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Selwyn Times: July 12, 2016

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36 Tuesday July 12 2016 M-A MATSON & ALLAN REAL ESTATE LIMITED ‘The Selwyn Experts’ SELWYN TIMES Residential Lifestyle Rural Property Licensed REAA2008 LEESTON - 8 Fibonacci Way Perfect for Homestart Grant and Kiwi Saver Buyers! If your budget is $450,000 and you are finding it harder and harder to find something that meets Homestart and Kiwisaver criteria then look no further than these house and land packages in the increasingly popular township of Leeston an easy drive from Rolleston, Lincoln and Christchurch. This 165m2 four bedroom home will feature two bathrooms incl ensuite off master, open plan living, double garage attached, Bosch appliances, all floor coverings, heatpump and all the other modern conveniences you would expect in a new home. The section is a full size 772m2 in a great street and is surrounded by new homes in a quality subdivision. This property is able to be purchased as a turnkey package with a small deposit and balance on completion or even subject to sale of your existing home. Contact the agent for a full list of specifications today. ROLLESTON Price: $450,000 View: www.marealestate.co.nz/967 Stephan Knowler Mb 027 2299522 With Newman Park offering the closest sections to the new and exciting Rolleston West Primary School these competitively priced sections are proving very popular. We have limited numbers of sections available in stages 1,3,4 and 5. • All sections have Title and Free Geotech report • Stages 4 and 5 have no minimum house size – perfect for those on a budget • The Covenants are reasonable and all services are at the boundary Price: Negotiable View: www.marealestate.co.nz Where town meets country Stephan Knowler Mb 027 2299522 COALGATE - 3028 Coaltrack Road Classic country cottage Coalgate provides an idyllic setting for this lovely character property. Situated on a 1012 sqm section with beautiful established gardens, featuring old world roses, large specimen trees that give shade, shelter and privacy. There is also a large vegetable garden for you to grow seasonal produce for the table. The home has three good size bedrooms, with a traditional layout that provides flexible living options with two of the bedrooms having views out to the covered verandah. With updated kitchen and bathroom and modern carpet throughout it provides a great level of accommodation, but there is still scope to add value to this gorgeous home. The inviting living area has French doors which lead out to a sun soaked timber deck which has views over the private back yard. There is also a large separate laundry/ store room complete with an extra toilet. The home is kept Price: By Negotiation toasty warm in winter and cool in summer with the thoughtful additions of View: www.marealestate.co.nz/934 both a log burner and heat pump. An easy commute to Christchurch and on the doorstep to all the skiing, tramping, fishing and hunting your heart Jackie Derrick Mb 027 6363576 desires! Come on out to the country and start living the dream. or Susan Davis Mb 027 6622751 LEESTON - 1 Cassini Place Turnkey four bedroom for $479,000! Nearing completion and offering incredible value this four bedroom, two bathroom, 180m2 home on a 770m2 section will be a fantastic family home or investment for some lucky buyer. Located in the heart of popular Monticello Subdivision and surrounded by quality properties this home will come with appliances, tasteful fittings, carpets and vinyls and a stone bench top plus plenty of storage. Built for the best of the sun this home will be naturally light and warm and will be complemented by a heat pump and of course double glazing. Outdoors will be complete with patios, driveway, lawn, plantings and even a letterbox and clothesline - all you need to do is move in! The property is expected to be completed and available for you to move into in the middle of the year. Leeston is a fantastic self contained town with Supermarket, Cafes, Medical Centre, Gym, Bank and so much more and is so close to Rolleston, Lincoln and Christchurch making for an easy commute. Come and inspect this property today - for full details contact the agent. Also don't forget to ask about our other turnkey packages currently under construction. ROLLESTON - 16A Jozecom Place Spacious family living in desirable location If you are looking for a spacious 4 double bedroom family home in a desirable location then you will need to inspect this one! Located in popular “Jozecom Place” is this 3 year old home which has been built with families in mind. The property offers 2 separate spacious living areas with the family/dining area having a large stacker door that opens out to a private entertaining area. The sleek kitchen with its quality appliances is centrally located between the living areas and forms a central hub for the home. You will enjoy the cosiness of this property with its log burner which is complimented by a heat transfer system, ensuring