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Upper Hutt Leader : December 14th 2011
2 UPPER HUTT LEADER, DECEMBER 14, 2011 NEWS 4204286AA Delivered to 21,740 Homes and Businesses throughout Upper Hutt, Stokes Valley, Manor Park and Haywards Cnr Pine Ave and Queen Street, Upper Hutt Ph 528 9654 Now available online at: www.uhleader.co.nz Our Top Ten Stories on: stuff.co.nz go to Newspapers/Upper Hutt Leader Order Photos online at: pix.ccn.co.nz The Upper Hutt Leader is published by Central Community Newspapers, a division of Fairfax New Zealand Ltd, and printed at 35 Bouverie St, Petone. The registered office of Fairfax New Zealand Ltd is 40 Boulcott St, Wellington MANAGER: Jenny Russell firstname.lastname@example.org DDI 527 2422 EDITOR: Rosemary McLennan email@example.com Ph: 528 9654 SPORTS EDITOR: ColIn Williams firstname.lastname@example.org DDI: 527 2427 NEWS: Jimmy Ness email@example.com DDI 527 2428 FOR ADVERTISING: Sandra McIver Advertising Consultant firstname.lastname@example.org DDI 527 2423 Rick Clapham Advertising Consultant email@example.com DDI 527 2424 CLASSIFIED ADVERTISING: Classified: firstname.lastname@example.org Ph: 528 9654 Fax: 528 3021 Porirua Mega Centre - Semple St, PORIRUA Ph: 9225830 68 Queen Street, UPPER HUTT Ph: 04 894 3654 28 Rutherford Street, LOWER HUTT Ph: 901-8030 Christmas Made Easy! MORTEN BAY 3+2+1+ FOOTSTOOL LOUNGE SUITE EVERYTHING FOR YOUR HOME 8111 WAS $304997 NOW $159997 SAVE $1450 HURRY, TODAY ONLY! 4253445AA Talking Real Estate with Steve Slicker Hi folks, As a vendor, it's worth remembering that the relationship between vendor and agent works best if there is an open line of communication. If the relationship breaks down, the sale outcome is usually affected and at this stage vendors often blame agents for a host of small things that could have been remedied early in the relationship. Professional agents will encourage vendors to be frank from the outset, as the first two weeks of marketing can set the scene for a positive relationship -- or its opposite. The problem is that many of the issues that a rise seem at the time too small to mention -- the signboa rd is in the wrong spot or is crooked, the agent keeps bringing purchasers in through the side balcony door instead of the front door, or perhaps she turns up with a purchaser with only sixty minutes' notice instead of several hours. These issues may seem too small to worry about at the time but often add up to lack of confidence in the agent, especially if the market is quiet and there aren't many inspections. Many people prefer to grumble amongst themselves rather than confront the agent with so small a misdemeanor, but professional agents will want to get it right and will appreciate your input. They understand that although they sell houses every day, most of their clients will do it only a few times in a lifetime and that they find it very stressful. Many people find it hard to be critical until something happens that is serious enough to make them lose their temper -- and by then the relationship is hard to salvage. While it's up to the agent to check whether the vendor is happy with the way the inspections are progressing, vendors can help by mentioning the little things and giving the agent a chance to get it right in the long term interests of a successful sale. 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)2126787 0275 661 949 Advertorial 3410711AA • Ear Hygiene • Discharging Ears • Dermatitis • No referral necessary For Adults and Children For appointments Ph 0800 100 833 for Clinics in Wellington CBD, Lower Hutt and Johnsonville Or 04 212 5263 for Clinics in Upper Hutt, Mana and Kilbirnie www.earhealth.co.nz Resthome clinics by appointment Removal of wax by micro-suction 4237944AA Community's generosity shines Brotherly love: Ben, 4, and George Crocker, 3, explore one of dozens of gifts donated to the Upper Hutt Red Cross toy appeal by generous locals. New Christmas gifts for children aged from 0 to 14 are sought. They will be distributed to local agencies via Upper Hutt Red Cross. Suitable gifts include games, sports gear, books, colouring pencils, jewellery, cosmetics and toiletries. Wrapping paper would also be appreciated. Drop them off at the Upper Hutt Leader by this Friday, December 16 (when the office closes) or next week to Red Cross in Princes St. One Upper Hutt group has ditched secret Santa presents for each other in favour of buying for the toy appeal and brought in boxes of goodies last week. Photo: ROSEMARY McLENNAN Our holiday office hours The Upper Hutt Leader office at 28 Pine Ave will close at 5pm this Friday for Christmas. Our paper will continue to be dis- tributed each week. While our team is having a break, much of our local content will be replaced by summer feature stories prepared by our reporters and those from our sister papers. Classified advertising for the issue of Wednesday, December 21, closes at 2pm tomorrow (Thursday). Classified advertising for the issues of Wednesdays, December 28 and January 4, closes at 3pm tomorrow. Our team wishes you a happy fes- tive season. Our office will reopen on Wednesday, January 4. Attempted sex case in court A man accused of planning to kidnap and rape an Upper Hutt teen has gone on trial in the High Court in Wellington. Justin Ames Johnston, 41, was found outside the sleepout of the girl, 16, on July 19 last year. The family's name is suppressed. Johnston has pleaded not guilty to charges of attempted sexual viol- ation and threatening to do grievous bodily harm. The court was told the girl did not know the man was on the property. The girl's father found the man crouching near the sleepout when he went to get firewood about 7.30pm. He chased the man through neigh- bouring properties, pulled him down from a fence he was trying to climb and held him in a choke hold. Helettheholdgotobangona door to get people to call police. The man then threatened him with what appeared to be a garden hand fork and ran off. Police arrived and Johnston was tracked down and bitten by a police dog. Timber mill to close by March -- 40 jobs to go The Eurocell timber mill opposite Maidstone Park will close by March, causing the loss of up to 40 jobs. Operations at the Ranex Group- owned mill will be phased out between now and March, with only a small sales office to remain in Upper Hutt. The Ranex Group said a lack of pick up from the Christchurch rebuild, trouble with sourcing affordable logs, a weak housing sector and competition from exporters of raw logs were factors in its closure. A union for wood processing workers, FIRST Union, is asking how many more mills will close before the Government admits there is a crisis. We estimate 1200 jobs had been lost since 2008 in the wood processing industry,'' FIRST general secretary Robert Reid said. The Government cannot sit back and do nothing.''
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