Nelson Leader : August 8th 2013
6 THE NELSON LEADER, AUGUST 8, 2013 NEWS Not sure who to trust for your childs care and educa on? Its not your fault! There is so much choice these days it can be very confusing... including Here are 3 simple facts to help you choose wisely for your child: Fact 1: Having all teachers qualifed is signifcantly linked to a young childs future success. Fact 2: 33% of all early childhood teachers in our region (except for kindergartens) are not qualifed. Fact 3: All teachers in kindergartens and centres run by Nelson Tasman Kindergartens are qualifed. The trusted choice for over 60 years www.ntk.org.nz or call 03 546 7683 to enrol your child 19 kindergartens and centres throughout Nelson and Tasman when you purchase from the $369 range or above.* OFFER AVAILABLE AT: *Price complete with PENTAX standard single vision lenses with scratch resistant coating. $50 off only valid when purchasing from the 2 pairs for $369 range or above. Progressives and bifocals also available at an extra cost. Second pair must be from the same price range of frames and lens range or below. Must be same prescription. Price for other lens types may differ. Extra options not included. Cannot be exchanged for cash or used with any other offer. The following are registered trademarks of the Specsavers Group of Companies - the Specsavers logo. © 2013 Specsavers Optical Group. Offer only available at participating Specsavers stores. See in-store for full details. Offer ends 17 August 2013. Nelson CBD: 176 Trafalgar St (next to Michael Hill), 548 0168. TURNING 5 IS A PRETTY BIG DEAL EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST We are now looking for expressions of interest from Choirs interested in performing in 'Voices for Hospice', a concert celebrating the World Palliative Care Day on Sunday 13th October 2013 to be held at Nelson College. Contact Hamish on 03 5483797 or email firstname.lastname@example.org 5537103AA Blasting way back Up again: Grant and Andrea Sutton of Waterblaster Solutions. SPECIAL REPORT Grant and Andrea Sutton of Waterblaster Solu- tions are finally getting back to some sort of normality after their business was ripped apart by the April flood. They finally saw the back of tradesmen who finished putting their flood damaged office and workshop back together about a week ago. There are still finishing tou- ches to do and they are still dealing with their insurance company. We will be for while, Grant says. The business was badly hit in the April floods with about 1m of water running through the workshop. Customers waterblasters on the shop floor were written off and the business could not oper- ate for a week due to the extent of damage and the scale of clean up.They had to take everything out of the packed workshop, clean it and salvage what they could. Three months on and there is still work to do. The work days are now more manageable and they can take a day off at the weekend. They have new carpet, freshly painted walls and new office fur- niture. Walls in the office and workshop had to re rebuilt. They still have a work backlog and they are dealing with that. Grant said it was hard to put a value on the cost of the disas- ter but the insurance claim would be $100,000. The final cost would be more than that. It s an undetermined sum. While they were pretty much on track there were still frustra- tions as everything had been moved during the clean-up. It s just the stuff that you don t realise. Stuff that s not there that you suddenly think Oh, where s that? six weeks later. Grant said they have made big improvements since the first dark days and could now see the light at the end of the tunnel. We are getting through. We re getting back to it. Slowly returning to normal By TARANNUM SHAIKH ' I had to turf out well over half my stock which I'd built up after Christmas ' Clinton Jones managing director It was only two weeks ago that tradesmen finally laid down car- pet and linoleum for Skipper s Choice on Kotua Pl. After half a metre of water swept through the building fol- lowing the 100mm of rain which fell in Stoke in April, a lot of stock had to be discarded, put- ting production at the sauce fac- tory six weeks behind. I had to turf out well over half my stock which I d built up after Christmas, says manag- ing director Clinton Jones. Fortunately we had a good group of friends and volunteers and family who helped clean up. But it took a solid seven days to do it all. While the flooring, skirting boards and whole doors had to be replaced, he s thankful that no money has had to go into replacing any machinery. Luckily it [the water level] was just below machinery- damaging height so I dodged a bullet there. We were lucky the landlord was really good and he did everything he could to get our factory up and running for us. Clinton said it had been hard managing production with tradesmen in and out of the building. For a while he had only been able to make stock two days a week. But things were almost back to normal now, with the office, storeroom and factory all back together. The last month or so has been all go, trying to build that back up. Across the road from Skip- per s, Norwest Recycled Timbers also had a lot of work to do fol- lowing the floods. Staff were forced to spend days drying planks and sawing off moulded timber after 30cm of water flooded through their rol- ler door and into the workshop. You think you ve finished but you re not. There s cleaning all the stuff the water leaves behind like the dirt. It s the tim- ber, it s the mould, it s the dampness, says Lisa Morrison. But Lisa chooses not to stay in the past. There s just no point in dwelling on it. There are other people worse off. No one was hurt at the end of the day.
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