Eastern Courier : January 11th 2013
www.easterncourier.co.nz 2 EASTERN COURIER, JANUARY 11, 2013 NEWS Office Ph 272 7017 Fax 265 1285 Editor Janet Taylor email: email@example.com Sales Manager Stuart Palmer email: firstname.lastname@example.org Circulation Ph 525 2022 Fax 580 1648 email: email@example.com Classifieds Ph 525 2100 Fax 580 1643 email: firstname.lastname@example.org 40,639 Audited Circulation (ABC for 12mths to 31 Dec 11) Delivered each Wednesday/ Friday to Baverstock, Beachlands, Botany Downs, Bucklands Beach, Burswood, Cascades, Chapel Downs, Chapel Heights, Cockle Bay, Cumbria Downs, Dannemora, Donegal Park, East Tamaki, East Tamaki Heights, Eastern Beach, Edgewater, Farm Cove, Golflands, Half Moon Bay, Highland Park, Howick, Huntington Park, Maraetai, Mellons Bay, Mission Heights, Northpark, Ormiston, Pakuranga, Pakuranga Heights, Point View Park, Sacramento, Shamrock Park, Shelly Park, Somer ville, Sunnyhills, Toplands, Whitford. Includes Rural Delivery area: Howick RD. 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For professional yet affordable eye care & genuine, no-pressure advice... www.GaryFiler.co.nz Ph: (09) 262-1904 615 Great South Rd (cnr Cavendish Dr) Manukau Burns prompt warning National Burn Centre surgeons are urging peo- ple to be vigilant around barbecues and bonfires. The warning comes after the emergence of an alarming discovery -- lots of Kiwis use accelerants to get fires going. In the past couple of years this has resulted in an aston- ishing 462 hospital days for treatment of burns caused by bonfires and barbecues. Nearly all involved the use of accelerants. Of the 56 people admitted to the National Burn Centre -- which treats the most severe burn patients from across the country -- half suffered more than 10 per cent burns to their body. One person s burn injury involved more than 80 per cent of the body. Burn injuries can lead to lengthy hospital admissions and can require ongoing treat- ment for many years. National Burn Centre clinical leader Richard Wong She says cool run- ning water for at least 20 minutes is the best form of first aid. Remember to cool the burn wound but to keep the patient warm, he says. Effective first aid can make the difference between a burn which will heal and a burn which will require sur- gery. Dial 111 in an emer- gency. Average house prices increase The average price of homes sold in Auckland last year increased by $41,590 or 7.7 per cent to $584,715 when compared with 2011's average price. ''While this is the highest percentage increase in five years, it follows on three years of average price increases that failed to keep pace with the rate of inflation,'' Barfoot & Thompson managing director Peter Thompson says. ''December was another month of strong trading, with 920 sales at an average of $624,015. ''This was the highest number of sales in a December for eight years. ''The average price achieved remained high, with it being down less than $4000 on November's all- time record average price of $627,721,'' he says. ''The average price for each of the past three months has now exceeded $600,000, setting a new benchmark. ''While new listings in December are normally relatively low compared with the rest of the year, this December's new listings at 697 were exceptionally modest, and the lowest recorded in a month for the past decade. They were down 17.6 per cent on those for last December. ''It was also the first time in the past decade when we listed fewer homes in a month (697) than the number of homes sold (920). ''At the end of December we had only 3410 properties on our books, the lowest number since records have been kept, and 10.6 per cent lower than we had at the end of November,'' Mr Thompson says. ''December's trading followed the same trend experienced for most of the second half of 2012. ''With new listings and the total number of listings being at all- time lows, and with mortgage lending rates forecast to remain steady for the first half of 2013, the outlook for the early part of this year is for prices to hold on to the gains made in the last quarter of 2012.'' New era: The new Rainbow Warrior will be at Princes Wharf this weekend for free tours. Port call for Warrior The tale of the Rainbow Warrior is a New Zea- land legacy and now Aucklanders have the opportunity to climb aboard the new vessel. The state-of-the-art sailing ship will be doc- ked at Princes Wharf, opposite the Maritime Museum on January 12 to 13 and will be open to the public for free tours. Greenpeace New Zea- land executive director Bunny McDiarmid says New Zealanders have a connection to the Rain- bow Warrior not only because of her name- sake s past, but also because of what she rep- resents for our future. The Rainbow Warrior has been the heart and soul of Greenpeace global campaigning for more than 30 years. She s been raided, rammed, shot at and bombed but the spirit of the Rainbow Warrior is as strong as ever. At nearly 58 metres long, the innovative new Rainbow Warrior can sleep 32 people and cut through waves at 15 knots. The new ship was made from donations given worldwide, includ- ing more than $300,000 from generous New Zea- landers. Many Kiwis donated to the building of the new Rainbow Warrior so it s great to be able to show people what they made possible, she says. Visit rainbow- warrior.org.nz for more information about the free tours.
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