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By CAROLYN VEEN
Pre-loved designs will help charities
Revamp: Toni Thomas opens her new boutique, Roundabout, in Ahuriri.
What goes around comes around
is a fitting concept for a pre-loved
fashion boutique that opens in
Ahuriri next month.
The brainchild behind the
recycled designer-clothing store,
Roundabout, is architect Toni
Thomas, who will donate the
boutique s profit to the charities
that supported her family during
the last two years.
When her young son Kent was
diagnosed with leukaemia in
2009, Toni was so grateful for the
wonderful care that she wanted to
return the favour and give some-
The charities that will benefit
from this not-for-profit business
are Ronald MacDonald, Starship
Foundation, Child Cancer Foun-
dation, Canteen and Make a
Roundabout will have a point
of difference -- all of the clothing
will be high-end quality labels,and
they ll be in immaculate con-
dition, she says.
Many women have classic items
in their wardrobes that are far too
good to throw away so they often
hold on to them, but sooner or
later there s no space left in the
Now they can take them in to
Roundabout, in Bridge St,
Ahuriri, where they will be sold on
behalf of the donor.
People can donate their items
outright or receive 30 per cent of
the sale price, so either way, it s a
win-win situation really. What-
ever profit is left over from the
boutique s essential running costs
which include rent and electricity
and so forth, will be donated to
the chosen charities.
designer clothing selection will
include retro clothing as well as
accessories, from head to toe and
all that s in between -- shoes, hats,
handbags, scarves and jewellery.
Roundabout will open on
August 13, which is a special date
for us as it was exactly two years
ago that Kent went into hospital.
As well as needing more cloth-
ing to sell, Toni is also on the
lookout for pre-loved items to fur-
nish the new boutique. She needs
a cash register, sofa, coffee table,
mirrors, racks and mannequins.
Roundabout in Bridge St,
Ahuriri, will open next door to
Kermitt Architecture, where Toni
is the principal designer. If you d
like to donate clothing or shop fur-
niture, please phone 835 6359.
No losses in HB
Hawke's Bay is not affected by job
losses within the Department of
Conservation, as announced
recently. The positions identified are
largely office-based support roles,
either in the national office in
Wellington or regional conservancy
offices. DOC does not have a
conservancy office in Hawke's Bay,
as it is based in Wellington. A DOC
spokesperson says the department
wants to maintain its frontline
conservation work and this move will
help to reorganise the way that work
is supported, better directing
resources to the field.
Ethnic get together
The Ethnic Association of Hawke's
Bay invites you to their annual
Banquet with Napier Mayor Barbara
Arnott on Thursday, July 21.
''Join us and the mayor for
conversation, a fantastic banquet
and the opportunity to hear Barbara
Arnott's thoughts on ethnic
communities in Hawke's Bay and the
contribution they make to Napier,''
says the association's Nina Siers.
RSVP essential for the banquet being
held from 7pm at Restaurant
Singapore, 85 Hastings St, Napier,
$25 pp. Phone Nina on 878 3335 or
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LETTER TO THE EDITOR
Waste of time
Recent letters to your paper repeat
old and nearly forgotten ideas.
The hospital on the hill is 11 years
closed now, broken down, vandalised
and not sold.
The old dolphin pool and
surrounds are past their use-by date
Can these fervent writers pay for
the upkeep of these amenities? Of
Remove Marineland with all its
rusting pipes and motors and build a
first class hotel. Everyone talks
about a scarcity of good
A third white elephant is the
newly-lengthened (still too short)
airport runway no airline is going to
fly in or out of. What a waste of
resources. The idea floated at the
time was build it they will use it .
Not one airline is interested. All
three airlines have changed to
Airbus 320s from 737s and they
require a much longer runway
Kick up your heels at DIY Deco Weekend
With the popular Deco Decanted
Weekend being moved to mid-
September to coincide with the
Rugby World Cup event, a group
of deco enthusiasts didn t want to
miss out on their annual winter
celebrations, so they ve organised
a DIY Deco Weekend for July 15
Napier Art Deco ambassador
Bertie and the lovely Penelope
have co-ordinated the do it your-
self weekend -- all you have to do
is have fun, furs or not.
We supply the basics of the
Deco events -- music, venue and
bar -- and you join in, buy your
own food and drink and enjoy the
fun. It won t cost a fortune either.
Just $50 per person gives you
entry to all the weekend events,
except Saturday night where you
choose between Mooch at the
MED and the Saturday Night
Hop , Bertie says.
The three-day DIY Art Deco
Weekend kicks off at 6.30pm on
the Friday with Flaunt yer Fur
at the MED Bar.
Here you can get yourself a
drink and listen to the stories of
where those wonderful furs (and
coats, suits, dresses etc) came
from. Bring your stories too and
show and tell . Music from
Later, at 8pm, you can re-live
the gripping radio drama of
yesteryear -- The Steam Radio
Show -- as we re-enact the classic
radio serial. Gosh, you may even
get a part! Bertie says.
Other events include Saturday
afternoon at the Art Deco Trust s
Fire Station Flicks where
Charlie Chaplin and other silent
stars strut their stuff at 2.30pm.
Later, at 4pm, it s Play Up and
Play the Game by the fireside at
the GMK Bar featuring parlour
To end the fun weekend, get
along on Sunday at 6pm to the
Toodle Pip Toe Tap at the
As all good things must come to
an end, you can give them a rip
roaring send off with the lads
from the Jazz Club.
Lots of talent on show including
a hot band from Wellington.
For more information phone 835
0022 or visit artdeconapier.com
and book online.
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