Henderson Valley, Auckland

4 days ago

Poll: Do you support the fine increase for using a mobile while driving from $80 to $150?

Caryn Wilkinson Reporter from Community News

Drivers have been captured on camera boldly using their phones while driving, to video call, text and make calls.

The footage, taken in Auckland, comes as the Government increased the cost of a fine for using a cellphone while driving from $80 to $150.

Over the course of a week, ahead of the fine… View more
Drivers have been captured on camera boldly using their phones while driving, to video call, text and make calls.

The footage, taken in Auckland, comes as the Government increased the cost of a fine for using a cellphone while driving from $80 to $150.

Over the course of a week, ahead of the fine increase, a Stuff visual journalist captured numerous people using their phones while driving, including a woman who appeared to be on a video call while passing through an intersection, a man speaking on the phone and numerous people texting or looking at their phone.

Last year, police issued more than 40,000 infringement notices for the offence.

A driver for Dingo Groundworx NZ was captured using their phone while driving a truck along Williamson Ave, in Ponsonby.

Owner Cameron Hadley told Stuff all employees were very aware they should not be using their phones while driving.

He said he would be raising the issue in a staff meeting.

AA road safety spokesman Dylan Thomsen told Stuff he wasn’t surprised to hear about the woman video calling while driving.

While AA supports the Government’s fine increase, Thomsen said it wasn’t going to solve the problem.

“People just can’t resist the temptation if they hear their phone go off ... it’s not something you do by accident.”

“A lot of people use their phone behind the wheel and don’t do other risky things.”

He hopes as there are further advancements in technology, phone companies can have default “do not disturb” modes that activate as soon as drivers start moving in their car.

“Until we change the mindset it will be hard with enforcement alone, people don’t appreciate the risks until it’s too late,” Thomsen said.

To see video footage, go here:

www.stuff.co.nz...

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Do you support the fine increase for using a mobile while driving from $80 to $150?
  • 90.5% Yes
    90.5% Complete
  • 7.8% No
    7.8% Complete
  • 1.7% Unsure- it's too complex
    1.7% Complete
1685 votes
12 hours ago

Do your curtains & blinds need a professional clean?

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Help is just a phone call away.

Having cleaned thousands of curtains, … View more
Textile Cleaning is a one-stop-shop for all curtain cleaning needs - no matter how big or small.

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21 hours ago

Solar Flood Lights

The Team from Wee Jobs

Check out our website for more information!

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1 day ago

Animal Remote Healing & Japanese Reiki

Chieko from Chieko Animal Healer

Hi there,
My name is Chieko. I am an animal Healer and Japanese Reiki master, providing energy healing sessions for people and animals who have been suffering from ailments, injuries, or mental problems. If you feel weak, develop fatigue or have a lot of stress, my energy healing will be very … View more
Hi there,
My name is Chieko. I am an animal Healer and Japanese Reiki master, providing energy healing sessions for people and animals who have been suffering from ailments, injuries, or mental problems. If you feel weak, develop fatigue or have a lot of stress, my energy healing will be very effective to release them.
The energy of this healing is very powerful, but very gentle and non-invasive. I can say it is very safe for animals, babies and children.

All healing sessions are done remotely while chatting on a messaging app. If you would like to have healing sessions for your baby or pet, you just stay hame them. You don’t need to come over or bring your pet to my place.
I think it is suitable especially for the people with the following conditions

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1 day ago

Mother’s Day

The Team from Auckland Council

It’s Mother’s Day this Sunday. OurAuckland has some great ideas for things to do with your mother this weekend: bit.ly...

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1 day ago

Re:Auditions for 4 piece band

Lise from Ranui

Hi there (only competent, confident, genuine and mature persons need apply).

Im searching for a drummer, keyboard and bass guitar and guitar players. who can play genres of 50s,60s,70s and 80s music only. This is a hobby, to share your talents to those who want to listen.
(Non payment role).
If … View more
Hi there (only competent, confident, genuine and mature persons need apply).

Im searching for a drummer, keyboard and bass guitar and guitar players. who can play genres of 50s,60s,70s and 80s music only. This is a hobby, to share your talents to those who want to listen.
(Non payment role).
If you can do harmonies or back up sing thats a bonus. Must be available from September-December 2021 dates to play gigs.... live.
Please contact me on 09833-7094 . Lise . Thanks. (Covid19 willing).

