Things You Must Know About Nappy Bags

Nappy bags or diaper bags are a kind of storage bag with lots of pockets inside it. Nappy bags are the ideal kinds of storage bags for mommies who want to keep every essential thing inside for their babies. All the essential stuff for the babies can be put inside the bag which the mommies can then use while they are out on their short trip.

The best thing about the nappy bags is that there are enough compartments inside it to keep the necessary stuff for the babies. From food to clothes to diapers to feeders, you can absolutely keep everything inside the nappy bag.

Generally nappy bags have the ideal size that can be fit inside the strollers or buggy. Recently in New Zealand there have been a trend amongst the mothers who have started to carry smaller baby bags. They have now decided to follow the latest trends and carry only small nappy bags.

Some latest style nappy bags

With the change of trends and people getting more conscious about fashion trends, many designers have now launched their latest collections of nappy bags. The designers have hit the sky with their innovative designs in the nappy bags. Not to mention the expensive price at which they are selling.

These designers earned great popularity and made a great mark with their explosive style, design and colors in nappy bags. From the year 2005 some of the known designers such as Kate Spade, Ralph Laruen and Coach launched some amazing collection of nappy bags.

This created a huge stir in the market and specially amongst those parents who wish to stay updated and want to be up to date with all the latest trends. Due to this the parents were willing to spend lots of money even on nappy bags for their children.

It was not only the regular parents amongst whom the branded nappy bags gained popularity but these nappy bags became a fashion statement when celebrity mothers started to use these nappy bags.

Are nappy bags an important necessity?

On the whole, nappy bags I believe are extremely important. They are important because if you do not have all the necessary things which the baby needs, then the baby can be quite disturbed. Often is the case that parents go out and the baby vomits or throws out food on his/her clothes.

All these necessary items should be inside the nappy bags so that parents can use them up in emergency situations. Some important things that should be inside the nappy bags include feeders, formula milk, baby food, spoons, extra clothes, napkins, wet tissues, sanitizers and ofcourse pampers.

Make sure that you have all the necessary items in the bag so that when you are outside, you do not face any problem if you need anything for the baby. Before leaving, make sure that your nappy bag is properly packed with all the stuff and always keep a few extra clothes and napkins inside the bag for your own good!

 

5 qualities to look for in IT support

 

Computer support is a basic pillar for the proper functioning of a company, so it is very important to know their work and the importance of their actions. In many cases, they are services that are outsourced and that can suppose a quality solution for the development of the company’s activity. Offering a quick solution and constantly working on improving equipment is a good way to ensure maximum business satisfaction. You should try to find good IT support Auckland because they fulfill a very crucial role in your business.

Technical support workers are responsible for correcting problems with programs, hardware, and networks. In order to be a good technical support employee, you have to know how to work well with others, including clients. On the other hand, these technicians have the opportunity to help those who need them and with that, they learn more about the technology from which they have to provide help. If you want the best IT support Auckland, then you should try and find people with the following characteristics.

Knowledgeable

In order to answer questions and solve problems quickly, those in charge of this area must know the common and not so common problems that customers are exposed to on a daily basis, such as file loss, virus infections, problems of connection to the network and problems of compatibility with operating systems.

Organized

Technical support workers must be organized. Most technicians should keep a daily log of all calls and all the clients they received. They should also have all repair parts and program discs organized so that all employees can easily find them. If there is no organization, multitasking cannot be carried out. In addition to having organized the team and the records they also have to choose their priorities to do their job in the best possible way.

Communication skills

Communication is vital since they must communicate in a clear and effective way, which means that they have to listen to the problems and ask questions to clarify the doubts. Written communication is as important as verbal communication since written communication skills are necessary to keep records, send emails and create a journal of unusual incidents.

Reasoning ability

Another important quality for a technical support advisor is to have well-developed reasoning skills because they must solve problems, determine a solution in relation to cost and effectiveness, and recognize potential problems of existing ones. Reasoning ability helps technicians find the best solution to any problem easily.

Continuous training

Technical support advisors have to know how to investigate problems they have not seen before in order to learn the correct solution. In order to be up-to-date, they have to investigate new technology, how operating systems and new programs. Maybe for this task, they have to take classes or look for research in books and on the Internet.

Instructors

Just as the ability to solve problems is very important, so is the ability to be good instructors in order to teach clients what was the cause of the problem and how to prevent it from happening in the future. This will allow customers’ computers to work much better.

Property across the generations: A tale of three Auckland family homes

One Auckland couple in their eighties have bought five family homes, the first for 2000 pounds in 1955, and six business and investment properties; their daughter and husband have bought three homes; their grandsons, with their parents’ help, went halves on their first home.

