25 days ago

What do you think about your local art?

Mandy Te Reporter from Western Leader

Hi neighbours, are there any questionable-looking sculptures in your area? Talks of NZ's "ugliest" sculptures have been hot with a giant hand recently moving to the capital. A phallic-shaped sculpture in New Lynn raised eyebrows when it was installed a few years ago. Have you spotted any other interesting sculptures in your area?

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2 hours ago

Is AT putting the brakes on speed limit cuts?

Todd Niall Reporter from Western Leader

Auckland Transport's board may drop all or some of the planned speed restrictions on nearly 800 Auckland roads. Some might not make sense but if a lot are dropped following consultation, how can Aucklanders be sure that it not simply because a reduction is unpopular? Read the story below:

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3 days ago

Recipe: Golden Winter Pudding

New Zealand School of Food & Wine

This is a good base recipe for puddings making good use of the golden syrup that remains a staple of the New Zealand kitchen. Delicious as is, the pudding is also receptive to additional flavours such as lemon rind or raisins and spices like ginger or cinnamon. Make it in a family-sized dish or in individual ramekins to give everyone their own personal pud.

Ingredients

75 g Butter, plus extra for greasing
75 g Sugar
75 g Self raising flour
1 Egg
1 Tbsp Milk
100 g Golden syrup

Directions

Lightly grease a mould, a small pudding basin, or 4 ramekins with a little butter. Cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the egg and fold in the flour and milk. Pour the golden syrup into the bottom of the pudding basin or mould.
Carefully spoon the pudding batter on top of the golden syrup, spreading the mixture evenly. Cover and seal the top of the pudding basin with baking paper tied into place with string (or you can use tin foil).
Place the pudding basin in a large pot of simmering water. Ensure the water comes halfway up the side of the basin, put the lid on and steam for 30-40 minutes. If you are using ramekins, heat an oven to 160C and place the ramekins in a deep oven tray. Pour warm water around them so that it comes halfway up the ramekins and bake for 20 minutes.
Serve with vanilla bean ice cream and whipped cream.

Make a change
Lemon golden pudding: Grate the rind of one small lemon and add to the batter with the milk and flour.
Ginger golden pudding: Add 1 tsp of ground ginger with the flour and milk.
Nutty golden pudding: Add chopped walnuts to the bottom of the greased mould before you pour in the golden syrup.

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15 hours ago

Would you take a clown to a redundancy meeting?

Josephine Franks Reporter from Western Leader

Hey neighbours! An Auckland man has made international headlines after bringing a "support clown" to his redundancy meeting.

We had a chat with the man behind the wig to find out what it was like being NZ's first support clown, what balloon animals he made for the bosses, and what the reaction has been like since.

How do you reckon your manager would respond?

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