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PRE WINTER SALE
selected items storewide
Friday 20th May -
Monday 23rd May 5pm
Open 7 days 8.30am - 5pm
180 Taradale Rd, Napier
Phone: 843 3400
Bag some winter reading
Winter is almost here and there's nothing like
curling up beside the fire with a good book.
If your bookshelves are looking a little bare,
then the 21st annual William Colenso College
Book Sale is a great place to start stocking up for
the cold weather. Held in the school hall during
the weekend of June 11-12, the book sale is an
exciting hunt for new reading material or old
The William Colenso Book Sale has a fantastic
collection for perusal in countless categories, from
the virtually new in excellent condition'' to the
old and rare'' and the school's Parents' Associ-
ation, who organise the event, are constantly
amazed by how many books come in. Alongside
the books, magazines and CDs offer a fantastic
selection to suit everyone's taste. Stalls will
supply drinks and food, so people are able to take
a break, enjoy the atmosphere and keep up their
In past years the book sale has enabled the
school to purchase items to assist and encourage
Landscaping, outdoor education equipment,
sports uniforms and science equipment are just
some of the benefits enjoyed by students as a
result of the sale.
Head along to William Colenso College, Arnold St,
Napier and get yourself some great reading. The
sale will be open from 9am to 5pm on Saturday,
June 11, and 9am to noon on Sunday, June 12.
Sound advice in a tough climate
By CAROLYN VEEN
As businesses continue to crash
under the weight of a gloomy
economy, Hawke's Bay business
mentor Ron Massey shines a light
on some of the common problems
and suggests ways of reducing the
During the past two years, more
than 100 small and medium-sized
businesses have benefited from
using the Hawke's Bay Business
Mentoring programme, which is
run by Ron Massey, Keith White
and a team of 25 volunteers.
Their outstanding achieve-
ments were recognised recently
when the Hawke's Bay team won
the inaugural New Zealand Busi-
ness Mentors competition, which
is assessed on success and client
Mr Massey says a lot of busi-
nesses have come unstuck,
especially in the second year of
these tough economic times.
We've got businesses that are
really struggling, and most of
them have been told by their
accountants or banks, who are
pinging the cheques, to come and
see us. More recently, we've been
able to save about 90 per cent of
those in trouble, and with the
remaining 10 per cent, we've been
able to stage-manage their exit.''
He believes the professional sec-
tor does not support privately
owned businesses very well.
The most common problem we
come across is the innapropriate
advice businesses are getting from
bookkeepers, barefoot accountants
and self-approved advisors. That's
the truth, and it's absolutely
Everywhere I go, I hear busi-
ness owners claiming their adv-
siors charge like wounded bulls
and all they do is give their clients
historical information 12 months
after the end of the financial year,
and then tell them by the way,
you haven't had a very good year,
have you'. Too late.''
He is also appalled by some
While I have no issue with
most chartered accountants, some
book-keepers and advsiors show a
complete lack of understanding
how business functions -- they are
number-crunchers who do your
year-end financial accounts and
tax returns. If they are not
auditors; they don't need your
cheque-book butts, bank
statements or GST returns, and
yet they charge for that service
without giving their clients appro-
They are not required to ana-
lyse any of that information. All
they need is your income total for
the year, your expenditure by
category, the bills you have not
paid at the end of March (and
those who have not yet paid you),
your home-office expenditure and
any capital purchases or sales
during the year. End of story.''
He says some small businesses
make the mistake of relying com-
pletely on their accountants, who
are not necessarily business adv-
There are only three Institute of
Accredited Business Consultants -
qualified business advisors - in
Hawke's Bay, and Ron Massey is
one of them.
Business managers should be
responsible for their financial
information and processing of
GST and PAYE returns. It is a
basic part of running and control-
ling your business and knowing
where you are at any particular
point in time. Not only does it put
you in control, it also reduces
expenditure and risk.
If your business is in financial
strife, don't wait for people to sue
you because the court will appoint
an official assignee and you will
have no control over that.
It's best to self-liquidate and
appoint your own liquidator. They
work with you, not against you,
and while the process must be fol-
lowed, they deal with you in a nice
In business, the domino effect is
a powerful one.
When a business can't afford to
pay its creditors, because there's
no money left, those creditors, in
turn, don't get paid from their
debtors and so it goes, on-and-on,
and they all start falling over.
If you could go back six months
and have the struggling company
put its hand up for help, then the
problem wouldn't spread down the
The Hawke's Bay Mentoring
team is based at the Napier City
Council, where Keith White spent
a number of years writing a
financial management pro-
gramme, which is now up on the
New Zealand Business Mentors'
website for all the mentors to use.
We give it free to our
customers (via email) and they
save it on their hard drives. It has
20 columns and the instructions
are very easy to follow. It's a
financial information system -- it
can tell you what your profit and
loss is at any given time and even
summarises your GST returns
Accountants won't show you
how to do this for yourself but
they should,'' Mr Massey says.
For more information visit
Fabulous' theatre's open-air quirk
Roof with a view: This photograph of Napier was taken from St Paul's steeple
in 1930. This aspect shows the rudimentary air conditioning system, installed
100 years ago in the roof of Napier's first Municipal Theatre, built in 1911.
When it was built 100 years ago,
Napier's first Municipal Theatre
in Tennyson St had an innovative
air conditioning system in the
form of a sliding roof.
A May 11 article about the
theatre prompted a call to the
Napier Mail from Napier resident
Russell Spiller, who remembers
the building well.
He was a young lad in 1929 and
worked at the theatre as an ice-
cream and sweet'' boy.
The dome in the ceiling actu-
ally opened up to the fresh air . . .
there was a sliding rail system in
the roof. You could say it was a
yesteryear style of air condition-
ing,'' he recalls.
Back then, people smoked in
the theatre, so I suppose it was a
way of refreshing the air.''
Mr Spiller, who is now in his
90s, worked at the theatre for a
couple of years before it was
destroyed in the 1931 earth-
It really was a fabulous
theatre, regarded as the biggest
and best in the Southern Hemi-
sphere when it opened in 1912,''
But a decade in the world of
theatre is a long time -- it
had become out of date
within 10 years, and the
stage was too small for
modern shows and light-
ing and so on.
In some ways, it was
probably a bit of a bless-
ing when it fell down,
because it made way for a
modern theatre with a
much wider stage.''
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