East Tamaki Heights, Auckland

22 days ago

South Auckland man delivers 33,000 food parcels to Covid-19-impacted families

Ripu Bhatia Reporter from Community News

A Mangere resident has delivered thousands of food parcels to aid struggling families in the Covid-19 pandemic.

Darryl Vincent Evans, 56, is the chief executive of the Mangere Budgeting Services Trust in south Auckland, which has an in-house food bank.

Evans provided 23,000 food parcels to … View more
A Mangere resident has delivered thousands of food parcels to aid struggling families in the Covid-19 pandemic.

Darryl Vincent Evans, 56, is the chief executive of the Mangere Budgeting Services Trust in south Auckland, which has an in-house food bank.

Evans provided 23,000 food parcels to families and vulnerable pensioners during the first lockdown.

Across the whole of 2020 his organisation has delivered 33,000 food parcels across south Auckland.

Evans said the level of need “grew exponentially” throughout lockdown.

“We went from an organisation delivering 200 to 300 parcels a week, to providing 2850 in our busiest week,” he said.

Evans is a finalist in the Westfield Local Heroes competition, an annual event that awards $10,000 grants to community heroes.

Evans said he is “overwhelmed” to be nominated.

“The purpose of our organisation is to ensure every family have food on the table, and every family has access to essential wrap around services,” he said.

Winners are decided by a popular vote, and Evans said he would put the money towards a second food bank van.

The voting period for Westfield Local Heroes opened on Tuesday 25 August and closes on Monday 14 September.

To view finalists and cast your vote visit www.westfield.com.au...

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21 days ago

Nominate your Nice Neighbour and win!

The Team from Neighbourly.co.nz

Do you have a Nice Neighbour in your community that has shone through the shadow of this pandemic?

Has someone offered to pick up supplies for you? Maybe your neighbour rang up to have a friendly chat? Any person that's made your community more neighbourly, nominate them on our … View more
Do you have a Nice Neighbour in your community that has shone through the shadow of this pandemic?

Has someone offered to pick up supplies for you? Maybe your neighbour rang up to have a friendly chat? Any person that's made your community more neighbourly, nominate them on our Nice Neighbour page now!

If selected, your nomination will be published in your community paper with you and your nominee each winning a $25 Prezzy® Card!
Nominate Now!

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21 days ago

Better balance is easy!

The Team from ACC New Zealand

Maintaining your balance is key to enjoying life and avoiding falls. With the easy-to-use app called Nymbl, you can improve your balance and live falls free. You just need a smartphone or tablet.

With Nymbl you’ll use simple and safe body movements and easy brain challenges like trivia. … View more
Maintaining your balance is key to enjoying life and avoiding falls. With the easy-to-use app called Nymbl, you can improve your balance and live falls free. You just need a smartphone or tablet.

With Nymbl you’ll use simple and safe body movements and easy brain challenges like trivia. It’s a technique called dual-tasking and it’s proven to be effective, it’s also fun. Just 10 minutes a day in the comfort of your own home and you can be Nymbl.

Register now to get Nymbl free. Nymbl is brought to you by Live Stronger For Longer and ACC, MOH and HQSC.
Learn more

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21 days ago

Get funding for your zero waste idea

The Team from Auckland Council

The Waste Minimisation and Innovation Fund (WMIF) funds projects from businesses, local iwi, and education and community groups that will divert waste from landfill.
Applications are open from 1–30 September 2020.

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21 days ago

COVID-19 - know the facts whaanau!

The Team from Counties Manukau Health

Stay informed and know the facts about COVID-19 whaanau! There’s a lot of misinformation floating around social media. Here are some of our doctors and nurses encouraging you to listen to the experts from the national COVID-19 response team. Always check covid19.govt.nz for information or keep an… View moreStay informed and know the facts about COVID-19 whaanau! There’s a lot of misinformation floating around social media. Here are some of our doctors and nurses encouraging you to listen to the experts from the national COVID-19 response team. Always check covid19.govt.nz for information or keep an eye out on this page for updates.

Wash your hands, 2 metre physical distance, wear a mask when you're out and about, and please go and get tested. For more information on all testing sites in Auckland, please visit: arphs.health.nz/covid19test

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21 days ago

Mental Health + Well-Being - September 1st to 30th 🧠🌸

The Team from Neighbourhood Support New Zealand

1 in 4 New Zealand adults will suffer from a mental disorder or distress at some point in their lives. When they do, let’s make sure they don’t have to go it alone. To create safer, more caring communities we need to not only look after ourselves but those around us as well.

