72 days ago

Long-serving priest, 93, in final throes of health decline becomes published author

Caroline Williams Reporter from North Shore Times

It was touch-and-go whether Father Martin Bugler would survive to see his memoir published.

But at 93, the long-serving priest has become a published author during the final throes of his life.

Bugler has been a parish priest for 62 years and is thought to be one of New Zealand’s longest-serving priests, with stints at many parishes including Milford and Takapuna.

His memoir, A Song to be Sung, documents Bugler’s life from a quiet boy living in poverty in rural Ireland, to becoming a well-loved and widely-followed Catholic priest in New Zealand.

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1 day ago

Buying by tender: Did you write a letter?

Kylie Klein Nixon Reporter from Homed

Hi folks,
My colleague Jo is writing a story about buying by tender, specifically, the new trend of writing letters to the vendor to explain why they should pick your offer over all the rest.
As the market gets harder and harder to break into, we've been hearing more and more about people trying to make a personal connection with vendors to give their tender offers the edge. We've heard folks will include personal details about their family, why the love the house and what their plans for the property are.
Jo would love to talk to anyone who's written a letter like this to accompany a tender - perhaps it's you, perhaps a relative or friend - or from vendors who've received letters like this, accompanying a tender.
Perhaps you asked for such letters?
We'd love to hear more about that experience for you and how it shaped the way the sale went.
You can reach out to jo here (she'll be joining the Neighbourly neighbourhood soon!) or via our email: homed@stuff.co.nz.
Looking forward to hearing your stories.

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20 hours ago

Covid-19: Scammers ask for money, votes in exchange for coronavirus vaccine

Caryn Wilkinson Reporter from Community News

Hi neighbours,

As the Covid-19 vaccine rolls out, watch out for scammers preying on the vulnerable.

Crown agency CERT NZ (the Computer Emergency Response Team) is warning the public to stay vigilant after it was notified of a series of different scams.

The con artists are requesting credit card and personal information in return for a Covid-19 vaccine.

The first scam involves a phone call advising that the vaccine is available for $49.99.

People are then prompted to enter their credit card details.

The other scam asks people to head to a website where people can ‘vote’ in order to be eligible for the vaccine.

CERT NZ advised people in both instances to hang up the phone and make a note of what number the call came from, as well as the time and date it happened.

“We are actively working to put a stop to these scams as quickly as possible,” the agency said.

If bank details have been provided then people should contact their bank immediately, it said.

Meanwhile, in another hoax, people claiming to be from the World Health Organisation are asking email recipients to donate to the Who Covid-19 response fund.

Tricksters have also been targeting people with coronavirus-themed phishing emails with infected attachments containing fictitious safety measures.

The link, supposed to contain health information, installs malicious software designed to steal personal information.

In another scam, victims are asked to fill in their email and password to access information about Covid-19.

Emails are also being sent demanding money from victims to avoid video footage being circulated of the recipients in compromising positions.

Newer variations of this con are threatening to spread coronavirus to family members if a ransom is unpaid.

Security researchers have identified a new campaign where the attackers claim to have a ‘coronavirus map’ application that people can download onto their devices.

In fact the application is malware designed to steal sensitive information such as passwords.

HOW TO PROTECT YOURSELF FROM COVID-19 SCAMS:

CERT NZ recommends anyone looking for COVID-19 information looks to their regular news sites and official government websites.

The organisation urges people to be sceptical of advice that did not come from official sources.

If you are unsure if a communication is from a legitimate source, do not click on the link or open the attachment.

Contact the organisation through their official contact channels to verify.

Protect your passwords and login credentials, don’t enter these into any websites relating to the COVID-19 virus.

Keep your devices up-to-date.

Keep your anti-virus up to date and run regular checks.

Report suspected malware or phishing attempts to CERT NZ.

Go to www.cert.govt.nz... for more information.

2 days ago

Poll: With Auckland back in alert level 3 lockdown, are you becoming more complacent when it comes to following the rules?

Caryn Wilkinson Reporter from Community News

Kiwis may become complacent and start to ignore government guidance if lockdowns become more frequent, according to experts.

Auckland moved back into a week-long level 3 lockdown on Sunday after two fresh community cases of Covid-19 were discovered.

But University of Auckland associate professor Susanna Trnka​ says if people no longer feel a sense of urgency they will be less compelled to follow the rules.

"During the first lockdown it was understood that extraordinary times require extraordinary measures,” the social anthropologist said.

"But as it becomes lockdown two, three and four, the sense of the urgency has shifted and isn't so palpable."

Senior lecturer Sarah Cowie, who is an expert on psychology and behaviour, said it was "certainly a possibility" that people could become more complacent during recurring lockdowns.

“There's evidence from places overseas that have been flung in and out of lockdown that people do become a little bit more complacent the more you have,” she said.

“If we are doing things in line with level 3 and not seeing the benefits of that, it might feel discouraging."

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With Auckland back in alert level 3 lockdown, are you becoming more complacent when it comes to following the rules?
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