Hurunui District , Amberley

20 hours ago

Poll: Is it okay to take fruit from a neighbour's tree?

The Team from Neighbourly.co.nz

This week we are wondering about some neighbour etiquette that can cause conflict. If your neighbour has a tree overflowing with fruit that is visible from the road, is it okay to help yourself? Share your thoughts below.

Type 'Not For Print' if you wish your comments to be excluded … View more
This week we are wondering about some neighbour etiquette that can cause conflict. If your neighbour has a tree overflowing with fruit that is visible from the road, is it okay to help yourself? Share your thoughts below.

Type 'Not For Print' if you wish your comments to be excluded from the Conversations column of your local paper.

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Is it okay to take fruit from a neighbour's tree?
  • 16% Yes
    16% Complete
  • 78.2% No
    78.2% Complete
  • 5.8% Other - I'll share below
    5.8% Complete
1233 votes
20 hours ago

Last week to enter neighbours!

Prospa

Have you nominated a small business in your community yet? The Prospa Local Business Hero Awards close this week!

Whether you know a great plumber, supermarket, mechanic, bookstore, hairdresser, gardener, pharmacy, builder, shoe store, cafe or electrician - show some love to a small business and… View more
Have you nominated a small business in your community yet? The Prospa Local Business Hero Awards close this week!

Whether you know a great plumber, supermarket, mechanic, bookstore, hairdresser, gardener, pharmacy, builder, shoe store, cafe or electrician - show some love to a small business and make a nomination today.

You'll not only help drum up some support for them in your community, you could also help them win a $10,000 prize package. Plus if your nomination is a regional finalist you'll win a $100 Prezzy® card too!
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4 days ago

Regional council ECan proposes hefty rate rises

Nicole Mathewson Reporter from The Press

By reporter Keiller MacDuff:

Environment Canterbury (ECan) floated one of the largest proposed average rates rises in the country on Wednesday - more than 24% - a day after the Christchurch City Council adopted a draft proposal for a 13% rates rise.

Councils nationwide are proposing … View more
By reporter Keiller MacDuff:

Environment Canterbury (ECan) floated one of the largest proposed average rates rises in the country on Wednesday - more than 24% - a day after the Christchurch City Council adopted a draft proposal for a 13% rates rise.

Councils nationwide are proposing significant rises as interest rates bite and increasing severe weather calls for more resilience work.

ECan councillors voted 14:2 to adopt the consultation document for its long-term plan (LTP), which outlines the council's activities, services and finances for the next decade, with councillors Clair McKay and Deon Swiggs voting against the recommendation.

The plan will see ECan spend more than $340 million in the first year, a 26% increase on the $270m programme carried out in 2023-24.

The draft says the council gave “strong consideration“ to the financial pressures the community is facing, but previous decisions on flood management and public transport combined with high inflation meant just maintaining current work required a double digit increase.

The actual rating impact will differ depending on location and targeted rates, meaning the increase will be between 13% and 27%.

If the regional council’s preferred options are adopted, a Christchurch city ratepayer with a $820,000 property would pay $750 in the first year of the plan, while a $1.9m rural property in Hurunui faced a $1030 rates bill for 2024-25, and a $4.76m rural Ashburton property would pay $2681 in rates.

Of ECan's three core services - environmental regulation and protection, hazard preparedness and response, and public transport - the latter has the biggest cost.

The council’s preferred public transport option has a $160m price tag for the first year (a total of $542m over three years) and would see the Public Transport Futures programme improvements delivered within seven years, including upping core bus routes to ten minute frequencies or better by 2028, with average wait times of five minutes.

It also includes:
- More direct services to parts of Waimakariri and Selwyn, starting in 2026-27.
- A review of connector and local services by mid-2026, with improvements implemented by 2031.
- An additional Diamond Harbour ferry and refurbishment of the existing ferry.
- Improvements to the network, such as increasing capacity on crowded buses and small tweaks to routes or frequency
- Enhanced safety improvements, increased investment in reliability and the continued replacement of end-of-life diesel buses with new electric buses.

The option also includes funding to “explore opportunities” to improve transport to and from Te Kaha, on demand services in Greater Christchurch, and - long term - looking at asset ownership.