These three generations of the Murphy-Cloney family provide a good illustration of the changing face of the property market over the last half-century, where price growth appears to be pushing home ownership further out of reach.

In November 2016, the average national price was $624,675, but in Auckland this figure was much higher, reaching $1.051 million, with only a handful of suburbs deemed below the “affordable” range of $600,000.

Rewind 61 years, when John, 86 and Eileen Murphy, 85, bought their first Auckland home while in their mid-20s.

They described the situation as a buyers market where all their peers were buying too.

The couple still had to borrow to buy, worked hard to save and their first home came bare of any frills but homes were sitting vacant and open for the taking.

Two decades later when daughter Ann Cloney, 62, and her husband, John, 64, then in their mid-20s bought, the market was tighter with a 50-50 split amongst their peers as to who bought and who rented

Corazon Miller is a NZ Herald reporter

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One Auckland couple in their eighties have bought five family homes, the first for 2000 pounds in 1955, and six business and investment properties; their daughter and husband have bought three homes; their grandsons, with their parents’ help, went halves on their first home.

These three generations of the Murphy-Cloney family provide a good illustration of the changing face of the property market over the last half-century, where price growth appears to be pushing home ownership further out of reach.

In November 2016, the average national price was $624,675, but in Auckland this figure was much higher, reaching $1.051 million, with only a handful of suburbs deemed below the “affordable” range of $600,000.

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Rewind 61 years, when John, 86 and Eileen Murphy, 85, bought their first Auckland home while in their mid-20s.

They described the situation as a buyers market where all their peers were buying too.

The couple still had to borrow to buy, worked hard to save and their first home came bare of any frills but homes were sitting vacant and open for the taking.

Two decades later when daughter Ann Cloney, 62, and her husband, John, 64, then in their mid-20s bought, the market was tighter with a 50-50 split amongst their peers as to who bought and who rented.

Now their grandchildren, Blake and Daniel Cloney, have gone halves on their first home which was first bought by their parents.

They are but two of a small handful in their mid- to late-20s who have been able to buy property.

Corazon Miller talks to the three generations, all of whom own a property in the Supercity, about why they chose to buy, the sacrifices they made and what their money could buy.

THE GRANDPARENTS

In their lifetime the Murphys have bought five family homes and six business and investment properties. Their first one cost 2000 pounds. Today they live in a $1.025m property in Bucklands Beach and own a couple others around the city.

For the grandparents’ generation owning a property appeared to be a rite of passage rather than an insurmountable lifetime challenge.

John and Eileen Murphy have owned 11 properties, including five they’ve called home. They bought their first in their mid-20s and their second was fully paid off by their early 40s.

Today, they live in a two-level, four-bedroom home in Bucklands Beach with a view overlooking the harbour and the CBD skyline in the distance.

Details around how they bought their first properties remained a little sketchy for both, a reflection, perhaps, of the market’s relative ease at the time.

There wasn’t any problem at all; it had been sitting there empty for sometime.

Eileen Murphy, about her first house

The husband and wife of 63 years rented until they bought a two-bedroom weatherboard home in Mairangi Bay in 1955.

It wasn’t flash, with no garages, fencing, landscaping or driveway but it was theirs.

“We had a small child so we were just so pleased to make it,” Eileen Murphy said. “We felt secure, that’s why we wanted to buy a house.”

They had to borrow, but the couple said buying a house was something all their peers did.

“It was a buyers’ market,” Eileen Murphy said. “There wasn’t any problem at all; it had been sitting there empty for sometime.”

Both said property ownership had never been “the dream”; in fact, John Murphy’s focus was on his business aspirations.

“My life’s ambition was to own my own business.”

An auto-electrician by trade, John Murphy did the milk run for six years to double his wage and fulfil his ambitions.

From 1954, he worked from midnight through to 7am, seven days a week for 24 pounds a week.

When the couple moved into their first home, he barely had the energy to reflect on what it meant because he was working so many hours.

“I never felt anything much. With that milk round you were perpetually tired; you never got used to trying to sleep all day.”

Five years later the couple sold up and moved to Cambridge where they established their first business.

“We went to Cambridge with a baby, no house of our own and no business. Just the money to buy it,” said Eileen Murphy.

They rented for two years, before getting into their second house, this one a four-bedroom Spanish-style home became the family home for the next 17 years.

While the Murphys couldn’t remember how much it cost, they said it took them 10 years to pay this off in full. It was the last time they had a home mortgage.

In the years since they’ve bought three more homes; one for $55,000 in 1979 in Cambridge, another for $120,000 in Discombe in 1980, which they sold 18 months later for $189,000, followed by their forever home in Bucklands Beach.

That four-bedroom house was bought in 1982 for $142,000 and now has a CV of $1.025m.

