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Upper Hutt Leader : October 26th 2011
CLASSICAL CHATSWORTH CHARM HOUSE OF THE WEEK 2514457DL Kevin and Chrissy Edmunds Licensed Under the REAA 2008 Call Direct 212 6979 or 027 477 1354 30 Chatsworth Road, Silverstream This quality split level home is on the market and awaits its next family. Set on the lower slopes of Chatsworth it is a fabulous location. Listen to the beautiful birdsong of some of our wonderful NZ natives as you relax by the pool. With plenty of charm and character this classical home boasts so many features that you must come and see it yourself. Here are just some of what it has to offer: • 4 bedrooms (2 with French doors to deck on upper level) • 2 living areas with formal and informal dining • Modern open plan kitchen with bay window overlooking rear yard and studio • Bathrooms on each level • Gas heating, heat pump and log burner • In-ground swimming pool • Decking on both levels • Great indoor/outdoor flow • Set off street down its own gravel driveway • Garaging plus plenty of off street parking • Beautiful gardens attracting local birdlife • Surrounded by other quality homes • GV $630 • Floor area 230m2/Land Area 1486m2 Silverstream is south of Upper Hutt city and is very popular to those working in Wellington city as it is close to the motor way and public transport. Silverstream has its own village with locally owned businesses such as a pharmacy, supermarket, stationery shop, restaurants, vet and medical centre to name a few. It has a great reputation for local schools as well. Close to beautiful parks for recreation. For Sale by Tender closing at our Upper Hutt office 897 Fergusson Dr, Friday 18th November 2011 at 12 noon. Will not be sold prior. STEVE MAHONEY SELLS UPPER HUTT FREE PROPERTY APPRAISAL Free Call Mobile 04 212 6738 anytime Steve recommends Russell for House Maintenance • TREE REMOVEL • SECTION CLEARING • HOUSE PAINTING PROFESSIONAL ALL ROUND SERVICE PHONE RUSSELL KIRK 021 444 929 4103429AC 40 UPPER HUTT LEADER, OCTOBER 26, 2011 NEWS Group provides connections for newcomers to NZ By ROSEMARY McLENNAN A social group for people who have moved here from overseas has been started by an Upper Hutt couple. Julia Brook-Brazendale is British and moved to Upper Hutt a year ago with her Kiwi husband, Sean. She loves New Zealand and its lifestyle but misses her family and friends in Britain. You can replace the house, car and job but not family and friends, she says. Some cannot cope with the dis- tance and go home after a couple of years. Many of those people have migrated because New Zealand needs their skills. When they leave their skills can be widely missed. Mrs Brook-Brazendale hopes the Hutt City Expats group will fill the social gap and make it easier for people to settle. Already through their Facebook page the couple have made contact with more than 20 immigrants, from teenagers to people in their 60s and including Americans, English, Argentinians, Germans and Serbians. Some are people with young children, some are single and some older. The aim is to provide a real social network (not just virtual) for expats who would like to meet new people, make new friends and socialise, even if it is just for a regular coffee. It is open to anyone who has moved from overseas to the greater Wellington region to live. Ultimately we know leaving a lifetime s worth of friends and family behind is the hardest part of emi- grating, and so with this group we aim to try to help fill that gap as far as possible. Already several have met for coffee, dinner, strolls around Wellington for a light show and the Rugby World Club fanzone and the first proper social is a bowling night this Saturday. Mrs Brook-Brazendale says the two Hutt Valley settlement support officers have been helpful and com- bining their knowledge with the social group could provide a complete package for new settlers. She hopes other regions will also set up groups for new settlers. The couple can be contacted by emailing Juliasean@clear.net.nz. Their Facebook page is: facebook.com/ groups/285567521458634/ Cecilia has settlement help for you Here to help: New Upper Hutt settlement support officer Cecilia Titulaer. Photo: ROSEMARY McLENNAN By ROSEMARY McLENNAN A series of talks on aspects of New Zealand life has been started by Upper Hutt s new settlement support officer. Cecilia Titulaer, herself a migrant from Argentina, has begun a two-year contract. She takes over from Kathy Rodgers, who has returned to herexisting work at Upper Hutt Library. Ms Titulaer knows first-hand about moving to a new country and the challenges of a new language and customs. She married a Kiwi and moved to New Zealand in 1998, settling in Lower Hutt for six years, followed by seven years in Upper Hutt. Her native language is Spanish and she has worked in the translation field. Even though she had a degree in English and could write and speak it, I could not understand because of the accent . As settlement support officer she is available to newcomers who could be migrants, refugees, temporary workers, international students or the partners and families of returning New Zealand- ers. She is a point of contact if they need information on services in the community, which can vary even from region to region. These could include learning about New Zealand s public health services, finding a doctor and accessing hospital and specialist services or the structure of New Zealand s education system and how to enrol children in education. Ms Titulaer organised a meet and greet morning tea where migrants were asked what subjects they would like speakers on. The first they requested was information about getting a New Zealand driver licence. The next will be multicultural storytelling at Upper Hutt Library on Saturday, December 3, straight after the 2pm Upper Hutt Leader Santa Parade. The meet and greet morning teas will be at the library at 10am on the third Friday of each month. Ms Titulaer says the greatest challenge faced by migrants is getting their first job here as employers always place emphasis on New Zealand workforce experience. Another issue is CVs. Overseas they tend to be restricted to work-related information, but in New Zealand people also provide information on their interests and skills outside of paid employment. Her top advice to new migrants is to spend as much time as they can with New Zealanders rather than people who speak their own language or come from the same country. Ms Titulaer will be taking her turn at Upper Hutt Library s new hot seat desk on the second and fourth Friday of the month. A representative of the hot seat subject will be present. These have included Alzheimer s, water safety and genealogy. Hot seat subjects are listed at upperhutt city.com/library. Ms Titulaer is based at Upper Hutt Library and works 10am till 1pm Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. She is also available by appointment on 527 3132 and by emailing email@example.com. Ms Titulaer works closely with Lower Hutt s settlement support officer. Settlement support in the Hutt Valley also has its own Facebook page facebook.com/#!/pages/Settlement-Support-Hutt- Valley/149527961810012.
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