East and Bays Courier : May 9th 2012
www.eastandbayscourier.co.nz 8 EAST & BAYS COURIER, MAY 9, 2012 NEWS AMI0873_EBC We're all a little different And so is what you need from your insurance AMI has more than 460 staff in 71 branches throughout New Zealand dedicated to helping our customers have exactly the right cover for their needs. Whether you have an insurance related question, need to make a claim or simply want a car insurance quote, make sure you come in and see us at your local Newmarket branch, visit ami.co.nz or call us now on 0800 100 200. Proud Partners FREE EYE EXAM^ FOR ALL MEMBERS ˆFree exam applies to standard eye examinations only, normally valued at $60. Limited to one per person every two years. Excludes contact lens examination. Available to current AA Members upon presentation of Membership card, subject to appointment availability. © 2012 Specsavers Optical Group • McCANN_SPE2024. If you're an AA Member, you are entitled to a FREE standard eye exam every two years at Specsavers. Just present your AA Membership card in-store. Newmarket - Rialto Centre: 523 5322, Sylvia Park Mall: 579 4434. Visit specsavers.co.nz to find out more. Going green: Tina Raines is the driving force behind the free Green Living Expo this weekend. Photo: CATHERINE HEALY Expo a chance to adopt green living By CATHERINE HEALY If you fancy yourself as a bit of a greenie, there's a free show at Alex- andra Park this weekend featuring everything you could want to know about living sustainably. The Green Living Expo is in its sec- ond year and attracted 6000 visitors last year. There are free seminars and expert advice on everything from building and fitting out your home sustainably to gardening, raw food, electric cars and cheese making. Behind the scenes the event is driven by an absolute dynamo, St Johns Park resident Tina Raines. Originally from Singapore, she's lived in Australia, England, United States and Canada but has been in New Zealand for 25 years. Her experi- ence is in magazine publishing, events, public relations and advertising. She's using all of those skills to put the event together, working long hours to organise, sell and promote the event herself. I like to complete jobs, otherwise you think about it at night. It would be better if I could not sleep and just do it all. Although this year I'm more relaxed because I did it all last year and it went well,'' she says. Small business owners from all over the country will be at the show with their organic and green-oriented products. Mrs Raines says the show is a won- derful opportunity for business- minded people to learn about building a sustainable business and to look for new ideas. So many of the exhibitors don't have a wholesaler or distributor in Auckland. Organic wholesalers have a bit of a monopoly. If more people become wholesalers for these types of products, the prices will come down. It's hard work, but you have to per- severe.'' Throughout the year Mrs Raines attends every show and expo Auckland has to offer. She likes to check out what her competitors are doing and make sure everything at her event is spot on. Last year when people walked in, they said, wow'. It looked so good. I enjoy all the new ideas and mak- ing the show come alive. I enjoy adding something new every year,'' she says. The Green Living Expo is open 10.30am to 5pm Saturday and Sunday at Alexandra Park. See organicexpo.co.nz for the timetable of seminars.
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