Rothesay Bay, Auckland

4 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?
  • 90.5% Yes
    90.5% Complete
  • 7.8% No
    7.8% Complete
  • 1.7% Unsure- it's too complex
    1.7% Complete
1708 votes
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5 hours ago

Free wood

Lawrence from Torbay - Long Bay

Dead tree that would be great for firewood.

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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

Guests Welcome Dinner Meeting (Human Rights Speaker)

Sylvia Heywood from Soroptimist International North Shore

Do you care about human rights?
We do and we would welcome other like minded women to join us at the Backyard on Wednesday evening, 12th May to hear Joanne, the Northern Coordiantor of Hagar International speak about extreme human rights abuses like slavery and trafficking. RSVP by 10th May to … View more
Do you care about human rights?
We do and we would welcome other like minded women to join us at the Backyard on Wednesday evening, 12th May to hear Joanne, the Northern Coordiantor of Hagar International speak about extreme human rights abuses like slavery and trafficking. RSVP by 10th May to Sylvia on 0211527174 or email sinorthshore@siswp.org. www.facebook.com...

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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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10 days ago

Poll: What would you use a Louvre for?

The Louvre Company

We provide powder coated aluminium, Motorised Roof Louvres, from start to finish. Our NZ Made and Designed Roof Louvres have an integrated gutter system and are operable with a remote controller. Extending your outdoor living with the perfect sun and rain control. We also specialize in Manually … View moreWe provide powder coated aluminium, Motorised Roof Louvres, from start to finish. Our NZ Made and Designed Roof Louvres have an integrated gutter system and are operable with a remote controller. Extending your outdoor living with the perfect sun and rain control. We also specialize in Manually Operable Louvres and Fixed Louvres.

Now we want to know your thoughts below. Simply let us know what you would use a louvre for.

Get your free quote today! Call or email with the rough measurements of your louvre, and find out for yourself that TLC has quality NZ made and designed louvres for accessible prices!

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What would you use a Louvre for?
  • 18.6% Rain protection
    18.6% Complete
  • 20.3% Sun protection
    20.3% Complete
  • 6.8% Privacy
    6.8% Complete
  • 54.2% To extend my outdoor living area
    54.2% Complete
59 votes
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1 day ago

What's On: Computer Recycling E-Waste Collection Day

Hannah from Mount Eden

Do you have unwanted electronics you are looking to dispose of? Drop-off your unwanted e-waste during this drive-thu event, allowing it to be responsibly recycled. Help keep NZ clean!
Computer Recycling E-Waste Collection Day
  • Massey University Carpark - Gate 1
2 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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1 day ago

What's On: Nth Shore Genealogy

John from Glenfield

Tips on Ancestry. Visitors welcome $5.00 door fee includes tea or coffee. Further information contact John 444 4175.
Nth Shore Genealogy
  • Glenfield Senior Citizens Hall, Mayfield Centre
1 day ago

Chorus Copper Network is Retiring

Angela Purcell from AB Electrical

AB Electrical is here to help our customers through the sometimes confusing aspects of moving to UFB fibre, which has been made more complicated by the announcement of the copper network being turned off. We don’t want our customers to panic and we can provide guidance and assistance as required.… View moreAB Electrical is here to help our customers through the sometimes confusing aspects of moving to UFB fibre, which has been made more complicated by the announcement of the copper network being turned off. We don’t want our customers to panic and we can provide guidance and assistance as required.

New Zealand’s oldest phone and internet infrastructure is slowly being retired as Chorus continues to modernise and future-proof the broadband network. After the first landline telephones arrived in New Zealand in 1881, a copper phone line network was built across the country, ultimately reaching 98 percent of us where we live and work.

This copper network which has served Kiwis well for their landline and more recently, internet needs, for over a century is now becoming redundant.

Find out more about this on our website.

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2 days ago

British isles Inn Mother's Day

Owner from British Isles Inn Eatery & Bar - Rothesay Bay

Two Fireplaces are going, full menu, desserts, and Bubbles available.
Still doing a great Sunday Roast. Book a table now

3 days ago

Kaipātiki Alone Together showcases lockdown images

Caryn Wilkinson Reporter from Community News

Images of life during lockdown in Kaipatiki are portrayed in a newly released book.

The edition follows an initiative by the Birkenhead, Beach Haven and Birkdale residents' associations inviting residents to upload photographs taken during Auckland's first lockdown in 2020.

"We … View more
Images of life during lockdown in Kaipatiki are portrayed in a newly released book.

The edition follows an initiative by the Birkenhead, Beach Haven and Birkdale residents' associations inviting residents to upload photographs taken during Auckland's first lockdown in 2020.

"We started this as a way to create and celebrate a sense of community during unprecedented times and to capture a snapshot of life under lockdown for future generations," said Birkenhead Residents Association chair Gillian Taylor.

“We were really inspired by people’s creativity which showed that spirit and resilience with images depicting the Bear Hunt, pavement art along with new ways to celebrate Easter and Anzac Day.

“There are other great photos people captured at home, through their windows and on their neighbourhood walks as well as the almost desolate scenes of roads empty of traffic or shoppers,” she said.

Commemorative books have been printed thanks to a grant from Kaipatiki Local Board.

These are displayed at the Northcote, Birkenhead and Glenfield libraries as well as the local board office.

The images can still be viewed and uploaded online.

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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.
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8 days ago

What's On: Kimchi Making Workshop

Kowhai from Birkdale

We will cover the basic science behind making kimchi, why it’s good for you, and we’ll teach you how to make it yourself.
Kimchi Making Workshop
  • Glenfield Community Centre
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