Northern News : March 16th 2011
5 NORTHERN NEWS, MARCH 16, 2011 NEWS sight ht äyst It was At Gemtime Jewellers, we're tickled pink to be joining Showcase, Australasia's premier jewellery group. Although our name may be changing we guarantee that you, our loyal customers, will still receive the same personal service and charm you've grown accustomed to all these years. So come in for a chat and you'll see that our new partnership is truly a match made in heaven. Keoghans Showcase Jewellers 66 Kerikeri Road, Kerikeri Phone: 09 407 7424 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Mail Order - Use your credit card for phone orders (secure courier delivery) GOLDEN OPPORTUNITY FOR N.Z. JEWELLERY RETAIL CUSTOMERS The jewellery industry is set to sparkle with the announcement that Australia's premier jewellery retailer, Showcase is merging with Gemtime Jewellers in New Zealand. Showcase is a Jewellery group comprising some 275 independent jewellers in Australia and agreement has been reached to merge with Gemtime's 24 stores to form Australasia's largest independent jewellery group. Showcase's Chief Executive , Michael Mishevski said , "The merging of the two groups will be hugely beneficial to both the industry and the jewellery shopper owing to the groups massive buying power with the worlds leading diamond, gold, and silver suppliers. Our members will have access to the highest quality merchandise at extremely competitive prices. This of course benefits the customer". Being independently owned each Showcase store is able to offer its own range of product , catering to the local market offering a wide range of quality product and exemplary services all at an affordable price from owner operators on the shop floor. Both groups have now been operating for 30 years with a combined turnover of over $500 million per year. They are the largest purchaser of the very popular Pandora jewellery range with sales exceeding $100 million annually. Terry Keoghan, Director of the newly formed Showcase Jewellers group and Chairman of the New Zealand Steering Committee with responsibilities for the growth of the group within New Zealand, owns along with his wife Gwen, Keoghan's Gemtime Jewellers in Kerikeri. He is hugely excited by the opportunities that the new arrangements will provide. "This will present both members and the New Zealand jewellery industry with considerable growth opportunities. Members will benefit not only from the international buying power of the group from the best jewellery suppliers in the world but it will provide retailers with professional operational and support services to drive their businesses. This will encourage growth at a local business level with New Zealand Suppliers benefiting from export opportunities to the Australian stores". Terry Keoghan says that, on a local basis, the new Showcase Jewellers group will continue to offer that unique combination of corner store service and advice along with services such as repairs, valuations, jewellery design and manufacture, after loss insurance replacement and a beautiful selection of fine jewellery. Showcase aims to increase its membership to 50 stores within New Zealand in the next 12 months. Showcase is a member of the Jewellery Association of New Zealand [JANZ] and the Jewellery and Watchmakers of New Zealand [JWNZ. Inc]. Terry Keoghan MEMBER OF THE LARGEST LIQUOR CHAIN IN NEW ZEALAND WITH OVER 170 OUTLETS! NOW OPEN 7 DAYS: Mon to Thurs 9am--8pm, Fri & Sat 9am--9pm, Sun 10am-7pm. We reserve the right to limit trade sales. Customers who appear to be 25 or under could be asked for ID from staff, so please don t be offended if we ask you. Liquor Centre SPIRITS • WINES • BEER "The Shed" SPECIALS VALID TO: LIQUOR CENTRE KAIKOHE 9 MARINO PLACE, KAIKOHE. PH 09 401 2833 Dewar's Whisky 1Ltr Jim Beam 1.125Ltr Bombay Saphire 1Ltr Vault Range 12pk Cans Double Brown 18pk Cans Monteith's Range 6pk Riviera Range Cocktails 29 March 2011 Lion Red, Speights Waikato15's $19.99 $12.99 $29.99 $39.99 $39.99 2 for$40.00 $16.00 2 for $21.99 Ngapuhi hapu at odds over treaty settlement process By RICHARD EDMONDSON Mandate seeker: Ngapuhi runanga chairman Sonny Tau. Dissenting voice: Ngati Hine runanga chairman Waihoroi Shortland. Photo: PITA TIPENE Ngapuhi is divided over the best way to settle its Treaty of Waitangi claims. A subcommittee of the Ngapuhi runanga is seeking a mandate from the tribe s members to negotiate a comprehen- sive treaty settlement directly with the Crown which wants treaty claims settled by 2014. But hapu intent on presenting their claims to a Waitangi Tribunal commission of inquiry are fighting the Te Roopu o Tuhoronuku proposal. Ngati Hine runanga chairman Waihoroi Shortland says allowing claimants to air their grievances before the tri- bunal is an important part of the reconciliation process between iwi and the Crown. All those claims are sacred. Those people who took the time to lodge them need to be heard. Direct negotiations won t deliver justice for hapu or achieve the government s desired full and final settlement, he says. These things if they re not dealt with will rise again. Mr Shortland says hui held by Tuhoronuku to gauge support for direct negotiations haven t been well attended. Some members of the 15-member group were elected by only nine people, he says. This is an organis- ation that is going to claim a mandate for 122,000 Ngapuhi. He is sceptical that the group could negotiate a settlement that satisfies all Ngapuhi. If we re divided before anything hits the table, do you think we re going to have unity when it is on the table? Ngati Hine and others in Te Kotahitanga o Nga Hapu Ngapuhi may resort to legal action to stop the Tuhoronuku proposal so hapu can pursue claims through the tribunal. It will allow voices to be heard in front of the tribunal and it will allow those things to deter- mine the negotiation strategy that is adopted. Runanga chairman Sonny Tau says it could take 15 to 20 years for the tribunal to hear indi- vidual Ngapuhi claims which number about 1000. Mr Tau says tribunal recommendations are not binding on the Crown and do not specify the cultural, commercial and financial redress it should offer iwi. Read any tribunal report. It says, we recom- mend you negotiate with the Crown . Settling claims through the tribunal would also exclude the tribe s 122,214 members (60 percent of whom live in Auckland) who don t have time to pursue claims. The benefits of a settlement have to touch equally every Ngapuhi in this world. That s the philosophy of what we re trying to do. Mr Tau is unfazed that opposition to Tuhoro- nuku meant the group could only appoint two of seven hapu representa- tives at a stormy meet- ing in Kaikohe last month. Every iwi faces this type of thing. The group will keep holding hui to appoint hapu members before it formally seeks a man- date. This is the biggest thing for Ngapuhi since the Treaty of Waitangi. Wewanttodoitsoit can t be revisited in the future. Up to $170 million could be at stake if Tuhoronuku negotiates a settlement similar to that received by Tainui and Ngai Tahu. We have the potential to make Ngapuhi an economic force.
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