119 days ago

Auckland mountains closed as Guy Fawkes looms

Caryn Wilkinson Reporter from Community News

Fourteen Auckland mountains have been closed to the public to ward off blazes fuelled by fireworks.

The maunga (mountains) administered by the Tupuna Maunga Authority are closed to the public this week from 7.30 pm until November 8.

The decision to ban evening access follows fires at Mt Wellington and Mt Eden on Guy Fawkes night last year.

Fireworks sparked a blaze which tore through the crater of Mangere Mountain in December last year and another fire on Mt Wellington in April.

Last month another blaze caused by a group of youths playing with fireworks ripped through the lower slopes of Mt Wellington.

The following mountains will be closed: Wiri, One Tree Hill, Mount Wellington, Mount Eden, North Head, Mount Albert, Mount Hobson, Pigeon Mountain, Mount Richmond, Mount Roskill, Mount St John, Mount Victoria, Mangere Mountain, Big King.

Do you agree with the closures?

Are you planning to celebrate Guy Fawkes tomorrow night?

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3 hours ago

Buying by tender: Did you write a letter?

Kylie Klein Nixon Reporter from Homed

Hi folks,
My colleague Jo is writing a story about buying by tender, specifically, the new trend of writing letters to the vendor to explain why they should pick your offer over all the rest.
As the market gets harder and harder to break into, we've been hearing more and more about people trying to make a personal connection with vendors to give their tender offers the edge. We've heard folks will include personal details about their family, why the love the house and what their plans for the property are.
Jo would love to talk to anyone who's written a letter like this to accompany a tender - perhaps it's you, perhaps a relative or friend - or from vendors who've received letters like this, accompanying a tender.
Perhaps you asked for such letters?
We'd love to hear more about that experience for you and how it shaped the way the sale went.
You can reach out to jo here (she'll be joining the Neighbourly neighbourhood soon!) or via our email: homed@stuff.co.nz.
Looking forward to hearing your stories.

7 hours ago

E-bikes on the trails are growing, but it seems their manners are lacking.

Carly Gooch Reporter from The Nelson Mail

Battery-powered mountainbikers are becoming mainstream, with more e-bikes being sold to mountainbikers than commuters in Nelson but they're being reminded to use their manners when coming across conventional bikes. Have you had any bad experiences out on trails, either on your e-bike or conventional bike, or does it all seem friendly on the tracks? Let us know.

5 days ago

Who needs a plant doctor?

Mikaela Wilkes Reporter from Homed

UPDATE: Thank you for all your questions. We're picking the best to send off to the houseplant doctor from Kings Plant Barn and the answers will be published in an article on Homed soon.

Are your houseplants looking worse for wear? The experts at Kings Plant Barn would love to help. Send us your houseplant questions and problems to homed@stuff.co.nz, or leave them in the comments, for the houseplant doctor to diagnose. Pictures are encouraged.