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Feilding Christian Leaders Network
323 4026 or 323 7050
Tuesdays 9.15 & 10.30am
Minister: Rev Rilma Sands
06 323 8654
(St Pauls - PCANZ)
Graeme Turnbull Ph (06) 323 4366
Cnr Church & Grey Sts
The Hub Church
meets at the
St John Ambulance building,
10:30am on Sundays
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An investment you can live in!
Like it or not, property has been one of the best
performing investments over time in New Zealand.
In Feilding, house properties have approximately
doubled in value every 8 years on average, over the last
40 years. What was worth $7,000 in 1971 is worth about
$224,000 today. Even in the last 8 years which includes
the biggest downturn in recent history, the median sale
price calculated over 3 months has increased from $111,000 in mid 2003
to $220,500 today. If you had purchased in 2003 with a 10% deposit, and
borrowed the rest, your equity would have increased from say $11,000 to
about $125,000 which includes some reduction in your table mortgage.
That is an eleven fold increase!!!
We love to own our own homes and investment properties because of
the great investment and leverage qualities, and the banks are very
keen to lend us money. Would they lend you money for other investment
products? We don't have capital gains tax!
Over and above the investment qualities, your property will keep your
family (or another family) dry and warm. You can live in it, and raise
a family - be Lord and Lady of your very own Manor. You can paint it,
add a deck, improve the kitchen, landscape it, plant a garden and put
paintings on the wall, have a party, and know that if you pay the mortgage
repayments you won't be evicted. You can't do these things with a share
certificate! We are not a nation of great savers, and for most of us, paying
off a mortgage is the best and easiest way of saving for the future.
Buy now as we are at the bottom of the cycle which is when the prudent
investors buy. I can help. Just give me a call.
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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
Birds in a state
I used to live in fair Feilding and agree,
it is the friendliest and cleanest of
towns -- something to be very proud of.
On the weekend I returned to visit
friends, and as I was early, decided to
visit Kowhai Park.
I must say the cleanest and
friendliest issue appears not to extend
to its poor feathered inmates.
Starting at the budgies cage, green
moss was growing over the blocks and
posts indicating cold, damp and much
shade, along to the red rumps cage
only to find them all busy scratching
and chewing at their feet and feathers
-- a mite infestation?
Moving rather hastily along by now
to the poor old cockatoos -- one dear
specimen with his back, thighs and
chest missing great clumps of feathers
wearily climbed the cage to usher a few
raspy good mornings . It was
tragically sad -- these birds I am told
depressing thought, hopefully he
doesn t know that!
The cockatiels were a little better,
scratching but at least feathers were
The beautiful red rosella has an
undershot jaw, how he manages to eat
I don t know. It was really hard to see
these beautiful creatures in such
conditions. I couldn t look into any
more of the cages offered.
I came away from there most
depressed for the state of these
critters, thus the letter.
I am sure most of these birds are
native to Australia which I imagine to
be fairly warm and dry, with vast skies
to fly in. All the cages were in shade
from the mass of trees surrounding
them, there was no stimulation for
them other than their friends, I m not
sure who was more depressed, me or
I think it s great we are able to have
such beautiful creatures available to
admire but I think we need to be more
responsible for their wellbeing and
upkeep -- surely it s cruel not to.
The New Zealand Secondary School
Minibike Racing Club planning
committee wish to thank the Feilding
area sponsors; Central Auto Parts,
Costal Machinery, Gary Worsley
Motorcycles, Mitre 10, PML and Repco
for the help and assistance provided for
the recent Mini Moto GP meeting at
A special thank you to the race day s
supporters Feilding Host Lions,
Manfeild management and staff,
Motorsport Manawatu, Mara
Marketing, Tim Gibbs track timing
and Trade Tools.
Thank you also to Feilding High
School, the students parents,
grandparents and supporters for their
considerable efforts before and on the
The event was a great success with
280 competitors from the Auckland
region to the Nelson region taking
part. Planning has commenced for the
October 2012 event.
Jandal Day appeal
Surf Life Saving's annual appeal day,
National Jandal Day, is fast
To get behind National Jandal Day,
wear your jandals on Friday December
2 and make a donation to a worthy
Both Feilding and Taihape have one of
19 Lotto players to share in the second
division prize, winning $13,349 each.
