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Upper Hutt Leader : October 12th 2011
18 UPPER HUTT LEADER, OCTOBER 12, 2011 NEWS 15-16 October 2011 10am - 3.30pm daily Tauherenikau Racecourse Featherston First New Zealand www.malaghan.org.nz/antiques_roadshow $10pp entry Accredited valuations from $20 per item Net proceeds to go to the Malaghan Institute of Medical Research Visit us at: Totalspan Wellington 111 State Highway 1 Paraparaumu * Terms & Conditions apply - see website for details. 3571701AQ PRE LOVED APPLIANCES 2ND HAND APPLIANCES Queen Street, Upper Hutt • 528 6767 3928350 WE CAN DELIVER & INSTALL Work & Income Quotes Welcome Spare Parts Available Washers from $99 Dryers from $199 Stainless F&P Dishwashers from $479 Fridge/Freezers from $99 TVs from $29 Stoves from $499 Double Wall Oven $399 Ph: 568 3550 3624309AE Ring 568 3550 and order your skip say "GO THE ALL BLACKS" and you will get the special price of GO the All Blacks! $200 incl gst for 7 days hire until the end of October 2011 3880972AG TAKE IT TO THE CROOKS! 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Assembled in 1958, two years before television became available in New Zealand, by Hokitika resident Winston Reynolds the set is still going well. Mr Reynolds got the parts from Australia and used it to watch Australian channels before television became available on the West Coast. The set is now in the Hokitika Museum and in good order. In the 1970s, a Phillips K9 television set was state of the art and it was prestigious to have one in your lounge. Technology has gone a long way since then but the K9 is still to be found in many households in the Hutt Valley. In September 2013, Hutt Valley is going digital and unless the old K9s are updated the once popular TVs will no longer work. Local Going Digital community advisor Guy Burns says that in the Hutt Valley about 75 per cent of televisions are already digital. Most of the remaining 25 per cent are owned by older residents and he says that it is a good bet that many are K9s. The good news is that any existing TV can be upgraded and he says the necess- ary technology should not take a big chunk out of your wallet. Most televisions sold within recent years are digital capable and if you have Sky, Freeview or TelstraClear you are already digital. Those who are not digital capable will need a set top box or a built in Freeview TV with a UHF aerial, or a satellite dish with a set top box. Mr Burns has been talking to com- munity groups and organisations about what they need to do and says his role is to make sure that everyone is ready to go by September 2013. We are there to provide information and to talk to people and give them sup- port at the grassroots level, particularly those people who are disadvantaged or vulnerable.'' One organisation he has already identified as needing assistance is Hutt Hospital. The hospital has a range of analogue systems and switching over will not be straight-forward. Although a number of companies are already advertising the technology needed to switch over, he is advising people not to rush out. Older people should first talk to grand-children or a family member who is tech- nology savvy. He suggests getting two or three quotes and not just rely- ing on one technician, as the best way of making sure of the cheapest option. The government is looking at providing financial assist- ance to those who cannot afford the cost, but he says it will be very limited. So why are we moving to digital TV? The news system has many advantages over analogue television. Picture and sound quality is much better, there will be more channels and it enables you to run a number of on-screen services. In the Hutt Valley, there are a number of areas where the reception provided by analogue television is poor or non- existent. That is due to geography but with digital, the reception difficulties will be solved. The government is funding Going Digi- tal in order to make sure that come Sept- ember 2013, everyone will be prepared. If you have not made the necessary techni- cal changes, you television will no longer work from October 2013. Oldie but a goodie: Elva Roberts (92) with the oldest television set in New Zea- land. Built by her husband, Winston Rey- nolds, the 53 year-old set can be converted to run digital TV. As part of the awareness campaign for digital tele- vision Going Digital ran a nationwide campaign to find the oldest television set in the country. The winner was found in Hokitika and had an interesting history. Assembled in 1958, two years before television became available in New Zea- land, by Hokitika resident Winston Rey- nolds the set is still going well. Mr Rey- nolds got the parts from Australia and used it to watch Australian channels before television became available on the West Coast. The set is now in the Hokitika Museum and in good order.
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