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While we've still got the heating
on, the summer holidays may be
the last thing on your mind -- but
they shouldn't be.
Believe it or not, it's a good time to
start making plans for Christmas
and the sooner you start, the
better off you'll be when the
weather turns warm.
That's because although
Christmas should be a time of
celebration and relaxation, in
reality it can be a time of stress,
over-commitments and worry
especially as the resulting bills
The best way to avoid money
worries is to write up a money
plan for Christmas now and start
putting money aside so you can
enjoy the festive season. Even
a small amount saved regularly
can make a difference -- you'll be
surprised how quickly it adds up.
Think about your plans for
Christmas. Will you be having a
big family Christmas or spending
the day with friends at the beach?
Will you be at home or renting a
bach? Once you know what you're
planning to do and how much it'll
cost, use Sorted's Goal Machine
calculator to work out how much
you need to put aside each week
to achieve it -- without going into
debt. There's no time like right
now to start saving.
If you are planning a holiday away
it pays to book accommodation
and travel early, as many
campsites, ferries and baches
are secured months in advance.
Booking early also gives you
greater choice of price options
and you'll know exactly how much
money to put aside.
If you found you were paying off
your summer holiday long after
the warm weather ended this
year, think about how you got into
that situation. What could you do
differently this year?
There's plenty of time to get
yourself on the right track if you
start today. Christmas creeps
around more quickly each year --
so the sooner you plan for it the
more likely you'll be able to pay for
it in cash, rather than with credit.
Sorted.org.nz is a free
independent money guide, run
by the Retirement Commission.
As well as providing a range of
information and tools to help you
make the most of your finances,
our savings calculators can help
you save up for this Christmas.
Plan now for a debt-free
summer get sorted
I would like to take the opportunity
to respond to Kevin Murdoch's
letters about the Around the
We currently expect the total
cost of the cycleway to be $9
million, not the $13 million Mr
Murdoch quotes. We will not be
able to confirm that until tenders
are received, however. We have
$4 million from the Government
and are exploring several other
funding opportunities at this time.
The Around the Mountain
Cycleway will be constructed
progressively, starting at Walter
Peak, and travelling though
Mavora Lakes to Mossburn,
Lumsden and then through
Northern Southland to Kingston.
It is starting from Walter Peak,
because Queenstown is the
tourist hub of the South Island,
with an international airport,
and so attracts a large number
of adventure-seeking visitors,
both domestic and international.
We hope to tap into that pool of
potential cyclists to give us the
critical numbers to make the
cycleway a commercial success.
Mr Murdoch asks how people will
get from Kingston at the end of
the cycleway to Queenstown. It
will be a commercial enterprise
which buses cyclists back to
He also asks what the cost of the
resource consent process is so
far. The consent process has cost
approximately $50,000 so far and
that includes various reports, such
as landscape and ecology, and
legal fees. That cost is covered
within the $4 million received
I hope that answers Mr Murdoch's
questions and I encourage him,
if he has further ones, to contact
me on (03) 248-6110.
Five Rivers Ward Councillor
Southland District Council
PO Box 251
Te Anau 9640
On Pink Ribbon Appeal Day (Friday, October 14) the staff and
premises of DOC Te Anau went pink to raise money for the New
Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation.
Jumping at the chance to wear anything but green, the local
staff dug deep into the recesses of wardrobes around Te Anau
to don pink to show their support for a very worthy cause.
Sewing machines were flat out making pink tutus and balloons
and flowers adorned reception for Pink Friday.
A pink morning tea was provided and awards were handed out
for extra special outfits. Debby Drummond looked very pink
and respectable at reception -- until she left the safety of the
front counter to reveal very becoming Daisy Duke shorts!
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