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NORTH HARBOUR NEWS, MARCH 15, 2013
The Foundation: An artist's impression
of the new $20 million Albany
Earthworks start: The project is expected to be completed by about October.
WORK has begun on The Foun-
dation , a $20 million retail develop-
ment on Oteha Valley Rd in Albany.
The Foundation will provide
automotive, leisure and service
facilities, plus an upmarket dining
precinct. Restaurants and food out-
lets will overlook a landscaped
square featuring an interactive
Todd Property Albany Develop-
ments bought the site from Argosy
Property, which owns the adjacent
Mitre 10 Mega complex and the
Albany Mega Centre, and is doing
the project in conjunction with
Adam Reynolds from Cappella
The development is due to be
completed by September/October,
Mr Reynolds says.
The 1.3 hectare site is also flan-
ked by Freedom Furniture and
other existing bulk retail outlets to
the east and the North Harbour
Stadium to the west.
The Foundation will provide
services for residents throughout
the North Harbour area and
beyond, including Greenhithe,
Coatesville and Long Bay.
Centre leasing master agent Jan
Hutcheson says they are focused on
having a high quality mix of
branded tenants which will comple-
ment and support each other,
ensuring The Foundation becomes a
destination for North Shore people.
It will include a Bridgestone B
Select Service Centre. We were
looking for a site in Albany which is
on a major arterial road, has a high
profile, and is easy for our custom-
area poised for growth, David Gell
from Bridgestone says. About
26,000 vehicles daily use Oteha Val-
ley Rd. Other tenants will include
the Lone Star restaurant chain,
celebrating 25 years in New Zea-
land, opening later this year.
The area has plans for a new
Countdown supermarket, expanded
activity at the North Shore Stadium
and Aquatic Centre and residential
Fine speciman: Ladies will weigh
their catches between 4pm and
5pm on Sunday.
It will be ladies weekend at the
Hibiscus Coast Boat Club this
The club has its annual
''Ladies Only'' fishing
competition from 8am on
Saturday until 4pm on Sunday.
Catches will be weighed in
at the club between 4pm and
5pm on Sunday.
Prize giving will be held at at
6pm on Sunday with prizes
donated by the Rodney Times,
Elizabeth Arden, Dermolgica,
Trilogy and other businesses.
competitions are held on the
first weekend of the month.
The Chesters Fishing
Competition is on April 20.
Women's contributions to community recognised
Kind service: Yellow roses are awarded to, from left, Judith Williams, Jill Ansell,
Lorraine Sampson and Dr Ruth Currell from Zontians Linda Braithwaite and
president Suzanne Coleman. Roses were delivered to absent recipients Margaret
Christie, Helen Hardcastle and Joan Roberts.
Yellow roses awarded to
community-minded women marked
International Women s Day.
Seven women were recognised for
their services to the community by
Hibiscus Coast Zonta at a special
They are Judith Williams, Jill
Ansell, Lorraine Sampson, Dr Ruth
Currell, Margaret Christie, Helen
Hardcastle and Joan Roberts.
Margaret Christie has worked as
a volunteer with Centrestage
Theatre for 44 years. She is a Serv-
ing Sister of the Order of St John
and treasurer of the St John s
Ambulance Area Committee.
Joan Roberts organises a weekly
lunch at the Masonic Lodge for the
elderly, which includes arranging
transportation for guests. The
Lunch Club started 30 years ago.
Joan also works as a volunteer at
the Citizens Advice Bureau.
Dr Ruth Currell is a GP specialis-
ing in pain management and dia-
betes, and runs a community edu-
cation programme for diabetes.
Ruth and her husband run a
church youth programme on a
Jill Ansell started the Silverdale
Hall market more than 20 years ago
to raise funds for Plunket. She now
organises the Saturday market
which has expanded to the street
and nearby green. For the past 30
years she has been on the Silverdale
Commercial Ratepayers Associ-
Association president Lorraine
Sampson has worked as a teacher,
and played music at Holy Trinity
Silverdale for 36 years. She is
passionate about developing
Helen Hardcastle assists her hus-
band in his ministry at the Anglican
She attends strategy meetings
with community and church
leaders, welcomes people who need
emotional or physical healing,
prepares young couples for mar-
riage, and makes jams and
chutneys to fundraise for important
work in Tanzania.
Judith Williams was founding
president of the Puhoi Historical
Society for more than a decade and
is the publicist for Puhoi s 150th
anniversary this year.
She is writing a book, updating
the last 50 years of the village.
Hibiscus Coast Zonta meets
monthly every fourth Tuesday at
Mozaik Cafe for a dinner meeting
with guest speakers.
Contact Dot on 09 428 0438, or
Suzanne 09 422 0073, for
House prices in the North Harbour
News area eased in February, with
the average sales price reaching
This pulled the average selling
price for the past 12 months back to
$530,000, Barfoot & Thompson
managing director Peter Thompson
Although prices fell away in
February, the year-on-year
increase in prices for this area now
stands at 21 per cent, one of the
highest increases for any part of
Sales numbers were also high,
with sales for the past 12 months
being up 48 per cent on those for
the year previous.
Suburbs with the greatest sales
activity in February were Stan-
more Bay, Gulf Harbour and
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