Home' North Harbour News : October 14th 2011 Contents www.northharbournews.co.nz
6 NORTH HARBOUR NEWS, OCTOBER 14, 2011
View our latest edition online at www.northharbournews.co.nz
Serving the Auckland region since 2002
Six Year Warranty
Quiet and Discreet
Call NOW for a quote
0800 4 FONKO
(0800 4 36656)
GET IN QUICK!
Installation and GST!
Find out why HITACHI is NZ's fastest
growing Heat Pump brand!
Visit our kitchen showroom
The best simply is affordable
FREE 10 piece Stoneline German Cookware
Package with any kitchen confirmed this month
ONLY 8 MINUTES FROM ALBANY
ph 09 4211 520
"The kitchen went so smoothly, we are delighted." Julie, TORBAY
A short drive to Silverdale will drive your dollar further!
dont buy new - re-upholster
The fact that Bruce Withers Upholstery has been in
business for 40 years is testimony to the quality and
reliability of their work.
Gary employs a large, highly skilled workforce and
is able to do short notice jobs as well as commercial
work, cars, boats and caravans.
If you are looking for an expert to do antique
furniture restoration they are very proficient at
re-staining and re-dying furniture.
Many pieces of older furniture are so well made with
sturdy frames they are definitely worth recovering.
Bruce Withers Upholstery are able to restore diamond
backs, re-foam, re-spring as well as sanding and
re-staining the wood on your favourite pieces of
bruce withers upholstery
135 Sunnybrae Rd, Glenfield
Phone 443 5883
PROMOTION ENDS 31 OCT 2011
TRADING HOURS: MON - FRI 8.30 - 5.00| SAT 8.30 - 4.00| SUN 10.00 - 3.00
ALBANY | PH: 09 448 1095 | 9 COWLEY PLACE
(OFF ROSEDALE RD, AT TAWA DRIVE CIRCLE)
Stores: Albany| NewLynn |Whangarei | MtMaunganui | Palmerston North | Christchurch
A royal touch for the garden
All gardeners are familiar with
the beautiful monarch butter-
fly, and spring is possibly the
most important season in the
monarch's life cycle.
As soon as winter is over the
monarchs that have hibernated
through the cold weather
emerge to lay eggs and begin a
new cycle of life.
Even though it wasn't orig-
inally native to New Zealand,
the monarch butterfly is one of
the most beloved denizens in
Throughout the warm
weather these charming black
and orange-yellow winged
creatures flicker through the
greenery, adding life and colour
to static landscapes.
The monarch is sometimes
called the wanderer butterfly
because it is able to cover such
Monarchs established them-
selves in New Zealand in the
1800s after somehow making
the journey from their native
North America. But because
monarchs don't feed on our
native plants, they appreciate
human help in maintaining
their food sources.
Their favourite plant is the
swan plant, seeds of which are,
fortunately, available in Yates
In spring the butterflies will
be looking for swan plants on
which to lay their eggs.
Yates Swan Plant seeds can
be sown directly into the garden
bed as soon as the soil has lost
its winter chill. Scatter seed
onto a prepared garden bed,
cover very lightly with Yates
Black Magic Seed Raising Mix
and moisten gently without dis-
turbing the seeds.
After germination, thin
plants to about one metre apart.
In colder areas seeds can be
sown in pots and seedlings
transplanted once its warmer.
As the plants grow, help to
move them along by feeding
regularly with Thrive Soluble
Plant Food or Nitrosol Organic.
The larger and bushier the
plant, the more food there will
be for the greedy caterpillars.
In fact the caterpillars often
eat so enthusiastically that they
gobble up all of the leaves and,
by midsummer, the swan plants
can be little more than
For this reason its helpful to
continue sowing and growing as
many plants as possible in dif-
ferent parts of the garden. Also,
remove excess eggs to reduce
the number of caterpillars that
Feeding hungry mature
caterpillars some pumpkin flesh
will help them survive, but
won't encourage breeding so is
not a long term solution.
Swan plants are much loved
by children because of their
bladder-like seed pods, which
do indeed look a bit like fat
The plants are toxic, how-
ever, so should always be kept
out of reach of very young chil-
dren. Many kindergartens grow
their swan plants behind a pro-
tective, see-though fence. This
has the double benefit of
preventing the children from
touching the plants but also
allowing the butterflies to for-
age and lay eggs without inter-
ference from little fingers.
Interestingly, the butterfly
absorbs the poison when it
feeds on the swan plant. The
butterfly then becomes toxic to
many of its predators, which
provides it with extra protec-
For every packet of Swan Plant
sold, Yates makes a donation to
the Monarch Butterfly New
Zealand Trust. This non-profit
organisation is dedicated to
protecting and providing
education about the butterflies
and moths of New Zealand. Visit
tips for home
Plan for regular preventive maintenance
Budget for major maintenance tasks like
Carry out repairs promptly to avoid larger
Know how to turn your water, gas and power
supplies off, and how to safely turn them on
Know your limitations, get qualified help
Know what jobs the law requires a profes-
sional to do
Combat dampness by insulating, ventilating
and heating your home
Check mould and water stains for possible
Understand and follow the maintenance
requirements of your home's cladding
Check cladding regularly for signs of water
Keep drainage outlets clear on enclosed decks
Check your roof annually
Clean guttering and spouting regularly
Take adequate safety precautions when doing
Practical, easy-to-follow information about
home maintenance is available at www.
consumerbuild.org.nz a website jointly owned by
the Consumers Institute and the Department of
Building and Housing.
The website also has useful information about
house buying, building and renovating.
Links Archive October 7th 2011 October 21st 2011 Navigation Previous Page Next Page