Nelson Leader : April 23rd 2015
20 THE NELSON LEADER, APRIL 23, 2015 FEATURE/PUZZLES Flatting - rules of engagement Backyard By SARAH MOORE F latting is a rite of passage for young New Zealanders; quintessentially Kiwi and a heap of fun when it’s all going well. But it can also be a source of stress, not to mention awkward moments, that can be avoided with a bit of forward planning and a few ground rules. Ensure first-time flatting is flat-tastic with this handy list of dos and don’ts. ❚ Do make sure whiteware comes with your flat. If you do need to buy appliances, think about asking everyone to buy one each, rather than everyone pitching in. Things get complicated if someone who partially owns the fridge moves out. Websites like Neighbourly.co.nz are great places to find cheap – and often free – appliances. ❚ Do get the low-down from current residents. It’s not always possible, but if you can ask the existing tenants how cold the place is in winter, what their average power bill is and what the landlord is like. *No Hidden Costs *No administration fees *No upfront deposit 6272570AF banter Brought to you by neighbourly.co.nz ❚ Do set up a cleaning roster. Piles of unwashed dishes and filthy toilet bowls can cause disharmony among the tightest bunch of flatties, so give each flatmate a cleaning responsibility of their own. If no-one likes cleaning, think about paying for a cleaner. For about the price of a pint of beer each you can probably find a cleaner for a couple of hours every week. And remember – there’s a big difference between a mountain of dirty dishes and the odd cup left on the bench – don’t be ‘‘that flatmate’’. ❚ Do get contents insurance. If you value your stuff, this is a no brainer; you just never know what’s gonna happen to it. ❚ Do know your rights. If yours is If you value your stuff, contents insurance is a no brainer; you just never know when you’re going to need it. the only name on the tenancy agreement, you’re entirely responsible for what happens in your flat – even if it’s not your fault. Everyone who signs the agree- ment is equally responsible. Contact your Citizens Advice Bureau or the Tenancy Tribunal if you have any problems with your landlord or flatmates, ❚ Don’t forget about the bond. Most landlords ask for one before you move in so it can be pretty expensive. The bond covers damages just in case you or the flatties trash the house and is normally up to four weeks’ rent plus two weeks in advance. Don’t fret though; if you haven’t damaged the place you’ll get your bond back when you move out and your last two weeks of rent will be already paid for. ❚ Don’t have unannounced parties – especially on a school night. Being a rude flatmate is just plain, well, rude. Treat everyone with respect; that includes keeping noise levels to a minimum. If you do want to have a party, make sure everyone’s OK with it – and do consider inviting your flatties too! ❚ Don’t cook together. If you’re a little cordon bleu while your flatmates’ efforts are just a bit ‘‘bleugh’’ – or if your flat is full of social butterflies and you’re rarely at home together, consider doing your own cooking. Setting aside space in the fridge and pantry for each person will help deal with clashing schedules – and differing tastes. Think about buying common consumables like milk, margarine and Glad Wrap out of your weekly flat expenses, though, since you’re all likely to use it. ❚ Don’t smoke inside. Even if you’re all smokers, the nicotine will stain the walls and ceiling and it’s near impossible to remove when it’s time for the crew to move out. Plus it’s 2015 – smoking indoors is so ’90s. ❚ Don’t mix kisses with dishes. Avoid awkward conversations the morning after by establishing clear flatmate boundaries. Anisy’s Tasman Funeral Home *No extra cost outside business hours *No extra mileage charges to eg.Motueka *Payment plans to suit NEW ZEALAND CROSSWORD 1 2 8 9 10 11 12 16 18 19 20 24 25 26 27 ©THE PUZZLE COMPANY ACROSS 5. Fictional town in Footrot Flats (5) 8. Legal agreement (8) 9. Make amends (5) 10/11/14. A request for equitable treatment (colloq) (4,4,2,3,3) 16. Military musical display (6) 17. Quantity (6) 18. Flu or other illness (colloq) (3) 20. Normal (5) 24. Recognise (8) 25. Modern name for what James Cook called the Friendly Islands (5) 26. Wine producing area north of Auckland (8) 27. Commence (5) TOP 10 DOWN 1. Jeer (5) 2. Native creature