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5 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 … View more
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:

www.stuff.co.nz...

1 day ago

Poll: Which is your preferred method of inducing sleep?

Beds 4 U Henderson

Choose an option below, or if not listed in the options then comment below what your routine is before going to bed to get a good night's sleep!

Which is your preferred method of inducing sleep?
  • 26.5% Listen to soothing music
    26.5% Complete
  • 59.8% Read a book
    59.8% Complete
  • 6.8% Meditate
    6.8% Complete
  • 6.8% Have a cup of chamomile tea
    6.8% Complete
132 votes
1 day ago

Sheep wanted to buy

Monique from Oratia

Reasonable price and sound
Retired shepherd wants approx 10 ewes.
Rombey/south suffolk pref or what have you.
Maybe in lamb
Thanks
Peter

1 day ago

Mother's Day

The Team from Red Cross Shop Henderson

"Gift with Love" give an eclectic and unique gift for your mum, lovely China, jewellery, homewares, retro and vintage that will enhance her special day!
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2 days ago

We Say/You Say: Queen Street

The Team from Community News

Kia ora Auckland,

Should Queen Street be car-free?

Major roading upgrades are set to get underway on Queen Street which the council says will improve pedestrian spaces.

The work is set to begin on Monday between Shortland and Customs streets, limiting traffic to a single lane each way and … View more
Kia ora Auckland,

Should Queen Street be car-free?

Major roading upgrades are set to get underway on Queen Street which the council says will improve pedestrian spaces.

The work is set to begin on Monday between Shortland and Customs streets, limiting traffic to a single lane each way and with bus priority in the evening peak.

Some have expressed their concerns for the project including a group of businesses and landlords calling itself Save Queen. The group applied for an interim injunction to halt the council's planned Queen St upgrade and a High Court Judge will decide whether to approve the injunction later today.

Should the upgrade go even further and ban passenger vehicles altogether? Let us know in the comments and don't forget to type NFP if you don't want your comment used in your local community paper.

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6 days ago

Recommendations for good doctor please

Pauline from Henderson

I am looking at changing my doctor of 15 years, as all he seems to do these days is hand out pills! I'm looking for a doctor who is thorough and wants to help me get to the reason why I am suffering with my health issue. Any recommendations would be greatly appreciated, thank you .

3 days ago

Te Whau Day Out

Whau Coastal Walkway Environmental Trust

Our fifth attempt as this free community event after four postponements due to Covid restrictions.

Bring your whānau, bring a picnic, good times.

This is a day to celebrate your awa, the Whau River.

There will be fun and playful activities for all ages, young and old.

Sea kayak rides, … View more
Our fifth attempt as this free community event after four postponements due to Covid restrictions.

Bring your whānau, bring a picnic, good times.

This is a day to celebrate your awa, the Whau River.

There will be fun and playful activities for all ages, young and old.

Sea kayak rides, bug club, coffee cart and kai, waka ama races, water kaitiakitanga and an opportunity to give your feedback on Te Whau Pathway.

This is a Zero Waste Event - bring a container from home for takeaway kai.

This event will go ahead only at Alert Level 1. #tewhaudayout
Find out more

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3 days ago

Mother's Day

Caryn Wilkinson Reporter from Community News

Hi neighbours,

It's Mother's Day on Sunday.

The event was founded by Philadelphia resident Anna Jarvis whose mother had organised women's groups to promote friendship and help.

On May 12, 1907, Jarvis held a memorial service at her late mother's church in Grafton, West … View more
Hi neighbours,

It's Mother's Day on Sunday.

The event was founded by Philadelphia resident Anna Jarvis whose mother had organised women's groups to promote friendship and help.

On May 12, 1907, Jarvis held a memorial service at her late mother's church in Grafton, West Virginia and five years later, nearly every state was observing the day.

Jarvis started Mother's Day to honour the sacrifices women made for their children after her own mum died in 1905.

In 1914, President Woodrow Wilson signed a measure recognising the second Sunday in May as the official day.

How are you planning to spend the day?

Have you been separated from your mother by Covid-19 travel restrictions? If so, how will you commemorate her?

*Please put NFP if you do not want your comments used by Stuff.

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