Central Otago District, Alexandra

33 days ago

Poll: Do you consider yourself to be happy?

Paul Reporter from Stuff

New Zealand is one of the happiest countries in the world, but how do you even define happiness?

There's a growing body of research on happiness showing the things that make us happier, and things that detract from our happiness. Read more from our "Good Life Guide" here.

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Do you consider yourself to be happy?
  • 75.5% Yes, I am happy
    75.5% Complete
  • 24.5% No, I am not happy
    24.5% Complete
1316 votes
34 days ago

The best gift you can leave... pre-arranging your funeral

The Staff from Avenal Park Funeral Home

So, why pre-plan your funeral?

- Peace of mind – relieves some of the stress for those left behind, as you have left a plan of what you want. Provides information and answers to questions asked.

- Financial security – eases the burden off your family. Also, currently $10,000 is exempt … View more
So, why pre-plan your funeral?

- Peace of mind – relieves some of the stress for those left behind, as you have left a plan of what you want. Provides information and answers to questions asked.

- Financial security – eases the burden off your family. Also, currently $10,000 is exempt from rest home asset testing.

- Personalisation - your wishes are made known. You can record specific preferences for your funeral, to be celebrated as you want to be remembered.

- You have control until the end – taking care of your funeral arrangements is a thoughtful and caring thing to do for your family.

- Provides comfort to others – a meaningful funeral is an important event for your family and friends. It brings a sense of closure and enables your family to begin the healing process.

From preplanning and/or prearranging of funerals, to looking after you when your loved one dies, through to designing and organising of memorials, the team at Avenal Park Funeral Home are here for you.

For more information, or to discuss prearranging and preplanning your funeral, contact Nigel, Donna, Chris or Mel at Avenal Park Funeral Home on 03 218 9021 or visit us at 75 Fox Street, Invercargill.
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35 days ago

Out of My Mind - our latest podcast is now live

The Team Reporter from Stuff

Stuff's new podcast, Out of My Mind, is a series of true stories about mental health, told by the people who’ve been there.

In each episode, one person talks to journalist Adam Dudding about their life, and the view from inside their head. These first-person dispatches from the front … View more
Stuff's new podcast, Out of My Mind, is a series of true stories about mental health, told by the people who’ve been there.

In each episode, one person talks to journalist Adam Dudding about their life, and the view from inside their head. These first-person dispatches from the front lines of mental health are moving, yet also full of moments of surprise, tenderness and humour.

There are seven episodes. Two are available now and the following five will be released each Monday. Listen to the latest podcast here.

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35 days ago

Could you imagine living here?

Jo Haywood Reporter from Homed

Hey neighbours, have you seen this incredible log home in Tarras? Talk about taking rustic design to a whole new level...

Fitting in beautifully into the remote Otago landscape, it was built by High Country Carpentry at a cost in excess of $2 million and has just won three regional Master … View more
Hey neighbours, have you seen this incredible log home in Tarras? Talk about taking rustic design to a whole new level...

Fitting in beautifully into the remote Otago landscape, it was built by High Country Carpentry at a cost in excess of $2 million and has just won three regional Master Builders awards - for its interior, exterior and craftsmanship. Take a look inside and it's not hard to see why.

Praising the skill and workmanship that went into the home, the judges said: "The rustic and organic nature and imagery of the house is deceiving, as the technology, engineering and construction detail that went into the construction is incredibly innovative."

You can see more of this home, and what went into its construction, here.

35 days ago

Thanks Warehouse Stationery!

Julia de Ruiter from The Salvation Army NZ

We want to say a huge thank you to Warehouse Stationery and their customers for their support of our Aspire Youth Programme. Over the past four years, Warehouse Stationery’s Add a Dollar Appeal has raised more than a quarter of a million dollars to help young Kiwis overcome their challenges and … View moreWe want to say a huge thank you to Warehouse Stationery and their customers for their support of our Aspire Youth Programme. Over the past four years, Warehouse Stationery’s Add a Dollar Appeal has raised more than a quarter of a million dollars to help young Kiwis overcome their challenges and achieve success!