For the month of … View more
1 in 4 New Zealand adults will suffer from a mental disorder or distress at some point in their lives. When they do, let’s make sure they don’t have to go it alone. To create safer, more caring communities we need to not only look after ourselves but those around us as well.

For the month of September, we want to use our voice to raise awareness for mental health and well-being. Perhaps consider sharing a cuppa with someone you know who could use the support or challenge your family and friends to unplug from social media for the entire month to improve their well-being. If you or someone you know is going through a rough patch, don’t forget you can call or text 1737 anytime for FREE support from a trained counsellor.

This month also coincides with World Suicide Prevention Day (September 10th) followed by Mental Health Awareness Week (21 - 27 September).

However you choose to take part, make sure to tag us in your posts + use the following hashtag so we can see how you’re cultivating better mental health for yourself or in your community this month:

#NSNZmentalhealth

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22 days ago

Prime minister and mayor meet to talk about Auckland's recovery

Brittany Keogh Reporter from Auckland Stuff

Hi neighbours, The Prime Minister has visited Auckland as the city entered alert level 2.5. Jacinda Ardern met Auckland mayor Phil Goff to discuss Auckland's recovery from the latest level 3 lockdown. The pair wore masks and greeted each other with an elbow bump. Read more about Ardern's … View moreHi neighbours, The Prime Minister has visited Auckland as the city entered alert level 2.5. Jacinda Ardern met Auckland mayor Phil Goff to discuss Auckland's recovery from the latest level 3 lockdown. The pair wore masks and greeted each other with an elbow bump. Read more about Ardern's visit to Auckland below.

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21 days ago

Home buyers have “less choice than ever” as Covid-19 hits Auckland property market

Ripu Bhatia Reporter from Community News

The impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on Auckland’s property market is being felt, data from realestate.co.nz reveals.

The number of Auckland homes for sale in August was down 7 percent from the same period last year with just 7399 listings.

This echoed national trends where the housing … View more
The impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on Auckland’s property market is being felt, data from realestate.co.nz reveals.

The number of Auckland homes for sale in August was down 7 percent from the same period last year with just 7399 listings.

This echoed national trends where the housing supply decreased by 13.2 percent to 17,974 listings.

The average asking price nationwide has increased by 9.1 percent to $824,702 over this period.

However Auckland was at odds with this trend, with a slight decrease in asking price by 0.8 percent to $982,155.

Realestate.co.nz spokesperson Vanessa Taylor said the national housing shortage is not getting better and buyers have “less choice than ever”.

“New Zealand's fast-growing population coupled with an increase in the number of Kiwis returning home due to COVID-19 is likely increasing the demand for property,” she said.

"With many Kiwis unable or reluctant to relocate overseas right now, this too is likely putting a strain on the market.“

Are you concerned about the impact Covid-19 will have on the Auckland property market?

25 days ago

Zero tolerance on speeding drivers all year round as Kiwi cops get tough on motorists

The Team Reporter from Stuff

Hi neighbours,

Do you sometimes drive a few kms over the speed limit? Road police have scrapped their speed buffer on Kiwi roads in favour of a no tolerance approach.

All motorists edging over the limit at any time of the year can now expect to be pulled over and possibly fined, national road … View more
Hi neighbours,

Do you sometimes drive a few kms over the speed limit? Road police have scrapped their speed buffer on Kiwi roads in favour of a no tolerance approach.

All motorists edging over the limit at any time of the year can now expect to be pulled over and possibly fined, national road policing manager Acting Superintendent Gini Welch confirmed on Friday.

It brings an end to a long-standing convention that law enforcement would let minor speeding breaches slide.


“We don’t have a threshold,” Welch told Stuff, “we don’t have anything other than the speed limit.

Previously, besides zero tolerance long weekends, it was understood police could exercise discretion up to 10kmh over the speed limit.

Click here to read more.

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22 days ago
22 days ago

IF YOU ASK ME WHAT THE ABSOLUTE BEST PART OF MY JOB IS......

Lisa Parfitt from Team Parfitt Property

I would have to reply by saying without a doubt it has to be the feeling I get when I open my email box and get to read something like the below....can't put a price on this ever....

