New Lynn, Auckland

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3 hours ago

Samsung Galaxy A51 from PBTech

Geraldine from Te Atatu South

On the 10th June 2021, I visited PB Tech, Henderson, with my newly bought mobile phone( under warranty) A51 for repair. I was told by the person at the Repair and Service desk that I would get my phone back in a week. After 10 days I rang P B Tech to enquire about the status of the repair. I was … View moreOn the 10th June 2021, I visited PB Tech, Henderson, with my newly bought mobile phone( under warranty) A51 for repair. I was told by the person at the Repair and Service desk that I would get my phone back in a week. After 10 days I rang P B Tech to enquire about the status of the repair. I was told that they would find out and ring me back. No call came. Then after two days, I rang again. This time I was told that my phone has been repaired and is waiting for a pick up from Samsung , main office. They said that I would get it in a few days time, and that no charged has been registered. No call came and I was waiting patiently. Then I received a call at work to say that it would cost $200 for the repair and If I was interested in getting the phone repaired. I replied that I was told that it was already fixed and that there was no charge. I also informed him that I would consider it and call him back. That evening I called PB Tech and asked them to proceed with the repairs. I was then informed that they would charge me only the charge that Samsung would charge. Then got a call after a week telling me it is ready for pick up. They charged me $178.00 including GST. I paid the amount and noticed that screen protector was missing. I then asked for it and PB Tech did not have one. I had to wait another 3 days to get it by courier post.(on Monday) Then on Sunday, today , I went to PB Tech and spoke to the Repair and service personnel. It was 3.50pm. I asked if he could please put the screen protector on. I gave him the whole package which had the phone and the invoices and the screen protector. He immediately said that there would be a charge. This annoyed me and I told him that he had not returned my phone with the screen guard protector on. He the rudely said," Why the f**** did you not tell me before. I then said that he should not speak to me like that. He was quiet and I told him that that he owes me an apology. He replied that it is best that we do not speak and that he would get the work done. He did it and I left PB tech. This has app. taken me a month and a half to get my phone fixed. This cost was part under warranty and part for water damage.
I write this review as a disgruntled customer. This should not happen to anyone else and PB Tech must check on the personnel they employ.

1 day ago

Car break in on Amberley ave.

Renu from Te Atatu South

So annoyed at our neighborhood being spoilt by losers

2 days ago

Sign up for our Tokyo Olympics newsletter

Angela Quigan Reporter from Stuff

Hi neighbours,

The Tokyo Olympics are about to kick off, and some of our country's best sports stars are set to represent New Zealand on the world stage.

The opening ceremony takes place on Friday (about 11pm NZ time), and the Games will run through until August 8.

Over the next … View more
Hi neighbours,

The Tokyo Olympics are about to kick off, and some of our country's best sports stars are set to represent New Zealand on the world stage.

The opening ceremony takes place on Friday (about 11pm NZ time), and the Games will run through until August 8.

Over the next two-and-a-half weeks, some of the world’s best athletes competing in a range of sports will battle it out in Tokyo in the hopes of walking away with a medal.

So get your New Zealand flags and popcorn ready and sign up for our Tokyo Olympics newsletter to have all the highlights, talking points, medal tally and analysis delivered to your inbox every day. Click here.

We'll also be live blogging our Kiwi athletes' events every day of the Games. Just bookmark this page to stay up to date.

3 days ago

Are you ready to ponder who should be Auckland's next mayor?

Todd Niall Reporter from Auckland Stuff

Kia ora Neighbours, Restaurateur Leo Molloy has given a clear sign of his mayoral campaign platform for the October 2022 vote. Less focus on climate change, more on private car use, and a downtown stadium. Does this sound like the right direction to you? Read the story below:

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8 hours ago

Free king single trundled bed with mattresses

Jasmine from Te Atatu South

Hi there,
We bought this off trade me but the mattress is very hard and overall not in great condition, compared to what we were expecting. It’s got a cute interchangeable panel and has come from a pet free and smoke free home. We have since purchased another bed for my daughter so this is free … View more
Hi there,
We bought this off trade me but the mattress is very hard and overall not in great condition, compared to what we were expecting. It’s got a cute interchangeable panel and has come from a pet free and smoke free home. We have since purchased another bed for my daughter so this is free to collect, you will need a realtor or can to do so.
I would recommend as a spare bed, due to how hard it is or would be good to have a foam mattress on top to soften.

