Hobsonville, Auckland

24 days ago

Morepork BBQ!

New Zealand School of Food & Wine

Diploma chefs learn about classic American barbeque techniques such as smoking with apple tree wood, marinades and slow cooking pork brisket onsite at Morepork BBQ Kumeu with Chef Clint Davies. The meats included Smoked Chicken, Short ribs, Wagyu & more.

25 days ago

First home buying stories wanted

Kylie Klein Nixon Reporter from Homed

Hi everyone! I'm Kylie, a Homed reporter. We're looking for people who have fairly recent, interesting, unique or off-the-wall stories to tell about how they bought their first homes. Did you move away from your home just to find a more affordable property? Did you scrimp and save for … View moreHi everyone! I'm Kylie, a Homed reporter. We're looking for people who have fairly recent, interesting, unique or off-the-wall stories to tell about how they bought their first homes. Did you move away from your home just to find a more affordable property? Did you scrimp and save for years to get a deposit together? Perhaps your family chipped in to help get you on the ladder? Are you older and buying for the first time? Did you choose to move into a home with a friend or another couple to make it more affordable? Please let us know in the comments below, or drop me a line in the messages. Your comments my be used in a story, but we'd also be interested in chatting to you for an exciting project coming up!

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24 days ago

Nominate your Nice Neighbour and win!

The Team from Neighbourly.co.nz

Do you have a Nice Neighbour in your community that has shone through the shadow of this pandemic?

Has someone offered to pick up supplies for you? Maybe your neighbour rang up to have a friendly chat? Any person that's made your community more neighbourly, nominate them on our … View more
Do you have a Nice Neighbour in your community that has shone through the shadow of this pandemic?

Has someone offered to pick up supplies for you? Maybe your neighbour rang up to have a friendly chat? Any person that's made your community more neighbourly, nominate them on our Nice Neighbour page now!

If selected, your nomination will be published in your community paper with you and your nominee each winning a $25 Prezzy® Card!
Nominate Now!

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24 days ago

Better balance is easy!

The Team from ACC New Zealand

Maintaining your balance is key to enjoying life and avoiding falls. With the easy-to-use app called Nymbl, you can improve your balance and live falls free. You just need a smartphone or tablet.

With Nymbl you’ll use simple and safe body movements and easy brain challenges like trivia. … View more
Maintaining your balance is key to enjoying life and avoiding falls. With the easy-to-use app called Nymbl, you can improve your balance and live falls free. You just need a smartphone or tablet.

With Nymbl you’ll use simple and safe body movements and easy brain challenges like trivia. It’s a technique called dual-tasking and it’s proven to be effective, it’s also fun. Just 10 minutes a day in the comfort of your own home and you can be Nymbl.

Register now to get Nymbl free. Nymbl is brought to you by Live Stronger For Longer and ACC, MOH and HQSC.
Learn more

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25 days ago

Get funding for your zero waste idea

The Team from Auckland Council

The Waste Minimisation and Innovation Fund (WMIF) funds projects from businesses, local iwi, and education and community groups that will divert waste from landfill.
Applications are open from 1–30 September 2020.

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25 days ago

Mental Health + Well-Being - September 1st to 30th 🧠🌸

The Team from Neighbourhood Support New Zealand

1 in 4 New Zealand adults will suffer from a mental disorder or distress at some point in their lives. When they do, let’s make sure they don’t have to go it alone. To create safer, more caring communities we need to not only look after ourselves but those around us as well.

For the month of … View more
1 in 4 New Zealand adults will suffer from a mental disorder or distress at some point in their lives. When they do, let’s make sure they don’t have to go it alone. To create safer, more caring communities we need to not only look after ourselves but those around us as well.

For the month of September, we want to use our voice to raise awareness for mental health and well-being. Perhaps consider sharing a cuppa with someone you know who could use the support or challenge your family and friends to unplug from social media for the entire month to improve their well-being. If you or someone you know is going through a rough patch, don’t forget you can call or text 1737 anytime for FREE support from a trained counsellor.

This month also coincides with World Suicide Prevention Day (September 10th) followed by Mental Health Awareness Week (21 - 27 September).

However you choose to take part, make sure to tag us in your posts + use the following hashtag so we can see how you’re cultivating better mental health for yourself or in your community this month:

#NSNZmentalhealth

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26 days ago

Prime minister and mayor meet to talk about Auckland's recovery

Brittany Keogh Reporter from Auckland Stuff

Hi neighbours, The Prime Minister has visited Auckland as the city entered alert level 2.5. Jacinda Ardern met Auckland mayor Phil Goff to discuss Auckland's recovery from the latest level 3 lockdown. The pair wore masks and greeted each other with an elbow bump. Read more about Ardern's … View moreHi neighbours, The Prime Minister has visited Auckland as the city entered alert level 2.5. Jacinda Ardern met Auckland mayor Phil Goff to discuss Auckland's recovery from the latest level 3 lockdown. The pair wore masks and greeted each other with an elbow bump. Read more about Ardern's visit to Auckland below.

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25 days ago

Home buyers have “less choice than ever” as Covid-19 hits Auckland property market

Ripu Bhatia Reporter from Community News

The impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on Auckland’s property market is being felt, data from realestate.co.nz reveals.

The number of Auckland homes for sale in August was down 7 percent from the same period last year with just 7399 listings.

