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Waste Weka Says...
Working towards a sustainable future
For further information, phone the Napier City Council on 835 7595
or visit our website www.napier.govt.nz
It's Spring Cleaning time again.
You can now recycle bottles, paper and plastic at
the Transfer Station as well as greenwaste.
Make sure you secure
rubbish on your trailer
so it doesn't become
litter on our roads.
If someone is to buy their house, a seller must be
aware of and buy into the concept of a "window of
opportunity". is phenomenon means that when a
home rst comes on the market it attracts attention
from those buyers who are currently looking for a
home around this price.
If the buyer believes the home is poorly priced, it
loses its opportunity and doesn t draw their attention.
It gets written o from the beginning. Once this hap-
pens it isn t easy to get those buyers back, even with a
series of price reductions.
First impressions are the original pictures framed
in the mind and heart -- they are usually lasting ones.
When memories and opinions get set, they are typi-
cally tough to change.
e rst time someone sees a property is called
the "window of opportunity" because it s the single
best chance to create the impression that will sell the
house. It is the best marketing message a seller can
send: "we re priced right and serious to sell".
If a property isn t appropriately priced for the mar-
ket from the outset, a seller will likely miss this im-
portant rst. Our job is to get the seller to grasp why
pricing their property right must happen right now,
because they only get one chance to make a good rst
impression. Making the wrong impression will cost a
seller time and money.
As the market shi s the importance of pricing and
exposes agents who don t give it the researched atten-
tion it requires. e most successful agents become
masters of pricing and masterful in getting their sell-
ers to trust the ndings and act on them.
Buyers are always looking for value. Regardless of
the market, they want the best property available at
the lowest price.
Observation of current pricing is a science that
requires a thorough, rational, fact-based analysis.
Forecasting is an acquired skill, an inexact ability to
predict market direction and speed.
e information to do this is available, and at Cox
Partners we take the time and e ort to uncover it, in-
terpret it, learn from it so that our market intelligence
is reliable and our expertise is available to you.
We look forward to supporting you with the sale
of you home in 2013 by helping to inform your real
estate decisions. For a complimentary copy of the
booklet "How To Get the
HIGHEST PRICE For
Your Property call 835-4321.
Malcolm Cox, (06) 835-4321
Malcolm Cox on Property
Window of opportunity
seconds from Rio
By CAROLYN VEEN
Backstroker: Hone-Paora Scott, 16, has his heart set on swimming at the
2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
If 16-year-old backstroke swim-
mer Hone-Paora Scott can shave
five seconds off his time over the
next four years then he'll be a
shoe-in for the next Olympics.
It's not that easy to lose five
seconds, but I'm going to train as
hard as I can because I really
want to compete at the 2016
Olympic Games in Brazil,'' said
Hone-Paora was one of only two
Maori selected to trial for the
London 2012 New Zealand Olym-
pic swimming team.
I was 15 at the time of the
trials, and most of them on the
squad team were 18 and older, but
I'm looking forward to testing my
skills again in 2015 and fighting
for a place in the next team.''
He trained hard, six days a
week, getting up at 5am to head to
the aquatic centre pools in Onek-
awa. He averaged 60 kilometres a
week in the pool.
There's little chance socialising,
but most of his friends are swim-
I don't have time to party; I
don't drink alcohol and I don't do
drugs. For me, there is nothing
better than swimming. When I am
swimming, I am released from
this world. I feel free.''
He is 190cm tall, is still growing
and attends Te Kura Kaupapa
Maori o Te Ara Hou.
I am very fit, but only swim-
ming fit, which means the
muscles I've developed are specific
to this sport.
Most people think the arm
muscles need to be strong for
backstroke swimming, but it's
really all in the legs -- the legs do
all the work, they drive you
through the water. The rest is
basically steering the body.''
The teen has been swimming at
a national level since the age of 12
and is highly focused on his
achieving his aim in life, winning
an Olympic gold medal.
Sometimes at 5am I wish I
could stay in bed a bit longer, but
I know that I must keep my train-
ing up, and then once I'm in the
pool I feel great.''
Once he is dried off and dressed,
it is off to school for the day, and
then, before doing his homework,
he is back in the water for another
two hours after school.
In the Napier Aquahawks Swim
Team, Hone-Paora's personal best
times are 58.09 seconds for the
100-metre backstroke and 26.09
seconds for 50m.
To qualify for the New Zealand
team, the time needs to be 53
seconds for the 100-metre sprint.
Five seconds is a long time in a
lap, but I hope to make up that
time so that I can go to Rio.''
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