Home' Napier Mail : February 7th 2012 Contents 8 NAPIER MAIL, FEBRUARY 8, 2012
The property market in Napier continues
to be characterised by lower than
normal sales volumes.
Sales numbers in 2011 were more than 34%
less than the long term average - tracking at
their lowest level since the early 1980 s.
Data from both Quotable Value and REINZ
shows that house prices in Napier started
to so en again in the last few of months
of 2011, ending the year 1.6% less than
Generally, buyers are acting cautiously,
taking their time to do research well before
making o ers. First home buyers continue
to be encouraged by low interest rates, while
investors largely prefer to wait.
e increase in activity at the lower end of
the market is re ected in an average sales
price of around $291,000 for properties sold
during the past year. is is nearly $14,000
less than the average sales price a year
earlier, a drop of nearly 4.5%.
e property market is heavily in uenced
by consumer con dence, so it will be
interesting to see how 2012 progresses.
In Hawkes Bay the market is largely
dependent on the strength of the local
economy. A strong rural sector typically
has a positive impact on property values in
While business and consumer con dence
seems to be improving, there is still some
concern about the nancial situation in
Europe, and what may happen to the
New Zealand economy if events there take
a turn for the worse.
2012 is likely to be another interesting year
for the property market.
If you would like a more detailed report
about the Napier Real Estate Market this is
available at www.coxpartners.co.nz or call
Cox Partners Estate Agents on 835-4321.
Also available are the latest Residential
Property Forecasts from Informetrics. It
pays make decisions based on factual data.
Malcolm Cox, (06) 835-4321
Malcolm Cox on Property
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74 Gannets in the rain
WIN a Holiday Package
"A spot of rain won't stop a fantastic
adventure" Judy of Tauranga
The Gannet Beach Adventures tractor and trailer trip is one of the iconic must do trips for
visitors to Hawkes Bay. The gannets can be viewed from mid-October to late April. The
tractor and trailer tours run once a day but the times vary subject to low tide.
Departing from Clifton Beach, 25 kms south of Napier, the guided tour takes 4 hours and
the ride gives people the opportunity to experience amazing close-ups on the geology, bird
life and the largest most accessible gannet colony in the world. There are 4 main colonies
at Cape Kidnappers with over 17,000 nesting birds.
The tractors stop for a 90 minute break at Cape Kidnappers that gives visitors time spend
at the largest Black reef colony, to walk up to the Plateau colony ( 25 minutes walk), or to
enjoy a picnic at the DOC reserve which has picnic tables, toilets and information boards.
The Australasian Gannet (takapu) is a member of the booby family and they return each
year to Cape Kidnappers to nest. Gannet pairs mate for life and produce one chick each
season. When the chick is approximately 16 weeks old it will take its first migratory flight
to Australia, returning to its birthing area 3-5 years later.) The tractor and trailer trip is a
great day out for families.
If you have a great Hawke's Bay experience like this, share your in-SITE and you could
win a fantastic prize package. To enter visit the Napier i-SITE website - www.napiercity.co.nz
"We spent two glorious days at Napier travelling with another
couple visiting from Australia. We visited wineries and rode
on the tractor to Cape Kidnappers even though it was raining.
It was fun and interesting with a great crew. We took in the
magnificent views at Te Mata Peak and enjoyed an Art Deco
tour and even played minigolf at Par2 Minigolf on Marine
Parade. There is so much more to do and see, we would love the
opportunity to return to Hawke's Bay. Everyone was friendly
and helpful. Thanks to the helpful staff at the i-SITE."
Napier winery Mission Estate is expanding pro-
duction and popping the cork on its first sparkling
wine in almost 50 years. New Zealand's oldest
winemaker toasted 160 years with its Fete brand
at its new winery in Napier last night. Fete --
French for party -- is the estate's first hand-
harvested sparkling wine since Methode
Traditionelle Fontanella was released in 1963.
Bay prosperity study
By DIANE JOYCE
Dame Margaret Bazley has
agreed to lead a study on how
to improve Hawke's Bay's
social and economic perform-
ance. However, not all on the
steering group running it are
convinced she is the right per-
son for the job.
