Te Atatu Peninsula, Auckland

18 hours 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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3 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...

*Please put NFP if you do not want your comments used by Stuff.

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Do you support the fine increase for using a mobile while driving from $80 to $150?
  • 90.1% Yes
    90.1% Complete
  • 8.1% No
    8.1% Complete
  • 1.8% Unsure- it's too complex
    1.8% Complete
1322 votes
12 hours ago

Volunteers Needed!

Anjalee Pieries from Amitabha Hospice Service Trust

Volunteering is a rewarding and empowering way to make a difference to someone's life. Join us and become an Amitabha Hospice volunteer today!
Amitabha Hospice provides free care to the elderly & to people with life-limiting illness in every area of Auckland for a few hours a week.
For … View more
Volunteering is a rewarding and empowering way to make a difference to someone's life. Join us and become an Amitabha Hospice volunteer today!
Amitabha Hospice provides free care to the elderly & to people with life-limiting illness in every area of Auckland for a few hours a week.
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4 days ago

Recommendations for good doctor please

Pauline from Henderson

I am looking at changing my doctor of 15 years, as all he seems to do these days is hand out pills! I'm looking for a doctor who is thorough and wants to help me get to the reason why I am suffering with my health issue. Any recommendations would be greatly appreciated, thank you .

14 hours ago

Poll: Which is your preferred method of inducing sleep?

Beds 4 U Avondale

Choose an option below, or if not listed in the options then comment below what your routine is before going to bed to get a good night's sleep!

Which is your preferred method of inducing sleep?
  • 27.4% Listen to soothing music
    27.4% Complete
  • 58.1% Read a book
    58.1% Complete
  • 6.5% Meditate
    6.5% Complete
  • 8.1% Have a cup of chamomile tea
    8.1% Complete
62 votes
4 days ago

Kung fu dad confronts knife-wielding youth after attack in west Auckland park

Caryn Wilkinson Reporter from Community News

An Avondale father skilled in kung fu confronted a group of youths who hospitalised his son’s friend in a random attack.

Matua Ngarino had a knife pulled on him in Avondale’s Riversdale Park after confronting a group of boys who he believed had attacked a 12-year-old a few days prior.

The … View more
An Avondale father skilled in kung fu confronted a group of youths who hospitalised his son’s friend in a random attack.

Matua Ngarino had a knife pulled on him in Avondale’s Riversdale Park after confronting a group of boys who he believed had attacked a 12-year-old a few days prior.

The attack had sent the boy, who had been at the park with Ngarino’s sons, to Starship Hospital and made his own sons afraid of going outside, Ngarino said.

“The boys surrounded me, and one pulled a knife. I gave him the opportunity to walk away before they all got hurt.

“With my background in wing chung kung fu I was ready for the unexpected. I warned them a second time to walk away from the situation, they hesitated at first, but they came to their senses and walked away.”

Back in 1989, Ngarino said he had trained in wing chung kung fu in Christchurch, and while he had taught his children to walk away from confrontation, said he knew how to defend himself.

Wing chung kung fu is a form of self-defence requiring quick arm movements and strong kicks to defeat opponents.

While at the park Ngarino took photographs of the boys he believed were involved and sent them to police.


Read more of Melanie Earley's story here:

www.stuff.co.nz...

5 days ago

Woofing: Free board and lodging for 20 hours work a week

Keith from Avondale

Free board offered to a professional female or student, to live with a family. This person has to provide good references from past landlords or hosts, be clean and tidy and perform 20 hours of work per week in exchange for this free board. and lodging. Details will be discussed on meeting. This… View moreFree board offered to a professional female or student, to live with a family. This person has to provide good references from past landlords or hosts, be clean and tidy and perform 20 hours of work per week in exchange for this free board. and lodging. Details will be discussed on meeting. This house is located in Central West Auckland by the water with own Jetty to go kayaking or sailing! handy to pubic transport and shops. Contact by email: kayceeinternational@gmail.com

18 hours ago

Mulch to give away!

