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THE TRIBUNE, FEBRUARY 8, 2012
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Keep the commission
11a Martin Street Palmerston North
27 Ake Ake Ave, Palmerston North $425,000 149 Oxford Street, Ashhurst $275,000 3 Hill Court, Palmerston North $520,000
Saved by Palmerston North home owners using
Optimo to market their home for sale
-- to date
"Optimo is the right way to sell your
We didnt have much success with our
house using a real estate agent, so we
went the Optimo way.
We found it easy, affordable, and it had
very friendly and helpful staff. Thanks
From thankful clients
16 Battersea Place
"It is simple - choosing Optimo to market
our house was a great decision. Timing
was everything; in an ideal world we
wanted to secure a settlement date that
was just after the completion of our new
home at a realistic price and this is exactly
what we have achieved, without incurring
the usually huge real estate fees.
The Optimo model is a very effective,
pleasant and inexpensive way to sell your
home, so don't hesitate, give them a call."
Kev & Philippa West
38 Johnstone Drive
"We had our property listed with one of
the major real estate offices in Palmerston
North for 6 months with no offers being
presented to us.
Listed with Optimo and 5 weeks later
sold for a price we were more than happy
with, and we did not have to pay real
estate agent fees."
Would recommend any one selling their
home to contact Optimo to help market
Owners of 6 Marne Street, Palmerston
We have sold 2 homes the traditional
way before and I can honestly say going
through Optimo has been the easiest and
stress free way to sell a home!
I would definitely go through Optimo if I
needed to sell again.
3 Cleveland Heights
"The service and personal attention I
received from Optimo was exceptional
and unexpected when selling a house.
The team at Optimo are truly of a high-
calibre. Optimo has huge credibility and
a great following from all those that have
used them to sell their properties. Their
knowledge and key contacts helped me
to sell my house at 6 Diamond Court
Ashhurst in a short length of time.
After the Optimo team patiently went
over the Optimo way of the selling
process, I realised it was just so easy plus I
would save heaps in the normal real estate
commission. (Approx $9,000). So I went
for it and yes my home sold in a short
time. No open homes to worrying about
as I just organised all my viewings to suit
myself. Not only did I save money I also
found this way of selling my house to be
so rewarding and honestly it was fun.
Regardless of whether you are buying or
selling I would highly recommend Optimo
to help you in this life changing move.
Excellent Pro cess a nd Results!!!!!!!!!!"
Kind Regards, Cheryl Taylor
Money that would have been paid to real estate agents if Optimo customers,
who successfully sold their property using Optimo, had paid a 4% commission +GST
We urgently require more volunteers to join our
amazing 120 strong team.
We need sorters, cashiers, floor walkers and people to help
collect and deliver stock on the hospice truck.
Contact the shop manager on 356 1960 or call in for a chat.
All Hospice Shop proceeds help fund our hospice patient care.
Arohanui Hospice Shop
285 Rangitikei Street, Palmerston North
Phone 356 1960
The winner of our Summer Boost competition is
Susan Learmonth, of Palmerston North. She
receives Suzie Johnson s The Book, a necklace
and earring set donated by the Shannon
entrepreneur, and a $20 Yummy Mummy s
Anna was sexually abused in her teens.
She had been to counselling but still always felt
very alone in her experience.
Her counsellor then recommended a group
Anna was unsure about meeting strangers. After
starting the programme, though, she quickly realised
the other women knew better than anyone else how
the sexual abuse had affected her life.
After all, they had been there too.
Abuse and Rape Crisis Support (ARCS) Manawatu
runs regular group programmes for survivors of sex-
ual abuse. Facilitated by two counsellors, the pro-
gramme goes for two hours a week for 10 weeks, with
a maximum of eight participants.
Group programmes are not for everyone,
facilitator Rosemary Koot said.
But most survivors really benefit from knowing
they are not alone and hearing how others have
There is no pressure for survivors to talk about
how they were sexually abused.
The programme is more about the impact the
abuse has had and how to work through it.
Over the 10 weeks, survivors use art, writing and
discussion to look at topics such as the effects of
sexual abuse, secrecy, re-writing relationships and
celebrating positive changes.
We are also very keen to make sure survivors feel
safe within the group, Mrs Koot said.
It is important they currently have a counsellor or
have seen a counsellor in the past about their abuse.
The next women s sexual abuse survivors group
programme starts on Friday, March 2, 9.30am till
11.30am. Future groups can be run in the evening
and for men if there is a demand.
Anyone interested in attending a survivors group can
contact ARCS Manawatu on 356 5868.
Holiday glitches build memories
These times that don't go well,
where we flirt with unmitigated
and humiliating disaster -- usually
due to our own stupidity -- are
memories that will last.
The tragedy happened Janu-
ary 13, Friday the 13th to be
precise, in the recently de-
We were about to vacate Palmy
on a road trip.
Me (the father), daughter, son
and son s friend.
It was to be the highlight of a
fairly uneventful summer break.
We were going to Wellington to
see Fleet Foxes play.
It had been looked forward to for
I appreciate most of you won t
have heard of this rather obscure
indie band but they are loved by
three members of the family and we
were heading to see them -- live!
Two hours and we would be there.
The question as to what time the
concert started brought a sudden
and hushed realisation.
The tickets were not for the
Wellington concert -- they were
The mood in the car changed
From the heights of hearty
exuberance to the troughs of down-
cast bewilderment all in the twink-
ling of an eye.
So who booked the tickets?
I looked up the ticket seller online
and booked four to the Wellington
I will swear to the truth of this
statement to the day I die.
But I rang the Auckland venue
and that is where we were booked
and no amount of phone calling and
weeping could change the location.
So, it was no concert, or a road
trip to Auckland on Saturday and
back on Sunday.
That is a long way for a concert.
The daughter, son and friend of son
were all up for the road trip.
I really did not want to do this
I felt exhausted at the thought.
If it had been about me I would
have bailed and got out a movie.
But it wasn t about me.
So a road trip it was.
A word about holiday disasters.
I remember a guy called Gary
Smalley saying that when it goes
bad at your holiday -- you get rained
out of your tent, you leave the child-
ren inadvertently at mini golf, you
book the wrong tickets -- these are
the greatest bonding moments.
They become family memories.
They get better and better every
time the story is retold.
They become our legends!
So the next time you have a holi-
day disaster grit your teeth and
mutter, We are bonding! .
It can all turn out great if you
keep your cool.
And we had a great time.
The three of them were right in
front when the first chord was
played -- I stayed further back.
These times that don t go well,
where we flirt with unmitigated and
humiliating disaster -- usually due
to our own stupidity -- are memories
that will last.
They are moments that bring
smiles to our faces long after the
slickest of our proudest events have
faded from memory.
So, remember when it all goes
wrong -- as it might have these
holidays -- tell yourself, We are
Nigel Dixon is a Palmerston North
life coach and father of four.
He can be contacted at
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