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Southern View: May 03, 2016

Southern View: May 03,

FREE TUESDAY MAY 3 2016 Southern INVITING 379 7100 EXHIBITORS NOW! View Proudly locally owned and published by Star Media Award winning publishing group Bellbird (Korimako) SHOW 1ST-3RD JULY 2016 HORNCASTLE ARENA Spreydon, Hoon Hay, Hillmorton, Cracroft, Cashmere, St Martins, Somerfield, Sydenham, Addington, Waltham, Opawa, Beckenham, Huntsbury, Woolston Staff take pay cut in bid to save pre-school TOM DOUDNEY Woolston Preschool staff have taken pay cuts and are handling maintenance jobs themselves to keep the cash-strapped centre open. Pre-school manager Rachell Laugesen said it faced a real risk of closure by the end of the year – unless it could get child numbers back up. The pre-school, on Glenroy St, has 54 children enrolled and is particularly short of children in INSIDE: its nursery where it has room for eight a day. Mrs Laugesen said the closure of Woolston businesses such as the post office, Kiwibank and ANZ had had an impact on its enrolment numbers. The eight staff had taken a 7.5 per cent pay cut so that the pre-school could make it through to the next Government funding round in July, with one staff member also due to retire in June. “As a manager, putting it to DIRE SITUATION: Woolston Preschool manager Rachell Laugesen says the centre could face closure if it can’t get child numbers up, especially in the nursery. PHOTO: GEOFF SLOAN my staff in the first place is not something I would have ever wanted to do but I had to,” Mrs Laugesen said. “I gave them time to think about it but because they are such passionate people and they love their centre, they love the families and the children they care for, we are choosing to fight to win. We are not going down without a fight.” Staff were also on cleaning duties two days a week and parents were helping with maintenance to cut costs. Mrs Laugesen said staff were passionate about the pre-school having been there for the long haul. She had been at the preschool 26 years and the most recently hired staff member started seven years ago. She said many people probably didn’t know the preschool was there, so a big effort was being made to boost its visibility with posters, pamphlets and a Facebook page. Port Hills MP Ruth Dyson said she was approaching other local businesses asking them to put posters up advertising the pre-school and also seeing if they were in a position to make a donation to assist in the short term. “They operate a tremendous not-for-profit high quality pre-school which is really at the heart of the Woolston community,” she said. •Bid to light up court, p3 •’Filthy’ work still enjoyable, p10-11 FIT A FUJITSU SpECIaL InTrODuCTOry OffEr 6.0KW Hot Hot $2,599 LIMITED Deal on 8KW STOCK Heat PumP installed Fujitsu ASTG24L 8 KW * Conditions apply. Normal lending criteria, booking fee and annual account fee applies. Limited stock. * Conditions apply. Normal lending criteria, booking fee and annual account fee applies. Limited stock. BLINDS...Cleaned, Repaired & Restored... Restore your oiled CEDAR BLINDS with our re-oiling service. Rejuvenate your lacquered CEDAR BLINDS High-tech Cleaning We clean and repair all types of blinds – Venetians, Cedar, Verticals, Roller, Hollands, Romans and Pleated – with environmentally friendly cleaning products. Temperature Controlled Drying Re-oiling & Rejuvenating “Model FUJITSU ASTG18KUCA” (Conditions apply) Fabric Blinds - such as Austrian and Roman Same Day Pick Up & Drop Off Heat The e3 Design Pump Series retains for all of Just the super-efficient e3 breakthrough heat pump system. These stylish heat pumps have an elegant, 10 5 only compact finish and include intelligent features that makes the series a leader in both form and function. They include human sensors, simple We offer a same-day, pick up and drop off and intuitive controls and unique extra features to improve the comfort and health of your home lifestyle. BE QUICK service for most types of blinds. Bookings Six Year are required. $2,999 Warranty Convenient Location Call Fully for a Installed* FREE no obligation assessment and quotation Drop blinds into us by 9am, at * Installation is back to back with up 5 meter pipe Installed back to back, up to 3 metre pIpe 330 Cashel Street (near the PH 377 0034 OR 0800 800734 750 run electrical run up to three meters, in home run and electrIcal assessment recommended supply wIthIn 6 metres. Fitzgerald end), and collect them at the end of the day. Email: New Blind Sales Priced from $30 Email: 6/105 Coleridge 6/105 Coleridge St, Sydenham, St, Sydenham, Christchurch Christchurch Roller Blinds cleaned from as little as $20 per blind Ph 377 0770, 330 Cashel St, Christchurch SCAN QR code for Info > WE ARE OPEN Mon - Fri 8.00am to 5.00pm