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Donovan & Co Firewood and Coal Merchants have
been a trusted supplier of quality frewood in Hawke's
Bay for a century, after starting out as North & Co.
It remains a family owned-and-operated business
to this day after it was purchased by Warren and
Christine Gundersen, owners of Gundy's Firewood,
late last year.
Donovan & Co have since invested hundreds
of thousand of dollars in the latest wood chippers
and processing equipment, which has resulted in
mountains of dry and very competitively-priced pine,
macrocarpa and gum ready to buy right now.
Donovan & Co have one of the largest frewood
delivery feets in the Bay with seven trucks of varying
sizes, ensuring prompt delivery of your frewood --
normally within a couple of days of placing your order.
Or, you can save yourself money and time by simply
driving into their easy-to-fnd yard at Irongate Rd,
and load up your truck or trailer with a cord or bin of
frewood, some kindling, or bags of coal.
Donovan & Co value their trusted reputation and
customers are always welcome to stop in and inspect
before they buy, but you needn't worry.
After all, operations manager Hamish Campbell
has worked in the industry in Scotland for the past 25
years so if he can provide dry frewood over there, rest
assured he can do the same over here!
Don't get burnt by the fy-by-nighters
and cowboy operators this winter - buy your
frewood from Donovan & Co!
Donovan & Co, Irongate Rd, Hastings.
Open Mon -- Fri from 7:30 am - 5:00 pm, Sat 7:30 am - 12:00 am.
Call 06 878 4465 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Donovan & Co
2010 Ltd PINE
3.60 cm3 (1 cord $230.00
1.80 cm3 (1/2 cord) $120.00
$65.00 Picked up
7.20 cm3 (2 Cord) $280.00
3.60 cm3 (1 Cord) $150.00
1.80 cm3 (1/2 Cord) $85
$55.00 Picked up
3.60 cm3 (1 Cord) $280.00
1.80 cm3 (1/2 Cord) $150.00
MACROCARPA SOLD OUT
3.60 cm3 (1 Cord) $300.00
1.80 cm3 (1/2 Cord) $160.00
$80.00 Picked up
Yard $ Delivery $
Huntly Coal 25kg Bag $16.00 $17.50
Huntly Coal 20kg Bag $13.00 $14.50
Huntly Coal 10kg Bag $8.00 $9.50
Strongman Coal 20kg Bag $16.00 $17.50
Charcoal 2kg Bag
Bagged Pine Blocks
Bagged Pine Cones
COAL & WOOD PRODUCTS:
Community centre in good hands
with local kids
(from left) Teatua
Raeanne Apu, 9,
Sterling job: Te Ora Hou manager Stirling Halbert.
New facilities: Camberley
Community Centre co-ordinator
Mikaela Walker oversees Charm
and Raeanna using the internet cafe
With a name like his, it s not sur-
prising that Stirling Halbert --
along with wife Lisa and staff
from the couple s faith-based Te
Ora Hou organisation -- has done
such a sterling job managing the
Camberley Community Centre for
the past 12 months.
The couple have run Te Ora
Hou, which has contracts with
several government agencies to
programmes in Camberley, since
its inception in 2003.
They ve also temporarily
managed the Camberley Com-
munity Centre since last June,
and last week Hastings District
Council s finance committee voted
to extend their contract for a
further three years until 2014.
In awarding the contract exten-
sion, council praised Te Ora Hou
for having done an excellent job
in managing the centre.
The centre was being used con-
sistently by a variety of groups,
downtime at the centre was stead-
ily reducing, and useful statistics
were being kept on those using
the community facility, the coun-
Stirling Halbert is pleased with
the vote of confidence from coun-
cil, but predicts there s better
things to come.
The goal is to make it a com-
munityhub. . .andasfaritbeing
a central meeting point, the centre
is just hitting its straps, he said.
After opening in 2008, the
Camberley Community Centre
was overseen by council staff
before a recommendation in 2009
that it become a community-
governed and managed facility,
leading to Te Ora Hou being
installed in management last
Since then an internet cafe has
been established and a shade sail
had been erected over the outside
deck of the centre.
Groups using the facility
include tiny tots and after school
playgroups, adult zumba classes,
senior citizen groups, and people
attend the centre for gardening
courses and cooking classes.
On Sundays, two different
church groups use the centre,
which has been the venue for a
number of recent private
functions, including two weddings
and an 80th birthday party.
This year Te Ora Hou has also
hosted a successful careers expo
and services expo, attended by
government agencies such as
Winz and IRD.
The council pays Te Ora Hou
$72,000 a year to run the centre --
a cost that is offset by fees
charged to use the centre,
budgeted to be $16,000 this
financial year and expected to
increase in future.
The council funds help pay for a
fulltime centre co-ordinator,
Mikaela Walker, who takes
bookings, collects fees, ensures
building maintenance is up-to-
date, and reports regularly back
A council review said that all
procedures at the centre had been
updated, and an audit undertaken
by the council s finance depart-
ment showed cash handling
procedures at the centre were
Te Ora Hou is hosting another
careers expo on August 16 at the
community centre, which is avail-
able to be used by all residents
and groups in Camberley.
For information, call Mikaela
on 871 0524.
Te Ora Hou in Camberley is one
of seven affiliated organisations
operating under the umbrella of Te Ora Hou Aotearoa Inc, which is
based in Christchurch.
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