Kelston, Auckland

12 days ago

New Lynn Countdown store closed after visit by Covid-19 patient

Ripu Bhatia Reporter from Community News

Hi neighbours,

Another Countdown store in Auckland has been closed and received a deep clean after being visited by a person who tested positive for coronavirus.

On its website, Countdown said its New Lynn store inside LynnMall in West Auckland had been closed on Tuesday.

The person who … View more
Hi neighbours,

Another Countdown store in Auckland has been closed and received a deep clean after being visited by a person who tested positive for coronavirus.

On its website, Countdown said its New Lynn store inside LynnMall in West Auckland had been closed on Tuesday.

The person who has tested positive for the virus visited on Friday, September 4, from 8pm until 8.30pm.

Countdown said the New Lynn store was closed immediately after being notified by Auckland Regional Public Health Service about the person’s visit.

The news comes as the Ministry of Health reports six new cases of the virus in New Zealand.

Four of the new cases are in the community and have been linked to the current Auckland August cluster and Mount Roskill Evangelical Fellowship sub-cluster.

Other Countdown stores that were visited by people with the virus during August were in Browns Bay, Te Atatū South, St Lukes and Auckland City.

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12 days ago

Poll: Are you concerned about losing your job or business?

Ripu Bhatia Reporter from Community News

Hi neighbour,

About one in 14 workers say they expect to lose their job or business by mid-2021, according to data released by Stats NZ on Tuesday.

A survey of employed people in the June 2020 quarter showed 7 percent felt there was a high or almost certain chance of losing their job or … View more
Hi neighbour,

About one in 14 workers say they expect to lose their job or business by mid-2021, according to data released by Stats NZ on Tuesday.

A survey of employed people in the June 2020 quarter showed 7 percent felt there was a high or almost certain chance of losing their job or business within the next 12 months. At a national level this represented 185,000 workers.

A further 18 percent (468,000) felt there was a medium chance, while 4 percent (105,000) stated they did not know what their job security was going to be over the following year.

Most people surveyed said there was little or no chance of losing their job or business (71 percent or 1,859,000).

Small businesses have been vulnerable during the pandemic. Self-employed people who did not have staff or employees of their own felt more insecure about losing their business than employees felt about losing their job. Ten percent of self-employed people without employees reported low job security, compared with 6 percent of employees.

The household labour force survey (HLFS) June 2020 quarter was collected over a three-month period from April to June and asked employed people about their perceived job security over the next 12 months. During the collection period, New Zealand dropped from COVID-19 alert level 4 in April to alert level 1 by June.

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Are you concerned about losing your job or business?
  • 52.9% Yes
    52.9% Complete
  • 47.1% Ni
    47.1% Complete
140 votes
12 days ago

Blind Low Vision NZ seeks volunteers ahead of Blind Week

Ripu Bhatia Reporter from Community News

Blind Low Vision NZ, formerly the Blind Foundation, is seeking volunteers to support this year’s Blind Week street collection on October 16 and 17.

Volunteers play a crucial role in raising funds needed to provide practical and emotional support for New Zealanders who are blind, deafblind or … View more
Blind Low Vision NZ, formerly the Blind Foundation, is seeking volunteers to support this year’s Blind Week street collection on October 16 and 17.

Volunteers play a crucial role in raising funds needed to provide practical and emotional support for New Zealanders who are blind, deafblind or have low vision.

“Last year’s street collectors raised over $220,000 to empower Kiwis living with vision loss to live the life they choose. We’re hoping to go even further this year but we need your help,” Blind Low Vision NZ chief executive John Mulka said.

The money raised goes towards providing personalised vision rehabilitation services for people who are blind, deafblind or have low vision to fulfil their goals - whether that’s providing adaptive technology to stay in employment, orientation and mobility training including guide dogs, or developing tools and strategies to keep doing the things they need and want to do.

Mulka said every day an average of six Kiwis turn to Blind Low Vision NZ for support with sight loss.

“Volunteering two hours of your time by shaking a bucket and collecting donations is a way that you can help make a difference in people’s lives,” he said.

As well as supporting individuals, Blind Low Vision NZ seek to make big-picture change by advocating for inclusive communities and for optimal eye care services for all New Zealanders.

To sign up to collect during Blind Week visit blindweek.org.nz or call 0800 787 743.

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12 days ago

Arena's Swim Snorkel Pro II recalled over choking hazard concerns

Ripu Bhatia Reporter from Community News

Hi neighbours,

A snorkel has been recalled over concerns it could be a choking hazard.

The Arena Swim Snorkel Pro II was pulled from sale after a customer complained a small piece of material came loose inside the snorkel tube.

No-one was injured but Arena found a potential risk with the … View more
Hi neighbours,

A snorkel has been recalled over concerns it could be a choking hazard.

The Arena Swim Snorkel Pro II was pulled from sale after a customer complained a small piece of material came loose inside the snorkel tube.

No-one was injured but Arena found a potential risk with the black mouthpieces, which could see a small piece detach, causing a choking hazard.

