Central Otago District, Alexandra

79 days ago

Random Acts of Kindness – August 1st to 31st 💖

The Team from Neighbourhood Support New Zealand

All it takes is a kind gesture to change someone’s day. From paying it forward in line at a cafe to giving flowers to a friend ‘just because’ - this month we’re encouraging our members and supporters to make New Zealand a better place one random act of kindness at a time.

The options for … View more
All it takes is a kind gesture to change someone’s day. From paying it forward in line at a cafe to giving flowers to a friend ‘just because’ - this month we’re encouraging our members and supporters to make New Zealand a better place one random act of kindness at a time.

The options for doing so are endless! Being kind doesn’t have to cost a thing, after all a smile is free. For those who want to go the extra mile, here’s some other ideas: Buy extra kai at the grocery store to donate to a food pantry, help someone with a broken down car or flat tire, bring treats into work for colleagues, send an encouraging text to someone who needs it, let a car into the traffic ahead of you, take a gift over to new neighbours and introduce yourself, write positive messages in chalk on sidewalks around your neighbourhood, or surprise loved ones with a visit.

This month also coincides with World Humanitarian Day on August 19th and Random Acts of Kindness Day (New Zealand) which is on September 1st.

Let us know how you’re spreading kindness in your community by tagging us in your posts + using the following hashtag so we can see what you get up to:

#NSNZrandomactsofkindness

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79 days ago

Poll: What's the most popular night to eat fish and chips?

Virginia Fallon Reporter from Sunday Star Times

While there's no doubt kiwis love their fish and chips, we want to know what's the most popular night to eat them on. Is the takeaway an early-week treat for you or something you get on the weekends? Let us know!
Edited: Thanks for all your responses! With Friday the clear favourite … View more
While there's no doubt kiwis love their fish and chips, we want to know what's the most popular night to eat them on. Is the takeaway an early-week treat for you or something you get on the weekends? Let us know!
Edited: Thanks for all your responses! With Friday the clear favourite here's hoping you enjoy tonight's takeaways :)

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What's the most popular night to eat fish and chips?
  • 1.3% Monday
    1.3% Complete
  • 1.6% Tuesday
    1.6% Complete
  • 3.1% Wednesday
    3.1% Complete
  • 6.2% Thursday
    6.2% Complete
  • 68.1% Friday
    68.1% Complete
  • 12.8% Saturday
    12.8% Complete
  • 6.8% Sunday
    6.8% Complete
1635 votes
79 days ago

Should you be leaving your heat pump on?

Jo Haywood Reporter from Homed

There's no escaping this icy blast and the chilly temperatures make it tempting to leave your heat pump on, but should you? We've asked some energy experts for the best way to use your heat pump to keep your home toasty, and your energy bills down - and their answers may surprise you. … View moreThere's no escaping this icy blast and the chilly temperatures make it tempting to leave your heat pump on, but should you? We've asked some energy experts for the best way to use your heat pump to keep your home toasty, and your energy bills down - and their answers may surprise you. Check them out, here.

And if you don't have a heat pump, don't despair. There's plenty you can do to make your heating more efficient and your home a little warmer... Here are some common home heating mistakes you may be making and how to fix them.

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81 days ago

Become a Teacher

Ministry Of Education

Take your place alongside our young people.

Every day, New Zealand teachers are creating brighter futures for young people, with lessons that can seem small but are significant in terms of their impact. These are lessons about important life skills such as perseverance, identity, respect and … View more
Take your place alongside our young people.

Every day, New Zealand teachers are creating brighter futures for young people, with lessons that can seem small but are significant in terms of their impact. These are lessons about important life skills such as perseverance, identity, respect and confidence.

Become a teacher and take your place alongside our young people. You’ll have the opportunity to make a meaningful difference in their lives; to strengthen communities and build a better future for our next generations.
Learn more

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81 days ago

Heavy snow watch

The team from Neighbourly.co.nz

Heavy snow may disrupt travel in affected areas and could damage trees and powerlines. Cold conditions may cause stress for livestock.

MetService meteorologist Peter Little told Stuff New Zealanders needed to prepare for a shock.

Area: Southern Lakes, Central Otago from Omakau southwards, and… View more
Heavy snow may disrupt travel in affected areas and could damage trees and powerlines. Cold conditions may cause stress for livestock.

MetService meteorologist Peter Little told Stuff New Zealanders needed to prepare for a shock.

Area: Southern Lakes, Central Otago from Omakau southwards, and inland parts of Southland and Clutha.

Valid: 8 hours from 2:00pm to 10:00pm Tuesday.

Forecast: Snow is expected to fall above 300 metres during this time. Snow accumulations may approach Warning criteria above 500 metres.
Read more

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86 days ago

Create your own plant stand

The Team from Resene ColorShop Dunedin

Slightly Scandi and very cool, this concrete plant stand is a stylish addition to any home. Finish the legs with your favourite Resene colour.

Make the most of this weekend with this easy step by step project idea from Resene.

Find out how to create this quick and easy project yourself.

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86 days ago

Christchurch teenager completes 152km Otago Central Rail Trail on a unicycle

Nicole Mathewson Reporter from Central Otago News

An adventurous Christchurch teenager turned heads around the Central Otago countryside as he rode the region's 152-kilometre rail trail on a unicycle.

James Holyoake, 16, braved wild winter weather to traverse the Otago Central Rail Trail last week in an attempt to achieve his Duke of … View more
An adventurous Christchurch teenager turned heads around the Central Otago countryside as he rode the region's 152-kilometre rail trail on a unicycle.

James Holyoake, 16, braved wild winter weather to traverse the Otago Central Rail Trail last week in an attempt to achieve his Duke of Edinburgh gold award.

