87 days ago

We Say, You Say: Home Hobbies

Thomas Campbell Reporter from Western Leader

Hi neighbours,

How have you been passing the time during lockdown?

With Auckland back in Level 3, most of us are back working from the kitchen table, juggling work, school and childcare - simultaneously for some.

Last year, Stuff reported on the great array of hobbies New Zealanders picked up during the lockdown, such as home workouts and learning a few new cooking hacks. PC gaming also proved popular with Google search trends for March 2020 showing a 400 per cent search increase for the term.

What are you going to be up to during Level 3? Share your thoughts below and don't forget to type NFP if you don't want your comment featured in the conversations section of the Western Leader.

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1 day ago

How to recycle broken glass

The Team from Auckland Council

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11 days ago

Kung fu dad confronts knife-wielding youth after attack in west Auckland park

Caryn Wilkinson Reporter from Community News

An Avondale father skilled in kung fu confronted a group of youths who hospitalised his son’s friend in a random attack.

Matua Ngarino had a knife pulled on him in Avondale’s Riversdale Park after confronting a group of boys who he believed had attacked a 12-year-old a few days prior.

The attack had sent the boy, who had been at the park with Ngarino’s sons, to Starship Hospital and made his own sons afraid of going outside, Ngarino said.

“The boys surrounded me, and one pulled a knife. I gave him the opportunity to walk away before they all got hurt.

“With my background in wing chung kung fu I was ready for the unexpected. I warned them a second time to walk away from the situation, they hesitated at first, but they came to their senses and walked away.”

Back in 1989, Ngarino said he had trained in wing chung kung fu in Christchurch, and while he had taught his children to walk away from confrontation, said he knew how to defend himself.

Wing chung kung fu is a form of self-defence requiring quick arm movements and strong kicks to defeat opponents.

While at the park Ngarino took photographs of the boys he believed were involved and sent them to police.

Read more of Melanie Earley's story here:


4 days ago

Jacinda Ardern reveals she and Clarke Gayford will get married in Gisborne

Brian from New Lynn

Ardern told the couple had set a date for their wedding, but wouldn't let slip on when it would be until they told their guests. "We haven't actually told anyone that we have invited yet, so I feel like we need to tell everyone first and then I'll tell you." However she said they would tell everyone soon because: "accommodation is slightly limited in Gisborne". Ardern confirmed to Coast Radio on Wednesday the nuptials would take place this summer - and hinted that they might be somewhat untraditional. She said she felt "a bit too old to have a bridal party", and may "forgo it" because she was "getting on a bit". Gayford proposed to Ardern over Easter weekend in 2019 on a hilltop in Mahia, which lies between Napier and Gisborne.