Arena apologised to customers and said it would replace the faulty product to ensure customer safety and prevent further risk.

Anyone using an Arena snorkel was also advised to check it before use.

Customers who bought the Arena Swim Snorkel Pro II can register on the company’s website to receive replacement parts.

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12 days ago

Poll: Do you think the ‘poly-face’ option in the new Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater video game is culturally insensitive?

Ripu Bhatia Reporter from Community News

The new Tony Hawk video game has come under fire for an act of “cultural colonisation” after it used Māori tā moko as a character customisation option.

Players of Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1 + 2, which was released on Friday, are able to choose from a selection of indigenous-inspired … View more
The new Tony Hawk video game has come under fire for an act of “cultural colonisation” after it used Māori tā moko as a character customisation option.

Players of Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1 + 2, which was released on Friday, are able to choose from a selection of indigenous-inspired facial tattoos, with one of the options labelled “Poly-face”.

Screenshots of the skateboarding game were posted to Twitter and shared by Pākehā/Māori tattoo artist @dreadconquest in a thread outlining why moko should not be used in this way.

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Do you think the ‘poly-face’ option in the new Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater video game is culturally insensitive?
  • 33.3% Yes
    33.3% Complete
  • 66.7% No
    66.7% Complete
135 votes
12 days ago

American Magic survive Auckland capsize

Ripu Bhatia Reporter from Community News

Hi neighbours,

American Magic have recovered from a capsize of their America’s Cup boat in Auckland.

The United States syndicate tipped over Defiant while training on the eastern side of Browns Island in decent winds on Sunday.

They were able to quickly come upright again and continue … View more
Hi neighbours,

American Magic have recovered from a capsize of their America’s Cup boat in Auckland.

The United States syndicate tipped over Defiant while training on the eastern side of Browns Island in decent winds on Sunday.

They were able to quickly come upright again and continue sailing.

The incident further validates the safety elements in the design of the radical 75-foot foiling monohull.

American Magic weren’t commenting on the incident as a matter of team policy, other than to say they were able to complete “a full session” on Sunday.

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12 days ago

Beginners guide to setting up your food business from home

New Zealand School of Food & Wine

DO YOU HAVE A DREAM TO OPEN YOUR OWN FOOD BUSINESS?

People go into business for a variety of reasons. Some want to provide employment for themselves, while others are motivated by the challenge of being their own boss. The hospitality industry is an attractive investment as it can have … View more
DO YOU HAVE A DREAM TO OPEN YOUR OWN FOOD BUSINESS?

People go into business for a variety of reasons. Some want to provide employment for themselves, while others are motivated by the challenge of being their own boss. The hospitality industry is an attractive investment as it can have comparatively low start-up costs. It is also enticing because eating and drinking is something that we do every day and therefore it makes everyone an expert!

Some essential characteristics
- A genuine desire to make people feel welcome
- Being good company with a generous and giving nature
- Relentless attention to detail.
- Being knowledgeable, curious and enthusiastic about your product
- A willingness to anticipate customers’ needs

Course Outline
This course looks at how to turn your dream into reality and understand better, how to work methodically through the requirements.
We look at key information regarding the setup of a kitchen in your home.
Starting with important information from Auckland Council, or your local council and working through the approval process.
We will talk about
Food control plans
Farmer's markets, night markets
Small activations
Pop-ups

12 days ago

What's On: Ceramic Exhibition - Claybenders “Fauna”

Kim from Whitford

Featuring 20 ceramic artists tutored by NZ’s most celebrated ceramicists. Wheel thrown and hand built pieces. Guest Artist Brendan Adams. Open
Ceramic Exhibition - Claybenders “Fauna”
  • Arthaus Contemporary
12 days ago

Potential Choking Hazard Found in Faulty Snorkels

The Team from Neighbourly.co.nz

A user of a snorkel product has reportedly found a piece of material detached inside, which may have lead to them choking.
The snorkel, manufactured by major water sports company arena, issued the recall which affects snorkels bought at various stores in the Auckland, Wellington, Canterbury and … View more
A user of a snorkel product has reportedly found a piece of material detached inside, which may have lead to them choking.
The snorkel, manufactured by major water sports company arena, issued the recall which affects snorkels bought at various stores in the Auckland, Wellington, Canterbury and Bay of Plenty regions.

What you need to know:

- The recall affects the arena Swim Snorkel II & Swim Snorkel Pro II.

- A piece of material may become loose in the snorkel which can become a choking hazard.

- The products were sold at Swim T3 and Teamline Stores from October 2019 to April 2020.

- Fill out this survey to check whether your snorkel has been affected.

Known owners of the snorkel will be contacted by Swim T3 or Teamline.

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12 days ago

Activists scale Avondale trees to protect them from the axe

Ripu Bhatia Reporter from Community News

Hi neighbours,

Activists have climbed up native trees in Auckland's Avondale to stop developers from cutting them down.

Green Party candidate Steve Abel said only 23 of the 46 trees that originally stood at the site on Canal Road remain.

