Eastern Courier : July 13th 2011
10 EASTERN COURIER, JULY 13, 2011 OPINION Ever thought _ "I want a job that I really enjoy, that's really quite fun to do, where I meet a lot of interesting people. A job where I am out and about with a lot of variety and in an industry where my customers really want what I have to offer?" If this is you ring 0800 252736 An Exceed Maintenance Franchise provides this and more - a unique package enabling you to fulfil your own goals. Everywhere you look today you'll see aluminium joinery. Joinery that needs maintenance and repair. In 1991 Exceed Maintenance was formed to meet this need and now has a significant presence throughout New Zealand. Exceed has been the winner of several national Franchise Awards due to it's on-going successful business model. In fact in the last 12 months, Exceed's business has grown against home service sector trends by 26%, an amazing result in a recessionary market. Franchising is a business opportunity that has a 95% success rate compared to any other small business enterprise. Exceed is seeking practical energetic individuals, maybe from a trade background, who are looking for a chance to have control over their futures and are prepared to work hard and smart to live the dream of running their own business. With support and training, franchise holders will be involved in the care, repair and security of all windows doors and conservatories. The work-load is mainly the replacement of window componentry such as hinges, catches, locks, rollers and repair following burglaries. When buying an Exceed Franchise you will receive an exclusive territory. Even though you will be in business for yourself, you have the support of an extensive national network with proven business systems and technical support. You can also check us out on-line at www.exceed.co.nz. David Dovey, General Manager Exceed Maintenance. Franchise for sale - we fix windows and doors TAKE CHARGE OF YOUR LIFE A busy ESTABLISHED opportunity in Howick area for someone with an interest in WINDOW and DOOR Repairs.... Is this you? • Be part of the largest franchise in its market • Be self employed in a successful and well-established business • Join the growing home maintenance market We don't often have a franchise available in our business. Act now if you want to share in our success. Call 0800 25 27 36 or check us out on the web www.exceed.co.nz Advertisment Hold a Cuppa event and you'll help Alzheimers Auckland provide essential services. 33 people each day are diagnosed with dementia Cuppas are fun and easy to host - find out more on our website www.alzheimers.co.nz or phone 09 622 4230 3 Launch a career in Early Childhood Education 0800 22 44 38 Enrol now with MSL Training s Early Childhood Course • Gain two certificates in Early Childhood Education • Get real world experience with our mentor programme • Let our team help you into an industry career July Course Enrolling Now HURRY VERY LIMITED PLACES www.msltraining.co.nz 603 Great South Rd, Manukau Enrolling Now Tackling the world cup fine print Just who were the mindless, obsessed people who appar- ently assigned away features of our city and the country just for the sake of having this World Rugby Cup? I know Helen Clark was there in a specially-gifted All Blacks jersey. And so was the rugby big boss Jock Hobbs before his illness. Did they or anyone in the hysterically over-happy New Zealand delegation to London actually look at the small print on the tournament agreement they signed? Did anyone ask Auck- landers, for instance, before the deed was done, what they thought about the strong-arm organisation tactics that apparently had our proxy approval? Did anyone realise what effect the small text would have on the way our com- munity lives during those weeks of mayhem? Did any minister or MP see the consequences when Par- liament put the world cup script into law? To keep overseas rugby administrators happy, the almighty world cup organ- isers for instance, nearly gave a red card to the high hopes of New Plymouth s Westown Primary School. Previously unexplained cup trading rules could have cost the school thousands of dollars and all the essentials that cash might have bought. The school was almost officially sidelined from let- ting out its grounds to park 300 cars at $10 on each of the three afternoons when world cup footie is on at nearby Yar- row stadium. A small print ban, which the cup organisers say prohibits commercial enterprises within 500 metres of cup grounds, very nearly wiped out a harmless money-spinner and public service dating back to the great days when Taranaki was a shield-holder more than 50 years ago. Fortunately common sense prevailed and the school was granted a reprieve after the story burst into print. Commercial enterprise? Get real! It s the same set of draconian conditions blocking any advertising on shops or businesses in the clear zone around Eden Park -- except by the high-rolling event sponsors of course -- no street trading, no pamphlets, no selling of specials which aren t in normal run of stock, no non-RFC hoardings even in the transport routes into the clear zone . In the mailbag: From Beverley Bennett: Thought you might enjoy this interesting prayer given in Kansas at the opening session of their senate. It seems prayer still upsets some people. When minister Joe Wright was asked to open the new session of the Kansas Senate everyone was expecting the usual generalities, but this is what they heard: Heavenly Father, we come before you today to ask your forgiveness and to seek your direction and guidance. We know your word says woe to those who call evil good, but that is exactly what we have done. We have lost our spiritual equilibrium and reversed our values. We have exploited the poor and called it the lottery. We have rewarded laziness and called it welfare. We have killed our unborn and called it choice. We have shot abortionists and called it justifiable. We have neglected to disci- pline our children and called it building self-esteem. We have abused power and called it politics. We have coveted our neighbour s possessions and called it ambition. We have polluted the air with profanity and pornogra- phy and called it freedom of expression. We have ridiculed the time-honoured values of our forefathers and called it enlightenment. Search us, oh God, and know our hearts today; cleanse us from every sin and set us free. Amen ! My name is Katie. I have two little boys aged two and eight months. I was raised by a single mother who for the most part was loving, albeit in a violent relationship. I also was in a violent relationship from the age of 17 to 24. I fell pregnant to another man at the end of that relationship, and he was very supportive of me, even though I continued to see my ex who was still violent -- even though I was pregnant. Upon having my eldest son, my mother who is now a senior social worker, reminded me of some of the case studies she did while training and the stories we watched on TV together about some of these little angels you have written about. One of the things she really drummed into me was that these babies are at great risk of being abused by step- parents. With her ongoing support and the patience of my wha- nau and my kid s father I was able to break all ties to that horrible man, who I now know would have had no qualms in inflicting pain on my beautiful innocent son. As I said before we went on to have another baby. I read your website and sobbed the whole way through all of the descriptions of all of those babies deaths. I can under- stand and empathise how people can make some really bad decisions especially if they are uneducated and have little or no support, but I fail to comprehend how people can treat defenceless children like they are less than worthless. I am writing this email to you because you obviously have a passion for this cause, and as a survivor of all sorts of abuse and the woman responsible for two lives, I would like to put my hand up and offer my time to help you where I can. Or I would like to know whatIcandotohelpputan end to violence towards our tamariki! I am not a scholar or any- one important, and I know everyone has a sad story, but I love my children and believe that they all have the right to be safe, loved and fed. Thank you for making a stand! Nga mihi ki a koe (greetings to you in appreci- ation). Na Katie. Reader s opportunity: Write and give Katie ideas on worthwhile child causes. I ve just read your latest opinion piece -- how scam- mers tried to rob the quake victims. Love your suggested war cry Phish off, Spammers! as you press the delete key. Thanks again for highlighting the existing gov- ernment and non-profit websites out there for Fairfax readers. We plan to up the edu- cational resources around cyber security over the coming months once funding comes through, so do keep in touch if you have concerns over other techie issues as we re always happy to help. -- Chris Hails, senior cyber- safety consultant About the letter from pen- sioners in Panmure over thieves stealing their lemons. The solution may seem a bit radical but it works. The next time the lemons are green on the tree cut them off. The low life will no doubt be disappointed but I bet they won t come back again. I ve tried it and it works. -- Ron Carroll, Hill- crest To contact Pat Booth email firstname.lastname@example.org or write care of this newspaper. All replies are open for publication unless marked Not For Publication.
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