your winter comfort. All 4 bedrooms are a comfortable size with the master offering a walk in robe and stylish ensuite. You will enjoy the storage space in the home and the double internal access garage also has attic high storage space. Other special features of this property include; walk in pantry, separate laundry and alarm. All this is located on a private and secure section so don’t delay on this one! HALSWELL - 14 Armour Place Welcome home There’s no if’s or but’s, this property will be sold. Our owners are on the move and their instructions are clear – sell! They are sadly leaving behind this home with fantastic street appeal. If you are wanting a good size home on an easy care section, look no further! This property offers a large modern kitchen that overlooks the spacious dining and family room, both opening out to a private court yard area. There is a large lounge and all 4 bedrooms are generous, with the master offering a walk in robe and ensuite. Additional features include plenty of storage throughout the home, fantastically appointed garage that includes attic storage. Sited on a fully fenced, 564 sqm section in a popular part of Halswell this will not last long. Call me now, as viewing is strictly by appointment only. Price: $479,000 View: www.marealestate.co.nz/963 Stephan Knowler Mb 027 2299522 Price: Neg Over $595,000 View: www.marealestate.co.nz/962 Jackie Derrick Mb 027 6363576 or Susan Davis Mb 027 6622751 Price: By Negotiation View: www.marealestate.co.nz/958 Jackie Derrick Mb 027 6363576 or Susan Davis Mb 027 6622751 ROLLESTON - 4 Shadbolt Lane Spacious 4 bedroom home in a prime location First time on the market for this 210m2 4 bedroom home on a north facing 777m2 fully fenced section. This comfortable family home offers 2 large living areas including separate lounge with easy access to the sunny outdoor areas, large master with ensuite, WIR and the additional feature of 2 of the other bedrooms having a shared large bathroom between them. Separate guest toilet and separate laundry complete this ideal family home. This home has quality chattels throughout along with gas hobbs, gas water heating, security system, surround sound system and 2 x heatpumps. The home is located just a few minutes walk to the supermarket, medical centre, cafés etc. Excellent value - Don’t be the one to miss out on this great home in a prime location! KIRWEE - Glen Oak Drive Mansfield Gardens – Kirwee township Choice of two residential sections. The developer’s instructions are to meet the market and they will consider all reasonable offers. Nestled amongst some of the finest houses in Kirwee. These 780m2 and 858m2 sections are situated in a quiet private location of Mansfield Gardens. Both sections have power, phone and town water supply to the boundary with sealed entrances. Kirwee offers a great primary school with a community that care; an excellent High School in Darfield accessible by bus and an easy 30 minutes drive to Christchurch airport and the City beyond. • Lot 23 - 780m2 • Lot 25 - 858m2 Price: Neg Over $575,000 View: www.marealestate.co.nz/976 Andrew Taylor Mb 0274 355930 Price: By Negotiation View: www.marealestate.co.nz/959 Sue Robinson Mb 021 409050 ROLLESTON - 1 Shelley Street Affordable comfort in central Rolleston Are you a buyer who wants the freedom to live near all the Rolleston amenities in a modern home, yet doesn’t want to have to landscape a brand new build? Welcome to 1 Shelley Street. This 3 bedroom 147m2 home sitting proudly on a 502m2 corner site would suit a number of scenarios. Retirement living made easy, an investment property, a start up, or a stepping stone on the property ladder; this well thought out home offers it all. With indoor outdoor flow to a covered alfresco dining area, with electric louvres offering space not often seen in suburban living. An easy walk to the Rolleston town centre, excellent schools or the bus for a hassle free commute, this property will not disappoint. Priced at RV to meet the market, our vendors are realistic as they have plans moving ahead and your viewing is invited at the open home or by appointment. KIRWEE - 33 Cornwall Lane Rare lifestyle opportunity in rural Kirwee Reluctantly our vendors have had to put their dream build on hold and with this it is now available for someone else to grab the possibilities and move ahead. Nestled amongst some of the finest houses in rural Kirwee is this 10 acre block waiting for someone to purchase it and complete their dream home. Kirwee offers a great primary school with a community that care; an excellent High School in Darfield accessible by bus and an easy 30 minutes drive to Christchurch airport and the City beyond. Courtenay Estate is a high qualify lifestyle subdivision that exceeds expectation. The residents are all proud of their piece of paradise. With power and phone to the boundary, and a vista of the snow capped mountains the community is waiting to welcome you. The property has the added bonus of a water race that runs through it, allowing a couple of natural building platforms and excellent grazing. Price: Offers Over $495,000 View: www.marealestate.co.nz/980 Sue Robinson Mb 021 409050 Price: By Negotiation View: www.marealestate.co.nz/960 Sue Robinson Mb 021 409050 ROLLESTON PH: 03 347 9949 DARFIELD PH: 03 318 8204 LEESTON PH: 03 324 3704 www.marealestate.co.nz Chris Flanagan 027 433 4657 Andrew Taylor 027 435 5930 Jackie Derrick 027 636 3576 Susan Davis 027 662 2751 Stephan Knowler 027 229 9522 Cameron McRae 027 769 6696 Sue Robinson 021 409 050 Juliet Flanagan Connie van der Klei

