We've had a nice break over the summer but was just wondering how folk are feeling about the mighty Trusts these days? The million dollar giveaways are definitely better than the twitty torches and toolkits but is it enough? The harm that pokies do to a community is really starting to sink in as revealed in recent news items but of course the Trusts are still not on-board with it. I was pleasantly surprised with the décor/vibe at Good Home on Lincoln but the menu/wine list is pretty limited, they don't have a clue when it comes to hospitality so as long as you keep your expectations quite low should be all good. The staff do their best with what they have. I mostly do all alcohol shopping online nowadays but still find it ridiculous that supermarkets in West Auckland are not allowed to sell beer & wine. I still have major issues with the Trusts misleading advertising, they really should stop doing this. However, I have noticed a slight improvement in variety and pricing at the Trusts liquor stores, like I say, slight, nothing to get excited about. So, overall, what do we think? Apathetic? Resigned to it? All good? Everyone happy?
It's been described as "one of the greatest family events", so will you be heading along to Auckland's Coca-Cola Christmas In The Park this year?
Mike Puru and Dancing With The Stars contestant Jess Quinn will be hosting the event. So have yourself a merry little Christmas and enjoy the event!
Info: Everything kicks off around 7.30pm Saturday December 8th at the Auckland Domain. It will air on Three on Saturday December 15th. For all you need to know about the event, click here.
Today 2 guys came to our house and said they were working on our neighbour's roof. While working they noticed that a strip of our corrugated steel had lifted. One of the men offered to re-screw it for us.
My husband thanked them and allowed them to go ahead. Next minute another guy knocks on the door holding part of our roof in his hand. He insisted on coming in and showing my husband the damaged piece of roofing. I had just got out of the bath and was really annoyed at this intrusion as the discussion could easily have been held out on our deck...it wasn't raining. Long story short, he explained that all the bolts in the corrugated iron roof needed to be replaced and the whole roof required resealing. The cost $2500. The iron, he said did not need to be replaced.
I thanked him for his opinion and asked him to leave us his contact details. He became a little more insistent so I told him we didn't own the house but would talk with the owners. I asked him to reinstate the piece of iron he had removed and he agreed to leave contact details in our letterbox. He did not return the iron back to the roof but left it on the deck and has left no contact info in our letterbox. We now have part of our roof no longer attached!!!.. Went straight over to our neighbours to ask for the name of the person working on their roof...Of course, they have not employed anyone.The men who came to our house were European, the one doing all the talking had an English accent. Our roof is old so I think they might just be driving around and knocking on doors of homes with old roofs. PLEASE BEWARE, neighbours.
As a result of this incident, I need someone to patch up my roof...can anyone recommend an honest and reasonable roofer?
The Auckland City Mission starts giving out Christmas presents and food parcels from today - at sites around the region, rather than its usual venue in the central city.
From Eden Park, to marae in South Auckland, the wider community is getting behind the mission like never before this festive season, the organisation says, but it is still appealing for help "to ensure all children get the Christmas they deserve". The mission is operating temporarily in Union St in the CBD while construction work gets under way for its new facility at its Hobson St site. Auckland City Missioner Chris Farrelly said that had forced some changes to this year's operation. "From today we begin distributing our emergency Christmas food parcels and presents – but instead of doing that from Hobson St, thanks to enormous community support we are operating out of Eden Park, the Ngā Whare Waatea Marae in Mangere and Papakura Marae. "We are thankful our clients will no longer have to queue from midnight outside our Hobson St building just to ensure a little Christmas cheer for their families."
The giving begins at Eden Park and Ngā Whare Waatea today, and at Papakura Marae on Wednesday. Eden Park chief executive Nick Sautner said the stadium was thrilled to be able to play a part in bringing some cheer to families in need. "The park has sown a rich history for itself over the past 115 years and throughout that, community has remained at its centre. We are committed to utilising the park for more than just rugby and cricket and to have the opportunity to support a worthy cause like the City Mission this festive season is fitting." The Ngā Whare Waatea Marae, of the Manukau Urban Maori Authority (MUMA), in Mangere and Papakura Marae are also working closely with the mission to distribute food parcels, presents and Work and Income support.
"MUMA has a longstanding partnership with the City Mission and it is only fitting that we open up Nga Whare Waatea Marae for this purpose," said authority chief executive Wyn Osborne. "Our goal is and always has been to serve whānau in South Auckland. This is at the core of everything we do. As kaitiaki, or guardian, of our community it's a privilege to be part of this collective effort to share a little extra Christmas spirit with whānau." Papakura Marae chief executive Tony Kake adds, "We are absolutely committed to serving our local community in this way. If our support can bring a cheer to a family or a smile to a child face over this festive season - awesome!" Farrelly said that over the years people had had to travel at great cost from South Auckland to get the mission's assistance; now, because of the generosity of two marae, the mission could go to the people.
• Donations can be made at www.aucklandcitymission.org.nz...