New Windsor, Auckland

4 days ago

It was kinda a pay-it forward kinda thing…

AMI Insurance

When Sharlene Clements heard thieves had stolen a car belonging to Denise Pearson and her son Reuben, who lives with cerebral palsy, Sharlene jumped straight to their aid. She immediately offered them a wheelchair-modified van that had been given to her business in a life-changing act of kindness. … View moreWhen Sharlene Clements heard thieves had stolen a car belonging to Denise Pearson and her son Reuben, who lives with cerebral palsy, Sharlene jumped straight to their aid. She immediately offered them a wheelchair-modified van that had been given to her business in a life-changing act of kindness.

Read the full article.
Find out more

Image
4 days ago

Make sure you know the new dog rules for this summer

The Team from Auckland Council

Auckland Council’s new Policy on Dogs 2019 and dog management bylaw is now in force across the Auckland region.

The policy relates to time and season, access, menacing dogs and multiple dog ownership rules.
Learn more

Image
5 days ago

Sharpening

Michael from The Sharpening Guys

The Sharpening Guys also do repairs. This is one of the most damaged knives I’ve seen but I was easily able to give it a new lease of life. Never give up on your knives!

Image
5 days ago

Epic Pityard Battle BBQ Competition

Carl from Avondale

Some of the most elite athletes will gather on the 23rd Nov to duke it out for the title of Most Epic Barbecue.
Get in quick to secure tickets to check out the action, eat Low n Slow Barbecue and try all of the Most Epic Beer’s. Your ticket gets you a BBQ meal, access to taste thefreshly brewed … View more
Some of the most elite athletes will gather on the 23rd Nov to duke it out for the title of Most Epic Barbecue.
Get in quick to secure tickets to check out the action, eat Low n Slow Barbecue and try all of the Most Epic Beer’s. Your ticket gets you a BBQ meal, access to taste thefreshly brewed Epic Beers and see the fastest growing competitive sport in NZ!
From 2pm Saturday 23rd of November you will see top BBQ athletes craft their dishes and race to hand in Chicken, Lamb, Pork Ribs and Beef over 4 hours of intense competition.

Meanwhile catch up with Luke Nicholas and the team of Epic over a few hop fuelled refreshments or try some new Hidden World Gin’s.

Celebrate over a refreshment with the teams at prizegiving when we announce the winners and ultimate Epic Pityard Grand Champion, then you could head across the road to Waikaraka Park for some Speedway.

P
5 days ago

Car Seat, Bumbo Seat, Baby Walker & Bassinet for Baby

Pragnesh from Mount Albert

My son is grown up now. From pet free and smoke free home. Pick up only, in Mount Eden area.
Car Seat - $ 5
Bumbo Seat -$ 5
Baby Walker - $ 15
Bassinet - $ 25
There might be some complimentary toys to give away and a sunhat for about 1 year old child. Also, some clothes for free.
To arrange the … View more
My son is grown up now. From pet free and smoke free home. Pick up only, in Mount Eden area.
Car Seat - $ 5
Bumbo Seat -$ 5
Baby Walker - $ 15
Bassinet - $ 25
There might be some complimentary toys to give away and a sunhat for about 1 year old child. Also, some clothes for free.
To arrange the pickup contact. 0274673865.

Negotiable

5 days ago

MOTAT to screen 'Grease' for 1950s themed drive-in movie

Ripu Bhatia Reporter from Auckland Stuff

Hi neighbours,

Date nights of the 1950s era are back with drive-in movie screenings of ‘Grease’ at MOTAT.

Will you be going?

Image
5 days ago

Rosehill Retirement Village

Rosehill Village

Looking for retirement living? Checkout our video: www.youtube.com...

5 days ago

What's On: Dove Catholic Fellowship for Women

Pik Lan from Wattle Downs

It will be the last meeting of the year and will be a Family Mass. All family members are invited. Bring a small plate to share. Phone Grace on 5773479.
Dove Catholic Fellowship for Women
  • St Anne's Parish
5 days ago

Taco Bell opens its doors today, inviting West Aucklanders to get their first taste of food loosely inspired by Mexican culinary traditions.

