Eastern Courier : February 18th 2011
12 EASTERN COURIER, FEBRUARY 18, 2011 NEWS S A S A S the all new Volvo S60 valued at $63 990 P W Beinto P F a y - 1 a 11 a y y y a I'm ready for run says Brown By JESS CANN Get going: Mayor Len Brown is urging everyone to join him in the Ports of Auckland Round the Bays event on March 13. Mayor Len Brown has bounced back from his past health issues to declare him- self ready for the Ports of Auckland Round the Bays event on March 13. Mr Brown, who suffered a heart attack in 2008, has completely changed his rou- tine and lifestyle to prepare for the 8.4km fun run. "My heart attack gave me a new outlook on life, he says. Healthy food and regular exercise have now become an integral part of my daily life. I am fighting fit and healthy." The mayor has been hitting the pavement almost every day as part of a regular fit- ness routine as he trains for the event. Mr Brown says he will tackle the trek at a brisk and steady walking pace , and more than 40,000 like- minded people will be along- side him. He urges more Auck- landers to take part in the race. "It s in a beautiful, unique setting, out in the fresh air and hopefully sunshine, doing something great for your health and wellbeing. And you will be taking part in an iconic event which brings Aucklanders to- gether. Mr Brown says preparing for the Round the Bays has personal benefits as well. Exercise is great for your ongoing health and fitness, and it s also a great way to clear the mind and manage stress levels. And in the beauty of Auck- land, it s great for the soul too. Money raised from the 2010 event was donated to three charitable trusts. One recipient was the Ronald McDonald House, which provides shelter and much-needed support for families in need up and down the country. Kidney Kids, Koru Care, Waitemata Harbour Clean- Up and Fairfax First Books will benefit from money raised by Round the Bays this year. The entry fee is $15 for adults and $10 for children 16 and under. Head to www.roundthebays. co.nz for more information on how you can get involved. Listings at low level New listings for house sales are the lowest in a decade. Real estate company Barfoot & Thompson says the market is not favouring buyers or sellers. If there is a factor holding the market back it is the low level of new listings which are down across the region to levels not seen for a dec- ade, managing director Peter Thompson says. House sales in east Auckland during Janu- ary followed the regular pattern for the start of the year with the aver- age sale price of $519,000 being down 4 percent on the average price for the past 12 months. The summer holiday break regularly creates this early dip in January values, Mr Thompson says. But the key measure is the average sale price over the past 12 months which at $541,000 is running at the same level as last year s aver- age. Sales volumes are down but the average price is steady. The company s great- est areas of activity in January were Howick, Pakuranga and Flat Bush. Go to www.eastern courier.co.nz to see a clip from Sam Pills- bury's 1980 television documentary about the event.
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