The document notes the region has “historically under-invested in public transport,” leading to low usage, and proposes “considerable investment.” But both the regional council and the auditor, whose report was also tabled, drew attention to the “high level of uncertainty” surrounding the government’s contribution.

The council’s preferred option for environmental regulation and protection would cost $135m for the LTP’s first year, and could sit alongside a targeted rate for additional biodiversity work in Christchurch and Banks Peninsula.

The separate biodiversity rate works out at 72 cents per $100,000 capital value of rateable properties.

ECan’s preferred option for community preparedness and hazard response - $50.5m - includes a targeted rate for Selwyn residents for district-wide flood and river resilience work.

The targeted rate would cost $7.08 per rate paying property in the first year, $10.62 in the second year, and $14.16 in the third year, raising $400,000 in 2026-27.

Most councillors expressed misgivings about the scale of the proposed rise, but backed the document through the consultation process.

McKay accused her fellow councillors of being “tone deaf”, and asked what right the council had “to treat our ratepayers as an ATM machine?”

She criticised the amount of borrowing and said she was “embarrassed to be associated” with the amount council sought.

Swiggs also expressed misgivings about debt funding, and criticised the local government funding model in general.

“Imagine if Wellington had to budget the way we have to,” Swiggs said, commenting on the discrepency in tax take between central and local government,.

On Tuesday, the Christchurch City Council voted 13 to 4 in favour of a draft long-term plan that proposes an average rates increase of 13.24% from June, followed by 7.76% in the following financial year, and 4.67% the year after.

Consultation on ECan’s draft LTP will run from mid-March to mid-April, with hearings scheduled for the end of April and early May. The council is scheduled to deliberate at the end of May with a view to adopt the plan and set rates in late June.

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20 hours ago

Want chocolate this Easter?

NZ House & Garden

The sweetest time of the year is just around the corner, and we’ve put together a great deal that will make it even sweeter.

Bennetto Chocolate has helped us put together an amazing chocolate box that’ll be the perfect addition to an NZ House & Garden subscription this Easter. Simply … View more
The sweetest time of the year is just around the corner, and we’ve put together a great deal that will make it even sweeter.

Bennetto Chocolate has helped us put together an amazing chocolate box that’ll be the perfect addition to an NZ House & Garden subscription this Easter. Simply purchase a 1 or 2-year subscription to NZ House & Garden and the Easter Bunny will deliver you a Bennetto Chocolate Box worth $50 for FREE! T&Cs Apply.

Enjoy,
The team at NZ House & Garden
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10 hours ago

What should happen with the Thames pool?

Libby Totton Reporter from Hauraki Herald

The removal of Thames Centennial Pool from its current site of 50 years will cost $3 million with the land eventually returned to mana whenua.

The ailing and aging Thames Centennial Pool facility, which sits on a sacred urupā, is set to be returned in 2027 as the district looks to establish a … View more
The removal of Thames Centennial Pool from its current site of 50 years will cost $3 million with the land eventually returned to mana whenua.

The ailing and aging Thames Centennial Pool facility, which sits on a sacred urupā, is set to be returned in 2027 as the district looks to establish a replacement facility elsewhere.

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10 hours ago

What do you think of the changes this principal is making?

The Team Reporter from Hamilton Press

Matua Hone Waudby has only been Bankwood Primary’s principal for around 18 months, and in that time he’s been slowly working on turning the school around.

That includes changing when the school year starts and finishes, in a bid to make it easier on families.

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10 hours ago

Are you following the council's talks - and disputes - on the long-term plan?

Libby Totton Reporter from South Waikato News

Two South Waikato councillors unhappy with a perceived lack of information coming from council staff have had their “formal request for members information” quashed by their council colleagues.

In the “notice of motion - formal request for members information”, penned by first term … View more
Two South Waikato councillors unhappy with a perceived lack of information coming from council staff have had their “formal request for members information” quashed by their council colleagues.

In the “notice of motion - formal request for members information”, penned by first term councillor Marie Farrell and co-signed by councillor Sandra Wallace, Farrell said she had several requests for financial information declined by council chief executive Susan Law

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10 hours ago

Do you think Waiuku could get a wind farm?

Libby Totton Reporter from Waikato Times

A proposal to build 13 giant wind turbines up to 190m high on north Waikato coastal land has shocked locals who said they had been blind-sided by the plans which were “fast tracked“ under the Covid-19 Recovery Act.

