North Shore Times : November 16th 2010
3 NORTH SHORE TIMES, NOVEMBER 16, 2010 NEWS 2581508AO Hazel Ray Pat Philip The Jagger Family since 1933 Romaleigh Funeral Home 31 Ocean View Road Northcote phone 489 5737 www.morrisfunerals.co.nz Let our family take care of your family. LAST DAYS 3 BEDROOM DEATH TRAP Without working smoke alarms, this picturesque home is a family killer. Fast asleep in your bed, you'll never notice the deadly, poisonous smoke filling your bedroom, ensuite and lungs. You'll simply die without waking. Unless you have working photoelectric smoke alarms. SMOKE ALARMS SAVE LIVES | fire.org.nz 32110 |||| NZF0160/8 Head boy wins award Rangitoto College head boy Michael Chieng is one of eight students to be awarded a leadership scholarship by the Arrow Foundation. More than 180 students applied for the scholarship with 22 students being highly commended. The scholarship was worth $2500 and he also won the Northern North Island regional scholar- ship. Michael was part of the New Zealand future problem solving team that competed in the international finals in Michigan, US, last year. Shore house prices show 2 percent rise House prices on the North Shore ignored the Auckland-wide trend, with the aver- age sales price increasing last month. The average house price increased to $575,000, up 2 percent on the average price over the past 12 months. The price was also 3 percent higher than the average for October last year. While sales volumes were down 37 percent on what they were for the same month last year, the prices achieved were sound, Barfoot & Thompson man- aging director Peter Thompson says. Auckland-wide sales volumes were down, but whereas in the rest of Auck- land homes marked time at September values, this area achieved a modest growth. Buyers still see value for money in this area. For the past 12 months the average sales price stands at $564,000, up 7 percent on the average for the year at this time last year. Areas of greatest activity in the month were Glenfield, Albany, Torbay and Browns Bay. People purchasing their first home accounted for the largest share of buyers on the North Shore in September and October according to a recent survey by Harcourts local franchise Cooper & Co. Managing director Martin Cooper says first home buyers accounted for 31 percent of the franchise s last 150 North Shore sales. The findings confirm anecdotal feedback that the North Shore is a popu- lar choice with a wide range of buyers, including a significant number who are choosing to move into the area, Mr Coo- per says. For example many first home buyers are clearly keen to live on the Shore and are finding opportunities to enter the property ladder in the area, a fifth were people transferring into the area, a good volume were investors who see value in North Shore properties and 24 percent of the buyers were people happy to remain living in the area. Harcourts New Zealand chief execu- tive Hayden Duncan says the Shore lifestyle has broad appeal which helps drive demand for property in the area. The median sale price for a North Shore city home eased up from $530,000 in September to $531,000 in October but is still down on the median of $545,000 in October 2009, according to the Real Estate Institute. Total sales were 272, down from 304 in September and the 409 sold in Octo- ber 2009. The Auckland median price rose last month to $460,000, which is $5000 and just over 1 percent up on the median price in October a year ago. Close call for pupils By SARAH CODDINGTON and LIZ WILLIS Fatal crash: Shore students escaped injury after a car crashed into their school bus. The car's driver died at the scene. 2006 crash: A bus crash in 2006 left about 40 Shore college students with minor injuries. A FATAL crash between a car and a school bus is the second major accident in four years involving country pupils from the same North Shore schools. PBC Travel buses, carrying pupils from outlying areas, were involved in the accidents which occurred on rural Rodney roads. Pupils from four colleges were in shock and crying after the fatal collision on Thursday. A car carrying three people collided with the school bus on Old North Rd near Kumeu and the driver died at the scene. The two passengers were taken to Auckland Hospital with critical injuries. The 21 pupils from Westlake Boys High School, Westlake Girls High School, Carmel College and Rosmini College were largely unharmed. Three Rosmini students are being applauded for their efforts to help victims. The 14-year-olds were passengers on the bus and gave first aid to the three victims. One of the boys held up the head of a crash victim as he went in and out of consciousness. The man later died at the scene. The students, Oliver Tyack, Joseph Coddington and Miles Broderick, helped at the scene for 40 minutes. Principal Tom Gerrard is immensely proud of the boys and congratulated them for their efforts. They got the little ones out of the way so they didn t see too much and then went to help. They were very mature. Mr Gerrard says the students were concerned that one of the victims died but are not traumatised. It is absolutely incredible what they did, he says. In 2006 students from the same colleges, plus Takapuna Normal Intermediate, were involved in a bus crash that left 40 students with minor injuries. The bus crashed through a fence and flipped on to its roof while taking a bend on the Coatesville-Riverhead Highway in wet weather. A spokesman says the present PBC Travel company formed in 2007 and there were different cir- cumstances and routes involved. The company praised the actions of its bus driver during Thursday s accident. The fact she knew the area well and was approaching a danger- ous corner at a very slow speed helped, the spokesman says. She saw the car had lost con- trol on the corner and pulled the bus over to the left but the car kept crossing the centre line. The spokesman says travelling on a school bus is a very safe way to travel. Counselling will be offered to students that were on board.
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