Te Atatu Peninsula, Auckland

33 days ago

Countdown’s quiet hour goes nationwide

Fiona from Henderson

From Wednesday 23 October, Countdown stores across New Zealand* will offer customers a low-sensory Quiet Hour every Wednesday from 2.30pm to 3.30pm.

Countdown has been holding Quiet Hours in a small number of stores for the last year after one of its team with an autistic child suggested it would … View more
From Wednesday 23 October, Countdown stores across New Zealand* will offer customers a low-sensory Quiet Hour every Wednesday from 2.30pm to 3.30pm.

Countdown has been holding Quiet Hours in a small number of stores for the last year after one of its team with an autistic child suggested it would be a great idea. After testing how the concept would work for team and customers, Countdown is rolling Quiet Hours out nationally after incredibly positive feedback.

Quiet Hour offers customers a time to shop in Countdown stores that is easy on the eyes and ears by reducing noise, lighting and other distractions in-store. Lighting throughout the store is reduced, in-store radio is turned off, checkout volumes are lowered, trolley collection and shelf-stocking is kept to a bare minimum, and there are no PA announcements except in emergencies.

Kiri Hannifin, Countdown’s General Manager Corporate Affairs, Safety and Sustainability, says Countdown’s decision to roll out Quiet Hour nationwide felt right for its diverse customer base.

“We want our supermarkets to be welcoming and inclusive for all New Zealanders and their families. We know grocery shopping can be an anxiety-inducing experience for some customers and we wanted to help with that. By making a few small changes and creating a Quiet Hour, we hope we can make a big difference.

“The lovely thing about Quiet Hour is that we have had very positive feedback from so many customers. Our older customers seem to really enjoy Quiet Hours too, as well as many other Kiwis who actually just find shopping a bit stressful and can now visit at a more peaceful time,” says Kiri Hannifin.

Countdown’s Quiet Hours have been developed with the support of Autism New Zealand, who have provided advice to Countdown’s team on how they can best support customers with sensory needs in their stores.

Dane Dougan, Autism New Zealand Chief Executive, says the invisible nature of autism can mean it’s hard to create understanding and awareness of the difficulties people with autism face carrying out day-to-day tasks.

“We’re thrilled that Countdown will be offering Quiet Hour in its stores and it highlights how some small changes can create a more inclusive environment that will impact people significantly. We’ve had amazing feedback from the autistic community who have benefited from Quiet Hour over the last year and the increased understanding of autism and sensory needs that it is having as well,” says Dane Dougan.

*Countdown’s Quiet Hours will be held every Wednesday from 2.30pm to 3.30pm, with the exception of two stores – Countdown Silverdale and Countdown Northwest which will hold their Quiet Hour from 9am to 10am. At this stage, Countdown’s two metro city stores will not hold a Quiet Hour.

My thoughts on the hours? Well I think that they could've chosen better hours rather than those chosen. School kids are getting out of school, mothers and their wee ones are walking around. It will still be quite noisy and not really the Quiet Hour they are trying to achieve.

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41 days ago

Best pie recommendations please...

Mary from Massey

Hi neighbours, just wondering where to get the best hot pies?

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27 days ago

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27 days ago

What is your favourite home cooked meal?

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32 days ago

Email hacks

Ronald from Massey

Over night I received an e-mail telling me that they (the person sending the email) had been watching me search and or use porn sites on the web. They also said if I didn't log on to another site and purchase $750 worth of bit coins they would further hack me and post images of me accessing … View moreOver night I received an e-mail telling me that they (the person sending the email) had been watching me search and or use porn sites on the web. They also said if I didn't log on to another site and purchase $750 worth of bit coins they would further hack me and post images of me accessing said sites. Problem is I don't go to such sites and I wouldn't know how to buy bit coins if I wanted to. I'll either find out or I wont I guess as they gave me 50 hours to make the purchase. As a self employed person I often get rubbish emails, some asking me to give money to a 10 year old squashed by an elephant, others telling me if I provide my bank account they can pay me the $40 million I've been left by and aunt I never heard of. I ignore them for the stupid attempt they are, all though some are getting more and more sophisticated and will suck even savvy people in. This one is different, its a direct threat, a direct attempt to extort. They even told me not to make a complaint as whoever I complain to wont be able to trace them any more than I would. So watch this space ill report it and report back on any developments, off to change all my passwords now.

28 days ago

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Pick-up from Te Atatu South, West Auckland.

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28 days ago

Kensington Double Hot Plate

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Model: ES-3201; 220-240VAC; 50Hz; 2.25KW - Very strong & durable hot plate.
Lower Wattage Use = 2.25KW.
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Pick-up from Te Atatu South, West Auckland.

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Pick-up from Te Atatu South, West Auckland.

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28 days ago

Brand New LG Mobile Phone with Four (4) Sim Card Slots

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Mobile phone using quad (4) sim cards - Great!!!

A fantastic solution to 1 or 2 or 3 or 4 sim cards on one mobile phone set especially when travelling overseas with other sim cards.

Facilities on mobile phone:-

[1] Quad (4) chip … View more
BRAND NEW LG-C299 MOBILE PHONE IN BOX - USING FOUR (4) SIM CARDS,

Mobile phone using quad (4) sim cards - Great!!!

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[1] Quad (4) chip slots. [2] Camera. [3] Wireless Radio FM. [4] Facebook Dedicated Key. [5] Ear Phones. [6] Screen Protector already installed. [7] Charger with NZ/Aussie plug. [8] Bluetooth. [9] 56 mm QVGA TFT. [10] 950 mAh Battery.

In good & excellent working condition. Pick-up from Te Atatu South, Auckland.

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28 days ago

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28 days ago

MORE spring flowers that have opened up in my garden since last time. =D

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Photo 1: Freesias. YES, THESE DO have a lovely scent!!!!!!!! =D Photo 2: Cornflower (I think). Photo 3: Forget-me-not. Photo 4: Poached egg flower (I think). Photo 5: I don't know. Some unnamed blueish/purple-ish flower, but very pretty. Photo 6: Begonia. Photo 7: Bright yellow dianthus (I … View morePhoto 1: Freesias. YES, THESE DO have a lovely scent!!!!!!!! =D Photo 2: Cornflower (I think). Photo 3: Forget-me-not. Photo 4: Poached egg flower (I think). Photo 5: I don't know. Some unnamed blueish/purple-ish flower, but very pretty. Photo 6: Begonia. Photo 7: Bright yellow dianthus (I think). Photo 8: Double Delight Rose. =D MY favourite!!!!!!!! =D Photo 9: Poppy!!!!!!!! =D MY OTHER favourite!!!!!!!! =D Photo 10: My purple dianthus I got from a customer who didn't want it when she was moving house. =D Photo 11: My two polyanthus I got from her at the same time. =D The one on the left has yellow flowers, and the one on the right looks VERY unfortunate but had both red AND purple flowers with yellow centres, maybe it's two plants in one, I dunno. But it's got a little bud in the centre that's going to become a purple flower, so I'll get a photo of that one when it opens. =D In the meantime, ENJOY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! =D Heheheheheh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! =D

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28 days ago

Rugby World Cup

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Rosehill Retirement Village Open Home

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28 days ago

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