Maraetai, Auckland

5 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?
  • 90.4% Yes
    90.4% Complete
  • 7.9% No
    7.9% Complete
  • 1.7% Unsure- it's too complex
    1.7% Complete
1776 votes
1 day ago

Solar Flood Lights

The Team from Wee Jobs

Check out our website for more information!

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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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3 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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3 days ago

Manukau East Council of Social Services Inc. (MECOSS) AGM

Lindsay Upton from Manukau East Council of Social Services (MECOSS)

Come and have your say.
We encourage as many members as possible to attend the AGM.
This is a very important meeting and it is your opportunity to hear about the achievements of the past 12 months and to seek information about the direction for the forthcoming year.
Day & Date: Tuesday, 1 June … View more
Come and have your say.
We encourage as many members as possible to attend the AGM.
This is a very important meeting and it is your opportunity to hear about the achievements of the past 12 months and to seek information about the direction for the forthcoming year.
Day & Date: Tuesday, 1 June 2021 at 6:30pm
Venue: Haseler Hall, underneath the All Saints' Church, cnr Selwyn Road and The Glebe, Howick, Auckland

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3 days ago

What's On: Rock N Roll Lessons

Kirsty from Pakuranga

City of Sails Rock N Roll Club are holding beginner lessons on a Tuesday night at Fencible lounge from 7 till 7.30 $5pp. For more info go to info@cityofsails.cor.nz
Rock N Roll Lessons
  • Fencible lounge
3 days ago

Make sure you diary this date - 8th of May

Papakura Business Association

Our third annual StreetFEST is back from 10 am to 2 pm!

There will be lots of community stalls, sustainable stalls, arts and crafts, sports clubs, emergency services, an amazing Mother’s Day raffle and family activities.

Live entertainment, bands, dancing and cultural performances from … View more
Our third annual StreetFEST is back from 10 am to 2 pm!

There will be lots of community stalls, sustainable stalls, arts and crafts, sports clubs, emergency services, an amazing Mother’s Day raffle and family activities.

Live entertainment, bands, dancing and cultural performances from local artists, schools and groups. With activities for the kids and adults, face painting, bouncy castle, clowns, the Kindergarten play truck and so much more, the kids are going to love this day.

Great deals and specials from our businesses in town. Located on the Great South Road and in Centre Court and into Broadway, it’s a free family fun day for you all to enjoy.

The rain save date is the 15th of May should the weather not be kind.

This event is put on by the Papakura Business Association in conjunction with the Papakura Local Board.
Find out more

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3 days ago

Learn te reo Māori!

Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi

Te Pōkaitahi Reo

Meet Parminder Singh (Punjabi) who shares his journey with Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi:

“Studying in the Pōkaitahi Reo programme has allowed me to develop a totally beautiful and unique relationship with Māori communities in Auckland. The learning has helped my … View more
Te Pōkaitahi Reo

Meet Parminder Singh (Punjabi) who shares his journey with Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi:

“Studying in the Pōkaitahi Reo programme has allowed me to develop a totally beautiful and unique relationship with Māori communities in Auckland. The learning has helped my work to bridge gaps between Māori and others in our multicultural communities. When I look back, I feel really proud. It’s a great feeling when I speak te reo Māori. It’s a privilege.”

Share in Parminder’s experience and enquire now for 2021. These programmes are tuition fee free!
Find out more

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3 days ago

What's On: Machine Knitting Workshop Visitors Welcome

Laurel from St Heliers

The Auckland Area workshop to learn and extend your skills in machine knitting. Beginners welcome - all skills demonstrated and advice given. Facebook Group Auckland Area NZMKS. Door Fee $12.
Machine Knitting Workshop Visitors Welcome
  • Pakuranga Baptist Church
3 days ago

What's On: MacSeniorNet Meeting St Lukes

David from Half Moon Bay

Come along to our one-hour presentation and listen to Sheik Toufeez from Noel Leeming speaking about the latest in Apple Software. Phone Janet 0212148386 Mac Senior Net Auckland. http://www.macsnrs.org.nz
MacSeniorNet Meeting St Lukes
  • Community of St Lukes Church
3 days ago

Dance Yourself Happy

Lindsay Upton from Manukau East Council of Social Services (MECOSS)

Dance Yourself Happy is a great way to exercise. As well as being fun, our sessions can boast many positive health benefits including having a tremendous impact on your overall flexibility, strength, endurance level, and emotional well-being.

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4 days ago

Community Funding Workshop tonight

Lindsay Upton from Manukau East Council of Social Services (MECOSS)

Learn how to develop a strategic fundraising plan.
Day & Date: Wednesday, 5 May 2021
Time: 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Venue: Te Tuhi, 13 Reeves Road, Pakuranga.
Cost: $10.00pp
To secure a place please email lindsay.upton@mecoss.org.nz

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4 days ago

Mother's Day is this weekend

Sunday Star Times

Are you still looking for the perfect Mother's Day treat?

From now until Mother's Day, subscribe to the Sunday Star-Times for 6 months and you will receive a free Antipodes skincare gift, valued at $115!

Follow the link, select the 6 month option and use the promo code … View more
Are you still looking for the perfect Mother's Day treat?

From now until Mother's Day, subscribe to the Sunday Star-Times for 6 months and you will receive a free Antipodes skincare gift, valued at $115!

Follow the link, select the 6 month option and use the promo code SSTMOTHERSDAY at the checkout to redeem.

Hurry! Offer ends Sunday. T&C's apply.
Subscribe Now

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4 days ago

Jobs Available - Apply today!

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Currently we have some exciting opportunities at Auckland Airport, which is the largest and busiest Airport in the country.

If you have commercial cleaning … View more
Hello,

We are Assetlink. A facilities services provider that specialises in Retail, Commercial & Industrial cleaning around NZ.

Currently we have some exciting opportunities at Auckland Airport, which is the largest and busiest Airport in the country.

If you have commercial cleaning experience or are keen to learn (we provide full training) and would like to be part of a team that makes a difference, then we would love to hear from you! We have a range of shifts available for full or part time workers.

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• Good knowledge of and a commitment to safe working practices
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If you’re a highly motivated, enthusiastic individual with a commitment to providing excellent service and would like to be part of a key onsite team, we’d love to hear from you.

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