This echoed national trends where the housing … View more
The impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on Auckland’s property market is being felt, data from realestate.co.nz reveals.

The number of Auckland homes for sale in August was down 7 percent from the same period last year with just 7399 listings.

This echoed national trends where the housing supply decreased by 13.2 percent to 17,974 listings.

The average asking price nationwide has increased by 9.1 percent to $824,702 over this period.

However Auckland was at odds with this trend, with a slight decrease in asking price by 0.8 percent to $982,155.

Realestate.co.nz spokesperson Vanessa Taylor said the national housing shortage is not getting better and buyers have “less choice than ever”.

“New Zealand's fast-growing population coupled with an increase in the number of Kiwis returning home due to COVID-19 is likely increasing the demand for property,” she said.

"With many Kiwis unable or reluctant to relocate overseas right now, this too is likely putting a strain on the market.“

Are you concerned about the impact Covid-19 will have on the Auckland property market?

29 days ago

Zero tolerance on speeding drivers all year round as Kiwi cops get tough on motorists

The Team Reporter from Stuff

Hi neighbours,

Do you sometimes drive a few kms over the speed limit? Road police have scrapped their speed buffer on Kiwi roads in favour of a no tolerance approach.

All motorists edging over the limit at any time of the year can now expect to be pulled over and possibly fined, national road … View more
Hi neighbours,

Do you sometimes drive a few kms over the speed limit? Road police have scrapped their speed buffer on Kiwi roads in favour of a no tolerance approach.

All motorists edging over the limit at any time of the year can now expect to be pulled over and possibly fined, national road policing manager Acting Superintendent Gini Welch confirmed on Friday.

It brings an end to a long-standing convention that law enforcement would let minor speeding breaches slide.


“We don’t have a threshold,” Welch told Stuff, “we don’t have anything other than the speed limit.

Previously, besides zero tolerance long weekends, it was understood police could exercise discretion up to 10kmh over the speed limit.

Click here to read more.

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29 days ago

Aucklanders reminded to stay home and stay local this weekend

The Team from Auckland Council

Aucklanders are being encouraged to stay home and stay local as the region enters its last weekend at Alert Level 3.

The reminder comes on the back of two weekends that have seen large numbers of people out and about at skate parks, exercise stations, pump tracks, playgrounds and sports pitches… View more
Aucklanders are being encouraged to stay home and stay local as the region enters its last weekend at Alert Level 3.

The reminder comes on the back of two weekends that have seen large numbers of people out and about at skate parks, exercise stations, pump tracks, playgrounds and sports pitches across the region, all of which remain closed at Alert Level 3.

This week, council staff have replaced closure notices and tape at the playgrounds and skate parks where it has been removed by members of the public. Playgrounds, skate parks, exercise equipment and pump tracks are closed at Alert Level 3 to remove the risk of transmission from common surfaces.

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26 days ago

Supermarket chains are recalling baby food

Neighbourly.co.nz

Supermarket chain Woolworths NZ is recalling a range of squeezable baby food pouches from its stores nationwide after holes were found in about 30 individual packets in its Auckland and Napier supermarkets.

The recall follows the discovery of a mice infestation at two of Woolworth NZ’s … View more
Supermarket chain Woolworths NZ is recalling a range of squeezable baby food pouches from its stores nationwide after holes were found in about 30 individual packets in its Auckland and Napier supermarkets.

The recall follows the discovery of a mice infestation at two of Woolworth NZ’s Auckland distribution centres. Product is being removed from Countdown, SuperValue and FreshChoice stores across the country, and signs will be in place to inform customers

This effects Only Organic, Natureland, and Smiling Tums brand baby food in squeezable pouches.

To find out more about the recall see the New Zealand Food Safety website.

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26 days ago

Meet our 2020 Houseplant Hero!

Mei Leng Wong Reporter from NZ Gardener & Get Growing

Congratulations to King George Diones , who wins $500 worth of Yates products and $300 worth of Kings Plant Barn vouchers. This surgical nurse in Auckland propagates and sells houseplants. He is currently giving all profits to colleagues in the Philippines to buy PPE.

26 days ago

Having certainty inspires confidence

Hobsonville Retirement Village

When you choose a Ryman village, you're set. Our Peace of Mind Guarantees are designed to protect you, so whatever the future holds, we've got your back.

Having certainty inspires confidence. It's just one of the ways we're pioneering a new way of living for a new retirement … View more
When you choose a Ryman village, you're set. Our Peace of Mind Guarantees are designed to protect you, so whatever the future holds, we've got your back.

Having certainty inspires confidence. It's just one of the ways we're pioneering a new way of living for a new retirement generation.

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28 days ago

Weak 5.2 earthquake wakes Coromandel, felt across Auckland

Danielle Clent Reporter from Auckland Stuff

Good morning Aucklanders, did anyone wake to a sudden jolt in the early hours?
A weak 5.2 earthquake struck at 3.47am, 120 km north-east of Whangamata. More than 2500 people felt it - and many did across Auckland.
Did you experience the quake? What happened at your house?
Please let us know in the … View more
Good morning Aucklanders, did anyone wake to a sudden jolt in the early hours?
A weak 5.2 earthquake struck at 3.47am, 120 km north-east of Whangamata. More than 2500 people felt it - and many did across Auckland.
Did you experience the quake? What happened at your house?
Please let us know in the comments if you do not want your comments used in a news story.

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