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Sir Ray speaking
Sir Ray Avery will be
speaking tonight at an
information evening hosted
by Venture Southland. The
evening is being held to
promote innovation among
businesses in Southland. It
will be held at the Ascot Park
Hotel from 5pm till 7pm, with
finger food and drinks provided. Free of
Aparima College is holding an art exhibition at
the Riverton Community Arts Centre.
The exhibition, which starts on Friday and
runs for a little over two weeks, will show
NCEA photography work, student portfolios
and the colourful street banners that will be
displayed along Palmerston St in Riverton
through the summer season.
The exhibition is free of charge.
In the year ending September, there were
only 60,462 live births, according to
Statistics New Zealand.
The statistics, released this week, show this is
a decrease of 3 per cent compared to the
At the other end of the spectrum the number
of deaths increased slightly up to 29,956 in
the past year. This resulted in a natural
increase (live births minus deaths) of 30,506
people in the September 2012 year which is
the lowest increase since 2005's 29,889.
Christmas can be stressful
Facing the finances: Jubilee Budget Advisory Services manager Simon Tierney looks over information about
how to handle personal finances.
Photo: LOUISE BERWICK
Top tips for saving
Look ahead. What expenses can you
expect in the next couple of months? Plan
Start putting a small amount of money
away each month and increase the amount
you save every couple of weeks.
Have a savings account which you can't
access or see.
Aim to save about 10 per cent of what you
Allow yourself to have a bit of fun as well.
If you are buying for Christmas consider
buying a gift card and then the person can
spend it on Boxing Day and probably get
more ''bang for their buck''. Or sell the
bikes which are too small for the children
on Trade Me and put the money towards
new bikes for presents.
Christmas is coming and
retailers' tills are ringing but
for some Southland families it
is a time of stress and
Jubilee Budget Advisory Ser-
vice manager Simon Tierney
said if people planned they
could sit back and enjoy the
lead-up to Christmas, instead
of worrying about the bank
Even though Christmas is
only around the corner,
people needed to think further
There are school uniforms
and stationery to buy only a
month after Christmas and he
cautioned about the expense
that came with school
This time of year can be
stressful for families and
despite the celebration having
been ''the same day for the
past 2000 years'', people still
say the day has ''crept up'' on
them, Mr Tierney said.
''If you've planned ahead,
now's the time you can enjoy
the fruits of your labour. If
you haven't, I think you've
got to be careful to avoid the
hype and social pressure.''
People feel like they have to
spend money on things they
did not need and would forget
about in a couple of years.
''Just because everyone else is
spending money on Christ-
mas doesn't mean you have
But Mr Tierney said he was
not the Grinch of Christmas
because he loved the day.
''I'm a personal big believer of
the day, I enjoy it.''
It is the experiences on the
day that become memories,
not the gifts.
''The kids will remember the
water fight, not the $50
While each family spent a
different amount of money, he
suggested a little calculation
to work out what you should
save each week.
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