44 days ago

The Story of Surfdale

The Team from Auckland Museum

Did you know that Surfdale in Waiheke Island received its name via a competition? The winner was awarded a section of land near the beach...

At 8 pence a day on top of a small deposit, a Surfdale section was also promoted as a sound investment – so close to downtown Auckland that “values must go up and up and up”.

Well, they weren't wrong there.

Today, Waiheke Island brings to mind sunny vineyards and beachy weekend getaways. The image of Waiheke as an “island paradise” has its origins in 1920s marketing, but the island has long been desirable even as its character has changed over the past centuries.

As we go into the long weekend and begin to venture further afield again, why not have a read of how Waiheke came to be the place it is today, in this blog about its recent history by our Project Curator, Jane Groufsky.

www.aucklandmuseum.com...

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3 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.

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Should Kiwis be entitled to more sick leave?
  • 60.3% Yes, five days is not enough
    60.3% Complete
  • 13.6% No, I never use mine up anyway
    13.6% Complete
  • 26.1% Entitlement should be assessed on a case-by-case basis
    26.1% Complete
4147 votes
34 minutes ago

Small white dog found on Royal view road

Varun from Te Atatu South

He has recently had a hair cut and has a little pink spot near his nose. We found him near the walkway to the park off royal view road. He has no collar. Please get in touch if you are the owner, if you know the owner or if you have seen this dog in your neighborhood and you might be able to help with finding the owner.

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35 minutes ago