support Family rebuilds life in Upper Hutt The bright side of life: Kevin Beale, right, lost his business and home in the Christchurch earthquake. With the support of his wife, Mandy, and John Hawthorn of the Naenae Bowling Club, he has put his bad luck behind him and started a new life in Upper Hutt. By NICHOLAS BOYACK For someone who has lost his dream home and his business, and seen his children suffer emotion- ally, Kevin Beale is a remarkably calm man. He moved his six children from Christchurch to Upper Hutt recently and says it was a huge relief to get away from the earthquake-struck city. We got to the end of the motorway and all the kids started singing and we had not heard that for 10 months. I gave Mandy [his wife] a wink and said we have done the right thing'.'' Their story is a harrowing one but Mr Beale says that although they have lost most of their physi- cal possessions and house, the family are still together and are now looking forward to starting a new life. However, doing that will not be easy. Originally from Nelson, they had sold the family farm and pur- chased a seven-bedroom dream home in Christchurch. Mr Beale was settling into his job running his own bowls coaching business. Eldest daughter, Jayleen, who was 18 at the time of the February earthquake, had borrowed money from the bank and had just started her own business. Selling bowling equipment and her own range of apparel, she was excited about her future and the business was doing well. The earthquake wiped out both businesses but, more importantly, wrecked their home. Liquefaction destroyed their backyard and the house sank two and half metres. A collapsed water tank collapsed smashed the roof and caused extensive internal dam- age. Although it was not red stickered, Mr Beale says the house was basically unlivable and the kids were sleeping under the dinning room table. Emotionally it had a huge impact on the chil- dren, who lost interest in their sports and started to struggle at school. The turning point came after a visit from three members of the Naenae Bowling Club, who stayed with the family. The trio, including president John Hawthorn, were shocked to see the children sleeping on the floor and how frightened the two youngest were. The realisation that the chil- dren were struggling convinced Mr Beale they could not stay in Christchurch -- a view confirmed by a family conference. Our first priority as mum and dad was to think of the kids and we put it to the children that we should move and it was unani- mous.'' They put what possessions they had left into a trailer and walked away from the home and the life they had created. The house is insured but the insurance company told them it will be sometime before it pays out and it has been a big financial loss. Arguably the hardest hit was Jayleen. After leaving school, she had been unable to find a job so started her own business. That involved a bank loan, which she is still repaying although the business was destroyed. Because of her age, she was unable to get insurance. I was devastated. I have been asked, when I came up here, if I am going to open up another bowls shop and I say no, not for a while'.'' In Christchurch she had three jobs to help repay the loan and since arriving here she has got a job at McDonalds Upper Hutt. Mr Beale is rightfully proud of his children but says that it is not just Jayleen who has made an effort. The three eldest boys all went door knocking in Trentham for odd jobs and are putting the money, from cutting lawns, into a kitty to rebuild the family finances. The Beale's could be forgiven for being demoralised but Mr Beale says that is not their way. They have joined the Naenae Bowling Club and the support they have got from club members has made a big difference. Mr Beale says the family are very close and despite all they have suffered, that bond has given them strength. See page 36 for more.
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