The year 12 St Andrew's College student said he wanted to do "something different" to achieve the award, but found the experience was also gruelling and technically tough.

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86 days ago

Poll: Have you ever challenged a parking ticket?

Stacey Reporter from Stuff

It's true that you agreed to a legally binding contract as soon as you drove into the parking lot. Thankfully, New Zealand law protects consumers from the exploitative clauses that corporates love to slip in the fine print.

Under contract law, parking companies can only claim for "the … View more
It's true that you agreed to a legally binding contract as soon as you drove into the parking lot. Thankfully, New Zealand law protects consumers from the exploitative clauses that corporates love to slip in the fine print.

Under contract law, parking companies can only claim for "the actual and reasonable costs they incurred". Charging $65 for a short overstay in an empty carpark is as far from reasonable as you can get.

To find out what to do in this situation, click here

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Have you ever challenged a parking ticket?
  • 46.8% Yes, and I won!
    46.8% Complete
  • 32.4% Nah, I jut pay it
    32.4% Complete
  • 20.8% Yes, but I still had to pay
    20.8% Complete
1168 votes
87 days ago

We want to hear from you!

energyclubnz

Do you have 2 minutes to share your thoughts? We're looking into what we can do to become a power company you deserve. Complete our survey before the 30th of August you'll be in to WIN 1 of 2 $100 Prezzy cards! Take the survey

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87 days ago

Thank you Countdown stores and shoppers!

Julia de Ruiter from The Salvation Army NZ

We want to say a huge thank you to Countdown Supermarkets stores and shoppers and The Foodbank Project donors for your fantastic support of the 2019 Countdown Food Rescue Winter Appeal. Thanks to your generous donations, our foodbank hubs were able to restock their shelves with essential food items… View moreWe want to say a huge thank you to Countdown Supermarkets stores and shoppers and The Foodbank Project donors for your fantastic support of the 2019 Countdown Food Rescue Winter Appeal. Thanks to your generous donations, our foodbank hubs were able to restock their shelves with essential food items which are much needed during this tough winter period.

Click the link below to watch a heartfelt video of thanks from the team at our Porirua Salvation Army centre!

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88 days ago

Part-Time Teacher Aide Vacancy

Ascot Community School

We are seeking a suitable person to work with students, 15 hours per week during term time and daily part-time from 11:30am - 2:30pm.

The position is for Terms 3 and 4, 2019.

Apply in writing to:
580 Tay Street Invercargill
Email: admin@ascot.school.nz
Applications close 3PM, Tuesday 30th … View more
We are seeking a suitable person to work with students, 15 hours per week during term time and daily part-time from 11:30am - 2:30pm.

The position is for Terms 3 and 4, 2019.

Apply in writing to:
580 Tay Street Invercargill
Email: admin@ascot.school.nz
Applications close 3PM, Tuesday 30th July 2019.
Visit us online

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88 days ago

Kmart's list of 31 recalls

Stacey Reporter from Stuff

Hi neighbours, do you love Kmart?

Hundreds of thousands of inexpensive items that pass through the retail giant's checkouts every year, so it's only to be expected there will be recalls – Kmart even has a recalls page on its website, and there are 31 products on the list.

The … View more
Hi neighbours, do you love Kmart?

Hundreds of thousands of inexpensive items that pass through the retail giant's checkouts every year, so it's only to be expected there will be recalls – Kmart even has a recalls page on its website, and there are 31 products on the list.

The $55 timber Occasional Chair is the latest casualty, although this is a withdrawal rather than a recall. We don't know the reason for its withdrawal, except Kmart says it is for "a potential quality issue". But what other products have been found wanting?

To find out what else is on the recall list, click here

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89 days ago

Overcrowded New Zealand attractions: Five arguably better alternatives

Nicole Mathewson Reporter from Central Otago News

When you have show ponies like Queenstown and Wānaka for neighbours, your own natural attributes can go underappreciated, which seems to be what's happened for poor old Cromwell.

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90 days ago

Wattie's Cans for Good

Julia de Ruiter from The Salvation Army NZ

Our can collection initiative 'Cans for Good' with Wattie's is back for 2019 and we'd love you to get involved! The campaign will run for two weeks between Monday 5th and Friday 16th August and registration is open to all schools from kindergarten to high schools.

*What is … View more
Our can collection initiative 'Cans for Good' with Wattie's is back for 2019 and we'd love you to get involved! The campaign will run for two weeks between Monday 5th and Friday 16th August and registration is open to all schools from kindergarten to high schools.

*What is Cans for Good?*
Cans for Good is an exciting national education and can collection campaign. Last year, Cans for Good was a huge success - more than 240 schools took part, collecting more than 70,000 cans to fill Salvation Army foodbanks.
The campaign brings together a charitable can collection drive and creative competition. It's supported by a set of teacher resources designed to engage children in fun, team-based learning experiences. The resources are available to download for free when you register online.

*Prizes*
As well as doing good in your community, having fun and learning, your school can also win some great prizes! Along with a competition for the best can creation, we have introduced a fun new campaign where your students can show or tell us how they think Wattie’s Spaghetti is made. We'll pick the most creative entry from each category: Kindergarten, Primary/Intermediate and Secondary School. The overall winner will receive a Wattie’s lunch shout for their school!

*Register today!*
Since the Watties partnership began in 1994, more than 1.4 million cans have been donated and this year through the support of New Zealand schools participating in Cans for Good we hope to achieve our target of 1.5 million cans!
Cans from each school will be given to the local Salvation Army or community foodbanks. These will help refill the shelves after the high winter demand period and enable schools around New Zealand to make a real difference to those in need in their community. To take part, register online by 31st July.

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