Home Vision Blinds – Venetians, Vertical, Wooden & Roller blinds, Auckland

When replacing old blinds or looking to fit new roller blinds, Auckland retailers can either provide a great style but their prices break the bank, or worse the retailers offer inexpensive blinds that tend to break. When on the hunt to replace my roller blinds for something a little more stylish but importantly affordable, I came across Home Vision Blinds.

Home Vision, roller blinds auckland

Home Vision Blinds have been operating in New Zealand since 1987 based in Auckland but able to deliver nationwide. Their rep offered very sound advice on modern roller blinds that fit within my budget and had a great look (their fabric range was extensive and they also had venetian blinds, sun blinds and vertical blinds available). The reason for the low pricing is that the owners Jason Wu and Denny Ku have family contacts in Taiwan allowing them to import high quality componentry at low prices and in turn making a great and affordable product.

Furthermore they offer a free measure and quote which saved on any guesswork and ensured the perfect fit. What sealed the deal was their 5 year guarantee. Delivery was prompt and it was obvious that they hold their stock here within New Zealand. Finally installation was a breeze thanks to easy to follow instructions. Overall a great process and product from Home Vision Blinds!

Countrywide Distributors – Wholesale food suppliers review

Countrywide Distributors is a food company specialising in supplying wholesale food, wholesale meat, whole fish and frozen food to the food industry in New Zealand. Quality food and freshness are priorities in this industry and reliable supply of ingredients is very important to maintain standards and food safety.

Whole food suppliers like the team at Countrywide Distributors need to run the business with military precision, ensuring that the right frozen foods, wholesale meat and fish including fresh produce and dry goods arrive at various food service establishments and catering companies countrywide.

Based in Christchurch, this company is a leading provider to New Zealand’s ever growing food service industry and with an established reputation, Countrywide Distributors will continue to be one of the preferred food distributors to restaurateurs, hoteliers and other respected names in the hospitality industry.

Devon Park – new Rolleston subdivision

The Christchurch earthquakes saw a number of new residential areas pop up, with people moving further out into the wider Canterbuy/Selwyn region. Devon Park is a new Rolleston subdivision, by the same group who developed the Rolleston Hamlet and were involved in the Izone Industrial Park in Rolleston. People used to laugh the Rolleston tagline the “town of the future” but the last laugh is probably the developers now, as it has been the fastest growing region and industrial park in New Zealand and with two primary schools and a secondary planned.

Rolleston subdivision

When driving around Rolleston looking at the various subdivisions, one thing you notice about Devon Park is how much closer it is to the Rolleston CBD. It’s only a 5 minute walk to the local shops, and is an achievable walking distance to the local shopping area with supermarket and library. Some of the other Rolleston subdivisions are a lot further out. Plus whereas a lot of subdivisions promise a local shopping area, Rolleston’s township is really well established with a flash community centre, aquatic centre, restaurants, video store, takeaways, shops and cafes.

A theme among many subdivision developments these days is to have high density allotments, with houses crammed into tiny sections, and all squished right up against each other. Devon Park has taken a different approach, by having different section sizes, spacious enough so you don’t feel like you are completely in your neighbours’ space. I’ve heard complaints that some further out Rolleston subdivision sections poke right up against each other.

Devon Park’s fertile land is perfect for gardening which is great if you are looking for a space out of the hustle-and-bustle of town, but not quite in the country! If you compare some of the developer’s previous landscaping boulevard-effect of Rolleston Hamlet, it’s obvious they won’t skimp on trees. This is not an approach shared by all Rolleston developers.

UniMed Health Insurance Review

health insurance

Until recently, I hadn’t heard of UniMed health insurance, which is surprising since it is one of NZ’s top 4 health insurance companies and it has been providing individual/group insurance since 1979.

Recently UniMed has launched their Health Positive plan which is ideal for people aged under 35. They’ve designed the plan with a mix of day-to-day expenses health expenses (e.g. GP, glasses and prescriptions), as well as some extras such as physiotherapy and chiropractor. Nib and Southern Cross have comparable health insurance plans, however UniMed’s seems to include more and have better premiums. The plan has great reimbursement rate options of 50% or 80% of actual costs too. Unfortunately the plan doesn’t cover surgery – but they have other great plans that do, each with their own benefits.

The likes of nib and Southern Cross seem to spend a lot on advertising, but UniMed’s low profile means they have a larger reserve and can pay out more claims for members. Dealing with UniMed is really easy and hassle free. You can tell their emphasis is on their members’ health.

MetroGreen – Wholesale stockist of a range of Garden Tools

MetroGreen is based in Timaru and specialises in the distribution of high quality garden tools and accessories. They import a large range of garden hand tools for both professionals and keen gardeners, including secateurs, knives, axes and so much more.

MetroGreen prides itself in importing and providing not only the top brands of garden tools, but they also give landscaping advice…especially when it comes to the tools and equipment required for  the job.