27 days ago

What do you think of Auckland's election billboards?

Josephine Franks Reporter from Western Leader

Suddenly you can't move in Auckland for massive billboards plastered with wannabe politicians and their not-so-catchy slogans.

Lots are bad, but some are worse - so we've compiled and unscientific and non-exhaustive ranking.

Have you seen any particularly good (or bad) billboards? Let us know in the comments, and add NFP if you don't want your comment published.

More messages from your neighbours
4 hours ago

New candidate for WAITAKERE

Michelle from New Lynn

Hi I am standing for the Waitakere Ranges Local Board to STOP 5G because it poses serious threats to the health of our children and of nature.
I care about our community and our beautiful natural environment which needs to be protected for future generations from this untested technology.
I am very concerned with the roll out of 5G Wi-Fi microwave radiation which takes effect from December without public consent.
5G will massively increase exposure to Radio Frequency radiation on top of the 2G, 3G and 4G networks for telecommunications already in place.
There has been no public consultation on 5G Wi-Fi microwave radiation and a lack of public education and debate on the dangers.
There are protests around NZ by communities who reject cell tower radiation next to their homes and schools.
I am standing up for democratic freedoms and human rights to say ‘I Do Not Consent to 5G’.
I believe all NZ citizens should be made aware of the dangers of 5G Wi-Fi microwave radiation and be politically able to stop 5G in order to protect the health and well-being of your family and community.

We are fundraising and accepting contributions to help fund this campaign. Please donate if you can.

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5 hours ago

Up to 160 jobs to go at Auckland Council

Brian from New Lynn

Auckland Council has started a restructure of back-house staff that is expected to lead to the loss of between 100 and 160 staff over the next year. Council chief executive Stephen Town said it was not a "big bang" restructure but would take place over several months. "These are real people and we will be supporting them," Town said. As well as staff losses, Town said the council will be hiring more frontline staff in the regulatory area and for new community facilities like the new library at Westgate which has created 15 new jobs. He said total council staff numbers will rise from 6548 full time equivalents at the end of the 2018-2019 financial year to between 6600 and 6700 during the current financial year.

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.


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


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.