"They [the activists] don't intend … View more
Hi neighbours,

Activists have climbed up native trees in Auckland's Avondale to stop developers from cutting them down.

Green Party candidate Steve Abel said only 23 of the 46 trees that originally stood at the site on Canal Road remain.

"They [the activists] don't intend to move," he told The AM Show on Tuesday. "They intend to stay there so the trees can't be cut down. The community will continue to resist. We're going to save these trees - we have to. We can't afford to let them be lost."

Abel was banned from the site after scaling one of the trees in July.

Blanket protection of trees in Auckland was removed in 2012 by the National government.

Auckland Council says only one tree in the reserve - a pohutakawa - is protected. It proposed a land exchange - taking ownership of the land the trees sat on, and offering the developer a nearby unused reserve - but this offer was rejected.

The previous owners of the site, the Raymond family, said the developer made removal of the trees a condition of the sale.

More than 7000 people have signed a petition calling for the council to buy the land.

13 days ago

Medium dog harness & bouquet of roses (fake roses)

Ricki from New Lynn

FREE

Hi all,

I have a brand new camo dog harness looking for a new home as it’s too small for my Labrador.

Brought from Kmart, was listed as a Large but it’s really a Medium.
Dimensions/Size: 44cm-66cm (L) x 2.5cm (W)… View more
FREE

Hi all,

I have a brand new camo dog harness looking for a new home as it’s too small for my Labrador.

Brought from Kmart, was listed as a Large but it’s really a Medium.
Dimensions/Size: 44cm-66cm (L) x 2.5cm (W)

More info on this harness can be found here www.kmart.co.nz...

Pick up on Nikau St

Free

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13 days ago

What's On: Waitakere Grey Power General Meeting.

Mate from Oratia

Guest Speaker, Councillor Tracy Mullholand, Auckland Council Seniors Liaison. All members and friends are welcome. Refreshments will be served at the conclusion of the meeting.
Waitakere Grey Power General Meeting.
  • Te Atatu South Community Centre
17 days ago

Coronavirus: QR code coming to public transport in Auckland

Ripu Bhatia Reporter from Community News

QR codes will be displayed on public transport in Auckland as per Government requirements from Friday.

The bar codes will be displayed at the door during boarding, and at individual seats for easy scanning.

Auckland Transport recommends customers scan this QR code to help with contract … View more
QR codes will be displayed on public transport in Auckland as per Government requirements from Friday.

The bar codes will be displayed at the door during boarding, and at individual seats for easy scanning.

Auckland Transport recommends customers scan this QR code to help with contract tracing efforts if needed.

“To help things go smoothly for everyone, please have the Ministry of Health’s NZ COVID Tracer app open and ready to scan during boarding,” a statement read.

Auckland mayor Phil Goff said following the rules wil help keep ourselves and others safe and ensure that we can move out of Alert Level 2 as soon as possible.

“Keeping track of your movements with the NZ COVID Tracer app and ensuring that you are wearing a face covering are two simple ways we can help to constrain the spread of the virus,” he said.

In addition to scanning the Ministry of Health’s QR code, AT recommends that customers also register their AT HOP card to help with contact tracing.

This will also allow AT to monitor passenger numbers and make fast adjustments to services if required due to changes in demand.

Face coverings are also mandatory on public transport, as per Government’s advice.

Auckland Transport’s COVID-19 page, which includes up to date public transport timetables, is at: at.govt.nz...

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13 days ago

Hi everybody, I feel another marmalade-making session coming on. 😃

Sharon from Te Atatu South

EDIT: OKAY, 5 free jars of orange, mandarin and lemon mix marmalade. Maggie Williams will want a jar or two - let me know who wants what. 😃

Free

16 days ago

Poll: Do you agree with the government’s decision to extend Auckland‘s alert level 2.5 lockdown?

Ripu Bhatia Reporter from Community News

Hi neighbours,

Auckland mayor Phil Goff has welcomed the decision for the city to stay at alert level 2.5 until September 14, advising Aucklanders it was crucial to “stay the course”.

Goff said the Government’s decision was the right one and asked Aucklanders to continue following the … View more
Hi neighbours,

Auckland mayor Phil Goff has welcomed the decision for the city to stay at alert level 2.5 until September 14, advising Aucklanders it was crucial to “stay the course”.

Goff said the Government’s decision was the right one and asked Aucklanders to continue following the rules so the city could return to level 1 as soon as possible.

“But it’s crucial that we stay the course. While we are all looking forward to level 1, the last thing we want is to move too early and risk a further resurgence of the virus,” he said.

“That would be the worst outcome – not only would it endanger the health and safety of Aucklanders, including some of our most vulnerable communities, it would also further damage businesses and the economy and put the gains we have made so far at risk.”

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Do you agree with the government’s decision to extend Auckland‘s alert level 2.5 lockdown?
  • 79.1% Yes
    79.1% Complete
  • 20.9% No
    20.9% Complete
1436 votes
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