The Waiuku Wind Farm proposal is being assessed by an independent panel of … View more
A proposal to build 13 giant wind turbines up to 190m high on north Waikato coastal land has shocked locals who said they had been blind-sided by the plans which were “fast tracked“ under the Covid-19 Recovery Act.

The Waiuku Wind Farm proposal is being assessed by an independent panel of experts after it was cleared for fast-tracking by the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) in December last year.

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20 hours ago

Instant winners this week!

The Team from Neighbourly.co.nz

The winners of the $100 Farmers gift cards are:

Loretta Ann from Dunedin

Tony Dickason from Te Rapa

Shamaiah Pupualii from Somerville

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The winners of the $100 Farmers gift cards are:

Loretta Ann from Dunedin

Tony Dickason from Te Rapa

Shamaiah Pupualii from Somerville

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1 day ago

Have you got your tickets yet?

Heart Foundation Lotteries

Don’t miss out! For only $15 a ticket, you could be in to win this brand-new, fully furnished Jennian home in Pegasus, Christchurch worth almost $1 million dollars.

Featuring three bedrooms, two bathrooms and an open-plan kitchen, living and dining area, this home is waiting for its new owner.… View more
Don’t miss out! For only $15 a ticket, you could be in to win this brand-new, fully furnished Jennian home in Pegasus, Christchurch worth almost $1 million dollars.

Featuring three bedrooms, two bathrooms and an open-plan kitchen, living and dining area, this home is waiting for its new owner.

Make this property your permanent residence, a holiday home, rent it or even sell it! Get your tickets today at heartlottery.org.nz.
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1 day ago

Couches for sale.

David from Rangiora

3 Seater leather couch - very good condition for age. Could be refurbished. $500.00. 2 x Cream/beige 2 seater leather couches, good condition - $500.00 for the pair, single recliner chair with power recliner mechanism - $250.00. Phone Louise on 027 4866 007.

Having trouble posting with 3 pics. … View more
3 Seater leather couch - very good condition for age. Could be refurbished. $500.00. 2 x Cream/beige 2 seater leather couches, good condition - $500.00 for the pair, single recliner chair with power recliner mechanism - $250.00. Phone Louise on 027 4866 007.

Having trouble posting with 3 pics. Other pics to follow.

Negotiable

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3 days ago

Free Bowel Cancer Screening

Mid Central

In MidCentral, free bowel screening is now available for Māori and Pacific people aged 50-74 and from 60 years old for everyone else.

Around your birthday, you will receive an invitation, followed by a bowel screening test kit.

The bowel screening test is quick and simple to do by yourself… View more
In MidCentral, free bowel screening is now available for Māori and Pacific people aged 50-74 and from 60 years old for everyone else.

Around your birthday, you will receive an invitation, followed by a bowel screening test kit.

The bowel screening test is quick and simple to do by yourself at home. Make sure you do the test as soon as possible and send it back.

For further information, see the Time to Screen website, call 0800 924 432, or talk to your doctor.
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1 day ago

Crema Cafe

Debbie from Rangiora

Now located behind the library between the two Council portacoms. Come and get the best coffee and muffins in Rangiora

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4 days ago

Enjoy Financial Certainty...

The Team from Ryman Healthcare

When you move to a Ryman village, the last thing you need to think about are unexpected costs. We offer financial security with rates, home insurance, exterior maintenance and gardening all covered under one fixed base weekly fee*, meaning once you’ve moved in you can focus on the things you … View moreWhen you move to a Ryman village, the last thing you need to think about are unexpected costs. We offer financial security with rates, home insurance, exterior maintenance and gardening all covered under one fixed base weekly fee*, meaning once you’ve moved in you can focus on the things you enjoy.

Find out more about our living options today and get ready for a new lifestyle.

*Weekly fee’s only increase if you change from independent living to serviced apartment living, or you add extra care options.
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1 day ago

Packing boxes needed

Maggie from Woodend

Packing boxes needed

Free

4 days ago

Happy Leap Year for 2024!

Remuera Gardens

Make your new year plans come true. If you’re looking at your retirement options this summer, you should check out Remuera Gardens - a community in the heart of Auckland.

Our two bedroom apartments and serviced apartments are beautifully renovated, with garden views from your own deck or … View more
Make your new year plans come true. If you’re looking at your retirement options this summer, you should check out Remuera Gardens - a community in the heart of Auckland.

