Eastern Courier : April 20th 2011
18 EASTERN COURIER, APRIL 20, 2011 NEWS Now you can use your hampsta card at over 1,000 stores nationwide! Texts cost 20 cents Call the freephone 0800 364 364, text 'sub' to 364 or go to www.hampsta.co.nz. Friendly service: Gary Alway and Nyra, one of the Hampsta call centre operators. Advertisement Hamsters are famous for being good at saving things until they really need them. Well, think hamster, think Christmas, and you've got Hampsta, the first Christmas savings plan of its kind anywhere in the world. Hampsta grew out of a concern that people who entrusted their savings to certain schemes were left unprotected when things went wrong. From its small beginnings, helping people to save securely and get full value for items for their Christmas table, Hampsta has grown into a shopping system that is simple to understand and operate, a safe and trusted way to save for the things your family want -- shopping with 21 of New Zealand's biggest and best-loved retailers. General manager Gary Alway says the key to Hampsta's success is the protection it affords members. "Every cent you save goes into an independent Public Trust account, to be loaded onto your own personal eftpos-style card so that when it comes to Christmas you are in control -- spending your own money on whatever you want.'' Under New Zealand consumer law, savers have little protection against hamper or voucher schemes if that business goes into receivership -- which is why the trust account is so important to the Hampsta concept. It's the first in the world to protect members' funds through a Crown-owned trust organisation. "We don't handle your money or have access to it,'' Gary says, "nor do we deliver boxes or vouchers. We give you an eftpos card to shop with at New Zealand's leading retail stores where you can get the best choice and the best value.'' The stores are all trusted names in apparel, sports goods, home entertainment, appliances, homewares, food, liquor, toys, cosmetics, jewellery and much more. "We're thrilled by the support given to us by the major retailers,'' Gary observes, pointing out that the Hampsta cards can be used from December 1 right through until January 10 -- including Christmas, New Year and all those summer sales. "It's a great assistance during a time of real pressure on family finances,'' Gary says. "After Christmas, people tell us it's the best they've ever had.'' The minimum weekly saving is $15 per week, and you can start anytime. It's simple to join -- call the freephone 0800 364 364, text 'sub' to 364 or go to www.hampsta.co.nz. *If you join now you'll get $50 added to your Hampsta account -- offer lasts until April 29th. The choice is yours next Christmas! *See www.hampsta.co.nz for Terms and conditions. Want a great job in the Airline, Travel and Tourism Industries?! 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After surviving the quake the young couple decided to trade in life on the mainland for a new home in Auckland. Now that they're settled they're keen to help Cantabrians who want to move. I remember wanting to get in there and help pull people out, but I had to focus on looking after my wife and my daugh- ter,'' Mr Scott says. And then I thought what can we do to help? I thought about what we were going through and how stressful it can be and we came up with this.'' Mr and Mrs Scott have just launched Quake Matez, a voluntary ser- vice to help Cantabrians who are relocating -- whether it's sourcing long-term accommo- dation, a job, furniture, schools, transport or even just some company. I'm willing to even have people over for cof- fee because I know how lonely it can be,'' Mrs Scott says. We've been there. We know what people are going through, we know how they're feeling and we know the kind of things they need because we have had to start from scratch,'' Mr Scott says. An actor by trade, Mr Scott is now working for Massey University as a phone interviewer. Mrs Scott is a fulltime mum to four-month-old Sapphire Rose The couple has made Quake Matez a free ser- vice for people from Christchurch but have hopes that eventually it might become a paid ser- vice for people relocating to Auckland from any- where in the world. Go to the Quake Matez facebook page, call 027-293-2825 or visit quakematez.yolasite.com for more information. A golf day for a cause A corporate golf day will raise money for Home and Family Counselling. There will be great prizes to be won at the May 5 event at the Muriwai Golf Club. Home and Family Coun- selling provide counsel- ling services on a donation-only basis. Go to www.homeand family.org.nz for infor- mation and registration.
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