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8 hours ago

Free terracotta garden edging

Jasmine from Te Atatu South

We have about 75 of these terracotta garden edges to give away. Approx 17 cm tall. Y 12 cm wide and 1.5 cm thick . I’ll be posting about other pavers and bricks, but this little bundle would easily fit in a car boot etc.

Free

4 days ago

The weird and wonderful things about online trading

The Team from Community News

Hi Auckland,

What was your best purchase on an online marketplace, like Trade Me or Neighbourly?

A 1950s aircraft fuselage could be yours after a Waiuku resident listed their "old warbird" on Trade Me.

The Royal New Zealand Bristol Freighter flew as part of the Royal New Zealand … View more
Hi Auckland,

What was your best purchase on an online marketplace, like Trade Me or Neighbourly?

A 1950s aircraft fuselage could be yours after a Waiuku resident listed their "old warbird" on Trade Me.

The Royal New Zealand Bristol Freighter flew as part of the Royal New Zealand Air Force during the Vietnam War. It was then purchased and shipped to Whenuapai-Ardmore in 1978 and then sold on to a Waiuku local. The sellers purchased the land at a later date, and thus the plane.

The listing starts at $18,000 and at time of publishing, has been added to almost 900 users' watchlists.

Share your stories below and don't forget to type NFP if you don't want your comment used in your local community paper.

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21 hours ago

Strengthening digital skills for industry

Competenz

Low levels of digital literacy among staff is a challenge facing many manufacturing businesses, and strengthening those skills is not only essential to meet rapid technological changes in the workplace, it’s vital to increasing productivity.

“As technology progresses and we move further into… View more
Low levels of digital literacy among staff is a challenge facing many manufacturing businesses, and strengthening those skills is not only essential to meet rapid technological changes in the workplace, it’s vital to increasing productivity.

“As technology progresses and we move further into Industry 4.0, workers must be upskilled to keep pace with new systems and processes, especially older employees who are not digital natives, but who have invaluable experience in their fields,” says Competenz Sector Manager Jahn Vannisselroy

Competenz has developed a new micro-credential to meet the demands brought about by Industry 4.0.
Read the full article here

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21 hours ago

Supporting KidsCan is easy through the Trade Me Kindness Store

Trade Me

Hi there!

Here at Trade Me we're chuffed to let you know we’ve launched our Kindness Store again for winter, supporting KidsCan and the great work they do making sure our tamariki have a fair start – after all, little Kiwis can’t learn when they’re hungry, wet, and cold.

We’ve… View more
Hi there!

Here at Trade Me we're chuffed to let you know we’ve launched our Kindness Store again for winter, supporting KidsCan and the great work they do making sure our tamariki have a fair start – after all, little Kiwis can’t learn when they’re hungry, wet, and cold.

We’ve stocked the store with all the essentials. Think fleece-lined rain coats and shoes to keep kids warm and dry, and warm, healthy food.

Just pick, click, and give now – we take care of the rest, making sure your purchase gets to KidsCan.
Learn more

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3 days ago

Can somebody explain this to me?

Markus from Green Bay

Being German I'm quite familiar with the rules of Football (and no, it's not "soccer") but I'm not familiar with Rugby's rules and regulations.

Now I read that a Kiwi had his application for Australian citizenship turned down four times - see www.stuff.co.nz.... No… View more
Being German I'm quite familiar with the rules of Football (and no, it's not "soccer") but I'm not familiar with Rugby's rules and regulations.

Now I read that a Kiwi had his application for Australian citizenship turned down four times - see www.stuff.co.nz.... No problem so far.

But he had represented Australia in Rugby several times - how is that possible if he isn't an Australian? Isn't he an ineligible player? And consequently shouldn't the Australian results be counted as a loss and the Australian team be disqualified?

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1 day ago

Used Danske Mobler leather lounge suit for sale

Michael from New Windsor

I've got a Danske Mobler lounge leather suit which is now surplus to my requirements. This set has been very well looked after and is in good condition ( see attached pictures). Very comfortable suit

Consists of :

One large two seater (dimensions 180cm (L) x 900 x 840 H

Plus

One single … View more
I've got a Danske Mobler lounge leather suit which is now surplus to my requirements. This set has been very well looked after and is in good condition ( see attached pictures). Very comfortable suit

Consists of :

One large two seater (dimensions 180cm (L) x 900 x 840 H

Plus

One single seater ( 920cm (L) x 900 x 840 (H)

Price $485 ono
Buyer to arrange own pickup.

Please call or text me on mobile 0220498546. Ask for Michael.

