Rothesay Bay, Auckland

12 days ago

Your thoughts on making Matariki a public holiday

The Team Reporter from Stuff

Hi neighbours,

Labour will make Matariki New Zealand's 12th public holiday from 2022 if re-elected, Jacinda Ardern has announced.

The new winter public holiday would fall at some point during the Matariki period, with an expectation that it would always happen on either a Monday or a Friday.… View more
Hi neighbours,

Labour will make Matariki New Zealand's 12th public holiday from 2022 if re-elected, Jacinda Ardern has announced.

The new winter public holiday would fall at some point during the Matariki period, with an expectation that it would always happen on either a Monday or a Friday.

The policy announcement follows a series of public campaigns for Matariki, which acts as the Māori New Year, to be recognised.

We want to hear your thoughts about Matariki becoming a public holiday. Do you support the idea, or are you against it? Perhaps you have a counter proposal.

Share your thoughts here.

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12 days ago

Auckland Zoo staff hand-rear tamarins after mum was unable to produce milk

Ripu Bhatia Reporter from Community News

Hi neighbours,

Twin tamarins are thriving at Auckland Zoo after their mum was unable to produce milk, leading to them being hand-reared.

The rare golden lion tamarins, a male and a female, were born to mum Frida on July 17.

Frida was unable to produce milk for her babies, meaning … View more
Hi neighbours,

Twin tamarins are thriving at Auckland Zoo after their mum was unable to produce milk, leading to them being hand-reared.

The rare golden lion tamarins, a male and a female, were born to mum Frida on July 17.

Frida was unable to produce milk for her babies, meaning zookeepers had to make the decision, when they were two days old, to hand-rear them instead.

Auckland Zoo primate team leader Amy Robbins said the possibility of needing to hand-rear was already on the table because of Frida’s difficulty in raising offspring in the past.

“Hand-rearing is never a decision we make lightly and there are always risks, but we had strong science-based evidence to inform this call and the full support of this programme’s species coordinator,” Robbins said.

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12 days ago

Looking for a fitness challenge?

The Team from Cancer Society Auckland

Sign up to run the Auckland marathon, half marathon, or 11km traverse with the Cancer Society team on Sunday 1 November.

We provide you with a dri fit t-shirt and lots of perks! The funds you raise go towards supporting cancer patients in our community.
Register now

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13 days ago

Poll: Do you support new rules likely to result in fewer driveways to free up land for building?

Ripu Bhatia Reporter from Community News

Hi neighbours,

A move to free up more land for new builds is likely to see fewer driveways and garages in modern housing, in a move some say could have New Zealand looking like Coronation Street.

Councils across the country must scrap planning rules that require car parks to be put down near… View more
Hi neighbours,

A move to free up more land for new builds is likely to see fewer driveways and garages in modern housing, in a move some say could have New Zealand looking like Coronation Street.

Councils across the country must scrap planning rules that require car parks to be put down near new housing or business developments, under newly released housing guidelines.

The change comes as the Government looks to encourage development, in part by freeing up land held up by car parks, under its new National Policy Statement for urban development.

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Do you support new rules likely to result in fewer driveways to free up land for building?
  • 6.4% Yes
    6.4% Complete
  • 93.6% No
    93.6% Complete
598 votes
12 days ago

Poll: Are you concerned about losing your job or business?

Ripu Bhatia Reporter from Community News

Hi neighbour,

About one in 14 workers say they expect to lose their job or business by mid-2021, according to data released by Stats NZ on Tuesday.

A survey of employed people in the June 2020 quarter showed 7 percent felt there was a high or almost certain chance of losing their job or … View more
Hi neighbour,

About one in 14 workers say they expect to lose their job or business by mid-2021, according to data released by Stats NZ on Tuesday.

A survey of employed people in the June 2020 quarter showed 7 percent felt there was a high or almost certain chance of losing their job or business within the next 12 months. At a national level this represented 185,000 workers.

A further 18 percent (468,000) felt there was a medium chance, while 4 percent (105,000) stated they did not know what their job security was going to be over the following year.

Most people surveyed said there was little or no chance of losing their job or business (71 percent or 1,859,000).

Small businesses have been vulnerable during the pandemic. Self-employed people who did not have staff or employees of their own felt more insecure about losing their business than employees felt about losing their job. Ten percent of self-employed people without employees reported low job security, compared with 6 percent of employees.

