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Abode Air Condi oning Ltd
• company profile • company profile • company profile
04 589 9752
424 Cuba Street,
Alicetown, LOWER HUTT
Daikin Floor Mounts on
Alan Strawbridge. R.E.A, NZCE - HVAC, M.I.R.H.A.C.E, IQP REGISTERED
Heat pumps are hailed as one of the most cost-
eﬀec ve and eﬃcient ways of hea ng homes and
oﬃces, but if you choose the wrong brand, are poorly
advised on size and placement, and theres no back-up
servicing, its all going to end up with disappointment.
In the last 14
based Abode Air
heat pumps around
the region. Owner-
Strawbridge has built
up the business by
doggedly pursuing a
reputaton for quality
Its hard for the
public because they
can get swamped with marketng hype and technical specifcatons. They
think heat pumps are all the same, and all come out of China.
Theyre not, and they dont.
An inferior brand may deliver poor heatng and cooling performance, then
conk out completely afer two years. Parts for such brands arent always
Quality brands such as Daikin make up the major
brands that Abode are agents for to keep the heat
fowing even on frosty mornings, and with regular
servicing should last for many years,
Mr Strawbridge says.
Maintenance is the other aspect that owners tend to forget. Its not enough
just to vacuum the flters on the interior unit now and again though thats
the level of servicing that some suppliers charge for. Mr Strawbridge says its
the outdoor units that are more important to smooth running, as their moving
parts are vulnerable to intrusion by grit, sand, spiders, plants, etc.
Six of Abodes more than 20 staﬀ are dedicated to keeping heatng, ventlaton
and air conditoning equipment of all brands in tp-top running order. A
litle spent on regular servicing every one or two years ensures ongoing
performance and extends the life of the machinery.
Its a family run frm but dont make the mistake of assuming Abode is small-
tme. Mr Strawbridge and his team are right now handling a $300,000 + air
conditoning contract on the new indoor stadium in Kilbirnie, and have tackled
$1.0 million + design/build air conditoning/ventlaton jobs for downtown
Wellington oﬃce blocks.
The company has IQP registraton, which means it has the expertse and ability
to design, and sign-oﬀ on council requirements, for commercial heatng,
ventlaton and air conditoning systems.
Mr Strawbridge is proud of his no job too small or too big approach and
says if theres one thing Abode is the very best at, its ducted systems.
Centralised air conditoning and heatng systems which arent suitable for
every home and oﬃce oﬀer a total soluton for warmth, cooling, fresh air,
and condensaton control. Winter mould and mildew may never be a problem
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Time sharing: All for
one and one for all
By JARED NICOLL
Wellingtonians keen to lend a
hand in return for free help from
others have been signing up to a
new time bank organised in
The Newtown Community
and Cultural Centre Trust has
held a series of workshops in the
area to drum up volunteers for
its Wellington South Time Bank,
which will open at the end of
The time bank will allow
members to build up personal
time credits by working for
others. The credits could then be
used to buy'' skills and services
from another member.
The only currency exchanged
will be people's time. The
amount of time people spend
working for each other will be
counted equally, regardless of
the difficulty of the tasks
Wellington South Time Bank
spokeswoman Anneleise Hall
said a willingness to lend a hand
was all that was required, but
specific skills such as cooking,
gardening and computer literacy
could be of great help to the com-
Most people have their
careers, but they can also cook,
sew, garden, or decorate a party
cake for example,'' she said.
We've had a lot of great
feedback from future members.
We were hoping for about 40 or
50 people to get things started,
but we've heard from about 90 so
far. The response has been fan-
Potential members would
have to supply character
referees to be admitted to the
The safety of members is a
very important issue when you
have a large group of people who
don't know each other, working
The administrative side also
needed to be able to grow with
the membership numbers, Ms
Volunteers can request skills
and services on the time bank
member database in exchange
for working an equal amount of
time for someone else.
People are coming out of the
woodwork. Time banking really
captures the imagination of the
community,'' she said.
The challenge will be to
include some of the more
isolated minority groups. It will
be about talking to the key
leaders in those areas and offer-
ing them the opportunity to
share with the wider com-
Wellington South Time Bank
volunteer Naomi Afoa said she
used to volunteer at the City
Mission drop-in centre and could
see the time bank's potential.
It will be a great help to those
struggling financially or those
with health problems or learn-
ing difficulties,'' she said.
Time banking can be a good
support to them. It's one-on-one
and money isn't an issue.''
Retired civil rights lawyer
Edgar Cahn created the concept
of time banking in the United
His ideas were first applied to
a New Zealand setting by a
group of friends in Lyttelton in
Newtown's whimsical art gallery
Sneak peep: Phoebe MacKinnon, bottom, and Jennie
Prosser peek out from behind the yellow door of
Wellington's newest art gallery.
Local artist MacKinnon has taken advantage of a
temporarily vacant space in Newtown to set up a
gallery showcasing original, imaginative and
With a little help from friends and fellow artists like
Prosser, she has transformed an empty shop into a
space full of colourful art.
All the art is by local artists and prices range from
$20 to $250.
The Yellow Door Gallery, 19 Riddiford St, Newtown,
open Saturdays and Sundays 10am till 2pm.
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