Negotiable

1 day ago

EPSON Eco Tank ET-2710

Abdol from New Lynn

New, just opened and filled the ink never used,no technical issues. Has to go by today 5pm. Market price is $379.00

PM or text on 0220746441

Price: $220

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1 day ago

Secure your bull team now with no upfront cost!

PGG Wrightson

Apply for a Defer-A-Bull purchase agreement today – a simple, cost effective solution when sourcing your dairy service bulls.

Secure your bull team early with no repayments until bulls are sold.
Find out more

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2 days ago

BREAKING NEWS!!! Transtasman travel bubble closed for eight weeks - Kiwis told 'come home now'

Brian from New Lynn

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern acknowledged the 'devastating' impact the Australian Covid outbreak was having on people's lives. She willed the country a speedy recovery, but warned the movement of people could complicate the recovery, she said.
Ardern she would not risk the hard work… View more
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern acknowledged the 'devastating' impact the Australian Covid outbreak was having on people's lives. She willed the country a speedy recovery, but warned the movement of people could complicate the recovery, she said.
Ardern she would not risk the hard work put in by the team of 5 million by keeping the bubble open when the risk was high from the Delta variant.
The Delta variant had materially changes the risk profile for the transtasman bubble, she said.
In the view of our health officials there is greater risk now than when they opened the travel bubble with Australia.
Advice for Kiwis currently in Australia can be found at the bottom of the article.
"Covid has changed, so we must," Ardern said.
Quarantine-free travel has been suspeneded from 11.59pm tonight and the bubble will be closed for at least the next eight weeks.
"There are now multiple outbreaks, and in differing stages of containment, that have forced three states into lockdown. The health risk to New Zealanders from these cases is increasing," Ardern said.
There will be flights home from all Australian territories for the next 7 days.
If demand had not been met, more flights will be extended.In NSW, New Zealanders can only fly from Sydney and will have to be in MIQ for 14 days.
In Victoria, travelers must have a negative pre-departure test and must isolated until a negative day 3 test.
Ardern advised Kiwis not to travel to Australia in the next eight weeks.
Extra staff were being deployed to New Zealand's ports to check the pre-departure tests, Ardern said.
Ardern said many people would be disappointed to be separated from friends and family again.
Ardern said the Government did want the travel bubble to resume, but the outbreak needed to be contained before that could happen.
Ardern said the risk was growing so she was comfortable with the delay in informing the country of the bubble closing.
"When we have an immediate concern we pause straight away. Here we see the risk growing," she said.
"We don't trust Covid," she said when asked if she did not trust Australia's handling of it.
"There is no judgement here.
"We want Australia to succeed because it allows us to keep those arrangements alive."
Ardern said there would be some people not eligible to return during the seven days but the Government would work with them to get them home after that period.
She said if the Wallabies could arrive in the country in the next seven-days and make an economic case for it, they would not have to go into MIQ for two weeks.
Over 100 people had tried to get into New Zealand from parts of Australia where they should not have been during the bubble pause, Ardern said.
Director-general of health Dr Ashley Bloomfield said the overall risk from Australia was low but increasing.
He said the NSW outbreak was clearly not contained and the number of cases who were in the community while infectious was a concern.
The suspension would allow Australian officials to manage the outbreak, he said.
Bloomfield emphasised the transmissability of the Delta variant was hugely concerning and even contact tracing had been unable to get ahead of it, he said.
Bloomfield said an incursion of the Delta variant would require a swift and forceful response if we did have a case of the Delta variant and health officials were preparing for it.
He thought it would take eight weeks for NSW to get the outbreak down to acceptable levels and closing the bubble for eight weeks also gives people certainty about what was happening, he said.
Covid-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins said people should contact the airlines for questions about their flights.
He said Air New Zealand would be looking to put bigger planes on the existing routes and potentially adding extra flights.
He said they would be monitoring it every day to identify any pinch points.There were extra staff in Australia checking pre-departure tests before the boarded flights home to New Zealand, Hipkins said.
There are 19 new cases - all mariners in isolation - of Covid-19 in MIQ and none in the community.
Last night whole genome sequencing of the crew on the Mattina confirmed they have the Delta variant.
In total there are now 15 positive Covid cases on that ship. All crew who test positive will remain quarantined on-board. The crew members, including the captain, have tested negative and were safely transported to one-shore facilities
Today's numbers also include the 16 previously reported cases on the Playa Zahara because they have been deemed current cases.
On the Viking Bay, four crew members remain in quarantine on-board the boat in Welington while the other 16 are in an onshore quarantine facility.
When it came to cargo crew it was important to allow ships to recrew in order to continue the supply chain and be able to export goods, Ardern said.
She was asking for advice on whether they had to allow a foreign fishing vessel with no connection to New Zealand to recrew in New Zealand.
New South Wales has today recorded 136 new Covid community cases - its highest daily total since the latest outbreak began.
Air NZ has announced five flights from NSW between July 28 and August 7 for Kiwis to return home. They will need to go into MIQ for 14 days.
Once travellers book a flight, their MIQ spot is automatically confirmed.
Seat availability will depend on MIQ spaces.
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University of Otago epidemiologist Professor Nick Wilson said he previously would have considered an eight-week travel bubble pause an overreaction, but he now felt it was appropriate in light of rising case numbers across the ditch.
"Given what has happened with things getting worse for New South Wales and spread across the borders, the interstate border system is not as robust as it was."
He also said holes in New Zealand's border - such as NZ Customs' random checking of pre-departure Covid tests for incoming travellers - indicated this was the right decision.
"All those things added in, it's probably the best thing to do from a health perspective."
Wilson believed the two-month travel pause provided a rare opportunity for the Government to reassess its travel bubble conditions, with the more infectious Delta variant in mind.
"This is a perfect time to get everything up to 100 per cent quality in terms of all the systems and to even make further improvements on the routine MIQ system, given that we keep seeing how infectious this new variant is."
With Australian states struggling to contain an outbreak, Wilson said options such as a more comprehensive alert level system and targeted vaccination should be considered. On the latter, Wilson described how the risk of virus spread could be significantly reduce if unvaccinated essential workers were quickly given the jab in the event of an outbreak.
Wilson said New Zealand was not "well organised or prepared as we should be" for this outbreak in Australia, as evidenced by only half of incoming travellers being checked if they had proof of a mandatory pre-departure Covid test. He believed all travellers should have been checked from the beginning.
Kiwis glad to be leaving Melbourne
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A Whanganui man said he was "pretty perked up" to hear his partner and their three grandchildren could return home from Melbourne on a flight over the next seven days.
Warren Burgess said they had been in Melbourne since July 12 for the grandchildren to see their father and could probably handle it a bit longer in Australia, although the kids are due to return to school next week.
"We want to get them back to their mother. She is worried and the situation is not ideal, but the way it is going to roll, that will work for us," Burgess said.
"It we are able to fly out in the next week, financially we will be fine and that will work for us. If it had been for the eight weeks things would have been a bit tough," said Burgess, whose family members are staying in a three-bedroom house costing more than $1000 a week.
"The Government has obviously looked at it with a sympathetic view for people who are trappped here and that's encouraging."
Advice for Kiwis in Australia
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Travellers from Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania, Western Australia, ACT and Norfolk Island, can come home on a green flight subject to the below public health criteria:
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- A negative pre-departure test, taken within 72-hours of their intended travel to New Zealand.