"What others have said here so eloquently, I endorse as also being my experience. I chose Team Parfitt … View more
I would have to reply by saying without a doubt it has to be the feeling I get when I open my email box and get to read something like the below....can't put a price on this ever....

"What others have said here so eloquently, I endorse as also being my experience. I chose Team Parfitt to sell my home initially because I was so impressed with Lisa Parfitt’s confidence and enthusiasm. Subsequently meeting Wayne her husband and partner I could see they formed a really dynamic Team. From the moment I made that decision a huge weight was lifted from my shoulders as they advised and guided me through choices that had been overwhelming me. Those were just some of the incidental – yet important areas of the process in which their expertise proved so very helpful. From there, my confidence and trust continued to increase as I witnessed their excellent Marketing skills and Professionalism whilst still maintaining such a remarkable level of compassion and care. Their positive attitude at all times meant I had none of the stress one expects in selling a home. They knew, so I knew, they would bring about a positive result. And indeed they did. I can’t speak highly enough nor express fully my admiration and appreciation for Lisa and Wayne – from the sourcing and scheduling of some maintenance for the house, to their hosting of Open Homes and the subsequent communication with potential Buyers and with myself – all managed speedily and smoothly; and always they were so positive and cheerful. To anyone thinking of selling their home : you will be amazed and extremely grateful if you choose Team Parfitt . Thank you so much Lisa and Wayne"

Tina Barrett - 2/20 Tarnica Road, Northpark

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22 days ago

Don't wait for 2021. Apply now.

Manukau Institute of Technology

Full-time study isn't possible for everyone, so we've developed flexible learning to make it easier for you to get qualified.

Come join us, where the best makers are made.

Due to high demand, we recommend you apply early.
Learn More

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25 days ago

Aucklanders reminded to stay home and stay local this weekend

The Team from Auckland Council

Aucklanders are being encouraged to stay home and stay local as the region enters its last weekend at Alert Level 3.

The reminder comes on the back of two weekends that have seen large numbers of people out and about at skate parks, exercise stations, pump tracks, playgrounds and sports pitches… View more
Aucklanders are being encouraged to stay home and stay local as the region enters its last weekend at Alert Level 3.

The reminder comes on the back of two weekends that have seen large numbers of people out and about at skate parks, exercise stations, pump tracks, playgrounds and sports pitches across the region, all of which remain closed at Alert Level 3.

This week, council staff have replaced closure notices and tape at the playgrounds and skate parks where it has been removed by members of the public. Playgrounds, skate parks, exercise equipment and pump tracks are closed at Alert Level 3 to remove the risk of transmission from common surfaces.

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22 days ago

COVID-19 pop-up testing site at Southmall!

The Team from Counties Manukau Health

Get a box of 50 masks when you and your whaanau get a test at the COVID-19 pop-up testing site at Southmall - details below. You don’t need to have symptoms to be tested, this is open to EVERYONE. It only takes 10 seconds and you’ll receive all the information and support you need. For more … View moreGet a box of 50 masks when you and your whaanau get a test at the COVID-19 pop-up testing site at Southmall - details below. You don’t need to have symptoms to be tested, this is open to EVERYONE. It only takes 10 seconds and you’ll receive all the information and support you need. For more information on all testing sites in Auckland, please visit: arphs.health.nz/covid19test More pop-up testing sites will be announced soon! #stopthespread #uniteagainstcovid19

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22 days ago

Supermarket chains are recalling baby food

Neighbourly.co.nz

Supermarket chain Woolworths NZ is recalling a range of squeezable baby food pouches from its stores nationwide after holes were found in about 30 individual packets in its Auckland and Napier supermarkets.

The recall follows the discovery of a mice infestation at two of Woolworth NZ’s … View more
Supermarket chain Woolworths NZ is recalling a range of squeezable baby food pouches from its stores nationwide after holes were found in about 30 individual packets in its Auckland and Napier supermarkets.

The recall follows the discovery of a mice infestation at two of Woolworth NZ’s Auckland distribution centres. Product is being removed from Countdown, SuperValue and FreshChoice stores across the country, and signs will be in place to inform customers

This effects Only Organic, Natureland, and Smiling Tums brand baby food in squeezable pouches.

To find out more about the recall see the New Zealand Food Safety website.

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