54 days ago

400 per cent rise in food parcel demand in West Auckland

Ripu Bhatia Reporter from Western Leader

A contactless drive-through food service has seen a surge in demand following the snap lockdown.

250 cars collected 300 food parcels from Vision West’s Pātaka Kai to provide for local families last Friday, a 400 per cent increase on normal days.

Spokesperson Brooke Turner said there is a massive need and it “feels like alert level 5”.

“The most common reason we hear is that cause the kids are at home we burn through supplies faster,” he said.

“There’s far more fear and anxiety with delta variant, we have people coming and getting parcels for their neighbours who are afraid to go out.”

But Brooke said he was proud of the Kiwi spirit to help their neighbours.

“Our staff are remarkably resilient and committed to making sure that people are supported.”

What are you doing to look out for your neighbours this lockdown?

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1 day ago

LOCKDOWN

Linda from Henderson

UNBELIEVABLE!!. When is this ever going to end? Come November 1st, no doubt there will still be ongoing restrictions to our freedom.
What I resent so much, is that those of us who have been vacccinated for months, played the game, did every thing we were meant to, and still we are locked down.
All these Govt. promises that when Auckland reaches 90% vaccination we will have more freedom. What a joke. 89% vacccinated, how can it take until 1st November to vaccinate 1%.
I am so angry at all these months of being dictated to as to how I can live my life. Or not live it, might be more accurate!

6 hours ago

Calling all creative minds today

Stuff

Entries are open for this year’s Sunday Star-Times short story awards.

The awards include open, emerging Māori and Pasifika writers, and under-25 years categories and will be judged by some of New Zealand’s best authors.

The winning story will be published in the Sunday Star-Times and on Stuff. Entries close Friday 22 October.
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10 hours ago

Property investors are selling off

Raj Bhonsle from Raj Bhonsle Residential & Commercial Universal

Property investors are selling off older properties to buy newer ones as they look to manage investments against changes to tax rules and healthy homes standards.

Hamilton-based Lodge Real Estate managing director Jeremy O'Rourke, said the trend has been noticeable over the past few months.
Source - Newhub
Government is proposing that interest on a mortgage on a residential investment property acquired before 27 March this year will be phased out gradually until 31 March, 2025.www.newshub.co.nz...