Glen Eden, Auckland

1 day ago

Restaurant in "adored" West Auckland building reopens

Danielle Clent Reporter from Western Leader

An “adored” West Auckland building is being brought back to life after new owners took over its restaurant.

Hayz Pincheira and Jess Morris opened The Falls Bistro in Henderson’s Falls Hotel in November last year.

Having purchased the business during lockdown, it has been a bumpy road to … View more
An “adored” West Auckland building is being brought back to life after new owners took over its restaurant.

Hayz Pincheira and Jess Morris opened The Falls Bistro in Henderson’s Falls Hotel in November last year.

Having purchased the business during lockdown, it has been a bumpy road to opening.

“Henderson adores this place,” Pincheira said.

“As soon as [the community] found out we were coming in and that the doors were going to reopen, we got a whole bunch of positivity coming our way. It was amazing.”

According to Heritage New Zealand, Falls Hotel was listed as a heritage building in October 1997 having been constructed in a Colonial Stripped Georgian style in 1873 by John McLeod.

It was used for accommodation by salesmen and railway workers during the 1920s.

Now owned by Norcross Heritage Trust, it was moved to its current location near Falls Park on Alderman Drive in 1996.

Pincheira and Morris were working during New Zealand’s first level 3 lockdown in Morris’ mobile coffee cart when “crazy” business ideas started being thrown around.

They found out the restaurant inside Falls Hotel was going under and thought it would be an ideal location for a “beautiful restaurant” and place to have high tea.

Finding out the Norcross Heritage Trust owned the building, they put together a proposal, found people to invest and were given the green light to move in.

But by the time Auckland went into its second level 3 lockdown, the pair’s investors all pulled out.

They were back in the mobile coffee cart when a representative of the Trust approached them and said they should ask it to invest.

Once that was approved, the two friends got to work redoing the only part of the building not considered historic - the conservatory.

When they first got keys to the building, “it felt like it hadn’t been nurtured in a while”, Pincheira said.

Morris said: “It just needed love.”

The Falls Bistro is now up and running - with plans to make use of the old bedrooms upstairs for spa treatments in the future.

Other rooms in the building will also be used as a library and a private dining room/meeting area.

Events, such as weddings, can also be held at the venue.

Photo credit: Jo Dawn Photography

16 minutes ago

A love of learning!

NumberWorks'nWords New Lynn

At NumberWorks'nWords we create a learning environment that children love to come to.

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1 hour ago

Ryman Healthcare charity partner 2021/22

Murray Halberg Retirement Village

Applications are closing soon!

Since 1999, the residents and staff at Ryman Healthcare have raised more than $4 million for charities across New Zealand and Australia.

Supporting fellow pioneers isn’t new. It’s in our DNA. Learn more about becoming our charity partner.

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4 days ago

Could the geat Polynesian migration turn kids on to science and tech

Todd Niall Reporter from Auckland Stuff

Hi Neighbours, Like many, Sir Ian Taylor learned only at the age of 68 about the Polynesian migrations across the Pacific Ocean. He hopes a new education website will inspire especially maori and pasifika kids they have innovation in their DNA. Did you know the stories? Read below:

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19 hours ago

Covid-19. Thank you

David from Glen Eden

And I couldn't car less what political persuasions were involved. Whoever got us to where we are . THANK YOU.

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1 day ago

What's On: Waitakere Grey Power General Meeting

Mate from Oratia

Guest Speaker is Professor Boyd Swinburn, Professor of Population Nutrition at Auckland University Medical School. All members and friends welcome. Light refreshments provided?
Waitakere Grey Power General Meeting
  • Te Atatu South Community Centre
20 hours ago

The Neighbours Day Aotearoa 2021 event map is now live! 🌻✅

The Team from Neighbourhood Support New Zealand

To find a public event near you, visit: neighboursday.org.nz/find-an-event

If you have already registered your event and want to make it public, email kiaora@neighboursday.org.nz and they will add it to the map. If you haven't registered yet, tick 'Yes - please list it on the Neighbours … View more
To find a public event near you, visit: neighboursday.org.nz/find-an-event

If you have already registered your event and want to make it public, email kiaora@neighboursday.org.nz and they will add it to the map. If you haven't registered yet, tick 'Yes - please list it on the Neighbours Day website' to have your event included when you sign-up.

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1 day ago

Government grants now available

EECA

Everyone deserves a warm, comfortable home.

See if you’re eligible for free insulation and 90% off heaters with a Warmer Kiwi Homes grant.

For more details visit WarmerKiwiHomes.govt.nz
Learn more

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1 day ago

Cash for your wrecked car! Call us 0800 500 001

Ali Sohrabi from AAA Auto Parts

Hi neighbours,

Do you have a vehicle that is taking up space and becoming an eyesore? At AAA Auto Parts we dismantle and wreck cars. We will pay top cash whether your car is dead or alive!

* $300 - $3000 for small cars
* $700 - $10,000 for 4x4 utes, vans, 4WD, trucks and buses
* Same day … View more
Hi neighbours,

Do you have a vehicle that is taking up space and becoming an eyesore? At AAA Auto Parts we dismantle and wreck cars. We will pay top cash whether your car is dead or alive!

* $300 - $3000 for small cars
* $700 - $10,000 for 4x4 utes, vans, 4WD, trucks and buses
* Same day removal
* Free quotes over the phone

We will beat any prices in the market by 10%.

