Kapi-Mana News : June 28th 2011
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PHONE 237 7515 KM072257 QUALITY VEHICLE SERVICING GUARANTEED Authorised Nissan parts & service NORTH CITY MOTORS 45 Kenepuru Drive Porirua • Ph 237 9690 Your one stop shop for all your motoring needs. 2754410AA Stupid or bullied? It appears David Lord and his vacuum cleaner salespeople have been busy. Kapi-Mana News story on June 14 about Ranui resident Shirley Najbert and the aggressive tactics from Living Longer New Zealand has seen more than 40 comments posted below the story online at kapimananews.co.nz, with a number of phone calls and people dropping into our office to share their experiences. Mrs Najbert was sold a $4349 vac- uum cleaner on June 1 after a three- hour sales talk she felt she was pressured into. She traded in five vacuum cleaners she owned as part of the deal, which saw the salesperson accompany her to the bank to withdraw the cash. Mrs Najbert later received a $550 discount after threatening legal action, but was refused a refund. Among the comments on the Kapi- Mana News website are links to stories from TVNZ, Hawke's Bay Today and Consumer magazine, outlining the practices of Mr Lord and Living Longer NZ. Bert Meinders, who says he sold vacuum cleaners for a time, said he was instructed to show highly magni- fied pictures of dust mites to stress how harmful they were to people s health, particularly children s, health . . . Don t let these people in! If you want whatever it is that they are pushing, go out and find it in a shop, and decide for yourself whether to buy it. A common tactic appears to be a telephone call asking a resident to take part in a survey. The next night they are called again, and told they have won a prize. The catch is that a representative must come to the home to deliver it, which is where the sales pitch starts. One man who came to our office says if you pay by finance, the extra fees add about $1000 to the total bill. Don Phillips, who lives in Porirua East, says he and his elderly wife had a Living Longer NZ salesman in their home from noon until 10pm recently. He went on and on, we got very hungry but he wouldn t listen to us when we say we re on a benefit and can t afford this [new vacuum cleaner]. He didn t want to know, just kept pushing and pushing. He says they paid $5250 and although they received a $400 dis- count, they traded in a three-month- old vacuum cleaner that was working perfectly . Although most of the comments on our website were supportive of Mrs Najbert, some had no sympathy. Just because you re a little old lady doesn t give you an automatic feel sorry for me because I did something stupid card, said one. Choice not chance: Rapper Scribe says no matter how troubled their lives are, gamblers can shape their own destiny. Choose your path By ANDREA O'NEIL As he once sang, Scribe has been down and out -- but the rap star has worked through his struggles and is now helping gamblers break their addictions. The rapper, real name Malo Luafutu, shared his life story at the launch of a new national anti-gambling campaign in Waitangirua last week. About 150 people attended the launch of the Ministry of Health-funded campaign, called Choice Not Chance, which encourages families to openly discuss problem gambling and get help. Speakers included associate health minis- ter Peter Dunne and Porirua deputy mayor Liz Kelly. Recovered gambler Scribe said the camp- aign s message resonates strongly with him. It s your choice, not chance, that determines destiny and I m a living testament to that. He described his rough start to life -- he was born while his Polynesian Panther father was in jail for drug offences, and his mother was later committed to a mental institution. A 10-year-old Scribe started gambling under the influence of his grandmother, and by his teens was an alcoholic, a drug addict and was stealing to support his gambling addiction. It was only when his mother threatened to disown him that he straightened out. Three months after going clean, Scribe met music producer P-Money and was soon a chart- topping hip-hop musician, cleaning up at 2004 s Tui music awards. At 23 years old I made New Zealand his- tory, he said. However, the hip-hop star soon fell into the trap of playing pokies again. A lot of people think money solves problems, but in my experience money magnifies your demons. He describes his mid-twenties as reckless and destructive, and at his low point he pawned his gold records, which generated national media attention. The loss of his plaques was nothing compared to how gambling isolated Scribe from his family, he said. Losing my family through my gambling really was the wake-up call. Kids who start playing pokies do not realise how addictive they can become, he said. This addiction doesn t discriminate. Anyone can fall. Polynesian and Maori communities are often struggling already, and do not need the extra burden of a gambling problem. We ve got it hard anyway. But Scribe believes addicts can turn their life around. As negative, as eff d-up as your life may be, you can still do some awesome stuff. It s really up to you, you re the only one that holds yourself back.
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