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Howick and Pakuranga Times : Howick and Pakuranga Times Monday October 27 2014
8 — Howick and Pakuranga Times, Monday, October 27, 2014 www.times.co.nz There’s an old saying, “If nothing changes, nothing changes.” And that’s an adage which certainly sits well with Chris Schweder, who 30 years ago this month started Howick Village Jeweller in a space not much big- ger than a broom cupboard, next door to the public toilets. “It wasn’t a location you’d immediately link to a jeweller,” smiles Chris, “but I’m proud of how we began and I’m even more excited about how our recent rebrand has set us up for another 30 years of serving the community.” Over the past 30 years, Chris and his team have challenged the status quo and brought a highly creative flair to the making of some wonderful pieces of stunning jew- ellery. A practice he continues under a new brand launched just last year. “We’ve called the new brand Schweder,” adds Chris, “it’s a continuation of the type of service that we’ve always offered our cli- ents, but it’s delivered in a more obvious and recognisable way.” Schweder is a way of celebrat- ing the successes of the past and moving forward to the future. “I’m really proud of where we’ve come from and what we’ve achieved,” says Chris, “it’s a real milestone, and with the new look store we’re in a great place to enjoy another 30 years!” Chris has always been a trend setter. “My clients like to know that when I make something espe- cially for them, they are not going to have a ‘she’s wearing my dress’ moment.” For many of Chris’ clients, the individually crafted pieces mark a significant special occasion. “It’s not only the origi- nal wedding or anniversary that contributes to the special nature of these pieces,” says Chris, “as each year passes, the collected memories associated with wear- ing what I’ve created continue to grow.” It’s this forward thinking attitude that will ensure that Vil- lage Jeweller remains the place to go for everything beautiful, stylish and with original flair. “We began with a big dream and a healthy dose of naivety,” says Chris, but with many thousands of hours of design work, several dozen apprentices who have served their time in his care and a handful of prestigious national jewellery competition wins under his belt, the simple question is where to from here? “I’m only just getting started!” is the enthusiastic response to that question, and you can pop in to see for yourself. From the 3rd – 15th November there’s even a glass of wine and a piece of cake to celebrate all that has gone before, and usher the next 30 years of the magic and mystery of it all. A little bird also mentioned that the wine might have already gone to Chris Schweder’s head with never before seen pricing on some incredible pieces that are sure to put a twinkle in your eye! Howick Village Jeweller 98 Picton Street, Howick. Phone 534 7404. www.villagejeweller.com 30 Years of Village Jeweller ADVERTORIAL 123036A-v2 127639 Celebrate 30 Years in Howick with us off all showroom jewellery. Extremely rare opportunity From November 3 to 15 98 Picton Street, Howick Ph: 09 534 7404 30% 20% 60% 20% 20% 20% 30% 30% 30% 30% 60% 10% PHOTOS FOR SALE Thousands of photos from all our publications are available for purchase via our website. Go to www.times.co.nz/photos and click on your chosen image for ordering details. www.times.co.nz/photos We are the trusted voice of this community for more than 42 years. We don’t blog... We report! Future generations CHILDREN shouldn’t be suscep- tible to the actions of governments. The new Government needs to make sure its greatest priority is protecting our most vulnerable members of society, with viable policies to address the fundamental causes of child poverty. Children have no control over their circumstance. That’s why addressing poverty is a social responsibility rather than solely a parental responsibility. We have a responsibility to look after our future generations. There are no quick solutions to address poverty. However, long-term investment in our children is vital for future generations and also in our future prosperity. Jessica Lee, Bucklands Beach Extinguish this council THE proposed ban on fireplaces in homes, along with the figures quoted by the Auckland Council, are once more a nonsense and part of the plan by the council to make Auckland the world’s most unlive- able city. It’s inconceivable that domestic fires make up 75 per cent of Auck- land’s pollution, a council claim. This would suggest we’d all have to be sitting round our fires year- round. The figures just can’t be substantiated. Pollution can be seen clearly from Howick to the height of Mt Wellington, regularly in early autumn when temperature inver- sion occurs, well before more fires are even lit and it’s clear that the pollution comes mainly from vehi- cles, including diesel buses, which the council wishes us all to use. People create pollution and the council is hell-bent in getting more people into Auckland to cause more pollution. The council claims there is a problem as 85,000 homes have fireplaces. Many of these homes no longer use their fireplaces, but in an emer- gency, such as we saw in Christ- church, they are a source of heating and cooking in times of need. In the case of so many people, particularly the elderly, the fire- place is the only means they have of keeping warm in winter. Alternative electrical heating is too expensive and in the final anal- ysis just as polluting as new forms of power generation have to be found by the country. The proposed bylaw is a non- event, as the Unitary Plan requires 70 per cent of Auckland to be bull- dozed and new apartments and homes built. Thus, fireplaces will inevitably disappear in most homes, but we must not allow the council through our apathy to ban home open fires completely. People are near the end of their patience with this council – huge rate increases, huge water increases, rubbish charges, a bee and hen tax, increased dog taxes, mooted motorway and congestion taxes, a suggested Auckland pet- rol tax, iwi consultation for home alterations, and now a ban on home fires! Unliveable Auckland! Gayleen Mackereth, Howick On the mark CONGRATULATIONS to Dennis Horne for his superb letter outlin- ing the true meaning of marriage as given to us centuries back (Times, September 22). I totally agree with all he says. Would Mr Williamson have any idea of the true meaning of the rain- bow? I rather think not. Instead, it has been downgraded to the lowest level. Maybe this MP could offer to help the police patrol Murphy’s Bush and clean up the mess left behind by these blokes (Times, September 15). Alison Hegley, Howick Continuing erosion IT WAS great to see that our Auckland Council has done some much needed work on the top half of the bush track leading up to Pah Road from behind the Windross restaurant. Not so pleased with the time it is taking to sort out the erosion at the end of the sea wall at Cockle Bay Beach. Although the track gets a lot of use, I feel the council has got its priorities wrong. Let’s hope we see some action soon as summer is on its way. Barry Wood, Cockle Bay Musical mastery I HAD the privilege recently of at- tending the St Andrew’s Big Band concert at the Uxbridge Creative Centre in Howick. As the band is assembled from young people, my expectations were not overly high. How woefully wrong was I? The show they put on was of the highest standard and their playing and singing was sublime. They totally blew me away with their skill and enthusiasm. The audience of mainly senior citizens contributed to the event by applauding all the way through the concert. For me, the highlight was when the youngest trumpet player stepped down from the rear and took his place at the piano and pro- ceeded to play a most complicated piece of classical music. At the conclusion of the pianist’s mastery of the music, the pent-up admiration of the audience was Letters to the editor Letters to the Editor can be sent to: The Editor, Times Newspapers, PO Box 259-243, Botany, Auckland 2163 or by email to email@example.com or fax (09) 271-8073.
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