Support your local business.
Give us a call on ** 0800 50 00 01 ** and we will be happy to have a chat.
Enquire now

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1 day ago

I would like to offer some gratitude.

David from Glen Eden

Yes, thanks to all the work and study, doubtless extra hours, put in by those who have studied and made the decisions to tackle covid-19.
Firstly it is not, and should not be, a political issue. Any government would have the same information available and would sensibly make similar decisions … View more
Yes, thanks to all the work and study, doubtless extra hours, put in by those who have studied and made the decisions to tackle covid-19.
Firstly it is not, and should not be, a political issue. Any government would have the same information available and would sensibly make similar decisions based on WHO ideas and overseas experience plus common sense. It is however indisputable that New Zealand has so far avoided the very worst seen in so many parts of the world. The prospect of swamped hospitals and thousands of dead was a real possibility and the economy would then be so much worse off. Mistakes have been made and even now lessons are still being learned. Those making the decisions have done the best they can and with an element of luck, a relatively compliant intelligent population, we are indisputably very well placed. If we can follow the few simple rules to assist with tracking and tracing we'll survive and the vaccines should soon start to help with protection. Anti vaxxers might note that everywhere vaccines have been used the rates of covid-19 spread are greatly reduced, even more than predicted. Don't be an anti vaxxer without sound reason backed by medical advice. Since the mid 18th century vaccines have saved billions of lives with very few problems. I note that most criticism of our lock downs, of mistakes, are made with hind sight or prompted by irrelevant political bias. Our success at managing covid-19 is however indisputable and I for one, am very grateful. The world wide acclaim is justified, we are much envied.

3 days ago

Missing French teen Eloi Rolland: Friends and family still have no answers a year on

Caroline Williams Reporter from Auckland Stuff

In 2019, French teenager Eloi Rolland arrived in New Zealand to study. He partied, got a job and made friends. But six months later he disappeared without a trace. A year on, police say “his fate remains unknown” and his case looks set to be referred to the coroner. Caroline Williams reports.

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In 2019, French teenager Eloi Rolland arrived in New Zealand to study. He partied, got a job and made friends. But six months later he disappeared without a trace. A year on, police say “his fate remains unknown” and his case looks set to be referred to the coroner. Caroline Williams reports.

During his time in Auckland, Rolland went to the zoo, enjoyed nights out, worked at a popular bar, dabbled in modelling and, with friends, visited Piha on the rugged west coast.

Before his disappearance, Rolland expressed to his family that he wished to visit Piha again, and on March 6 last year, he did just that.

He has not been seen or heard from since.

“Each day we feel more and more worried and more helpless," his father Thierry Rolland tells Stuff.

Click 'read more' for our full report.

2 days ago

Wanted Dead (Not Working) Tall Fridge or Freezer 60 CMS wide

Keith from Avondale

Wanted a dead fridge or freezer that is not in working condition but tidy, clean on the inside, for a project. Should be tall or as high as possible but not more than 60 cm wide. Can arrange to pick up at any time convenient. Please call or text Keith on 0275 828 978 or on whats app. Thank You.

7 days ago

Increase in MIQ costs for temporary visa holders - are you impacted?

Lucy Reporter from Auckland Stuff

Hi Neighbours,

MBIE has just announced that from 25 March 2021, MIQ costs for temporary entry visa class holders will increase from $3100 to $5520.

Temporary visa holders (including those on visitor visas, student visas, work visas and limited visas) who have already booked MIQ spots and are due… View more
Hi Neighbours,

MBIE has just announced that from 25 March 2021, MIQ costs for temporary entry visa class holders will increase from $3100 to $5520.

Temporary visa holders (including those on visitor visas, student visas, work visas and limited visas) who have already booked MIQ spots and are due to enter on/after 25 March will also be expected to pay by the new standards.

Are you impacted by this change? What are your thoughts on this change? Feel free to get in touch with me to share your views:
Lucy Xia
Email: lucy.xia@stuff.co.nz
Mobile: 022 0929 679.

4 days ago

Northland residents warned to move to higher ground after earthquakes hit off the east coast of NZ

Caryn Wilkinson Reporter from Community News

Hi Auckland neighbours,

Did you feel the quake this morning?

If so, what was it like?

What was your reaction?
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Hi Auckland neighbours,

Did you feel the quake this morning?

If so, what was it like?

What was your reaction?

A magniture 8.1 earthquake off the coast of New Zealand triggered a tsunami warning for Northland.

The earthquake struck near the Kermadec Islands at 8.28am, with people in certain eastern areas of the North Island told to go immediately to high ground.

A 7.4 magnitude quake also hit near the Kermadec Islands struck about 6.40am, at a depth of about 56km.

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3 days ago

Book Club

Karon from New Lynn

I'm wanting to start a Book Club in the area and I'm looking for others who are interested in joining. Hoping to make use of local cafes and venues in the area where we can meet up.
If you love reading books like I do then please contact me by email at edmonkaron@gmail.com or, you can … View more
I'm wanting to start a Book Club in the area and I'm looking for others who are interested in joining. Hoping to make use of local cafes and venues in the area where we can meet up.
If you love reading books like I do then please contact me by email at edmonkaron@gmail.com or, you can send me a direct message via Neighbourly. Thanks!

6 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 … View more
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?
  • 17.9% Yes
    17.9% Complete
  • 31.3% No
    31.3% Complete
  • 50.8% I'm adhering strictly to government guidance.
    50.8% Complete
901 votes
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