Our two bedroom apartments and serviced apartments are beautifully renovated, with garden views from your own deck or balcony. Sunny and spacious, these homes are perfect for privacy and independence, while household help can also be available to make day-to-day life a little easier.

Why not jump at this chance and come and see us this week!
Call Lyn on 021 845 524 or email lyn.ellis@realliving.co.nz
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1 day ago

Bulk Griselinia Plants

Vicki from Rangiora

Great for hedges. Good size. 100s available.$4 per plant.

Price: $4

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4 days ago

St Andrew’s Village Market Day, March 2nd

St. Andrew's Village

Join us tomorrow, Saturday, March 2nd, for St. Andrew's Village Autumn Market Day, starting at 10 a.m.

Discover a delightful array of offerings, including crafts, beauty products, clothing, and exquisite jewellery. As you explore the stalls, savour delectable food and refreshing beverages,… View more
Join us tomorrow, Saturday, March 2nd, for St. Andrew's Village Autumn Market Day, starting at 10 a.m.

Discover a delightful array of offerings, including crafts, beauty products, clothing, and exquisite jewellery. As you explore the stalls, savour delectable food and refreshing beverages, all while being serenaded by local musicians.

It's a perfect day to indulge in shopping, culinary delights, and live music at our Market Day at 207 Riddell Road, Glendowie
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2 days ago

Family Friendly Service and Discussion

Jeneane Hobby from Ashley Community Church Incorporated

Paul and Lesley Askin lead their next family-friendly monthly service - Sunday, 3 March - at the Ashley Community Church from 4.30 pm. Bring a plate of finger food for a shared meal afterwards. No need to go before you come this Sunday - unless you don't like portaloos. This is a one-off … View morePaul and Lesley Askin lead their next family-friendly monthly service - Sunday, 3 March - at the Ashley Community Church from 4.30 pm. Bring a plate of finger food for a shared meal afterwards. No need to go before you come this Sunday - unless you don't like portaloos. This is a one-off arrangement.

Enquiries to Paul or Lesley, Ph 021 140 2074

39 Canterbury St, Ashley.

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6 days ago
5 days ago

Sewing machine repairs

Diane from Rangiora

Can someone recommend a person to service one
Its an old basic globe,
stitching all over the place

6 days ago

Seeking a dependable vehicle dismantler?

Auckland Kiwi Car Parts

Auckland Kiwi Car Parts Ltd offers several advantages.

We provide immediate cash payments of up to $5000 for cars.

We purchase cars of all makes and models, regardless of their age or condition.

Most importantly, our service includes complimentary removal, saving you hundreds of dollarsView more
Auckland Kiwi Car Parts Ltd offers several advantages.

We provide immediate cash payments of up to $5000 for cars.

We purchase cars of all makes and models, regardless of their age or condition.

Most importantly, our service includes complimentary removal, saving you hundreds of dollars in removal costs.
Find out more

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8 days ago

What would The School of Life teach?

The Team from Neighbourly.co.nz

The National Party introduced their policy called 'teaching the basics brilliantly' last year regarding changing school curriculums. They are referring to reading, writing and maths.

However, some people believe school should actually be more practical, teaching kids to change tyres … View more
The National Party introduced their policy called 'teaching the basics brilliantly' last year regarding changing school curriculums. They are referring to reading, writing and maths.

However, some people believe school should actually be more practical, teaching kids to change tyres and balance their finances. Thinking about all the skills that have benefited you over the years, tell us what would be taught at your School of Life?

Type 'Not For Print' if you wish your comments to be excluded from the Conversations column of your local paper.

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6 days ago

Free rides, games, toy making and DJ music coming to Ngāti Toa Domain

Porirua City Council

Children’s Day at Ngāti Toa Domain for 2024 is set to be a fun-filled event for our city’s tamariki and rangatahi.

Timed to coincide with national celebrations for Te rā o ngā Tamariki/Children’s Day, Porirua City Council has organised a day of fun and activities on … View more
Children’s Day at Ngāti Toa Domain for 2024 is set to be a fun-filled event for our city’s tamariki and rangatahi.

Timed to coincide with national celebrations for Te rā o ngā Tamariki/Children’s Day, Porirua City Council has organised a day of fun and activities on Sunday 3 March, from 11am–3pm.