The household labour force survey (HLFS) June 2020 quarter was collected over a three-month period from April to June and asked employed people about their perceived job security over the next 12 months. During the collection period, New Zealand dropped from COVID-19 alert level 4 in April to alert level 1 by June.

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Are you concerned about losing your job or business?
  • 52.9% Yes
    52.9% Complete
  • 47.1% Ni
    47.1% Complete
140 votes
12 days ago

Blind Low Vision NZ seeks volunteers ahead of Blind Week

Ripu Bhatia Reporter from Community News

Blind Low Vision NZ, formerly the Blind Foundation, is seeking volunteers to support this year’s Blind Week street collection on October 16 and 17.

Volunteers play a crucial role in raising funds needed to provide practical and emotional support for New Zealanders who are blind, deafblind or … View more
Blind Low Vision NZ, formerly the Blind Foundation, is seeking volunteers to support this year’s Blind Week street collection on October 16 and 17.

Volunteers play a crucial role in raising funds needed to provide practical and emotional support for New Zealanders who are blind, deafblind or have low vision.

“Last year’s street collectors raised over $220,000 to empower Kiwis living with vision loss to live the life they choose. We’re hoping to go even further this year but we need your help,” Blind Low Vision NZ chief executive John Mulka said.

The money raised goes towards providing personalised vision rehabilitation services for people who are blind, deafblind or have low vision to fulfil their goals - whether that’s providing adaptive technology to stay in employment, orientation and mobility training including guide dogs, or developing tools and strategies to keep doing the things they need and want to do.

Mulka said every day an average of six Kiwis turn to Blind Low Vision NZ for support with sight loss.

“Volunteering two hours of your time by shaking a bucket and collecting donations is a way that you can help make a difference in people’s lives,” he said.

As well as supporting individuals, Blind Low Vision NZ seek to make big-picture change by advocating for inclusive communities and for optimal eye care services for all New Zealanders.

To sign up to collect during Blind Week visit blindweek.org.nz or call 0800 787 743.

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12 days ago

Arena's Swim Snorkel Pro II recalled over choking hazard concerns

Ripu Bhatia Reporter from Community News

Hi neighbours,

A snorkel has been recalled over concerns it could be a choking hazard.

The Arena Swim Snorkel Pro II was pulled from sale after a customer complained a small piece of material came loose inside the snorkel tube.

No-one was injured but Arena found a potential risk with the … View more
Hi neighbours,

A snorkel has been recalled over concerns it could be a choking hazard.

The Arena Swim Snorkel Pro II was pulled from sale after a customer complained a small piece of material came loose inside the snorkel tube.

No-one was injured but Arena found a potential risk with the black mouthpieces, which could see a small piece detach, causing a choking hazard.

Arena apologised to customers and said it would replace the faulty product to ensure customer safety and prevent further risk.

Anyone using an Arena snorkel was also advised to check it before use.

Customers who bought the Arena Swim Snorkel Pro II can register on the company’s website to receive replacement parts.

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12 days ago

Hello Neighbours

Susanna Kruger from Susanna Kruger - TEA Party Candidate for East Coast Bays

Yes, I'm running for Parliament in the 2020 elections. Should you don't already know me, I suggest you read the About of my candidate profile. I'm here to answer your questions. Have a sunny day in the bays.

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12 days ago

Poll: Do you think the ‘poly-face’ option in the new Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater video game is culturally insensitive?

Ripu Bhatia Reporter from Community News

The new Tony Hawk video game has come under fire for an act of “cultural colonisation” after it used Māori tā moko as a character customisation option.

Players of Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1 + 2, which was released on Friday, are able to choose from a selection of indigenous-inspired … View more
The new Tony Hawk video game has come under fire for an act of “cultural colonisation” after it used Māori tā moko as a character customisation option.

Players of Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1 + 2, which was released on Friday, are able to choose from a selection of indigenous-inspired facial tattoos, with one of the options labelled “Poly-face”.

Screenshots of the skateboarding game were posted to Twitter and shared by Pākehā/Māori tattoo artist @dreadconquest in a thread outlining why moko should not be used in this way.

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Do you think the ‘poly-face’ option in the new Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater video game is culturally insensitive?
  • 33.3% Yes
    33.3% Complete
  • 66.7% No
    66.7% Complete
135 votes
12 days ago

American Magic survive Auckland capsize

Ripu Bhatia Reporter from Community News

Hi neighbours,

American Magic have recovered from a capsize of their America’s Cup boat in Auckland.

