Central Leader : January 18th 2012
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NZMA is one of New Zealand's leading vocational institutions with courses that will give you a new quali cation with real skills in Hospitality and Customer Service, the fastest growing industry in the world:• Ca Education& trainingAdvertising Feature Vinyl -- the way of the future in digital age By HANNAH SPYKSMA Back to the future: Southbound Records store manager Dorland Bray believes there are many reasons why vinyl stands the test of time. Photo: JASON OXENHAM An entrepreneurial business is capitalising on vinyl in an age of digital downloads. Southbound Records is proving that there is nothing like a physi- cal copy of an album and has opened a store on Mt Eden Rd dedicated to brand new records. Vinyl forces you to listen to music -- you actually sit down and listen because when you play it, you have to be there to take it off and change sides, store manager Dorland Bray says. He believes that despite the shrinking music store market the small business is economically viable. Its point of difference is offering mp3 downloads of albums to accompany the physical copy -- an international music trend. The shop also sells a select range of CDs and DVDs but focuses on one-off vinyl copies of new and old international and Kiwi bands. Records are acquired through the music distribution branch of Southbound, which has been in operation in New Zealand for 10 years. Mr Bray says stockists weren t buying the records so the company decided that instead of having them sit in a warehouse they would showcase them through the store. So far the shop gets two main types of customers -- those who know about vinyl and lots of people who say what on earth are you doing . But the shopkeeper, a self- confessed music junkie, believes sceptics will soon see the advantages of collecting records. It s back to the future, as I say: Look after it and it will last for- ever . The 2011 third quarter report from the New Zealand Music Commission shows that music sales in New Zealand are on a steady decline. The total recorded music market value has shrunk to almost half its size since 2003 -- with the Kiwi industry pulling $65.4 million in 2010. Visit www.southbound.co.nz for more information. Five rules to stay safe outdoors An organisation that aims to keep Kiwis safe during outdoor adventures has issued a bro- chure with tips on staying safe. AdventureSmart is a website created by New Zealand s out- door sector to help people be responsible by planning and preparing for land, snow, sea and air activities. The five rules that make up the Outdoor Safety Code are: Seek local knowledge and plan your route. Also plan the amount of time you can reason- ably expect the route to take Tell someone your plans and leave a date for when to raise the alarm if you haven t returned New Zealand s weather can be highly unpredictable so check the forecast and expect weather changes Know your limits and chal- lenge yourself within these limits and your experience Take sufficient supplies and make sure you have enough food, equipment, clothing and emergency rations for the worst- case scenario. Also make sure you have some way of communi- cating if you get into trouble. Visit www.adventuresmart.org. nz for The Boating Safety Code and Water Safety Code as well as other tips and ideas. Keys in parked car are a let down A set of keys in the ignition of a parked car and desirable items in full view of opportunist thieves have disappointed police who say preventing vehicle crime is not getting through to some. As part of Operation Secure in December, police visited nine car parks in Auckland s CBD to find out if people are guarding their valuables. Officers noticed several vehicles had GPS navigation devices, iPods, phones and handbags on display in their parked cars. It s clear that the message of preventing vehicle crime is not getting through to some, senior sergeant Vaughn Graham says. By leaving such items on dis- play in vehicles, motorists invite unwanted attention from oppor- tunist thieves who, within seconds, can ruin a person s day by stealing the items and damag- ing the vehicles. Flyers were given to 2500 customers and left on parked vehicles, reminding drivers to lock cars, remove property or hide it from prospective thieves. While there were many vehicles observed where owners had taken measures to prevent offending, there were also plenty of stark reminders that the mess- age about car security remains work in progress, Mr Graham says. A set of keys was even left in the ignition of one vehicle. Police will continue to work with carpark owners, council and the general public to try and reduce opportunities for thieves. Report car thefts to police and do not leave valuables in view in your vehicle. FROM Page 16 another Central Auck- land tutor, the course is a great way to be intro- duced to the basics of horticulture, to under- stand how plants grow and how to identify plants. My tutorials and workshops are relaxed and I look for ways for everyone to learn with their own style while having fun too. There are no academic requirement for anyone over 20 years old, so any- body interested in plants can enrol. The programme includes weed control, pests and diseases, soils, botany, plant propa- gation, agrichemical use and plant identification. 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