Computing For Free - still going strong after 15 years Ara Institute of Canterbury (formerly CPIT) has provided free computer courses at four hubs across Christchurch for over 15 years. Now, it is evolving to better connect a wide variety of learners with accessible training for basic computer skills or upskilling to improve career opportunities. Computing For Free manager Peter Nock says that over 19,000 people have accessed free or affordable training so far. “Originally we offered short, non-assessed computer courses as the government saw the need for adults to upskill in this area. We created a friendly and welcoming place to get started on computing skills, and we still do this, but now we also do a whole lot more.” At hubs in New Brighton, Bishopdale, Hornby, Rangiora, Christchurch’s Madras Street and now also in Timaru, Ara staff continue to support community learning needs through Computing For Free. We help people get to where they want to go. further skills for their particular job or to take the next step in their career.” The course timetables are designed to be flexible to fit around family and professional commitments. “Our approach works,” Peter says. “We consistently deliver quality and receive excellent student feedback. We help people to get where they want to go.” Peter Nock Computing For Free Manager “There is still a range of self-paced, short courses of between 20 to 40 hours to introduce people to specific programs like web design and Powerpoint. However, we also offer business and job-seeking courses, and the National Certificate in Computing, which is a formal qualification that employers recognise and value.” The courses are facilitated by tutors who are on-hand to provide support. “Our staff are passionate about the courses they teach and the communities they teach in, providing a really great experience for our students.” Computing for Free is offered through Ara Connect, which introduces learners across the Canterbury region to skills that are industry-relevant and designed to help achieve career goals. Peter adds that computer skills are a necessity in today’s professional environment. “Everyone needs to know their way around a computer and some people need to acquire Enrolling is easy – just pop into your local branch to discuss your needs with one of our friendly team or visit www.ara.ac.nz/ara-connect. Upskilling leads to teaching role Jo Harkerss had reached a crossroad in her life when she enrolled in a Computing For Free programme at Ara Institute of Canterbury’s Bishopdale hub. Now she is a computing tutor helping others to succeed. Why did you first enrol in Computing For Free? I was on maternity leave when I was made redundant from my job. Both my sister and my mother were enrolled at the New Brighton hub – that’s how I found out about it. I’ve always enjoyed computing and I wanted to use my time wisely to upskill myself. What are you doing now? I’m working as a tutor at Computing For Free! What do you enjoy about your job? It’s very cool helping other people to succeed. The hardest thing is for people to walk in the door. Then they realise that we are really nice! And that they can do it. You see people come in who feel afraid of computers, but we are here to help them to achieve. Study is not easy for everyone, but our programmes have a good balance of theory and practice, plus the programmes are self-paced to fit around other commitments such as work and family. For many people it is a huge stepping stone. They may have been made redundant or been out of the workforce after having children. Here they can connect with other people and learn new skills that will make them more employable and give them confidence to try other things too. They might have used computers in the past, but programmes change and skills need to be updated. What sort of feedback do you get? Because we’re like a family, once people have finished their studies here, they come back and tell us what they’re doing. Our programmes lead into further computing studies at Ara, or they can help you to find work. I think most importantly, our students get a taste of what they’re capable of. They develop computer skills but they also develop confidence and brush up on the soft skills, such as communication and networking, that employers value in today’s workplaces. We’re here to help make your enrolment easy. Please call, email or visit our website for more information. 03 940 8888 | 0800 24 24 76 | info@ara.ac.nz | www.ara.ac.nz