- Have not been in a location of interest in the past 14 days.

- Are not symptomatic at the time of travel.

- Are not a contact of a COVID-19 case.

Eligible people from Victoria or travellers from other states/territories who have been in Victoria can return provided they also:

- Adhere to lockdown measures in Victoria

- Self-isolate upon return to New Zealand and get a test at day 3

- Travel to the airport wearing facemasks and by safe travel, ie, not public transport.

Eligible people from New South Wales will continue to return on existing managed return flights. Returnees on these flights will be required to enter a managed isolation facility for at least 14 days on arrival in New Zealand.
Travel on all such flights will be limited to:
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New Zealand citizens and holders of residence class visas;

Holders of temporary visas and Australian citizens, who last departed New Zealand after 5 April 2021;

Holders of current permanent residence visas (including a resident return visa) issued by the Government of Australia who last departed New Zealand after 5 April 2021; and

Relevant family members of people listed in the above categories. (Relevant family member means: a spouse, civil union partner, or de facto partner, a dependent child; or a parent of a dependent child. Parent, in relation to a dependent child, means a person on whom the child is dependant)
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2 days ago

Video shows unsecured mattress causing 'absolute carnage' on northwestern motorway

Danielle Clent Reporter from Western Leader

Hi neighbours,
Video released by police shows the moment a large mattress flew off the roof of a car on an Auckland motorway causing a multi-vehicle crash.
One person was seriously injured in the incident, which happened just after 6pm on July 12 on the northwestern motorway.
Click the link … View more
Hi neighbours,
Video released by police shows the moment a large mattress flew off the roof of a car on an Auckland motorway causing a multi-vehicle crash.
One person was seriously injured in the incident, which happened just after 6pm on July 12 on the northwestern motorway.
Click the link attached to read the full story.

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