More than 1,000 young people have completed the Aspire programme, and thanks to the generosity of Warehouse Stationery customers, many more will get the chance to take part in the course in the future.

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35 days ago

Life According to Dad – Win $500*

The Team from Ryman Healthcare Limited

If dads were to have a superpower, it would be to share invaluable life advice. The type of advice that, while unwelcome at the time, stays with you year after year.

To celebrate Father’s Day, we ask you to share your dad’s unique brand of wisdom with New Zealand. Friend, joker, bee sting … View more
If dads were to have a superpower, it would be to share invaluable life advice. The type of advice that, while unwelcome at the time, stays with you year after year.

To celebrate Father’s Day, we ask you to share your dad’s unique brand of wisdom with New Zealand. Friend, joker, bee sting remover, hero.

Share your dad’s life lessons and be in to win a $500* Prezzy card.

Click here to share your dad’s nuggets of wisdom – and be in to win $500*.

T's & C's apply*.
Share your lessons

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35 days ago

Be the business locals turn to first

Alison Perkins from Neighbourly.co.nz

Becoming a Neighbourly Premium Business allows you to connect with people that live near your business, the people you’re most likely to meet in real life.

If you'd like to be the business that locals turn to first, why don't you consider Neighbourly Premium?

"After signing … View more
Becoming a Neighbourly Premium Business allows you to connect with people that live near your business, the people you’re most likely to meet in real life.

If you'd like to be the business that locals turn to first, why don't you consider Neighbourly Premium?

"After signing up with Neighbourly in August 2017, we quickly noticed the number of users that were engaging with us through our messages. As Auckland’s number one moving and delivery company, we wanted Neighbourly members to understand what makes our customers love us.

"We’ve been able to do just that through our messages and posts. The benefits of Neighbourly in Auckland were so great that as soon as we opened our second branch in Tauranga it was one of our priorities to set up! It really works and the more effort you put in, the better the results you get." -- Devan Devaroyan, Director of Smart Express

Want to learn more about how you can use Neighbourly to promote your business? Give your local Stuff sales representative a call.
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36 days ago

Could you be saving on power?

The Electricity Authority

With the extra power you use over winter, plus the extra time you spend indoors, it’s no wonder your power bills have a habit of getting bigger this time of year.

But there’s an easy and quick way to check you’re on the best deal, at WhatsMyNumber.org.nz

On average, New Zealand … View more
With the extra power you use over winter, plus the extra time you spend indoors, it’s no wonder your power bills have a habit of getting bigger this time of year.

But there’s an easy and quick way to check you’re on the best deal, at WhatsMyNumber.org.nz

On average, New Zealand households could save $207 a year by switching their power deal. Even if you’ve checked before visit WhatsMyNumber.org.nz to see what you could save.
Check now

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36 days ago

Running in the upcoming local elections? We can help!

The Team from Neighbourly.co.nz

The Neighbourly team recognises the value of the site for assessing community need and for this reason, we have a number of features perfect for election purposes.

Any campaigning should take place away from the general noticeboard. We've got a few options to help ensure your message is … View more
The Neighbourly team recognises the value of the site for assessing community need and for this reason, we have a number of features perfect for election purposes.

Any campaigning should take place away from the general noticeboard. We've got a few options to help ensure your message is getting out to Neighbourly members. We'd suggest starting your own group on Neighbourly - this is a great way to connect with those who want to get updates about your candidacy.

We also have business profiles available for all candidates if you would like your messages to appear on the Neighbourly noticeboard. As well as this, we have special Neighbourly Advertising rates for election candidates. Get in touch with us to find out more.

Already an elected official? Neighbourly also offers all elected officials the option of creating an organisation profile to connect with those in their electorate - although these profiles should not be used for campaigning.