The United States syndicate tipped over Defiant while training on the eastern side of Browns Island in decent winds on Sunday.

They were able to quickly come upright again and continue … View more
Hi neighbours,

American Magic have recovered from a capsize of their America’s Cup boat in Auckland.

The United States syndicate tipped over Defiant while training on the eastern side of Browns Island in decent winds on Sunday.

They were able to quickly come upright again and continue sailing.

The incident further validates the safety elements in the design of the radical 75-foot foiling monohull.

American Magic weren’t commenting on the incident as a matter of team policy, other than to say they were able to complete “a full session” on Sunday.

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12 days ago

Beginners guide to setting up your food business from home

New Zealand School of Food & Wine

DO YOU HAVE A DREAM TO OPEN YOUR OWN FOOD BUSINESS?

People go into business for a variety of reasons. Some want to provide employment for themselves, while others are motivated by the challenge of being their own boss. The hospitality industry is an attractive investment as it can have … View more
DO YOU HAVE A DREAM TO OPEN YOUR OWN FOOD BUSINESS?

People go into business for a variety of reasons. Some want to provide employment for themselves, while others are motivated by the challenge of being their own boss. The hospitality industry is an attractive investment as it can have comparatively low start-up costs. It is also enticing because eating and drinking is something that we do every day and therefore it makes everyone an expert!

Some essential characteristics
- A genuine desire to make people feel welcome
- Being good company with a generous and giving nature
- Relentless attention to detail.
- Being knowledgeable, curious and enthusiastic about your product
- A willingness to anticipate customers’ needs

Course Outline
This course looks at how to turn your dream into reality and understand better, how to work methodically through the requirements.
We look at key information regarding the setup of a kitchen in your home.
Starting with important information from Auckland Council, or your local council and working through the approval process.
We will talk about
Food control plans
Farmer's markets, night markets
Small activations
Pop-ups

12 days ago

What's On: Ceramic Exhibition - Claybenders “Fauna”

Kim from Whitford

Featuring 20 ceramic artists tutored by NZ’s most celebrated ceramicists. Wheel thrown and hand build pieces. Guest Artist Brendan Adams. Open
Ceramic Exhibition - Claybenders “Fauna”
  • Arthaus Contemporary
15 days ago

Dangerous building notice issued to property on cliff at Browns Bay Beach

Caroline Williams Reporter from North Shore Times

Hi neighbours. A dangerous building notice has been placed upon part of a home sitting atop an eroding cliff after further slips left parts teetering over the edge.

The notice, issued by Auckland Council, comes after a spate of slips sent boulders, fencing and a mature pōhutukawa tree tumbling … View more
Hi neighbours. A dangerous building notice has been placed upon part of a home sitting atop an eroding cliff after further slips left parts teetering over the edge.

The notice, issued by Auckland Council, comes after a spate of slips sent boulders, fencing and a mature pōhutukawa tree tumbling down Dan Jones Bluff, on to Browns Bay Beach.

The Building Act 2004 considers a building dangerous if it may cause injury, death or damage to other property.

The most recent slip has left a footpath railing hanging off the cliff’s edge, and several trees only remain attached to the cliff by their roots.

The owners or occupiers of the property must "take action to reduce or remove the danger”, according to Auckland Council policy.

Click 'read more' for the full story.

12 days ago

Potential Choking Hazard Found in Faulty Snorkels

The Team from Neighbourly.co.nz

A user of a snorkel product has reportedly found a piece of material detached inside, which may have lead to them choking.
The snorkel, manufactured by major water sports company arena, issued the recall which affects snorkels bought at various stores in the Auckland, Wellington, Canterbury and … View more
A user of a snorkel product has reportedly found a piece of material detached inside, which may have lead to them choking.
The snorkel, manufactured by major water sports company arena, issued the recall which affects snorkels bought at various stores in the Auckland, Wellington, Canterbury and Bay of Plenty regions.

What you need to know:

- The recall affects the arena Swim Snorkel II & Swim Snorkel Pro II.

- A piece of material may become loose in the snorkel which can become a choking hazard.

- The products were sold at Swim T3 and Teamline Stores from October 2019 to April 2020.

- Fill out this survey to check whether your snorkel has been affected.

Known owners of the snorkel will be contacted by Swim T3 or Teamline.

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