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Albert-Eden Local Board is proud to support Neighbours Day 2013 -
building stronger, safer and happier communities across Albert-Eden.
For the second year running, the board is
offering funding of up to $200 per event for
street level initiatives that bring neighbours
together. Last year the board helped more
than 20 such events happen, and the
feedback was overwhelmingly positive.
"When neighbours know each other, they
look out for each other, and are generally
happier and better protected against crime,"
says Albert-Eden Local Board member
Lee Corrick. "It's all about turning streets
into neighbourhoods, strangers into friends
and turning every street in New Zealand
into a fun, friendly and safe place to live."
Neighbours Day Aotearoa is a nationwide
initiative supported by Auckland Council,
NZ Police, Neighbourhood Support, Lifewise
and the Mental Health Foundation that
aims to strengthen communities through
acts of neighbourliness. For funding
application and criteria, please phone the
board's office on 09 623 6091.
Be quick, applications close midday
Monday 4 March 2013.
From left: Local Board Members Lee Corrick and Margi Watson with Sergeant Geoff Medland of Community Policing.
Supporting Neighbours Day
Waterview, Point Chevalier, Mount Albert, Sandringham, Morningside, Owairaka,
Balmoral, Kingsland, Mt Eden, Eden Terrace, Epsom and Greenlane
Kids in Parks
We are pleased to announce a series of
free 'Kids in Parks' events across the board
area. Each event will have activities suitable
for pre-school, primary and intermediate
school age children. On 1 January 2013, all
our area's parks became Smokefree, making
them cleaner and more enjoyable.
Deputy Board Chair, Margi Watson, says
the board is pleased to provide local
residents with more good reasons to get
out and make the most of their parks over
summer. "We also wanted to provide young
families something free of charge to take
their kids to. These events will also provide
a great opportunity to meet up with other
families in the neighbourhood,"
Free events schedule is listed below:
• Saturday 23 February, 2pm-4pm at
Owairaka Park, Owairaka
• Sunday 24 February, 2pm-4pm at
Edenvale Park, Mt Eden
• Saturday 16 March, 2pm-4pm at
Heron Park, Waterview
• Sunday 17 March, 2pm-4pm at
Watling Reserve, Mt Eden
• Sunday 14 April, 12pm-3pm at
Eric Armishaw Park, Point Chevalier
• Saturday 20 April, 12pm-3pm at
Edendale Reserve, Sandringham.
For information on other events, visit
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.co.nz Brent's bid to change career
Brent Fabish is following in the footsteps of
his father as a licensed auctioneer after 20
years working in construction. He tells
reporter Jess Lee why there will always be a
place for the traditional auction house.
Trading careers: Licensed auctioneer Brent Fabish is driving a hard bargain at his family owned auction
house De La Cour's in Mt Roskill.
Photo: JASON OXENHAM
It s a long way from the hard
hats and high-visibility vests
that he s used to but Brent
Fabish feels right at home in
the hustle and bustle of the
The former construction
manager traded his hammer
for a gavel six months ago,
following in his father s
footsteps to become a licensed
auctioneer at his Mt Roskill
auction house De La Cour s.
I come from a family that
has dabbled in antiques but
it s the last thing I thought I d
end up doing -- I just sort of
fell into it, he says.
Everyone has their differ-
ent styles and techniques but
There are only about 370
licensed auctioneers in New
Zealand and it s definitely not
a career path for a shrinking
Stepping up to the auction-
eer s stand for the first time
was a nerve-racking experi-
ence, Mr Fabish says.
I just threw myself into it --
just fired myself up with the
first item and away I went.
You certainly have to have the
gift of the gab and be confi-
Opening up an auction
house at a time when people
are tightening their belts
could have spelled disaster for
the family owned business.
But the gamble has paid off
and they are not short of
stock, averaging between 350
to 400 items a week.
One in three phone calls the
auction house receives is from
someone moving overseas or
There are some really big
bargains to be had.
Mr Fabish insists online
auction websites haven t sig-
nalled the final call for the tra-
ditional auction house.
I think there will always be
a place for auctioneers for
A lot of people like to see
something before they buy it --
especially when it s older due
to the fact that sometimes
descriptions are misleading.
A lot of his clientele, rang-
ing from retirees to those in
their 20s and 30s, have grown
tired of the time-consuming
practice of making their own
listings online, he says.
Buyers can also be found
scouring auction houses for
bargains with the intention of
later selling it online them-
But nothing can replace the
thrill of buying something for
a steal in a bustling room full
of buyers, he says. And you
never quite know what you re
going to find.
We do get the odd collection
of, let s say, 18-plus material
which can prove to be quite
Generally we have absen-
tee bids left for those sorts of
A collection of 20 National
Geographic magazines from
the 1960s proved to be another
surprising lot for the auction-
eer, selling for almost $60.
It s certainly funny to
watch sometimes. We never
thought in a million years
we d get more than $5 for
them but you only need two
people to create an auction.
Building up the business
over the past six months may
have been tough but Mr Fab-
ish wouldn t trade his new-
found career for anything.
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