If you have any questions or need any assistance then let us know!
Get in touch!

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37 days ago

Step outside in September

The Team from New Zealand Red Cross

Grab your friends and spring into the warmer months by joining Red Cross Journey. The benefits of walking 10,000 steps a day are endless! Regular exercise relieves stress, improves memory, helps you sleep better and boosts your overall mood.

Let's start planning some awesome outdoor … View more
Grab your friends and spring into the warmer months by joining Red Cross Journey. The benefits of walking 10,000 steps a day are endless! Regular exercise relieves stress, improves memory, helps you sleep better and boosts your overall mood.

Let's start planning some awesome outdoor activities for September and clock up your steps! Sign up to Red Cross Journey today by visiting our website: bit.ly...

Check out this awesome list of places to discover in Aotearoa by Department of Conservation : bit.ly...

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37 days ago

Can you help Good Bitches Baking spread kindness?

The Team from Good Bitches Baking

Our mission is to make Aotearoa the kindest place on earth and we can’t do it alone. It’s the Good Bitches Baking He Wiki Tono - Appeal Week and we need your help to keep the ovens on and the kindness flowing. One $5 donation helps us share a moment of sweetness with around 20 people!

Every… View more
Our mission is to make Aotearoa the kindest place on earth and we can’t do it alone. It’s the Good Bitches Baking He Wiki Tono - Appeal Week and we need your help to keep the ovens on and the kindness flowing. One $5 donation helps us share a moment of sweetness with around 20 people!

Every dollar helps so please help us out during our appeal week and donate at our Givealittle page.

Learn more about what we do and how to volunteer on our website.
Donate now

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38 days ago

Heavy snow warning

The team from Neighbourly.co.nz

MetService has issued a heavy snow warning for North Otago.

Valid: 24 hours from 10:00am Saturday to 10:00am Sunday.

Forecast: Snow is forecast to lower to 300 metres Saturday morning with significant falls expected above 500 metres. Expect 30 to 40cm of snow to accumulate above 500 metres. … View more
MetService has issued a heavy snow warning for North Otago.

Valid: 24 hours from 10:00am Saturday to 10:00am Sunday.

Forecast: Snow is forecast to lower to 300 metres Saturday morning with significant falls expected above 500 metres. Expect 30 to 40cm of snow to accumulate above 500 metres. Pleas note, heavy rain is expected below the snow level and a Heavy Rain Watch has been issued. Keep up to date here

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38 days ago

Put your own stamp on gift-giving

The Team from Resene ColorShop Dunedin

Remember potato printing? Turns out it’s not just for the kids. We love this printing idea, creating a geometric pattern using the humble potato and Resene testpots.

We’ve printed ours onto linen to wrap around pot plants, a simple yet thoughtful gift that friends and family will love.

Make… View more
Remember potato printing? Turns out it’s not just for the kids. We love this printing idea, creating a geometric pattern using the humble potato and Resene testpots.

We’ve printed ours onto linen to wrap around pot plants, a simple yet thoughtful gift that friends and family will love.

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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39 days ago

Gestro backs SDHB maternal and child hubs, but would change how they were set up

Nicole Mathewson Reporter from Central Otago News

The woman who set up maternal and child hubs in Otago and Southland says in hindsight, she may have done things differently, but the outcome would have been the same.

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40 days ago

Heracles the 'largest parrot ever': New fossil discovered in Otago

Nicole Mathewson Reporter from Central Otago News

New Zealand was once home to incredible ancient birds like the moa and Haast's eagle, and now apparently a species of giant parrot.

A fossil of the world's largest extinct parrot has been uncovered in Central Otago.

Experts believe the huge bird was around 1 metre tall and weighed … View more
New Zealand was once home to incredible ancient birds like the moa and Haast's eagle, and now apparently a species of giant parrot.

A fossil of the world's largest extinct parrot has been uncovered in Central Otago.

Experts believe the huge bird was around 1 metre tall and weighed around 7kg.

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