Auckland's dam levels are almost at 67 per cent capacity, with restrictions easing for commercial operators.
A ban on outdoor hose and water blaster use for residential users remains in place. With an agreement allowing Auckland to take an extra 25 million litres a day, do you think that these household restrictions are necessary?
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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.
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Heartbeats is a community-based, peer-to-peer support group for heart event survivors, their family and broader whanau.
Our membership is culturally diverse, and includes equal numbers of men and women, with an age range of 50 - 90 years.
We are a non-profit organization that aims to connect heart patients in the community and educate the broader public on heart disease and heart health management.
Our guest speaker at Takapuna this week is Anna Sloan, Registered Dietitian, who will be presenting, discussing and taking questions on heart healthy diets, dietary issues when taking heart medications, and critical dietary elements for sustainable heart health.
Where: Mary Thomas Centre, 3 Gibbons Rd (behind Takapuna Library)
When: Tomorrow THURSDAY, 6th May
It's free, so come along, bring a friend, and get some real information on heart healthy diets and diet management plans for people with cardiovascular disease and heart issues.
For information: call Trent at 0220 606 199
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