with over 1000 the giant Powelliphanta (5) 3. Sweep (5) 4. Genus of shrubs and trees listed as an invasive pest (6) event (3,2,3) 7. Strong liking for something (8 12. Travel document (8) 13. Unknown person (8) 14. Weep (3) 15. British equivalent of GST (3) 19. Overfamiliar, outdated (3-3) 21. Work with dough (5) 22. Giant (5) 23. Local body regulation (5) 21 22 23 13 14 15 17 3 4 56 7 THE WEEKLY WORKOUT answers for each puzzle are included on this page YOUR STARS Aries Mar 21 – Apr 19 You’re feeling on edge this week, as if you’re anticipating that something is about to change the course of your life. Instead of waiting for fate to show its face, why not instigate a change of some kind? Taurus Apr 20 - May 20 A friendship hangs in the balance this week and it is anybody’s guess as to which way things are likely to go. If you have to choose between him/her and your family, the latter should be your priority. Gemini May 21 – Jun 20 Things can be very hectic at work this week and since you tend to live on your nerves, you could feel quite wired! At best, it is a great week for innovating something new and at worst, try not to be too reckless. Cancer Jun 21 – Jul 22 A shift in consciousness regarding money will do you the world of good this week. towards the same old worries and make a mental list of what you should not do. Leo Jul 23 – Aug 22 This week is not the best time for a monetary discussion, at least not between yourself and your partner. Your views are so opposite each other right now that you probably won’t be able to reach a compromise. Virgo Aug 23 – Sep 22 You can no longer ignore the differences between yourself and the love in your life. that even though it’s uncomfortable, it may not be bad for the relationship. Libra Sep 23 – Oct 22 You could be feeling somewhat weary some time to yourself. Matters at work are on tenterhooks and this is adding to your stress and anxiety at present. Try to relax. Scorpio Oct 23 – Nov 21 Don’t be afraid to stick your neck out at work this week. If you really feel adamant that something can be done differently, speak up even if you challenge the status quo. They’ll look at you with different eyes. SUDOKU Fill the grid so every row, column and every 3x3 box contains 1-9 THE TOP 10 1. Which place was New Zealand’s sunshine capital in 2012, 2013 and 2014: Nelson, Whakatane or Blenheim? 2. Which number is equal to twice the sum of its two digits? 3. Where would you find treads and risers close together? 4. According to the Road Code, what is the least distance of clear road you must have in front of you when you have finished passing another vehicle: 40 metres, 60 metres, 80 metres or 100 metres? 5. Which palm is the world’s southernmost? 6. Of which continent is the tiger a native? 7. Who succeeded Nixon as President of the USA in 1974? 8. What is the Maori word for a voluntary donation? 9. What does the C stand for in the media organisation CNN? 10. Which TV quiz began with “Your starter for ten . . . ”? 8 Cambridge Street, Richmond (Opposite Richmond Town Hall) Phone (03) 544 1129 For personal and attentive service wherever and whenever you need us 297 Sagittarius Nov 22 – Dec 21 A sharp difference of opinion with someone at work could result in a serious clash of egos this week. Try not to let your personal morals interfere too much with your working life, as they won’t always agree. Capricorn Dec 22 – Jan 19 The universe is giving you a bit of a wakeup call this week and it may either jolt you into action or take you by surprise. Your preference is for the known realities, but it does not encourage creative thinking. Aquarius Jan 20 - Feb 18 If all of a sudden you wake up to the fact obligations are. You would not want to be thought of as being irresponsible. Pisces Feb 19 – Mar 20 Tension in a relationship could be reaching breaking point this week. If you can allow for individuality, you’ll realise that the two of you don’t have to agree on everything. Give each other room to grow. SUDOKU NZ CROSSWORD S S B A R AUP O CON T R A C T C E O A U A AT O N E FA I R S U C K O C F L H I OF T H E P S SAV G A TA T T O O AM OU N T S R BO T D T USU A L L K T B P N I DEN T I F Y TO N G A H E T L R E MA T A K A N A ST A R T T D N W 1. Whakatane, 2. 18, 3. On a staircase, 4. 100 metres, 5. Nikau, 6. Asia, 7. Ford, 8. Koha, 9. Cable, 10. University Challenge.
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