The study, which would
look at the impediments to the
region's performance and
suggest remedies, should be
completed by November, the
Hawke's Bay Regional Council
heard in January.
The project had developed
from Hastings' mayor Law-
rence Yule's call for an inves-
tigation into the amalgama-
tion of some or all of Hawke's
Each of the five councils,
Hastings, Napier, Central
Hawke's Bay, Wairoa and the
regional council, were in the
process of considering the
terms of reference for the
Hastings, Central Hawke's
Bay and the regional council
had approved them, albeit
with some minor alterations
by the latter.
Napier considered it on
Thursday in a public excluded
session and decided to put it
before the next full council
meeting this month. Wairoa
was expecting it to be con-
sidered by councillors this
At the regional council
meeting last Wednesday,
councillor Tim Gilbertson told
the meeting he was under the
impression that Dame Marga-
ret had already been
appointed to the position.
Council chairman Fenton
Wilson said while Dame Mar-
garet may have been
approached and indicated her
willingness to undertake the
project, there was no agree-
ment within the steering
group that she would head the
The steering group is made
up of the four mayors, the
regional council chairman,
and the five chief executives.
My preference is for two or
three people to put their hats
into the ring,'' Mr Wilson said.
No mention of local
Who should head the study
was not the only contentious
point raised before councillors
went on to unanimously
approve its slightly amended
version of the terms.
Councillor Neil Kirton
objected to the watered-
down'' language in the terms,
saying the document before
them was extremely differ-
ent'' to the one regional coun-
cillors had approved in Sept-
ember. That resolution
referred to assessment at a
detailed level, as to what role
local government in Hawke's
Bay plays in enabling
and/or impeding it.''
Mr Kirton said the lack of
any mention of local govern-
ment in the final terms of ref-
erence was unacceptable.
It looks like every effort
has been made to oust the
term local government. We
should continue with the
study [as the regional council
framed it], and if others decide
to back out then so be it.''
His fellow councillors felt
that the language was broad
enough to allow a detailed
look at the role of local govern-
Mr Gilbertson said while
the wording was considerably
different to the parameters
that had been discussed
there is nothing to stop us
looking at efficiencies in local
government''. The regional
included adding a reference to
protecting the environment,
and asked that the steering
group informally discuss the
appointment of the study
leader with councillors.
End of line for young battler
Birthday girl: Matisse Reid on her 11th
An 11-year journey has come to a close
for Matisse Reid, with the removal of her
central line -- her lifeline.
It was a bittersweet day for Matisse
and her family.
For 11 years the line has been a part
of Matisse, like an arm or leg, only far
more important,'' said mum Jodee Reid.
Matisse was born in Napier on
Christmas Day 2000 and diagnosed with
chronic idiopathic intestinal pseudo
obstruction. Until an intestinal trans-
plant in Pittsburgh USA, in 2010, she
had never eaten.
The family now live in America but
keep in close touch with family in
We know how to treat Matisse with an
IV line. I have taken blood for lab work
from it, I know when she is dehydrated so
I can fix it at home by adding an extra
bag of IV fluids. I could feed her if she
was vomiting and too sick to eat, I could
give her the best possible pain medicine
when she was in pain. I can no longer do
any of that.''
A central line is a semi-permanent
intravenous line that allowed the Reids
to feed Matisse her TPN (IV nutrition),
which had kept her alive for 11 years. It
was also used up to every four hours for
pain medication and extra hydration. It
was removed about a week before
The risk with one of these catheters is
they are a foreign object in the body going
directly to the heart,'' said Mrs Reid.
We fed a sugary substance into it, to a
body whose bacteria-filled intestine did
not work. Bacteria from the intestine
would find their way to the TPN and
cause sepsis -- we have fought 43 line
infections in Matisse over the years. . .
You would think that we would be over
the moon at being able to live without
using the line and finally having it
removed. Yes we are -- sort of. For
Matisse it represents the loss of her
They know they will get used to the
many freedoms line removal affords.
Matisse will now be able to swim; shower
without the fear of an unscheduled dress-
ing change, and when she gets a high
temperature, Mrs Reid will no longer fear
life-threatening sepsis in the line.
Since the transplant Matisse has con-
tinued to improve and now has her own
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