Forrest Hill, Auckland

Have you got your tickets yet?

Have you got your tickets yet?

For only $15 a ticket, you could win a fully furnished home located in beautiful Mangawhai. Buy your tickets today!

4 days ago

Let's get social

The Team from Neighbourly.co.nz

Tell us what groups you'd like to see in your area...(walking groups, coffee meet-ups, swing dancing, a family tree group - anything at all!)

Or if you are already in a great group, share it here for others to get involved.

Image
16 hours ago

2 weeks left to enter the Sunday Star-Times Winter Puzzle Comp!

Winter Puzzle

Don’t miss your chance to WIN 1 of 50 supermarket gift cards worth $100 each!
Simply grab a copy of your local Stuff newspaper, solve the puzzle, find the prize word, and enter it online.

The more puzzles you complete the higher your chance to WIN! The competition ends on 28 July. To find … View more
Don’t miss your chance to WIN 1 of 50 supermarket gift cards worth $100 each!
Simply grab a copy of your local Stuff newspaper, solve the puzzle, find the prize word, and enter it online.

The more puzzles you complete the higher your chance to WIN! The competition ends on 28 July. To find out more about participating newspapers, click here.

The Team at Stuff and Sunday Star-Times
Find out more

Image
43 minutes ago

Hurunui confirms 10.98% rates rise as it adopts 10-year plan

Nicole Mathewson Reporter from The Press

By David Hill, Local Democracy Reporter

Councillors hope to complete at least some of their ambitious roading programme after belatedly adopting the Hurunui Long-Term Plan (LTP) on Monday (July 15).

The Hurunui District Council had deferred adopting the 10-year budget for the region by the … View more
By David Hill, Local Democracy Reporter

Councillors hope to complete at least some of their ambitious roading programme after belatedly adopting the Hurunui Long-Term Plan (LTP) on Monday (July 15).

The Hurunui District Council had deferred adopting the 10-year budget for the region by the June 30 deadline, after it failed to get the level of funding it sought from Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency.

But councillors accepted a recommendation from council chief executive Hamish Dobbie to stick with an average rates rise of 10.98%, so the council could at least complete some of its roading programme.

While Waka Kotahi’s overall funding had increased, Hurunui’s allocation was not enough to fund the upgrades needed to ensure the resilience of the district’s roading network, Dobbie said at a council meeting on June 25.

But Waka Kotahi's regional relationships director, James Caygill, said the Hurunui District Council’s funding request for the next three years was too costly.

He said it was almost double the council’s funding allocation for the 2021-24 period.

Councillors adopted the LTP on Monday with 10 votes in favour, while councillor Garry Jackson abstained.

Jackson said he could not support increasing staffing costs above the level of inflation, while he found the proposals for the development of the Queen Mary Heritage Reserve in Hanmer Springs did not meet the ‘‘standard of rigor’’ in financial management expected.

Mayor Marie Black said she was pleased with the LTP process.

‘‘This is a piece of work we have been involved in for a very long time, as elected members, in partnership with our staff and with our community.

‘‘We tried something a little bit different by going out as elected members and engaging directly with our community and on reflection I think it was a good decision.’’

The council had consulted on a proposed average rates rise of 12.37%, before instructing staff to go through the budgets with a fine tooth comb.

The staffing allocation was pruned back from 155.41 to 150.05 full-time equivalents and the councillors’ mileage allowance also had a trim.

But the pain is expected to continue, with a 14.49% rates hike predicted for the 2025-26 financial year.

The council consulted on investment in roading, the development of the Queen Mary Historic Reserve and rating for stormwater activities.

Provision has also been made to replenish the coastal bund at Amberley Beach.

A bund is a type of embankment which protects against the sea.
Amberley Beach ratepayers will be levied $303.56 a year, an increase from $258.83 a year, which was requested by the residents’ group.

■ LDR is local body journalism co-funded by RNZ and NZ On Air.