The Feilding ticket was purchased from
Smith's Pharmacy, and the Taihape
ticket bought from Spacey's Video
Give Santa a call
Santa will be on call this Christmas,
with the much-loved tradition of
Telecom's Santaline back to capture
the nation's wish lists for 2011. Not
only will there be telephone boxes to
phone the North Pole set up at the
Telecom Christmas Trees in Auckland,
Wellington and Christchurch, but the
national 0800 number is open and free
from any New Zealand landline or
mobile on 0800 222 222. An annual
tradition since 1993, nearly a million
Kiwis leave their wishes for Santa on
the Telecom Santaline which is open
24 hours, seven days a week. Wishes
can also be submitted online at
Free buses make shopping a breeze
Horizons Regional Council is
encouraging shoppers to save their
parking pennies by hopping on a
free weekend bus in the lead up to
To help reduce the stress of
finding a park this silly season, all
Palmerston North buses supported
by Horizons will be free each
Saturday and Sunday up to Decem-
ber 17 and 18 as well as Christmas
Free buses will also operate in
Whanganui and Feilding on the
Saturdays of these weekends and
additional home-only services will
operate in Palmerston North after
the Christmas Parade, December 3.
Horizons transport manager
Anne Redgrave is encouraging
people to make use of the free ser-
It s a great opportunity for those
yet to try the public bus services, to
jump on board and see just how easy
it is to travel by bus. It s also a nice
little gift for our regular
passengers, she said.
Ms Redgrave said the number of
people using public transport in
both Manawatu and Whanganui is
We ve been making continual
improvements to our public trans-
port networks over the last few
years and this is reflected in higher
passenger numbers. Patronage has
increased by 61 per cent in Palmer-
ston North, 41 per cent in Feilding
and 24 per cent in Whanganui over
the past three years, she said.
For more information see Horizons
website horizons.govt.nz or call free
phone number 0508 800 800.
With less than a month until the Christmas holiday
period begins, businesses and organisations are
being urged to ensure they are prepared for public
holiday entitlements and shutdown periods.
The Department of Labour has issued information
advising people about the public holiday
entitlements this year -- with Christmas Day and
New Year s Day falling on a Sunday.
Employees are entitled to up to four public
holidays during the festive season, depending on
their work or shift pattern, says the Department s
general manager business process and innovation,
We have updated our advice online for employers
and employees so they can check their entitlements
and clarify when the public holidays are observed,
Ms Mellor says.
There will also be differences for casual and on-
call workers and so a holidays and leave tool has
been developed to work out employee entitlements.
In 2010 an amendment to the Holidays Act saw
changes to the treatment of holidays and leave dur-
ing a mandatory closedown or shutdown period.
This means that if your business shuts down dur-
ing the Christmas and new year period with
employees away on annual holidays then those
employees are entitled to be paid for any public
holidays that they would have otherwise have
worked if the business was operating, Ms Mellor
We would strongly urge all employers to ensure
proper processes are in place to ensure business
continuity during the festive season and to make
sure employees are aware of their entitlements.
Can-do attitude pays off
Caring: Ruahine medical centre staff,
from left, Amanda Bolton, Leanne Curtis,
Janine Cuming, Dr Julian Ashburner and
Jill Harding. Missing are Ngaire Leins,
Jan Teikamata and Marina Kitto, Drs
Rennie Young and Amjim Darr.
Photo: BOBBIE NICHOLLS
Ruahine Medical Centre has a
staff of 11, most of whom are
part-time receptionists and
practice nurses. During the
Little Cans of Care -- food bank
appeal they contributed an
average of 23 items, which gives
them the highest number of
items contributed per staff
member in the collection. They
also achieved the same status
AMI staff averaged 20 items
per staff member and were also
runner-up last year.
Practice nurse Leanne Curtis
said as a medical practice they
see first hand the product of
struggling families who find it
very difficult to buy food or to
access medical care.
We thought it is something
good we can do to help, she
This is the second year the
Little Cans of Care campaign
has run, asking Feilding busi-
nesses to donate food to the Sal-
vation Army and Manchester
House food banks.
Young enterprise: Joan Ford of the Feilding Herald, left with Zak Rodgers, Niki
Cumings and Mitchell Jones from North Street School after their visit to businesses
to sell morning tea items as a fundraiser. The students have been busy fundraising
for a trip to the Hawke's Bay on December 6 and 7. The group will stay at the National
Aquarium and visit the Holt Planetarium and Splash Planet. So far the fundraising has
raised $550. Last week they were at Farmers' Market selling rocky road, lolly kebabs
and handmade cards that the kids have made and sold morning tea items to various
businesses around town.
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