Store owner's sale a chip off Key's block

MATHEW GROCOTT
Last updated 12:00 30/11/2012
John Augustine
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KNOCK OFF: False teeth are among the array of items included in John Augustine's assets sale, inspired by Prime Minister John Key.

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If the Government can sell New Zealand's assets, then a Dannevirke retailer says he can too.

John Augustine, owner of the Dannevirke Second Hand Centre, has been holding a "John Key-style sale".

He has erected signs in his windows that feature a caricature of the prime minister and the slogans "49 per cent off ... all our assets must be sold" and "at knocked down prices (even to foreigners)".

Mr Augustine said the sale's theme was light-hearted and was not meant to be a political comment for or against the Government's plan to sell up to 49 per cent of four state-owned power companies.

"It just came to me, I thought we'd have a sale along the same lines. It's a bit of tongue in cheek."

Mr Augustine said the signs had helped attract and entertain customers to the Main St store during a difficult retail period.

"A lot of people get a laugh out of it, take pictures of it. It's good to see people coming in with a smile on their faces."

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