5 days ago

Latest scams to look out for 👀

The Team from Neighbourly.co.nz

Neighbourly hopes to keep you safe by keeping you informed of the latest scams circulating. This week, we are sharing two common text message scams:

NZTA / Waka Kotahi scam:
- The scam is a text message saying it's from New Zealand Transport Agency Waka Kotahi, and it encourages the … View more
Neighbourly hopes to keep you safe by keeping you informed of the latest scams circulating. This week, we are sharing two common text message scams:

NZTA / Waka Kotahi scam:
- The scam is a text message saying it's from New Zealand Transport Agency Waka Kotahi, and it encourages the recipient to pay an overdue road toll by visiting a fake website, threatening to take the matter to court within 15 days if they don’t pay up.
- The aim is to trick people into giving away their personal details or pay them money.
- While it is not the first time toll payments have been utilised by scammers, the threat of court action could see more people fall victim.
- The sender will either be a unknown phone number or unknown email address.
Want to report one of these scams? Do so, on Netsafe

NZ Post scam:
- This scam arrives by test message and says it's from NZ Post.
- The premise is that delivery of your parcel was unsuccessful so in order to rearrange delivery. you must click on a link to give your correct address.
- The aim is to trick people into giving away their personal details or pay them money.
- NZ Post advises people not to click the link, but to report the message to the Department of Internal Affairs by forwarding it to 7726.
Think you may have fallen prey to a scam? Get in touch with Netsafe or contact your bank if it involved your bank details.

Remember, if you didn't expect the message and you are now asked to share personal details or money, then stop contact and seek advice elsewhere.

Feel free to share any below that you've encountered recently. This may help others across the country be aware.

Image
6 hours ago

Poll: Should this business owner have to fix the wall?

The Team Reporter from Hamilton Press

It was built on the property by a neighbour, without consent or the business owner knowing part of it crossed the boundary onto his property.

Hamilton City Council told him to fix the retaining wall, but MBIE has recently overturned the decision.

Do you think he should have to fix it? Tell us… View more
It was built on the property by a neighbour, without consent or the business owner knowing part of it crossed the boundary onto his property.

Hamilton City Council told him to fix the retaining wall, but MBIE has recently overturned the decision.

Do you think he should have to fix it? Tell us why/why not in the comments. Please add NFP if you don't want your comments used in print.

Image
Should this business owner have to fix the wall?
  • 37.5% Yes
    37.5% Complete
  • 62.5% No
    62.5% Complete
  • 0% Not sure
    0% Complete
8 votes
16 hours ago

Here's a Neighbourly Riddle, can you crack today's puzzle?

Riddler from The Neighbourly Riddler

I jump when I walk and sit when I stand. What am I?

Do you think you know the answer to our daily riddle? Don't spoil it for your neighbours! Simply 'Like' this post and we'll post the answer in the comments below at 2pm.

Want to stop seeing riddles in your newsfeed?
View more
I jump when I walk and sit when I stand. What am I?

Do you think you know the answer to our daily riddle? Don't spoil it for your neighbours! Simply 'Like' this post and we'll post the answer in the comments below at 2pm.

Want to stop seeing riddles in your newsfeed?
Head here and hover on the Following button on the top right of the page (and it will show Unfollow) and then click it. If it is giving you the option to Follow, then you've successfully unfollowed the Riddles page.

Image
8 days ago

For a bit of fun...

The Team from Neighbourly.co.nz

What old products do you miss? Some products do become part of your life, whether it's just a treat you have at the cinema or your favourite breakfast spread.

Do you have a childhood memory to share? Let us know below what products you still think of fondly!