Brian from New Lynn

In the United States, Taco Bell has a reputation for being particularly popular among consumers who've imbibed a few too many beverages.
So entrenched is this notion that a list on the Spoon University food website ranks all Taco Bell meals based on how drunk the consumer is.
It's only … View more
In the United States, Taco Bell has a reputation for being particularly popular among consumers who've imbibed a few too many beverages.
So entrenched is this notion that a list on the Spoon University food website ranks all Taco Bell meals based on how drunk the consumer is.
It's only fitting then, that the Taco Bell in New Lynn will serve alcohol and, most notably, frozen margaritas. The restaurant will include iconic features like Taco Bell's 16inch bell, a self-serve music kiosk and an open kitchen. Free wifi, USB charging stations, kiosk ordering and beacons that give you a 'bell' when your food is ready will also be available. What we've all really been waiting for, however, is the food. So, here's a rundown of what different items at Taco Bell will set you back.
================================================
First up, the Crunchwrap Supreme, which is basically a hybrid between a burrito and sandwich, will cost you $6.99 for a single or $10.49 for a combo. The famous Double Taco Supreme, featuring two tacos, will set you back $8.50 or $12 for a combo. You will have to pay a bit more if you want Double Crispy Chicken taco, which costs $8.99 or $12.49 for a combo. A Cali Burrito costs $7.99, which a Grilled Stuft Burrito comes in at $8.99. Those who prefer a slightly healthier option could for the Cali Burrito bowl at $8.99 or the Power Bowl at $9.99. There's also a single quesadilla for $6.99 or a combo for $10.49. The Cheesy Gordita Crunch taco, a much bigger variety of a traditional taco, costs $6.99 by itself or $10.49 in a combo. Overall the prices are cheaper than most fast-casual Mexican-style joints, but it doesn't have quite as many of the $1 options that Taco Bell is famous for in the US.
=================================================
That said, perhaps the menu will expand as Taco Bell spreads across the country, we'll see a few additions to the menu. It is still early days, after all. The LynnMall store is the first of 25 Taco Bells that operator Restaurant Brands plans to roll out in the next five years. Russel Creedy, the chief executive of Taco Bell's parent company Restaurant Brands, previously told the Herald the priority for the brand at this stage was to roll out the business to other venues. At this stage, we are securing locations within the main metropolitans of Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch, with the view to expanding further afield in the coming years. "The broader rollout plan will see a minimum of 25 restaurants trading in New Zealand over the next five years, with the view to launching the next restaurant in Q1 of next year."
==========================================================

5 days ago

What's On: Dove Catholic Fellowship for Women

Pik Lan from Wattle Downs

This will be the last meeting of the year and is a Family Mass. All family members are invited. Bring a small plate to share. Phone Grace on 5773479.
Dove Catholic Fellowship for Women
  • St Anne's Parish
6 days ago

11 phrases that will make you more successful in any relationship

Baptist from Avondale

The importance of communication

What you say at work is almost as important as what you do at work. Learn the phrases that will help you sound smarter, more respectful, and ultimately help you succeed at the office.

Cancel meetings with tact

You have to cancel a meeting and come up with a … View more
The importance of communication

What you say at work is almost as important as what you do at work. Learn the phrases that will help you sound smarter, more respectful, and ultimately help you succeed at the office.

Cancel meetings with tact

You have to cancel a meeting and come up with a reason—or tell the actual reason. Excuses already sound, well, excuse-y, so to validate your behaviour it’s important to choose the right words. Gary Burnison, author of Lose the Resume, Land the Job, reported for CNBC that standard Stanford business practices include being honest whenever possible, and avoiding typical excuses such as “current meeting running late” and “got a fire to put out.” Instead, validate the significance of the missed appointment by saying “I understand how important this is…” or “I’m really sorry but I have to reschedule.” Then quickly move towards potential dates and times when you can make this happen. Setting an example is one of the best ways to build trust with your work colleagues.

