Central Otago District, Alexandra

28 days ago

New Zealand's first floating burger bar to open in the mountains on Lake Dunstan Trail

Nicole Mathewson Reporter from Otago News

New Zealand's first floating burger joint will open this week in a jaw-dropping location: on a lake among the mountains.

This remarkable new eatery and tourist attraction has its roots in the country's first Covid-19 lockdown back in 2020.

Richard and Jolanda Foale operated a popular … View more
New Zealand's first floating burger joint will open this week in a jaw-dropping location: on a lake among the mountains.

This remarkable new eatery and tourist attraction has its roots in the country's first Covid-19 lockdown back in 2020.

Richard and Jolanda Foale operated a popular helicopter company in Cromwell, which took predominantly foreign tourists for a closer look at some of our most spectacular peaks. When the borders closed, the future of their business looked grim.

During those long uncertain weeks in lockdown, the pair watched the hit TV series Undercover Billionaire. One particular episode featured a challenge where the boss headed to a new town and had just 90 days to start a food brand.

It sparked an idea. Could the pair do something bold in their own backyard? Read more here.

29 days ago

Warm welcome to Climate Insights

Neighbourly

We're very excited to announce Climate Insights as our new Neighbourly partner.

Climate insights is looking forward to supporting the Neighbourly community, helping kiwis protect their homes against climate change and live better within their communities. Climate Insights use science-based… View more
We're very excited to announce Climate Insights as our new Neighbourly partner.

Climate insights is looking forward to supporting the Neighbourly community, helping kiwis protect their homes against climate change and live better within their communities. Climate Insights use science-based information to provide tools and guidance as we strive to become more sustainable and resilient. 

Please join us in welcoming Climate Insights and stay tuned for localised climate information, tools and much more!
Learn more

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30 days ago

Looking for some cooking inspiration?

Stuff

Look no further! Join Sam Mannering on Thursday the 23rd of September and cook your dinner along with him.

What’s on the menu? Sam is going to teach you how to make curry from scratch, and for dessert, a tarte tatin.

Get in quick because seats are limited!
Register now

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31 days ago

Do you have questions about your spring garden?

Mei Leng Wong Reporter from NZ Gardener & Get Growing

Dear neighbours,

As part of Stuff’s Life & Style Live Chat series, NZ Gardener editor Jo McCarroll and Jack Hobbs, manager of the Auckland Botanic Gardens, are back with their expert spring gardening tips, advice and plant problem-solving. If you have a question for the gardening experts, … View more
Dear neighbours,

As part of Stuff’s Life & Style Live Chat series, NZ Gardener editor Jo McCarroll and Jack Hobbs, manager of the Auckland Botanic Gardens, are back with their expert spring gardening tips, advice and plant problem-solving. If you have a question for the gardening experts, you can submit it (now, or during the chat) at the link below. Then tune in today, Sept 17, at 3pm.

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31 days ago

Snap crackle pot

The Team from Resene ColorShop Dunedin

Give some plain store-bought pots a fresh new look using Resene FX Crackle effect. Use Resene FX Crackle effect to give a shabby chic look with on-trend paint colours.

Find out how to create your own.

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33 days ago

Noticed anything different?

The Team from Neighbourly.co.nz

It's te wiki o te reo Māori, and to celebrate this awesome initiative, we've given our logo a little update.

'Haporitanga' means 'the many principles and actions of being a community' and we think it's a great way to express what Neighbourly is.

Are you … View more
It's te wiki o te reo Māori, and to celebrate this awesome initiative, we've given our logo a little update.

'Haporitanga' means 'the many principles and actions of being a community' and we think it's a great way to express what Neighbourly is.

Are you keen to dive straight into te wiki? Here's a video by our mates at Stuff showing five te reo words that every person from across the motu (country) needs to know.

For more coverage on Māori language week, click the 'See more' button below.

Ngā manaakitanga!
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37 days ago

Get your financial life in order with MoneyIQ

Angela Quigan Reporter from Stuff

Hey neighbours, is it time to get your finances in order? If lockdown has focused your mind on the state of your bank account, we’re here to help.

