Western Leader : January 19th 2012
www.westernleader.co.nz 9 WESTERN LEADER, JANUARY 19, 2012 NEWS For more information call Denise on 09 817 0464. OPEN WEEKEND Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd January, 10am to 4pm 66 Avonleigh Road, Titirangi www.metlifecare.co.nz REV5330 When they're in good hands, everyone is happy. This is Serviced Apartment living at Pinesong. As time goes by, living in the family home can become a challenge for your loved ones and often that means making a move. At Pinesong we have the perfect option. Our Serviced Apartments are designed for people who want to keep the independence they've always enjoyed. If they ever need assistance our staff are on hand 24 hours a day, plus we can provide a range of services such as three meals a day, weekly housekeeping and regular checks. This is peace of mind living that everyone appreciates. To see it for yourself, simply give us a call. IN BRIEF Exhibition An exhibition at Arataki Visitor Centre features a variety of birds and landscapes painted on wood. It is artist Vera Limmer's first solo exhibition in 10 years. The collection is on display at the visitor centre, 300 Scenic Drive, Oratia, until January 31. Entry is free. Visit www.veralimmer artist.co.nz for more information. Rubbish dates From the January 30 all regular kerbside rubbish, recycling and paper collections will be one day later than usual. Auckland Council says the changes are due to the Auckland Anniversary and Waitangi Day public holidays. Spokesman Jon Roscoe says the usual collection schedule will resume on February 13. Go to www.aucklandcouncil. govt.nz or call 301-0101 for more information. Baches open Auckland Council would like to invite west Auckland residents to take a look at the newest addition to Bach Escapes, baches available for the public to stay on a regional park. The site at Craw Homestead on Anawhata Rd will be open tomorrow between 10am and 2pm. Students excel at garden design By HINERANGI VAIMOSO Bright ideas: From left: Rachel Williams, Jacque Regal, Sarah Head and Fiona Webster from Unitec's Landscape Design class. They've just finished their first year of study but their talents are already in hot demand. Students from Unitec's dip- loma in landscape design will get to see their plans come to life when a drab-looking brick unit in Blockhouse Bay un- dergoes a makeover. The block of three flats is owned by the Community of Refuge (CORT), a community housing trust that provides low-cost housing for people in need. Senior lecturer Penny Clif- fin decided to amp up the enthusiasm for the project with a six-week long compe- tition to find five students with the best plans to make up the design team. It has been a great oppor- tunity for Unitec to provide design consultancy services free of charge to the local community,'' she says. The students have bene- fited in gaining experience in designing a garden for both individual and shared living.'' CORT chief executive Peter Jeffries says the top designs were chosen because they provided workable attractive spaces for the tenants and met maintenance and budget requirements. We were really impressed with the professionalism and the creativity that came through,'' he says. We would have expected to have paid thousands of dollars for plans of this quality, so we're very happy.'' One of the main issues the design students had to tackle was the need for security and privacy because their houses and yards were easily visible to neighbours. But the team also wanted to give the tenants a sense of community and the ability to interact. Plans drawn up by the top five students included gar- dens with plants carefully chosen to make the most of the space with a small amount of maintenance. All included more practical washing lines and better car- parking. The whole site had a lot of potential,'' says Jacque Regal, one of the five successful students. We did need to pull plans back into something that wasn't too ambitious so the key was to use a lot of timber which was more affordable and gave it a good, clean edge.'' The top five selected designs were from Jacque, Sarah Head, Rachel Wil- liams, Christina Sanson and Fiona Webster. Mrs Williams was thrilled to have been given the oppor- tunity. We may never have the chance to be able to work with three sets of people with different needs so it was a welcome challenge,'' she says. What was also great was being able to see everyone else's work. It's been so inspiring because people have come up with ideas I never would have thought of -- and used great technique to pres- ent it.'' Mr Jeffries says the ten- ants are excited about the possibility of improving their outdoor living environment and the trust now has a wide range of ideas to draw from when applying for funds to build the garden. CORT started in 1987. It is a charitable trust governed by a board of voluntary trustees. The trust tenants and manages 160 properties, of which it owns 85. About 95 percent of CORT's tenants rely on a sickness or invalids benefit as their main source of income. Many experience mental health issues.
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