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Kindy Christmas: Having received her lollypop from Father Christmas, Corbyn
Coles was keen to show the residents of Coombrae her progress book.
Corbyn was one of 35 Makino Kindy kids who entertained Coombrae
residents to a Christmas concert last week. This kindy concert has been a
tradition for over a decade, with the children performing Christmas action
Photo: Bobbie Nicholls
Brand new banking: Customer service consultants Lee-Ann Hodgson and Julie Coleman are impressed with the smart new
look and security measures at Marton's BNZ.
Photo: LAURA WALTERS
BNZ embraces digital
age with makeover
By LAURA WALTERS
The Marton Bank of New Zealand has
received a new look and new tech-
nologies as part of a $200 million
The team at BNZ opened the doors
to their refurbished store on High St
on Monday, and held a special morn-
ing tea last week for customers to cel-
ebrate the store s new look.
The bank had been operating out of
its purpose-built Marton branch since
Store manager Janice Watson said
she was grateful to locals who had
been co-operative during the bank s
We re really pleased to be a part of
the Marton community and can t wait
to share our new store with every-
one, she said.
The national investment offered
customers an innovative experience,
with digital signage replacing the tra-
ditional window poster displays, and
a lighter, brighter and more modern
layout in all of their stores, Ms Wat-
Other features added to the store
included internet access, and video
conferencing facilities to link BNZ s
small business customers with
specialists in the small business hub.
Incorporating new security tech-
nologies was also an integral part of
the design. These included high defi-
nition CCTV, and time-locked cash
dispensers, she said.
Customer service consultant Lee-
Ann Hodgson said the Marton branch
had not had a proper face-lift in the
past 20 years.
The branch was more user-friendly
now, she said.
The old design had the tellers
behind plastic security walls.
Even though the walls had gone,
the security had been up-graded to
become more stringent, but less vis-
Long-time customers were blown
away by the bank s make-over, Ms
Summer concerts start on New Year's Eve
By LAURA WALTERS
Palmerston North s summer concert
series will kick off with the New
Year s Eve concert in The Square, and
will carry on into March next year.
Next year will be the first time one
of the summer concerts has been held
at the Massey Oval on Massey
University s Turitea campus.
The events, funded by the Palmer-
ston North City Council, are run by
Lancewood Events owner Karen
Heaphy said the Massey venue is
ideal, and it is underused. I don t
think people realise what s out there,
It s a really neat environment.
The bands playing at the Massey
Oval concert on February 5, and the
Fitzherbert Park concert on March 4,
have not been confirmed yet.
But Ms Heaphy said the bands
would be from New Zealand.
The New Year s Eve concert starts
at 5pm in The Square with local
The headlining acts for this year s
concert will be the Wellington musical
theatre pop-soul-funk band Poppy
Dust, and Palmerston North covers
band Cherry Bomb.
Ms Heaphy said the difference in
this year s concert would be a special
children s countdown at 9pm.
The New Year s Eve concert is an
alcohol-free family event.
In the past it has attracted from
10,000 to 12,000 people.
Ms Heaphy said she was expecting
a good turnout at this summer s con-
certs as well.
The annual Esplanade Day will
also be part of Palmerston North s fun
and free summer activities. The day
of local acts, activities, and food stalls
will be held on February 26 at the
Esplanade Day will also have a
headlining act, something it had not
had in the past, Ms Heaphy said.
The plan was to make it into a mini
The Festival of Cultures will round
up the summer concert and events
series in Palmerston North on March
23 and 24.
The festival includes a world food
and craft fair, and performances.
The performances will be by music
and dance groups, and individuals
from different cultures.
It will be a chance for refugees and
different cultural groups in the com-
munity to showcase their customs to
the Palmerston North community.
Ms Heaphy said people need to
watch out for more information on
these concerts and events closer to
For more information visit pncc.govt.
nz or lancewoodevents.co.nz
Kowhai makes return on collectors' coins
New Zealand Post has begun a new
chapter in its highly successful series
of collectors coins featuring our
national symbol -- the kiwi -- lovingly
pictured in pure gold and pure silver.
We expect a warm reception for
these coins based on their intrinsic
beauty and on the popularity of the
Icons of New Zealand coin series we
issued between 2008 and 2010,
Simon Allison, the sales and market-
ing manager of New Zealand Post s
coins business says.
The earlier Icons series featured a
kiwi alongside [respectively] a map of
New Zealand , the Southern
Cross  and the silver fern
. Those coins made their way to
collections all around the world -- with
the map coin selling out completely
and only small quantities of the
others available on our website.
The 2012 coins -- which have just
been released -- are the first entry in
a new three-part series called Kiwi
Treasures -- which will be released
between now and 2013.
The 2012 entry in this series are
stunningly beautiful coins -- with the
tails side shared equally between our
most famous natural treasure, the
kiwi, and iconic New Zealand flower,
The second and third entries in the
Kiwi Treasures series will come out
at the end of next year and at the end
of 2013 respectively, and each will
feature the much-loved kiwi alongside
a different natural treasure.
Kowhai's triumphant return
The decision to feature the kowhai on
the 2012 coin will be a blast from the
past for anyone who remembers two-
cent coins. Every two-cent coin fea-
tured the kowhai as its tails side --
and the 2012 Kiwi Treasures coin is
the first legal tender coin to feature
the kowhai since 1990, when two-cent
coins were withdrawn from circu-
lation, Simon Allison says.
The kowhai coins have increased
greatly in value and prestige. Three
variations of the 2012 coin have been
released -- two are one ounce pure
silver coins which are 40 millimetres
across, while the third is a quarter
ounce pure gold and measures 26mm
across. The entry level pure silver
specimen coin has a face value of $1
and sells for $79. It is available in a
limited edition of 13,500.
The pure silver proof coin has the
same face value ($1), but the engrav-
ing is more strongly 3D, featuring
both polished and frosted highlights.
Just 5000 will be available at $129
The rarest and most valuable coin
is made from pure gold -- certified as
0.9999. Only 950 of these $10 face
value coins will be made available.
The gold coin will sell for $895.
Simon Allison says: The 2c coin
with a bulging handful being barely
enough to buy a sandwich. By con-
trast these new Kiwi Treasures
kowhai coins are truly stunning
limited-edition collectors pieces -- to
be kept and passed on to future
generations, or to be proudly put on
display, he said.
The 2012 Kiwi Treasures kowhai
coins are available now through selec-
ted New Zealand PostShop stores, at
REAL Aotearoa stores in Auckland
and Wellington, online at nzcoins.
co.nz, or by phoning 0800 NZ COINS
(0800 692 646).
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