Western Leader : March 1st 2011
17 WESTERN LEADER, MARCH 1, 2011 NEWS 31 Constellation Drive Monday to Friday 9am - 4pm Saturday 9am - 3pm Sunday 10am - 3pm Visa & Mastercard now accepted CLEARANCE PRICES FROM$1 Books, Gifts, Toys, Novelties Heat & Cool AIRCONDITIONING LTD Cool comfort is only a phone call away... Get a MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC HEAT PUMP from Heat & Cool $$ SAVE $$ • NO GIMMICKS • NO INTEREST FREE • NO CASH BACK OFFERS Just Everyday Low Prices Give us a call for an obligation FREE QUOTE 20 Clark St, New Lynn Ph 827 4784 www.heatandcool.co.nz g & Advertising Feature Business enterprise Garden a circle of life Heroic garden, above: Glen Wilkin-Holland takes an evening stroll through his New Lynn garden, part of the Heroic Garden Festival on March 5 and 6. Sculpture garden, right: Exalt is full of sculptures by Glen and his late partner Fraser Moreton. Guardian angel, above: Glen Wilkin-Holland with the angel that looks over his veggie patch. Tranquil space, left: Religious iconography is used throughout the garden. By CATHERINE HEALY When Glen Wilkin-Hol- land helped create the Heroic Gardens Festival 14 years ago it was tied to the Hero Parade and designed to fundraise for Herne Bay House, which cared for people dying of AIDS. That hospice has since closed its doors but the garden festival continues to raise money for Auck- land s hospices by allowing the public to nosey around some of the city s most beautiful gar- dens, including Mr Wilkin-Holland s New Lynn garden Exalt. The work hospices do in caring for people at the end of their lives is something he can empathise with, having cared for his mother Diane before her death in 1993. Mum wanted to die here because she loved this garden so much. We setupabedintheback room so she could look out at it. His late partner Fraser Moreton, who co- founded Heroic Gardens, also died in the house. He was lying on the sofa looking out at the garden when he had a heart attack. I rang for the ambulance but it was all over in five minutes. Diane and Fraser s ashes now live in the garden. The tranquil space is sprinkled with religious iconography. Virgin Mary statues shelter beneath the trees and an angel stands guard over the veggie patch. All of the man- made features were created by Glen and Fraser. I m not gloomy about death at all. It s just part of life. There s so much more acceptance of death in our lives these days. I was reading an article that mentioned Topher Delaney, an American garden de- signer of some repute, who said: I am in awe of nature and the processes we go through of birth, life, decay, death and renewal , and I think the garden is reflective of that process, especially resonant with renewal, he says. Mr Wilkin-Holland is busy mowing, watering, planting and weeding in preparation for the influx of hundreds of visitors on March 5 and 6. For $30 ticketholders can tour 23 Auckland gardens over the course of two days. All the owners identify as gay or lesbian and will be on- hand to talk to visitors about their gardens. The gardeners don t get anything for this. Heroic has always been about people volun- teering which is why we re able to give so much to hospice. Last year Heroic Gar- dens raised more than $50,000 for Auckland hospices. Hospice West Auckland in Te Atatu Peninsula is one of the organisations that benefits from the festi- val. See www.heroic gardens.org.nz for more information on the festival. Get personal on line! Domain Name commissioner Debbie Monahan looks at the trend towards personalising of domain names for business and personal use. Individuals and organisations are increasingly looking to personalise their website and internet addresses. One sign of this is the trend away from having an internet provider s name in email addresses, such as name@internet provider.xx.nz. After all, being tied at the hip to your ISP tends to limit individuality and make it harder to change ISP in future. Individuality is extended further by the .nz at the end of addresses, as distinct from the globally ubiquitous .com . Few realise that we are one of only three countries in the world whose country name is also in their domain name -- the others being .uk and .us. With a .nz domain name we show our uniqueness, and are able to be instantly placed anywhere in the online world. People tend to use .nz unless they are internationally oriented, ie. their origins in New Zealand are more important than considerations of glo- bal reach or the global market s famili- arity with .com . New Zealand companies with global roles, like Air New Zealand, Zespri and Icebreaker, choose .com because, even though their origins and brand stories are deeply rooted in New Zealand, their focus is international. Additionally, many multinational businesses also have .nz addresses for their New Zealand customers to dem- onstrate their local affinities. In addition to identifying closely with your country of origin, there s also the chance to choose a second level domain name (2LD) to further personalise your online address. A sec- ond level domain name is the name at the second level of the .nz domain name hierarchy -- for example: internetnz.net.nz, dnc.org.nz or airn- ewzealand.co.nz. In New Zealand there are 14 second level domain names including eight which anyone can choose -- .co; .net; .org; .school; .geek; .gen; .maori; and .ac.The 2LD .co.nz is far and away the most popular second level in the .nz space, and consideration is being given to adding others as demand warrants.
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