Either pack a picnic and make a day of it or purchase something delicious from one of the food trucks. Bunnings Porirua will also be there with a free sausage sizzle while stocks last.

While enjoying some tasty kai, you can listen to tunes from young DJs aged between 12–15 years-old from the Aotearoa DJ Academy.

For those wanting free active fun, the inflatables will be out, with an inflatable sports field, mega obstacle course, inflatable slide, two baby castles and a baby bouncer to choose from – plus much more!
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3 days ago

Rangiora Menz Shed - Come & Join our Shed

Rae Mackay from Rangiora Menz Shed

Good day to all our fellow neighbours
Do you know someone in your neighbourhood that is semi retired/retired, who would love some company, laughs and great companionship? Then get in touch with the Rangiora Menz Shed. We are open Tues, Wed, Thurs 9am - 12 pm at the Rangiora A & P showgrounds … View more
Good day to all our fellow neighbours
Do you know someone in your neighbourhood that is semi retired/retired, who would love some company, laughs and great companionship? Then get in touch with the Rangiora Menz Shed. We are open Tues, Wed, Thurs 9am - 12 pm at the Rangiora A & P showgrounds on Ashley Street. (This is a men only shed)

Follow us on our Face Book Page www.facebook.com... here you will find all the fabulous things we create and sell. Take a look!

Contact Steve 0279090240 or email Rae - raejmac@xtra.co.nz

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6 days ago

Five out of five for Acacia Cove

Acacia Cove

Five apartments have just been completed in Acacia Cove. All of which have just achieved a Lifemark® 5-Star Certification. Acacia Cove has a total of 215 villas and now 15 apartments in its village complex in Wattle downs, Auckland.

As a retirement village Acacia Cove wants to provide great … View more
Five apartments have just been completed in Acacia Cove. All of which have just achieved a Lifemark® 5-Star Certification. Acacia Cove has a total of 215 villas and now 15 apartments in its village complex in Wattle downs, Auckland.

As a retirement village Acacia Cove wants to provide great quality of life for its residents. Acacia Cove gives its residents a social community feel, with bowling greens, snooker table, craft room and indoor pools, providing great opportunities for residents to mix and mingle. The five newly completed apartments are situated 50 metres away from the Village centre.

Acacia Cove understands that its residents require dwellings where they can live safely and independently. Universal Design provides this. Acacia Cove decided applying Universal Design best accessibility practice was of high importance.

If you’re aged 60 and over, value your independence but want greater security, come and have a look at the superb properties we have to offer.

Contact long time manager Burce Cullington on (09) 268 8522.
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4 days ago

Colour your summer

The Team from Resene ColorShop Rangiora

Get creative with colour with these art projects using Resene paints.

Find out how to get creative with these easy ideas.

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7 days ago

Sustainable Style. A Special Price.

Mazda NZ

If you’re looking for a stylish SUV that stands out from the crowd and won’t break the bank, the convention-defying Mazda MX-30 has you covered.

Featuring a unique mild hybrid engine and cutting-edge style, as well as sustainable materials that reduce environmental impact, the Mazda MX-30 is… View more
If you’re looking for a stylish SUV that stands out from the crowd and won’t break the bank, the convention-defying Mazda MX-30 has you covered.

Featuring a unique mild hybrid engine and cutting-edge style, as well as sustainable materials that reduce environmental impact, the Mazda MX-30 is perfect for zipping around your neighbourhood.

Find out more and book a test drive at your local Mazda Dealer today.
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4 days ago

Pink Tickets. Name your offer.

Jen from Rangiora

Two Pink Carnival 2024 tickets to sell on huge sale. Complementary CD also as I purchased best tickets.
Mow unable to attend. 😔
Stand tickets
Originally Purchased at $185 each.
Happy to receive something back.
Pay cash, bank transfer or on PayPal.

Happy to courier to you free of charge.

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Two Pink Carnival 2024 tickets to sell on huge sale. Complementary CD also as I purchased best tickets.
Mow unable to attend. 😔
Stand tickets
Originally Purchased at $185 each.
Happy to receive something back.
Pay cash, bank transfer or on PayPal.

Happy to courier to you free of charge.

Please make an offer.
And Enjoy!
Jen.
Charles Street, Rangiora

Negotiable

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