They’ve also owned two commercial and two investment properties out of Auckland and still own two in the Supercity.

While the couple acknowledged things are harder today, they question whether today’s generation just need to give up some of the luxuries.

“Our kids have done it,” they said when asked if property ownership was out of reach.

“There are so many things for people to spend their money on,” Eileen Murphy said. “We didn’t go out for lattes; we didn’t go out anywhere; we made our clothes. It was a different market.

“[Today’s generation]’s first thing is their OE; it is much harder for them, because they’ve spent their money on travel, all these bars and food places.”

THE PARENTS

The Cloneys have bought two properties to call home and one for their children. They managed to save a deposit for their first, took out three mortgages for the second, which they paid off some 20 years later with hard work and a financial inheritance. They also bought a third, mainly to give their kids a foot on Auckland’s property ladder.

For the Cloneys it’s taken about twice as long as the Murphys, and an inheritance, to be mortgage-free.

John and Ann Cloney were a similar age as the Murphys when they bought their first property, a three-bedroom house for $32,500 at 4 Humber Place in Avondale in 1979.

We would have used every penny we had

John Cloney

They remembered saving for about two years before going “dressed in our Sunday best” to prove they were “upstanding members of society” to the bank for a loan.

Ann Cloney, a hairdresser at the time, said becoming a home-owner was nerve-wracking.

“It was a huge commitment, because we were so young,” she said.

Unlike her parents’ generation, she said it was a 50-50 split amongst her peers between renting and buying.

John Cloney, who was a mechanical engineer, said they were left with absolutely nothing once they secured their first mortgage, with his in-laws helping them buy their first large appliances.

“We would have used every penny we had.”

It took a year before the couple said they were finally “secure enough to spend a bit more”.

Ten years, and three children [including newborn twins] later, the Cloneys looked to upgrade.

“We just needed a bit more space,” Ann Cloney said.

In March 1989 they bought their home at in Western Springs, for $239,000.

Twenty-two years on, it took them receiving a family inheritance to finally be mortgage-free, more than ten years later than their parents’ generation.

Today the two-storey villa has a CV of $1.74m

Despite the achievement Ann Cloney said going mortgage-free went almost unnoticed.

“I always thought we’d have a big party, but it just seemed to slip by.”

However, both were grateful at the security their home had provided for the past three decades.

Around the same time they paid off their mortgage, the Cloneys bought a third property – this one for the kids.

“It was theirs [his two sons] house from the word go,” John Cloney said. “But it gave them breathing space until they could buy.”

THE GRANDSONS

Blake Cloney bought his first property at 21, with the help of his parents and in conjunction with his older brother, Daniel Cloney. Seven years later he is one of a handful of his friends to have a foot on the property ladder, most of whom also had a helping hand.

If the Auckland electrician’s parents hadn’t been on a mission to get their children into a property there’s every chance he’d be almost locked out of the city’s market.

Today, Blake Cloney owns a modest Kingsland property with his brother, Daniel and sister-in-law, Andrina.

Bought in 2013 for $500,000 by his parents, with the intent their two boys would rent to buy before completely taking on the mortgage for themselves, the property has a CV of $860,000.

“It was pretty impromptu,” Cloney said of his decision to get onboard with his parents’ plans. “I did it mainly because it was a good opportunity.”

He put in $3000 towards the house’s initial purchase and spent time and money doing up what was a rather neglected house. Eventually he cashed in his KiwiSaver before taking on a $300,000 loan he’s still paying off.

Today he lives in the three-bedroom property, set on 483sqm of land with a couple of housemates who pay board.

It’s just a Kiwi thing, especially with a big garden and a lot of grass. It feels like a bit of security.

Blake Cloney

His brother has since moved to Rotorua, and bought a second property with his wife.

“It’s a really big commitment,” Blake Cloney said. “I don’t have the spare cash.”

He said a few sacrifices had to be made; unlike many his age he’d not been able to head away on an OE and has done shorter trips.

“I became pretty domesticated.”

Despite this he said it was worth it, especially given today’s prices.

Cloney doubted he’d have been able to afford buying in central Auckland otherwise.

“It feels like less of a waste than renting,” he said. “While it’s harder at the start, it’s worth it.

“It’s just a Kiwi thing, especially with a big garden and a lot of grass. It feels like a bit of security.”

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Want an eco home? Your ship has come in

Before they appeared on and won TV reality show The Block, Corban and Alex Walls had made a home at Muriwai using shipping containers. Photo / Michelle Hyslop.

Who would want to live in a shipping container? The answer is ecologically minded people who value compact living and good design — a la George Clark’s Amazing Spaces.

