37 days ago

Current Council Rates Survey Flawed - and Biased

Richard from Epsom

The current Council Rates Survey is Flawed and Biased. At a time of Covid, more jobless ratepayers, angst about Council salaries, general Council incompetence, money wasted on vanity and ego projects, it is an insult that Council wants more of your money.

The best survey to fill out with a more appropriate list of options is:


The Council survey (with the biased options) is at:


The survey is seriously flawed in that it does not have an option of 'NO RATES INCREASES' and very biased (like so many other Council surveys) to direct ratepayers to a predertmined outcome that will allow Goff and his Councillors to proudly state that 'a majority support a rates increase'.

Here is the first question in the survey:
Which increase do you support?
-2.5 per cent average general rates increase
- 3.5 per cent average general rates increase
- I don't know

My advice - tick 'I don't know' - and then tell the Council in the supporting box that you DONT WANT A RATES INCREASE and why.

If you want - also go to the Council complaints and register the fact that the survey is Biased and Flawed.


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4 days ago

Enchanting winter concert at historic Alberton

Rendell McIntosh from Alberton

'Reverie in the Garden: A Musical Soirée'! Join us at Alberton for this enchanting, imitate concert in the historic ballroom.

Surrounded by the abundant floral still lives by artist Emma Bass as part of the exhibition 'The Impossible Garden', performers Natarani & Sasha Witten-Hannah of HEARTSTRINGS present a musical journey into diverse lands and times. Let the velvety resonance of the cello and the warmth of the classical guitar, transport you to faraway places and Mediterranean climes!

Tickets include drinks & canapes and entry to explore the house.

Sunday 23 August & Sunday 30 August, 4:30pm. Tickets: adult $34, senior/student/member $30. EARLYBIRD SPECIAL all tickets $29 (until 15 July) Bookings essential. Contact Alberton at alberton@heritage.org.nz or (09) 8567367

4 days ago

Poll: Should Kiwis be entitled to more sick leave?

The Team Reporter from Stuff

With Covid-19 still a very real risk, people who are unwell are told to stay home, and to keep any sickly kids home too - but what if you don't have any more sick leave owing?

Most Kiwis are entitled to five days of sick leave a year, but some - often those in lower paid jobs - get less.

New Zealand’s minimum sick leave allowance is one of the lowest in the OECD. In Australia they get 10 days, in most European countries it’s even more.

Should Kiwis be entitled to more sick leave?

To read more, click here.

Should Kiwis be entitled to more sick leave?
  • 60.2% Yes, five days is not enough
    60.2% Complete
  • 13.9% No, I never use mine up anyway
    13.9% Complete
  • 25.9% Entitlement should be assessed on a case-by-case basis
    25.9% Complete
4896 votes
10 minutes ago

The Art of Dance classes at Epsom Community Centre

Danielle Muller from Epsom Community Centre

Join in the fun at Epsom Community Centre in Term 3 with 10 weeks of The Art of Dance classes 💃

Safe body moves, combined with fun music make this programme a “must” for those wanting a friendly exercise class. Feel more energised and confident about your body image, improve coordination and posture. All levels welcome.

Our The Art of Dance classes received the ACC's Live Stronger for Longer programme tick as a strength and balance class that will help prevent falls and fractures.

⏰ Weekly on Mondays, 1.10-2.10pm
🗓️ 10-week course starting 20 July
📍 Epsom Community Centre, 202 Gillies Ave, Epsom
💵 Cost: $105 for the full term
🧑‍🏫 Tutor: Merenia Gray

➡️ Click here for more info: www.epsom-community-centre.org.nz...
➡️ Click here to enrol: enrolmy.com...