Image
16 hours ago

Auckland: School holiday events

The Team from Neighbourly.co.nz

Monday, 15th July:
Heard Park after Dark - Parnell
Art Gallery drop in craft - Auckland Art Gallery
Waterworld @ The Y Cameron Pool and Leisure Centre - Mount Roskill
Free Bricks 4 Kids Lego workshop - Milford

Tuesday 16 July:
Lego Building - St Heliers Library
Create Button Animals - … View more
Monday, 15th July:
Heard Park after Dark - Parnell
Art Gallery drop in craft - Auckland Art Gallery
Waterworld @ The Y Cameron Pool and Leisure Centre - Mount Roskill
Free Bricks 4 Kids Lego workshop - Milford

Tuesday 16 July:
Lego Building - St Heliers Library
Create Button Animals - Blockhouse Bay Library
Movie & Popcorn @ Kumeu Library - Kumeu Library
Brilliant Seabirds - Maritime Museum, Takapuna

Wednesday, 17 July:
Kahoot! Quiz - Kumeu Library
Tree Planting - William Souter Reserve
Decorate a 3D Star - Kumeu Library
Create a Matariki gift - Grey Lynn Library

Thursday 18 July:
Yoga & Storytime - Parnell Library
Cinderella - play - Glen Eden Playhouse Theatre
Create a bird feeder - Kumeu Library
Make Origami Star Box - Blockhouse Bay Library

Friday, 19 July:
Baby Baroque free kids concert - New Lynn Community Centre
Auckland Museum Lego Exhibitiion - Auckland Museum, Parnell
CD Hovercrafts and Vortex Tunnels - Mt Roskill Library

Saturday, 20 July:
Opening of Derby Square - markets, food, fun - Takinini Town Centre
Five go on an advernture - Play - Tim Bray Theatre, Takapuna
Matariki Market - Onehunga Library
Family movie at the Library - Onehunga Library
Community tree planting - Atiu Creek Regional Park, North Auckland

Sunday, 21 July:
Sounds Fun For Kids: Suzy Cato, Mr Roberelli and Chris Sanders - Tuning Fork, Parnell

What else is there to do?
Butterfly Creek
Motat
Auckland Zoo
Howick Historical Village
Auckland Art Gallery
Stardome Observatory
Snowplanet
Rainbow's End
Scultptureum
Thrillzone
Kiwi Valley Farm Park
Aotea Square Ice Rink

Got more ideas? Share them below!

Image
5 hours ago

Poll: New alcohol policy for Marlborough

Jennifer Eder Reporter from Marlborough Express

The Marlborough District Council is drafting new alcohol rules for the region's pubs, restaurants, supermarkets and liquor stores. What would you like to see included? Tell us more in the reply section.

Image
New alcohol policy for Marlborough
  • 40% Restrict where liquor stores can open
    40% Complete
  • 20% Keep things the same
    20% Complete
  • 40% Pubs and bars close at 2am instead of 3am
    40% Complete
  • 0% No off-licence alcohol sales from 9pm instead of 11pm
    0% Complete
  • 0% Other - tell us in the reply section
    0% Complete
5 votes
6 hours ago

Kiwi expert calls for 'calm and peace' after Trump assasination attempt

Libby Totton Reporter from Waikato Times

A leading international law expert hopes the American election campaign takes a break and calmness prevails after the assassination attempt on Donald Trump.

The former President was rushed from stage during a rally in Pennsylvania after gunshots rang out, and Trump was seen with blood on the … View more
A leading international law expert hopes the American election campaign takes a break and calmness prevails after the assassination attempt on Donald Trump.

The former President was rushed from stage during a rally in Pennsylvania after gunshots rang out, and Trump was seen with blood on the side of his head.

Image
1 day ago

Enjoy fragrant lilies thanks to NZ Gardener

NZ Gardener

This July, NZ Gardener has teamed up with NZ Bulbs to offer you a FREE pack of mixed oriental lily bulbs when you purchase a 1 or 2-year magazine subscription*. Your bulbs will be sent out in late August, the perfect time to plant in time to have fragrant Christmas flowers.

With a subscription … View more
This July, NZ Gardener has teamed up with NZ Bulbs to offer you a FREE pack of mixed oriental lily bulbs when you purchase a 1 or 2-year magazine subscription*. Your bulbs will be sent out in late August, the perfect time to plant in time to have fragrant Christmas flowers.