Ask the question

Challenge your assumptions about others by asking a question instead of responding with a statement; this can be a powerful argument avoidance strategy in the workplace, according to Mack Shwab, an executive director at the Dale Carnegie Institute. He recommends getting in the mindset to be a more curious person by asking “Why do you think that?” to gain more information about a person’s stance instead of jumping to conclusions. Want to go even further in your career?

Make them think your solution is their idea

In every classic persuasion training, the “winner” has succeeded by making the other person think their solution was the other person’s own idea. Shwab says it’s no different now. To accomplish this, use more questioning strategies to get them to consider multiple points of view such as: “What would be the benefit if we go that way?” and “What would be the benefit to you if that happens?”

“Emphatically” admitting you’re wrong

We’ve all heard the deep significance of apologizing when you are wrong in a relationship. But the Carnegie institute specifically teaches doing so “emphatically.” For example, instead of just saying “I’m sorry,” elaborate a bit to ensure the other party really feels your emotion. You could say, “Hey, I’m really wrong about that and I’m really sorry.” The emphatic nature of this style of apology diffuses the other person more quickly and also creates a culture where it’s safe to admit mistakes. It’s also a best practice to outwardly say you forgive someone, instead of leaving them to wonder where they stand. It’s also key to not sabotage your own apology.

Avoid the “and/or/but” to demonstrate respect

After pursuing the other person’s viewpoint, it’s imperative to avoid the words “and,” “or,” and “but” to ensure the colleague or boss has felt thoroughly heard. Instead, replace these debate-oriented words with a pause and a breath, then say, “that’s an interesting idea. It triggered a thought in my head,” Shwab recommends. His strategy of separating your colleague’s suggestion from your presentation of your own idea demonstrates respect for them.

Kill them with kindness

We all have that colleague, but we don’t have to be that colleague. Using extreme friendliness with the toughest cookie in your department may not change their generally terrible demeanour towards the world, but you may be the person who, as Shwab calls it, “begins in a friendly way.” He compares it to how a dog acts when they can’t wait to see you, complete with the wagging tail. “You will be shocked by the way they change.” Simply starting with “How are you?” and caring can make a difference. You can even attempt small, intentional acts of kindness in your workplace to improve these relationships.

Acknowledge unsolicited advice

A suggestion is defined as an “idea or plan put forward for consideration.” When you receive unsolicited advice at work, responding with “thanks for the suggestion,” will preserve your integrity when you are annoyed and can simultaneously shut down the advice-giver while making them feel somewhat appreciated (maybe both). After all, their idea is out there for your consideration, not your immediate acceptance, right where advice belongs.

Getting to yes

Sometimes negative colleagues or bosses are simply in a sour mental place and used to saying no. You have the power to get them in a “yes” frame of mind before pitching an idea or requesting something through a series of questions about basic facts, Shwab says. He shares an example of trying to sell a widget in a proposal in which others are already against it. Asking a series of yes or no questions to present the positives will lead to more “yes’s.” “For example, you could ask ‘Do you think it will help our customer base?’ ‘Yes.’ ‘Do you think the new widget would make us more profitable?’ ‘Yes,’” he said. Then you move into the potential problematic areas discussion with this yes mindset prepared.

A compliment plus a reason

We’ve all given and received meaningless compliments. “That’s amazing.” “Great job.” While they are appreciated, it’s so much more meaningful to demonstrate evidence for the compliment with specifics. To make it sound sincere, Shwab says, “You have to substantiate it with evidence…if you don’t give an example it loses all its teeth.” Being authentic is one of the best ways to give a meaningful compliment.

Repeat it back

Listening and relationship experts encourage reciting back someone’s words, in your own words, to ensure you have understood and to communicate that understanding back to the speaker. This can start simply with “What I hear you saying…” or “What I think you are saying…” and then discrepancies can be corrected from there before proceeding onto the real work. According to the Harvard Business Review, people only ever retain half of what you said, so this can ensure you remember at least that much.

Accept compliments graciously

A thank you with a period is more sincere than a “thank you so much” or an “I really appreciate it.” It’s the classiest way to receive a compliment, without any elaboration, self-deprecation (“Thanks. I didn’t work that long on the presentation.”) It demonstrates confidence and appreciation without cockiness or insecurity.

Top