Keith from Avondale

Anybody has surplus mulch to give away. I can collect. I do not need much half a car booth will suffice. Please call or text me on 09 828 9785 or 0275 828 978. Thank You, Keith

1 day ago

Te Whau Day Out

Whau Coastal Walkway Environmental Trust

Our fifth attempt as this free community event after four postponements due to Covid restrictions.

Bring your whānau, bring a picnic, good times.

This is a day to celebrate your awa, the Whau River.

There will be fun and playful activities for all ages, young and old.

Sea kayak rides, … View more
Our fifth attempt as this free community event after four postponements due to Covid restrictions.

Bring your whānau, bring a picnic, good times.

This is a day to celebrate your awa, the Whau River.

There will be fun and playful activities for all ages, young and old.

Sea kayak rides, bug club, coffee cart and kai, waka ama races, water kaitiakitanga and an opportunity to give your feedback on Te Whau Pathway.

This is a Zero Waste Event - bring a container from home for takeaway kai.

This event will go ahead only at Alert Level 1. #tewhaudayout
Find out more

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1 day ago

Did you know?

Murtuza Tashrifwala from Websites And Beyond [NZ] Ltd.

Did you know, 86% of all purchases today are researched online before buying?1
Whether you sell in-store or online, it’s critical that you’re found when customers are searching for what you offer.
Plus with sustained growth in the percentage and frequency of Aussies buying online in the past … View more
Did you know, 86% of all purchases today are researched online before buying?1
Whether you sell in-store or online, it’s critical that you’re found when customers are searching for what you offer.
Plus with sustained growth in the percentage and frequency of Aussies buying online in the past year, if you haven’t started selling online yet, there’s never been a more important time to get started.

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1 day ago

Butterfly painting

Victoria from Glendene

Butterfly painting

Negotiable

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1 day ago

Heartbeats Takapuna Meeting Leading Dietitian Guest Speaker

Trent Lash from Heartbeats West Auckland

Heartbeats is a community-based, peer-to-peer support group for heart event survivors, their family and broader whanau.
Our membership is culturally diverse, and includes equal numbers of men and women, with an age range of 50 - 90 years.

We are a non-profit organization that aims to connect heart… View more
Heartbeats is a community-based, peer-to-peer support group for heart event survivors, their family and broader whanau.
Our membership is culturally diverse, and includes equal numbers of men and women, with an age range of 50 - 90 years.

We are a non-profit organization that aims to connect heart patients in the community and educate the broader public on heart disease and heart health management.

Our guest speaker at Takapuna this week is Anna Sloan, Registered Dietitian, who will be presenting, discussing and taking questions on heart healthy diets, dietary issues when taking heart medications, and critical dietary elements for sustainable heart health.

Where: Mary Thomas Centre, 3 Gibbons Rd (behind Takapuna Library)
When: Tomorrow THURSDAY, 6th May
Time: 10:00am

It's free, so come along, bring a friend, and get some real information on heart healthy diets and diet management plans for people with cardiovascular disease and heart issues.

For information: call Trent at 0220 606 199

2 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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2 days ago

What's On: Waitemata Scottish Country Dancing

Katrina and shane from Glen Eden

Meet every Tuesday for a night of dancing and fun. Beginners start at 6.45 and the whole club joins along at 7.45pm. No partner required. Please contact Katrina on 0276682110.
Waitemata Scottish Country Dancing
  • Kelston Community Hall
2 days ago

Australia and the Cooks are now quarantine free!

House of Travel Hobsonville

We are your local New Zealand owned and operated Travel agents. In Hobsonville we have over 50 years combined travel industry experience between the three of us. We'd love the opportunity to help plan and book your next journey plus we provide all the required support in an ever changing … View moreWe are your local New Zealand owned and operated Travel agents. In Hobsonville we have over 50 years combined travel industry experience between the three of us. We'd love the opportunity to help plan and book your next journey plus we provide all the required support in an ever changing global landscape. hobsonville@hot.co.nz 09 416 0700 corner Hobsonville and De Havilland Roads.

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