With a subscription to NZ Gardener, you’ll enjoy professional and inspirational garden advice, convenient monthly delivery to your home, exclusive subscriber-only discounts, big savings off the retail price, PLUS subscribe before 28 July to enjoy free lily bulbs! *T&Cs apply.
Find out more

Image
5 hours ago

What's On: Fruit Tree Pruning & Care

Adrian from Albany Heights

Not getting the best from your fruit trees? In this 2hr interactive workshop you'll learn everything you need to know about selection, planting and care of them. Tickets are $25pp.
Fruit Tree Pruning & Care
  • Kaipara Coast Plant Centre & Sculpture Gardens
3 days ago

Build the Atlantic from $640,000*

G.J. Gardner NZ

Great homes, amazing prices! Talk to our local Franklin team today about building an Atlantic on your section!

*Price is an indication only and excludes land. Some conditions may apply. Regional variations may apply.
Find out more

Image
6 hours ago

High winds on Harbour Bridge

The Team from Neighbourly.co.nz

NZTA Waka Kotahi has shared an important message about the Harbour Bridge.

What you need to know:
- MetService has issued a strong wind warning for the Auckland region.
- Wind warning on Auckland Harbour Bridge today with strong wind gusts from now until early afternoon (approximately 1pm).
View more
NZTA Waka Kotahi has shared an important message about the Harbour Bridge.

What you need to know:
- MetService has issued a strong wind warning for the Auckland region.
- Wind warning on Auckland Harbour Bridge today with strong wind gusts from now until early afternoon (approximately 1pm).
- In preparation the lanes on the Harbour Bridge will be in 4 x 4 formation mid morning, and remain in place until the warning has been lifted.
- There will be speed and lane restrictions in place. Motorists are urged to drive to the conditions and look out for the electronic message boards which will indicate lane closures or full closures (depending on wind thresholds) and reduced speeds, and stay within their lane while travelling across the bridge.
- Drivers of high sided vehicles and motorcyclists are advised to avoid the Auckland Harbour Bridge today and use the western ring route on State Highways 16 and 18. NZTA recommends motorists use the western ring route where possible.

NZTA thanks road users for their patience and understanding. You can keep up to date with traffic updates here.

Image
4 days ago

Beat the Chill this Winter!

botany hunting and fishing

It's cold and wet outside.

But that won't stop us Kiwis from getting out there and doing it! And if you need to update your winter wardrobe, then now is the time at Hunting & Fishing's huge Winter Sale that's on now! WIth massive savings on a range of H&F winter … View more
It's cold and wet outside.

But that won't stop us Kiwis from getting out there and doing it! And if you need to update your winter wardrobe, then now is the time at Hunting & Fishing's huge Winter Sale that's on now! WIth massive savings on a range of H&F winter clothing, including the iconic Cyclone Extreme Retro Jackets, as well as at least 20% OFF all Hunters Element gear and Huntech gear, you won't want to miss this sale.

Shop in-store at Botany H&F or online. See you soon.
Find out more

Image
4 days ago

ENGLISH CONVERSATION GROUP 😁 Mairangi Bay Presbyterian Church, 8-10 Penzance Road, Mairangi Bay

Helen from Totara Vale

We are continuing our English Conversation Group during school holidays. This Wednesday 17th July 1pm - 2.30pm at Meeting Room 2. 😊 Join us for fun, laughter & new friendships. Everybody welcome! 👍 Easy parking. We appreciate a gold coin donation, but it is not mandatory. All proceeds … View moreWe are continuing our English Conversation Group during school holidays. This Wednesday 17th July 1pm - 2.30pm at Meeting Room 2. 😊 Join us for fun, laughter & new friendships. Everybody welcome! 👍 Easy parking. We appreciate a gold coin donation, but it is not mandatory. All proceeds will go to the church. Entrance is 8 -10 Penzance Road. Mairangi Bay. See you there! Cheers Helen😁

4 days ago

We want to hear from you!

