March 13, 2010

Carters Maungaturoto Upgrades Skatepark

Over the last couple of months Carters Maungaturoto has been in the process of a store-wide upgrade and they in the last month have helped approximately 15 boys complete their upgrade on the skatepark here in Maungaturoto. With supplied materials from our branch in town the boys built a new kicker (curved ramp) and a skateboard box (for tricks).

A working bee was held at the skatepark where all the rubbish was collected, the skateboard rails were bolted down to prevent stealing like the original ones were. The lawns were also mowed and the concrete area was swept. The crew worked in the heat for about 8 hours on the Saturday - thanks to the Maungaturoto Four Square for donating cold soft drinks to keep everyone going. Without the materials donated the boys would not have an area in town to spend their time and Carters have had to supply the same products again because someone had smashed up the previous ramps.

It's disappointing that recently someone has driven through the new fence with what looks like a 4 wheel drive and has done burnouts on the cleaned concrete. Please can we stress how important it is that this little amenity is looked after and appreciated for the future generations of children who are likely to use the skatepark as they get older.

March 7, 2010

Phantom foreign farm sales highlight due diligence hole

7 March 2010

Phantom foreign farm sales highlight due diligence hole

Real estate agents not establishing the credibility of purchasers is a major hole being highlighted by Federated Farmers. This follows reports a $150 million ‘deal’ for 28 Southland farms has collapsed.

“When a simple Google search revealed a convicted Australian criminal was associated with the people fronting this deal, you can see why Federated Farmers was more than sceptical,” says David Rose, Federated Farmers rural security spokesperson.

“There were a number of red flags associated with the supposed purchaser too. It included reported claims from late last year that the Northland hapu involved had genealogical connections to its Arab partner ‘that went back to biblical times’.

“While Federated Farmers backs moves to bring professional standards of conduct to the real estate industry, a failure to do some cursory checks is of concern.

“Given the deals involved very large sums of money, it seems very odd that little was done to verify if the purchaser had the financial means to legally complete. If someone walked through my door saying they had upwards of $150 million to buy a number of farms, I’d check to see if they were on the level.

“These days, real estate agents are required to act in good faith and deal fairly with all parties engaged in a transaction. In addition, real estate agents must not mislead, provide false information or withhold information from the parties involved.

“That indicates to me a professional obligation to ascertain the veracity of a purchaser, so operating on hope doesn’t cut the mustard.

“Real estate agents must do more groundwork in future otherwise they risk failing another professional standard, that of bringing the real estate industry into disrepute,” Mr Rose concluded.

Howzat - Outside Edge

Howzat - Outside Edge

The cricket season may be drawing to a close, but play is just about to commence at the Otamatea Repertory Theatre in Maungaturoto.

The theatre is in its final weeks of rehearsal of the popular cricket comedy, 'Outside Edge'. Skipper of the production is Peter Matheson, stepping up to bat in his first innings as director. Many will remember him as the irritating Basil Fawlty in last year's production of 'Fawlty Towers'.

Outside Edge is a very funny play written by Richard Harris and first performed in 1979, about a cricket team trying to win a game of cricket while sorting out their various marital problems. It was televised in the late 70's and later spawned a TV series based on the colourful characters in the play.

Roger is having trouble getting a team together for the afternoon's cricket fixture, but this proves to be the least of anyones worries. Bob is having marriage trouble, as he is still doing odd-jobs for his ex-wife beind his current wife Ginnie's back. Dennis is also having marital trouble as his wife seems intent on moving house despite the fact they only moved recently. Kevin is trying to fight off his over-affectionate wife Maggie while at the same time nurse his injured spinning finger. Alex's new girlfriend ends up shutting herself in the toilets having hysterics. Even Roger's seemingly perfect marriage to Miriam hits the skids when she discovers he was playing away from home in more ways than one.

The play opens on 9 April for an eight-show season. Tickets are available through and at Tony's Lotto Shop in Maungaturoto.

See you at the match!

The Team at ORT