Eastern Courier : November 3
3 EASTERN COURIER, NOVEMBER 3, 2010 NEWS THE 18th ANNUAL 24 HOUR BOOK FAIR ASB STADIUM Noon Saturday to Noon Sunday 6 - 7 November 2010. Corner Kepa Road and Kohimarama Road, Kohimarama. Upwards of 60,000 second-hand books for sale. Tables stocked throughout the night A Percentage of the proceeds go to: Lions Projects within the Auckland District ASB Stadium Kohimarama 24 hr Great Auckland Bargain Book Fair 6 GREAT SOUTH RD, TAKANINI * SPRING ROSES Bush & Climbers ....$20 * Stunning POTTED COLOURS only $1 * Pittosporum Hedging 7 varieties $10 ICEBERG Std Rose ................$35 Griselinia hedge ........$2, $5, $10 Fruit Trees avail from ............$28 RHUBARBS...............$5, $9, $10 Veges & Flower seedlings ... $1, $3 Lavenders ..... $2.50, $5, $7, $14 Camellias .................$4, $7, $17 Queen Palm..............$5, $9, $19 Basil, Cucumber, Capsicum, Chilli, Courgette, Melons, Kumi kumi .............................$2 ICE-Plant 6Vars ......................$3 KUMARA Red(bundle of 25s).....$5 Strawberries...............$3, $4, $7 Chunky Scented Gardenias.$3, $8 OLIVE J5 1.2m -1.4m only .......$5 NSW Waratahs, Protea, Leucadendron from ...............$14 GRAFTED Tomatoes ............$7,$9 Huge Ranges of BIG TREES from2m,4m&6m TOMATOES........... $1, $2, $3, $8 Magnolia Little Gem .2m+ only ....................................$50 Deciduous: Maples, Magnolia Gleditsia, Crabapple etc Yucca Elephanttipes.................$9 ($10 Canes) We will provide wholesale quotes for large jobs On Great South Road 200m north of the Takanini motorway junction. 8am-5pm 7 days We Deliver Throughout Auckland 09 264 0671 THE PLANT MARKET 3096965AA Affordable, Flexible In-Home Childcare PORSE Howick Ph 273 9790 w w w.PORSE.co.nz Home is best for children! 3158582AE Guy Fawkes a fright night for animals By JESSIE COLQUHOUN Guy Fawkes is anything but fun for pets. The bright lights and loud noises can frighten cats, dogs and horses and the SPCA is reminding people to be responsible when letting off fireworks this Guy Fawkes. We'd really prefer people just go to public displays and not do them at home,'' chief inspector Vicki Border says. Every year the SPCA has to deal with frightened pets who are injured after run- ning away from the sound of fireworks. Cats and dogs have been hit by cars after running on to the road and horses have died jumping through fences when fireworks have been set off in nearby paddocks. People have to realise what animals hear is way louder than what people hear,'' Ms Border says. The fleeing animals often go missing and Ms Border says the SPCA's missing animal register doubles in size over Guy Fawkes. It also has to deal with more than petrified pets, she says. Sometimes we see animal cruelty too. People do stupid things with fireworks.'' She recommends owners keep their pets indoors dur- ing the night. And if you've got neighbours with pets show some courtesy and let them know when you're planning to set off fireworks,'' she says. Ms Border urges anyone who sees people doing unsightly'' things with fire- works and animals to let the SPCA know. Saucy, spirited shop By MATT BOWEN Family business: Sarah Dodson with her mother Mavis Griffiths in Auckland's top shop for 2010. Photo: MATT BOWEN ' We want everyone to walk out with a smile even if they don't have a bag full of product. ' Sarah Dodson THERE'S quite a story be- hind the goodies on sale at the Prenzel shop. It involves a fugitive distil- ling apparatus smuggled into Switzerland and a unique idea that took root in Blen- heim. But that yarn had nothing to do with the Botany Town Centre store claiming the highest accolade at this year's Top Shop Retail Excellence Awards. Mother-daughter team Mavis Griffiths and Sarah Dodson outshone 121 retail finalists from across the region to be named Auck- land's top shop. And it's a tasty one. Customers can sample the assortment of artisan liqueurs, vinaigrettes, infused oils, sauces and spirits before making a pur- chase. The judges were impressed by the treasure chest of interesting product ranges'' as well as the warm and friendly'' service and homely'' atmosphere. The tastings were also a hit. It's not just walking in and getting: Hi, how are you today?','' Mrs Dodson says. We want everyone to walk out with a smile even if they don't have a bag full of prod- uct.'' The Botany shop started trading in 2008 on the back of their successful Whitford business of the same name that opened in 2004. All Prenzel goods use natu- ral ingredients and are New Zealand made -- that's an important'' point for Mrs Dodson. She says everything is imported offshore now. And it's keeping people employed. There's some incredible creativity here, some incredible minds and foodies. Why do we need to go offshore for that?'' Not now, at least, thanks to that fugitive distilling appar- atus from Alsace. Alouette, as it became known, had been in hiding since the French government outlawed artisanal stills fol- lowing World War Two. It was unearthed from a widow's cellar then smuggled across the Swiss border and shipped to New Zealand. It came to rest in Marlbor- ough where the Alsatian tra- dition of fruit brandies con- tinued. Today the fruity brews are shipped north in bottles to be sold by Mrs Dodson and her mother alongside other specialty products. Visit www.theprenzel shop.co.nz for details. IN BRIEF It's a wrap Enterprising Manukau has had its day. Its doors closed last week after 20 years. It reopened on Monday under a new banner -- the Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development Agency. Enterprising Manukau chairman Matthew Horton says the same faces will be at the same place ''for the time being''. ''We think it has made a difference and hope that our work will be carried on by a new board of trustees appointed by Auckland city.'' Art contest Estuary artworks is back on for 2011. The art competition run by Uxbridge Creative Centre and Tamaki Estuary Pollution Steering Group is into its fifth year with $8000 prize money for the winner. The aim of the competition is to boost awareness and appreciation of the estuary's natural, cultural and geological features and to motivate communities to work together for its protection, enhancement and restoration. The winning artwork will be announced at the exhibition opening on February 10. The winner receives the prize money from the Auckland Regional Council, as well as a solo exhibition at Uxbridge in 2012. Estuary Artworks 2011 is open to all New Zealand residents with 2D and 3D artworks. Works must not measure more than 1500mm high, long or wide. Email exhibitions@ uxbridge.org.nz, call 535-6467 or visit www.uxbridge.org.nz for details. Motat mystery Get the family along to the new Motat mystery weekend experience. Kids can follow the clues from a map and solve rhyming riddles to uncover artefacts from the 1950s. Normal admission charges apply. A family pass is $35. Visit www.motat.org.nz for information.
November 5th 2010