Waka Kotahi NZ Transport

Hi neighbours,

Please take part in our Customer Feedback Survey if you regularly use Auckland’s state highway network.

Your feedback will help us understand what's working well and which areas need improving. Together we can create better and safer journeys for everyone.

Click … View more
Hi neighbours,

Please take part in our Customer Feedback Survey if you regularly use Auckland’s state highway network.

Your feedback will help us understand what's working well and which areas need improving. Together we can create better and safer journeys for everyone.

Click the link below to participate.

The team at NZ Transport Agency Waka Kotahi
Find out more

Image
J
20 hours ago

Kid's Wooden Kichen

Justina from Unsworth Heights

Pick up from Unsworth Heights.

Free

Image
5 days ago

Tuisnywerheid Market Day

Tuisnywerheid Market Day

Time 9.30am to 2pm
Saturday 20 July 2024

Food and Craft Stalls

The Depot,
451 Pakuranga Road
Pakuranga
View more
Time 9.30am to 2pm
Saturday 20 July 2024

Food and Craft Stalls

The Depot,
451 Pakuranga Road
Pakuranga
[Behind the netball courts at Lloyd Elsmore Park]

Join us for a fun-filled day, mingling with fellow Saffas, and tasting South African treats. If you want the perfect gift, the arts and crafts will have some amazing products. Bring your family and friends. If you would like a stall, please pm me. The market will include a Potjiekos competition and will end off with a Sokkie. Another event will be created for you to enter the competition.
Learn More

Image
21 hours ago

Looking to rehome our pet rabbit

Poppy from Glenfield

Hi Neighbours. We're moving and can't take our beloved bunny Mr Bright Eyes with us so hoping some loving family will adopt him. He'll come with fresh hay & pellets as well as his hutch for overnight during summer. He is an indoor rabbit as he has tilt head due to an old tumour … View moreHi Neighbours. We're moving and can't take our beloved bunny Mr Bright Eyes with us so hoping some loving family will adopt him. He'll come with fresh hay & pellets as well as his hutch for overnight during summer. He is an indoor rabbit as he has tilt head due to an old tumour but he's still goin' happily considering. He has a toy bunny he loves & he is toilet trained & uses indoor litter tray lined with paper & hay that he eats too. He's flead & wormed, a very healthy happy boy.
No time wasters please, thanks. PM me if interested.

Free

Image
6 days ago

Only you can decide...

Alcoholics Anonymous

If you seem to be having trouble with your drinking, or if your drinking has reached the point where it worries you a bit, you may be interested in knowing something about Alcoholics Anonymous and the AA programme of recovery from alcoholism.

AA New Zealand hosts in excess of 500 meeting groups … View more
If you seem to be having trouble with your drinking, or if your drinking has reached the point where it worries you a bit, you may be interested in knowing something about Alcoholics Anonymous and the AA programme of recovery from alcoholism.

AA New Zealand hosts in excess of 500 meeting groups 7 days a week, 365 days of the year across the country. Visit aa.org.nz or phone 0800 229 6757

Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship of people who share their experience, strength and hope with each other, that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking.
Find out more

Image
3 days ago

Naturopath 👩🏻‍⚕️and Clinical Nutritonist 🍉

Wanessa from Takapuna

Hello, I am a Naturopath and Clinical Nutritionist working with Integrative Health and I am here to invite you to take a look at my website😊

🌿 🍏www. nurturinglifeandwellness.com

🌿 🍏 I can help with any health problem you may be experiencing, including IBS, heart disease, … View more
Hello, I am a Naturopath and Clinical Nutritionist working with Integrative Health and I am here to invite you to take a look at my website😊

🌿 🍏www. nurturinglifeandwellness.com

🌿 🍏 I can help with any health problem you may be experiencing, including IBS, heart disease, diabetes, joint problems, fibromyalgia and chronic pain syndromes.

