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8 --- Howick and Pakuranga Times, Monday, September 24, 2012 www.times.co.nz After a hectic day of shopping on the streets of Howick, wouldn't it be nice to sit down, relax and be pampered in gor- geous surroundings? Well, newcomer N.A.M. Nail & Beauty opened today in The Terraces in Howick and offers just that to weary shoppers craving a little bit of indulgence. If the name has a familiar ring to it, that's because it's the younger sister of the ever bus- tling N.A.M. Nail Studio in Highland Park. More than a year after opening in Highland Park, owner and beauty therapist Jade Nguyen decided it was time to expand and, as a result, N.A.M. Nail & Beauty was born. Jade's Howick regulars will no doubt cel- ebrate the convenience of having N.A.M. so close to home and new customers will soon be hooked on beautifully applied manicures and pedicures the N.A.M. team is known for. In addition to a plethora of nail services, this divine new establishment also offers a range of beauty treatments. Instead of just putting their best hands and feet forward, customers can look forward to facial enhancements such as eyelash and brow tinting, brow shaping and upper lip wax- ing. What's more, Jade plans to gradually incor- porate a full beauty therapy service including full body waxing, spray tanning, eyebrow tat- tooing, lash extensions, facials and hot stone massage -- don't miss out on these beautifying treatments! A trained beauty therapist with nearly 10 years experience, Jade has always wanted to concentrate on beauty and following the suc- cess of her nail studio in Highland Park, this second venture also looks set for success. "I absolutely love what I do. I feel inspired to help women feel happy and confident in the way they look. It's amazing what a little bit of pampering can do!" Boasting elegant and glamorous interiors with luxurious gold and black wallpaper, this beauty centre is a cut above the rest. Clients can sink into ample, spa pedicure and massage chairs that are the epitome of comfort and relaxation, and there is a hospital grade autoclave for extra efficient sterilisation of all tools and products. With such high hygiene standards, it's only natural the quality of services offered by the four N.A.M. staff members are of a similar level. Fully qualified and trained, these nail techni- cians have been hand-picked by Jade and are consistently friendly and professional, making the nail experience a pleasant one that will leave most wanting more. From traditional French manicures to fash- ionable acrylics, glitter tips, show-stopping crystal encrusted nails, and of course, sleek and trendy gel nails, clients can showcase their individuality and maintain a polished appearance whether at work or play. For a flawless and much coveted gel nail finish, N.A.M. uses only the very best brands including Shellac CND and OPI ensuring beautiful nails that last up to two weeks while maintaining the same gloss and shine from when it was first applied. But wait, to celebrate its opening, N.A.M. is offering some irresistible deals. Take advan- tage of manicures for just $18, pedicures for $27, Shellac and gel nails for a mere $35, and a full set of acrylics for $40 -- prices like these are extremely rare so visit N.A.M. Nail & Beauty for stunning nails that are sure to be the envy of friends! N.A.M. Nail & Beauty The Terraces (Behind main Picton Street, between STOMP Kids Shoes and CraZe Hair) Wellington St Howick Phone 535 9535 New beauty parlour at The Terraces Enjoy the new surroundings while having your nails done. ■ Relax in our massaging pedicure chairs. ■ ADVERTORIAL 117510 Insufficient accountability AUCKLAND Council debt rises by $3 million each day, so a weekend news article points out. It’s not sur- prising when we have just seen our rates increases. Well, at the end of the day, you can only blame the mayor and coun- cillors, as they have the fnal voting power to say no. During my time on the Manukau City Council, there were some coun- cillors who never voted against any- thing put in front of them by council offcers. I presumed these councillors accepted that everything on the meeting agenda must be correct, as council offcers would not propose it if otherwise. One particular instance was an overspend by council for a service, which from memory was two or three times the price originally quoted. The council was asked to pass the overspend retrospectively and the councillors did so. When I asked why they voted accordingly, the response was “what’s the point voting against it, it has already happened”. I suggested that maybe it would be giving the message that this type of behaviour would not be tolerated, but nobody seemed to agree with me. The main problem I see is that many councillors who may have the best of intentions have never been in business, never had to make a dollar stretch out, never had to fnd wages for the staff in tough times, and never had to budget to retain enough money to pay the bills each month. With the council, if you are short you just increase the rates to pay for it, just far too easy if you ask me. From my 50 years’ business expe- rience, I believe that many offering services to council get away with far too much, and why should coun- cil staff get stressed out worrying about it? There are always good councillors and good staff, but maybe not enough of them to make a difference. Bob Wichman, Manukau Stunned about return I’M astonished the white-water raft- ing proposal should have been raised again after its repudiation under Manukau City (Times, September 17). This was not mentioned in the long-term council plan on which we made submissions. Yet it has suddenly appeared by the back door with councillors appar- ently being given a presentation from a private company seeking money for the venture. Ratepayers will ultimately be called upon to contribute to this, as well as the company (WERO) requesting proceeds from the sale of public land as a gift – land which I understand the ratepayers previously owned. Howick Ratepayers and Residents Association together with Cockle Bay Residents and Ratepayers Asso- ciation ran a survey on the white- water rafting issue recently and the results were 99 per cent of respond- ents clearly against this facility being constructed. How then have councillors been persuaded the residents are 93 per cent for this proposal according to a comment made to me by one of the councillors? It appears that some time ago a sur- vey was signed by people in shopping malls as entering a competition, so it appeared as if those signing it were in favour of the white-water rafting proposal. This appears another of the back door entry tactics of projects taken at face value being approved by the council in the same way as the V8 Supercars, but not budgeted for in the long-term council plan, so no submissions can be made. Gayleen Mackereth, Howick It's a miss-tree I WAS astonished to fnd on the morning of September 18 that all the trees had been removed from Town Centre Drive, Botany. They were a large part of the char- acter of the place. It now looks raw and bare. Do the centre managers not know what Botany means? Garry Law, Dannemora Down the drain IT’S interesting to see the revival of the rafting project that a major- ity of ratepayers objected to in 2010 (Times, September 17). Now, Mr Jeffery is having another “go” at it, so as to say. Well, you have to admire his gall if nothing else. I can assure him that ratepayers have not changed their stance on this misguided project. Indeed, with the great increase in rates and the more diffcult fnancial environment, he can be assured that ratepayers will watch with concern and take due action as necessary. Rob Walker, Howick 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. Letters should not exceed 200 words and should carry the name, residential address and contact telephone number of the author. Letters to the editor Featured letter each week will receive a Times pen. QUILTING FUN: Members of Paxtu Brownies, Bucklands Beach, have stitched a quilt to donate to Pakuranga Children's Health Camp. Times photo Wayne Martin Doing a good turn YOUNG ones who have stints at a health camp are about to enjoy a colourful treat, thanks to another group of children. Twenty seven- to nine-year-olds of Paxtu Brownies of Bucklands Beach have made a single bed quilt which they intend to donate to Pakuranga Children's Health Camp. With help from their Brown Owl leader Lynn King and some of their mothers, the brownies have spent a few weeks stitching the quilt as part of working towards their paws badge. "They decided that while they worked towards the badge they would also like to do a good turn," Ms King says. "We decided on the health camp, because it's so near to us."
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