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What are perennials?
Plants that grow all year
round and live for more
than one year.
Riverslea Rd Sth
Heretaunga St E
MR K O HARRISON
YOUR SECTION Specialists
OPEN 7 DAYS
Mon - Fri 9am - 4:30pm
Sat - Sun 9am - 4:00pm
Phone 876 8022
909 Heretaunga Street
Are our prices competitive ...Yes they are !!.
All of our plants are grown locally by us,
which means we can offer you the best prices,
backed up by the best advice.
You can turn your garden into an
absolute knockout with just a few
visits to K.O Harrison Quality
Perennial Plants in Hastings.
K.O Harrison's -- nestled behind Taylor's
Dry Cleaning on Heretaunga St East -- deals only
in quality perennials plants.
It's a hidden treasure trove of proven favourites in
the garden, such as hardy lavenders and countless
other flowering perennials.
With more than 20,000 individual plants in stock
and 200 different species, K.O Harrison's surely
has the biggest range of perennials anywhere in
Not only will you be left dazed by the massive
selection of plants, you'll be floored by the cheap
prices at K.O Harrison's.
"Everything is just $3. We haven't had a price
increase for 20 years," cries Kelvin Harrison, who
started out in the plants business back in 1963.
"After all, how can a plant cost more than a steak?
That's what I always say!"
Landscapers and serious gardeners choose to
buy their plants from K.O Harrison's, so why not
check the huge range of bargain-priced plants for
K.O Harrison Quality Perennial Plants
is at 909 Heretaunga St East.
Just drive down the short laneway next
to Taylor's Dry Cleaning.
619 Kiwi Street,
Phone 878 7122
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Buyer shocked by old hospital
By VIVIENNE HALDANE
Man mission: John Bieniowski has a
mountain of hard work ahead.
Public disgrace: Once the pride of the
community, the former Waipukurau Hospital
has reached an all-time low.
Derelict: Hospital needs treatment.
It used to be a place for the sick, now people
are sick of the sight of it.
The former Waipukurau Hospital is an
ugly eyesore with a graffiti-spattered
exterior and its guts ripped out. If it was a
patient, it would have been diagnosed with
a terminal illness.
So what was Aucklander John Bieniow-
ski thinking when he bought the
3.4-hectare property last month, sight
unseen, via Trade Me for $180,000?
He s an affable guy, easy to talk to, but
the word naive immediately springs to
mind. The retired engineer is still in a daze,
having seen his white elephant up close.
Nearby, a couple of his mates are
brandishing paint rollers in an attempt to
tidy up graffiti on the brick-walled nurses
How did he feel when he drove up? Mr
Bieniowski says, I felt devastated. I nearly
fell over backwards when I saw it. I thought
I d have a bit of a project but not this. It s
The photos he saw on Trade Me were
apparently taken 12 years ago and in no
way represented its current state, he says.
He knew one of the buildings had been gut-
ted by fire in January 2010.
Why didn t he come and have a look
before handing over his money?
I wasn t able to come down. The owner,
Jason Dempsey told me he had others
coming to look at it. He also told me he
hadn t been there for a couple of years and
that the council had been on his back over
fencing the property and he didn t know
how bad it was. I don t believe him, Mr
Bieniowski says. I ve tried to confront him.
Now I can t get hold of him. He s not
answering the phone.
I wouldn t have bought it if I d known
how bad it was. That s the whole thing. I
asked Mr Dempsey for more recent photos
of the hospital but he said he didn t know
anyone who could send them to me. But yet,
he had a real estate agent on the job at one
Now the deal is done and dusted, what
does Mr Bieniowski intend to do? He knows
the eyes of the community are on him as he
figures out his next move.
All I can concentrate on is to start at one
end and work my way through. I m not
going to demolish it. I ll clean up the rubble
and tidy it all up first.
There s a lot of memories in this old
hospital. I thought I could do something
with it and turn it into a resource for the
community to utilise. The main building
could be used as a hall for dancing, maybe
have a market here once a week when it s
tidied up. I d like to turn the nurses home
into a bed and breakfast place.
He s optimistic he can save many of the
buildings, even the one ravaged by fire. It s
very sound, they don t build them like that
any more. I m sure a lot of people in the
community have some ideas for what could
be done and if they want to approach me --
I m open to it.
Right now he ll need an army of helpers
but admits, because he s on a tight budget,
he ll rely on volunteers to lend a hand.
How does he intend to stem the graffiti
problem? I ve got two big dogs and I ll have
somebody looking after the place, says Mr
Central Hawke s Bay District Council
chief executive John Freeman says Mr
Bieniowski was obviously disappointed
with what he found and feels the property
was misrepresented in the advertisement .
The council was pleased when it heard
someone had bought the hospital, but was
also surprised to learn the buyer hadn t
actually seen it, he said.
The council could offer support.
Possibilities included a rates holiday and
negotiation over dump fees.
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