Nelson Leader : December 19th 2013
16 THE NELSON LEADER, DECEMBER 19, 2013 ‘Sweat equity’ pays off Shelley Hutton was handed the keys to her first house yesterday and she said the keys meant a lot more to her than a roof over her head. ‘‘This means I’ve got a future for my children,’’ said the 34-year-old Motueka single mother. Shelley and her two children became the 21st family in the Nelson region and the second in Motueka to move into a Habitat for Humanity house. About 100 people attended the opening ceremony at the Kakapo Lane house, which took the form of NEWS/PUZZLES a church service including a sermon from Minister of Housing Nick Smith. He stressed how important owning a home was to giving a family a stake in the community as well as the role of a well-built home in preventing illnesses. He said his ambition was to return New Zealand to the levels of home ownership of a quartercentury ago in a decade. He praised Habitat for Humanity for its efforts in providing low-cost housing to people who would not otherwise be able to afford it. CROSSWORD TOP 10 YOUR STARS THE TOP 10 1. The 1956 Ford Consul was the first model made by which British toy maker 50 years ago? 2. Who wrote poems about his dog Minstrel? 3. The Manhattan Project was the codename for the development of what? 4. Who had the original hit with Atomic Kitten’s “Eternal Flame”? 5. How many petals does an iris usually have - three, five or seven? 6. Which triangular Indian pastry contains spiced meat or vegetables? 7. In which TV series did Rowan Atkinson appear as a police officer? 8. Which Auckland recreation area was officially opened on 26 August, 1903? 9. Why do spiral staircases in castles run clockwise? 10. What was Danish dancer Poul Gnatt the founder of 1953 after moving to New Zealand the previous year? SUDOKU Under the Habitat for Humanity model, the applicant’s family and their supporters have to contribute 500 hours of ‘‘sweat equity’’ to Habitat projects. For the first five years, they rent the house for at least 30 per cent of their gross income. The rent is saved and returned to the tenants (minus rates, insurance and maintenance) to be used as a deposit. The house is then sold to them at its assessed valuation, with the family getting a mortgage to pay the balance. Shelley, who works full-time at the Motueka Recreation Centre, is paying more than the 30 per cent level. Her rent is $300 a week, meaning that when her five years is up, she will have a deposit of about $70,000 for her 112 square metre home said Neville Greaney, who was the lead builder on the project. Shelley said she ‘‘couldn’t wait to sleep here tonight, although the kids will probably want to sleep with me too’’. She said that without Habitat’s help, she doubted she would ever have been able to buy a home. NZ CROSSWORD 1. Corgi, 2. Sam Hunt, 3. Atomic bomb, 4. The Bangles, 5. Three, 6. Samosa, 7. The Thin Blue Line, 8. Cornwall Park, 9. So that an intruder coming up could not effectively use a sword in his right hand, 10 Royal New Zealand Ballet.
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