40 days ago

Auckland's drought rings alarm bells - is anyone listening?

Todd Niall Reporter from Auckland Stuff

Hi Neighbours, It might be raining but the record dry which is depleting Auckland's water supply is not going away in a hurry. Is it "just a dought?": Read the story below:

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1 day ago

Poll: Should Kiwis be entitled to more sick leave?

The Team Reporter from Stuff

With Covid-19 still a very real risk, people who are unwell are told to stay home, and to keep any sickly kids home too - but what if you don't have any more sick leave owing?

Most Kiwis are entitled to five days of sick leave a year, but some - often those in lower paid jobs - get less.

New Zealand’s minimum sick leave allowance is one of the lowest in the OECD. In Australia they get 10 days, in most European countries it’s even more.

Should Kiwis be entitled to more sick leave?

To read more, click here.

Should Kiwis be entitled to more sick leave?
  • 59.3% Yes, five days is not enough
    59.3% Complete
  • 13.8% No, I never use mine up anyway
    13.8% Complete
  • 26.9% Entitlement should be assessed on a case-by-case basis
    26.9% Complete
2145 votes
21 days ago

Lawn mowing and garden maintenance

Chris from Sharp Lawns & Gardens

Are you struggling to keep on top of the garden work, or do you want to spend your precious time with your family rather than mowing lawns?
I can do the following for you at a reasonable price:
Lawn mowing and trimming
Lawn maintenance
Garden maintenance and clean up
Pruning, including roses (it will be time soon!)
Hedge trimming
Weed control
Smaller landscaping, maintenance work
Ask if you have any other requirements.

I take pride in my work and I will do the same with your garden.

1 day ago

Opening boarders to Australia

Elmarie from Flat Bush

I am not sure why it is such a big deal to open the boarders with Australia.
Please note I do not wish to insult any person / industry just want more information.

They still have loads of cases and it will mean that anyone coming from Australia will need to go into lock down for 2 weeks. This will mean that most holiday makers will think twice of coming here as they will need 3 weeks to have 1 week of holiday. Going back will also be placed into lock down.
If we go there (I am not sure) but I believe they have a 2 week lock down period as well. They may waive it for NZ as we do seem to have the C-19 more or less under control.

So my logic (can be totally way off):-
1. Waste 2 to 4 weeks to have a holiday - getting only 4 weeks holiday in a year it is not a viable option.

2. Businesses will not have their key staff "waste" time by being not accessible. They will have virtual meetings as was done during L4 and L3.

3. Imports and exports can still continue as it has in the past 3 months.

They only industries that will really benefit is the 5 star hotels that have their facilities being used as quarantine facilities.

My family is going to Queenstown for the 1st time in 16 years as we know that it will be busy but NOT hectic as in normal holiday periods.

I feel for all the people involved in the hospitality, but do believe more locals will be visiting the beautiful places in NZ that they will not normally go too.

We are all really lucky to call NZ our home, lets support local