North Shore Times : January 20th 2011
3 NORTH SHORE TIMES, JANUARY 20, 2011 NEWS Auckland City 71 Dominion Rd 09 623 4511 Silverdale 20 Silverdale Rd 09 426 8913 Takapuna 13 Hurstmere Rd 09 489 2495 NEW RESORTWEAR/BEACHWEAR & SUMMER DRESSES NEW RESORT WEAR/BEACHWEAR NEW SEASON SWIMWEAR HAS ARRIVED!!! One Pieces .......................... sizes 8-24 Tankinis ............................... sizes 8-22 Bikinis ...................................sizes 8-18 View our fantastic new look! ✔ Sausage Sizzle and Free Gifts ✔ Exciting activities for kids ✔Enrolontheday&gointhe draw to win a Trike!! Topkids Saturn Place Open Day Saturday 22nd January, 10am-1pm Kidicorp for happy, confident learners 15-17 Saturn Place, North Shore, phone 09 414 6433 50% OFF OFFER ON THE DAY! Find out more *conditions may apply From skiing to world of fashion New calling: Frantisek Riha only bought himself a sewing machine last year when he decided he wanted to be a fashion designer. Photo: BEN WATSON Bolder look: Frantisek Riha's designs will be targeting the gay market where he believes there will be more opportunities for his menswear. ' When people get the taste of something different they will become more open to unusual designs. ' Frantisek Riha By LISA HONEYBONE MAKING the move from a high performance ski instruc- tor to fashion designer isn t your average career change. But that s exactly what Frantisek Riha has done around five years after mov- ing to New Zealand from the Czech Republic. He moved to the South Island in June 2005 to teach high performance skiing but it was a bad season so he moved up to Auckland where he worked at Snowplanet. Last year he began study- ing fashion design and half- way through his studies he was a finalist in the menswear section of the Westfield Style Pasifika awards. Just before Christmas he opened his first fashion boutique in Highbury where he creates made-to-measure custom designs for men and women. Frantisek says he would love to see people dressing more boldly, especially men. He will soon be trying to target the gay market where he believes there will be more opportunities for his menswear. Birkenhead is becoming a strong living area for higher income people, including gay couples, he says. I believe when people get the taste of something differ- ent they will become more open to unusual designs, he says. Frantisek says he draws his inspiration from what s around him including people on the street to colours and textures of the New Zealand bush. His designs also have a European influence, he says. Having studied multimedia art and photography, he takes the photos for his fashion shoots. The Changing Room is at 12-14 Birkenhead Ave. Visit www.frantisek.co.nz for more information. House prices up The average price of North Shore homes sold last month was 9 percent up on the same month a year earlier, says Barfoot & Thomp- son. The average sale price for local homes sold in December 2010 was up 9 percent on December 2009 to $571,991, running more than $40,000 ahead of the regional average of $529,682, which dropped 4 percent for the same period, Barfoot & Thompson managing director Peter Thompson says. The total year s aver- age sale price on the North Shore was up 5per cent to $562,441, also well ahead of the regional average of $529,648, which remained steady from 2009, Mr Thompson says. These results show that North Shore homes continue to hold their value and are attracting good interest from buyers. It is also reflective of the greater number of high-value properties being sold here, Mr Thompson says. One trend evident across the region was a drop in the number of sales, Mr Thompson says. But he sounded a note of caution: Continued increases in the average sale price through the year are likely to be incremental. We are also wary that outside factors, including the Rugby World Cup and the elec- tion, could have an impact on the market later in the year. The suburbs of greatest activity on the North Shore throughout 2010 were Albany and Glenfield, followed by Torbay and Browns Bay. Auckland saw an average 0.6 percent growth for the year.
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