Western Leader : January 21st 2011
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Retaining 150 x 50 H4 Sawn ..............$4.00 pm incl gst Decking 100 x 25 Tan Merch from .....$1.30 pm incl gst Fencing H3 1.8m pailings ...................$2.55 ea incl gst Fast Set Concrete 25kg ......................$10.95 ea incl gst Cement Holcim 25kg ..........................$10.10 ea incl gst Nails 100 x 40 galv falt 5kg ................$28.75 per box incl gst Gun nails 90 Galv 3000 + gas ............$149.50 per box incl gst Feedback on liquor bill By MICHELLE COOKE There s one month left to have your say on major proposed changes to liquor legislation. The government is calling for submissions on its Alcohol Reform Bill, which had its first reading passed in parlia- ment in November. Suggestions include changes to the legal drinking age, the alcohol content in RTDs and alcohol outlets trading hours. Thousands of people are expected to make written and oral submissions on the bill, which is the first major alcohol-related legis- lation since the 1989 Sale of Liquor Act. Alcohol Healthwatch health promotion adviser Christine Rogan says the submission process is a once in a generation opportunity . Any citizen that has a concern about their com- munity s wellbeing and access to alcohol -- now is the time to be heard, she says. Ms Rogan encourages people to make a sub- mission on what is proposed but also on what hasn t been proposed. She says the govern- ment had the oppor- tunity to propose an increase on excise tax on alcohol, lower the blood- alcohol limit for drivers and impose greater restrictions on price and marketing. It s important to get the message across that there is more the govern- ment should be doing they didn t go far enough. A select committee will assess the government s proposals and the pub- lic s submissions and respond to parliament with its recommenda- tions in May. Parties will then vote on the recommendations. MPs will vote indi- vidually on the proposal of a split purchase age. The changes con- tained in the bill will fundamentally change the way our drinking is regulated, Mr Power said. Go to www.parliamen- t.govt.nz or www.ahw. org.nz to find out more about the bill or to make a submission. Submissions close on February 18. Rock wall job worries By NICOLA MURPHY Disappointed: Viliami and Ana Maria Hifo were dismayed to find their rock wall was filled with pieces of timber. Photo: NICOLA MURPHY Viliami and Ana Maria Hifo thought they were getting a good deal on a rock wall for their Avon- dale property. But the couple ended up in a three-month dis- pute over the standard of workmanship with the firm that built it. Now they want to pre- vent the same experience happening to others. The Hifos employed Rock Star Stonemason Ltd of Mangere for the job. The wall was near completion when Mr Hifo says he noticed part of it was crooked and asked the labourers to fix it. As they were taking it apart the couple noticed there was timber in the middle of the wall. They were pretty shocked when they saw it, their son Nuku says. The Hifos took Rock Star Stonemason to the disputes tribunal and it was ordered to pay back $2825 of the $3200 deposit the Hifos paid. The tribunal also ordered the firm to take down the wall. The council had pre- viously fined Rock Star Stonemason $750 for non-compliance with its regulations for working on public land. Rock Star Stonemason owner Lile Lavulavu says he didn t know the workers were using wood in the wall and the mat- ter is now resolved. Director of another stonemason company Len Lavas says wood should never be used inside a rock wall. When it rains the wood expands and forces the wall apart, he says. Mr Lavas says walls built with wood inside could end up on a lean or falling over. He recommends ask- ing to see examples of a stonemason s work and getting names and con- tact phone numbers of past clients so you can call them for feedback. Auckland Council li- censing and compliance manager James Jeffer- son says any residents who are concerned about work by stonemason con- tractors can call the council to speak to a compliance officer.
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