But don’t expect them to be cheap, say those involved in the construction of container homes. Brenda Kelly, director of Auckland-based IQ Container Homes says, contrary to popular belief, container homes are not “cheap”, although they are of course more affordable than a 250sq m four-bedroom home.

Chris Brauchli of Earthcube says builders who have jumped on the container home idea have struggled to make ends meet.

“Everyone assumes it’s a cheaper way to build,” he says. “It’s not, and I lost quite a bit learning this.”

Brauchli says the advantages of container homes are they’re transportable, and disaster-resistant. In Christchurch, container homes from Containers & More survived the earthquakes.

Container homes are good for situations such as remote beaches where the ability to secure them is important.

Other plus points, says Kelly, include structural integrity, longevity — and that they are great for sloping and difficult sites because they require only simple foundations, at the four corners of the structure.

There are many reasons for buying container homes, but a popular one, says Kelly is the eco-angle. IQ’s homes have inbuilt rainwater harvesting systems, integrated photovoltaic solar power panels, and double glazed windows and doors.

IQ’s show home in Rauhuia Cres, Parau was appraised by the New Zealand Green Building Council as on target for a 7 Homestar rating. A rating of 1 Homestar means it needs significant work, and 10 Homestar indicates international best practice. In plain English it means the home is above the average for warmth, dryness, ventilation, and water efficiency. A 4 Homestar rating is the equivalent of the current Building Code.

“Though minimising my carbon footprint is a lovely side effect, my main motivation was for a healthy future-proof home with low running costs.

“I use superior insulation, LED lighting, water and energy efficient appliances, and anti-bacterial flooring with solar and rainwater harvesting as standard in my designs,” says Kelly.

“The small footprint, offsite construction and minimal waste and disturbance are a bonus.”

Kelly says a 40-foot (12.1m) single bedroom container home with kitchen, living and bathroom costs $90,000 plus GST. There may be extra charges for long distance or difficult delivery, foundations and site work.

Smaller versions right down to the “Hobbit” are available. A 10-foot container usually doesn’t require council consent and can be used simply as an extra bedroom or office.

Some container homes can be added to at a later date with a new wing, when money is available, or the family expands.

The company also offers 20ft (6m) off-grid container homes. They come fully furnished with appliances and furniture.

Similar to container homes are prefabricated homes, built in a factory and craned into position.

Check out PrefabNZ.com for ideas such as the UniPod, a transportable bathroom or kitchen unit delivered like a giant piece of Lego.

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Why do you need the services of a plumber?

 

Although the plumbing system of a house is built to last, they do require regular care and maintenance. Sometimes, there could be breakages and leaks and still, you will have no idea of it. Therefore, plumbing services are indispensable if you want to keep your house’s plumbing in the best shape possible. The following points highlight the main reason why you need the services of plumber Mt Wellington.

  1. For a know how about your house’s plumbing system

You may know the basic plumbing done in your house but not well acquainted with all the things like the main shut-off valve and if it is installed or not. This usually happens if you have rented or bought your property from its previous owner. However, it is important that you know all about the house’s plumbing. It can help you save a lot of damage especially if there’s an emergency. You can also hire a plumber and install a few more things into the existing system for additional safety and convenience.

  1. Leakages

Sometimes, people simply tend to ignore some persistent problems like a constant drip from faucets and taps or if the pressure in the showerhead does not seem to be enough. These may be a minor issue. But it could be indicative of other major issues a leakage in the pipeline where you cannot see it or if the faucets are too old and needing replacement. These issues can only be fixed by hiring a professional plumber Mt Wellington who can tell exactly what has gone wrong and make the necessary repairs.

  1. Outdoor pipeline

If you have a separate outdoor pipeline for hose bibs and spigots, it is important that you have them well protected to endure all seasons. Since losing fittings and other such issues can cause major damage to the house, it is better to have a plumber fix any defects well in time before it grows any further.

  1. Regular maintenance

Although galvanized steel and plastic are commonly used these days, your house could also have pipelines made of copper, cast iron, and PVC. These pipes may be great at withstanding corrosion from the water and other outdoor elements. However, the fittings can eventually corrode and need replacement. Neglecting the issue for long could either result in pipeline bursting or slow leaks over a prolonged period, which can cost hefty later on. Therefore, you should make it a point to occasionally hire plumber Mt Wellington to inspect and repair the entire pipeline of the house.

  1. Removal of staining and deposits

Depending on the type of water that flows in your pipeline, you will notice a type of staining or crusty deposits on the faucets and fixtures. This usually happens if you are using the metal pipeline. Since this is resultant of chemical reactions, it can gradually cause blockage in the pipeline and also affect your health. Plumbers will be able to take care of what needs to be done and also give suggestions if you need to install a whole house purification system.