Stuff has launched MoneyIQ, an eight-week email course that will give you all the basics you need to get your money sorted and start working towards … View more
Hey neighbours, is it time to get your finances in order? If lockdown has focused your mind on the state of your bank account, we’re here to help.

Stuff has launched MoneyIQ, an eight-week email course that will give you all the basics you need to get your money sorted and start working towards a brighter, richer future. You can sign up for free here.

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37 days ago

ACAN Office Open

Chris Hodgson from Alexandra Community Advice Network

Community Advice office at Alexandra Community House is open. Drop in or ring 4487771 for all enquiries and to book the voluntary driver service, call our office for full details of this service.

38 days ago

December delights

The Team from Resene ColorShop Dunedin

From pine cones to tree-shaped centrepieces, have fun creating your own Christmas decor with Resene’s festive, on-trend colour combinations. Combine your favourite Resene testpot colours to match your Christmas style. Find out how to create your own.

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40 days ago

It's the simple things...

The Team from Neighbourly.co.nz

Hey neighbours,

Wrapped up in our bubbles - it's certainly been a tough few weeks. With our daily routines challenged, we were able to slow down and enjoy the better things in life. That's why we want you be a part of the Neighbourly joy movement and share the simple things that make … View more
Hey neighbours,

Wrapped up in our bubbles - it's certainly been a tough few weeks. With our daily routines challenged, we were able to slow down and enjoy the better things in life. That's why we want you be a part of the Neighbourly joy movement and share the simple things that make you happy.

Share a photo or story with your neighbours and you could be in to win Good Joe Coffee and Best Ugly Bagels (or bagels for your whole street!).
Share now!

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40 days ago

Ryman Pioneers Certainty

Ryman Healthcare Limited

We’ve been pioneering village living, and aged care, for more than 35 years. Our track record is built on genuine compassion and respect and gives you the confidence to be able to live the way you want. It’s another reason New Zealanders have voted us one of the Reader’s Digest Most Trusted … View moreWe’ve been pioneering village living, and aged care, for more than 35 years. Our track record is built on genuine compassion and respect and gives you the confidence to be able to live the way you want. It’s another reason New Zealanders have voted us one of the Reader’s Digest Most Trusted Brands for a 7th year. Learn more

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40 days ago

Keep reaching out, Aotearoa! 😊

The Team from Neighbourhood Support New Zealand

A simple phone call or message it all it takes sometimes.

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46 days ago

Mutiny in the south: Wānaka's plan to break free from Queenstown

Nicole Mathewson Reporter from Otago News

A quiet revolution has begun in small town Wānaka with growing support for a plan to break free from domineering neighbour Queenstown.

Self-employed mechanic Dean Rankin has initiated the move through a petition calling for the Local Government Commission to review the structure of the Queenstown… View more
A quiet revolution has begun in small town Wānaka with growing support for a plan to break free from domineering neighbour Queenstown.

Self-employed mechanic Dean Rankin has initiated the move through a petition calling for the Local Government Commission to review the structure of the Queenstown Lakes District Council.

He needed the support of at least 10 per cent of local voters, or about 1500 people, to push for change and had hit 1200 on Wednesday morning.

Rankin would like to see the Upper Clutha area, including Wānaka, Hawea, Luggate and Makarora, establish its own council.

What do you think of Rankin's proposal? Read more here and tell us what you think in the comments below.

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42 days ago

Father and son graduate together

Competenz

Another great story!
Southland father and son, Robert and Bobby Baird have recently received their forestry qualifications, proving you are never too old to learn.

While Robert has practical experience gained during four decades in the bush, he says vocational training like the qualification he… View more
Another great story!
Southland father and son, Robert and Bobby Baird have recently received their forestry qualifications, proving you are never too old to learn.

While Robert has practical experience gained during four decades in the bush, he says vocational training like the qualification he has just done is helping keep people safe.

Competenz assessor Neville Muir worked with Bairds throughout their training programme.

“Bobby is very driven to succeed and very organised. He’s also very keen to continue upskilling his crew and there are a lot of different certificates still to do,” he says.

While Bobby is his boss at work, Robert turns back into ‘dad’ at the end of the day. “I give him a hand during the day when he’s got a lot of work on. We have a great relationship and it’s a magic thing to be able to do to work with your son.”

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