👩🏻‍⚕️ I studied a Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics in Brazil, a Postgraduate Certificate in Health Sciences at the University of Auckland and a Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Research at Victoria University of Wellington.

👩🏻‍⚕️ I have successfully recovered from chronic pain long flares and lost 30 kg.

👩🏻‍⚕️ I speak fluent English, Spanish and Portuguese.

📅I work some evenings and some weekends.

🧾If you have Southern Cross and Nib, you could be able to claim back some costs if your policy includes Nutrition and Naturopathy services.

🚪I have a practice in Takapuna and am available online via Zoom.

I'll be looking forward to working with you 🥰

Image
6 days ago

We want to hear from you!

Waka Kotahi NZ Transport

Hi neighbours,

Please take part in our Customer Feedback Survey if you regularly use Auckland’s state highway network.

Your feedback will help us understand what's working well and which areas need improving. Together we can create better and safer journeys for everyone.

Click … View more
Hi neighbours,

Please take part in our Customer Feedback Survey if you regularly use Auckland’s state highway network.

Your feedback will help us understand what's working well and which areas need improving. Together we can create better and safer journeys for everyone.

Click the link below to participate.

The team at NZ Transport Agency Waka Kotahi
Find out more

Image
L
2 days ago

What's On: Beach Haven Placemaking Group Meeting

Lisbeth from Beach Haven

Beach Haven Placemaking Group work to beautify and promote community connection and wellbeing within the Beach Haven Village area. We work on projects which improve our community environment and vibe.
Beach Haven Placemaking Group Meeting
  • Beach Haven Hall
6 days ago

The mobile breast screen unit is coming to Levin

Mid Central DHB

Levin Mobile, next to War Memorial, Queen Street, Levin.

Click here to book an appointment or call us at 0800 270 200.
Find out more

Image
6 days ago

How much are you paying for your bin tags?

Nic George Reporter from Stuff

With bin tags on the way out, we want to hear how much you are still spending on them.

Image
6 days ago

Struggling with Your Computer? Join Intro to Computers Course!

The Team from Fraser ACE Adult Community Education

Fraser Adult Community Education (Fraser ACE) is excited to offer "Introduction to Computers," a course designed for individuals eager to enhance their computer skills.

This beginner-friendly class covers essential topics such as navigating the operating system, using common software … View more
Fraser Adult Community Education (Fraser ACE) is excited to offer "Introduction to Computers," a course designed for individuals eager to enhance their computer skills.

This beginner-friendly class covers essential topics such as navigating the operating system, using common software applications, internet browsing, and email management. Led by an experienced instructor, the course provides hands-on practice and personalised guidance, ensuring that students gain confidence and competence in their computer use.

Whether you want to improve your job prospects, stay connected with loved ones, or simply feel more comfortable with technology, this course is the perfect starting point. Enroll now and unlock the power of your computer!
Find out more

Image
3 days ago

Which one resonates with your daily routine?

Jay from Beds4U Glenfield

Hey neighbours! Are you more Night owl vibes or early bird energy—which one resonates with your daily routine?

Image
Which one resonates with your daily routine?
  • 62.8% Night owl vibes
    62.8% Complete
  • 37.2% Early bird energy
    37.2% Complete
78 votes
7 days ago

Win a brand-new home!

Heart Foundation Lottery

For only $15 a ticket, you could be in to win this brand-new, fully furnished Jennian home located in gorgeous Mangawhai, worth almost $1.4 million dollars.

Featuring three bedrooms, two bathrooms and an open-plan kitchen, living and dining area, this home is waiting to be loved by its new … View more
For only $15 a ticket, you could be in to win this brand-new, fully furnished Jennian home located in gorgeous Mangawhai, worth almost $1.4 million dollars.

Featuring three bedrooms, two bathrooms and an open-plan kitchen, living and dining area, this home is waiting to be loved by its new owner.

Make this coastal property your permanent residence, a holiday home, a rental, or you can simply sell it!

Get your tickets today at heartlottery.org.nz.
Find out more

Image
3 days ago
Top