Waiatarua, Auckland

13 days ago

Retirement village information webinar

The Team from Commission for Financial Capability

Are you or a loved one thinking of moving into a retirement village? The Office of the Retirement Commissioner is hosting a free, two-part webinar series on 23 and 24 September for anyone interested to help you understand the personal, legal, and financial implications. Selling the family home and… View moreAre you or a loved one thinking of moving into a retirement village? The Office of the Retirement Commissioner is hosting a free, two-part webinar series on 23 and 24 September for anyone interested to help you understand the personal, legal, and financial implications. Selling the family home and moving into a village is a big decision, so register today and let our experts guide you through what you and your family need to know so you can be sure you make the right choice.

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14 days ago

Kia ora neighbours!

The Team from Neighbourly.co.nz

With Maori Language Week upon us, we've been adding a few more words to our te reo vocabulary and using them in our everyday lives.

Whether it's saying 'mōrena!' every morning to your whānau or singing some waiata in the car, share how you are incorporating te reo Māori … View more
With Maori Language Week upon us, we've been adding a few more words to our te reo vocabulary and using them in our everyday lives.

Whether it's saying 'mōrena!' every morning to your whānau or singing some waiata in the car, share how you are incorporating te reo Māori below to go into the draw to win one of four $25 prezzy cards - let's kōrero!

12 days ago

Do you know what to plant in the garden right now?

Mei Leng Wong Reporter from NZ Gardener & Get Growing

In this week’s issue we say grow plenty of swan plants for hungry caterpillars. It’s time to sow and plant beetroot, spring clean your houseplants, let brassicas bloom for the bees, trim scraggly mint and record when fruit trees blossom.

Meet more of our favourite 2020 Houseplant Hero entrants… View more
In this week’s issue we say grow plenty of swan plants for hungry caterpillars. It’s time to sow and plant beetroot, spring clean your houseplants, let brassicas bloom for the bees, trim scraggly mint and record when fruit trees blossom.

Meet more of our favourite 2020 Houseplant Hero entrants and upcycle an old pallet into a multipurpose tray. Plus go in the draw for Yates wildflower seeds and Manuka Doctor honey from Palmers.

Delivered every Friday to your email inbox, Get Growing digital magazine offers seasonal gardening advice from the NZ Gardener magazine's team of experts. Each week we answer all your burning questions on raising fruit and veges and tell you the top tasks to do in your backyard this weekend. Subscribe here:

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12 days ago

Limited time offer! 5% off and a FREE upgrade. (Terms apply)

RetroFit Double Glazing - Auckland West

All you Aucklanders out there we have a special retrofit double glazing offer for you! For a limited time get 5% off and a FREE upgrade on your retrofit double glazing job. Just use the promo code: 5%+UPGRADE. Get your free no obligation quote from us now click here or call us on 0800 658 658 Terms… View moreAll you Aucklanders out there we have a special retrofit double glazing offer for you! For a limited time get 5% off and a FREE upgrade on your retrofit double glazing job. Just use the promo code: 5%+UPGRADE. Get your free no obligation quote from us now click here or call us on 0800 658 658 Terms and conditions apply click here to view offer is only available at our Retrofit Auckland and Bay of Plenty branch.

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12 days ago

PayAsUGO is your flexible wheelie bin service

Waste Management

No more bin tags needed to get rid of your waste. PayAsUGO is a great alternative to the Council bin tag.

We will deliver a bin direct to you, and you choose how often it’s collected. Pause your service 48 hours before your scheduled collection and you won’t be charged.

Terms and … View more
No more bin tags needed to get rid of your waste. PayAsUGO is a great alternative to the Council bin tag.

We will deliver a bin direct to you, and you choose how often it’s collected. Pause your service 48 hours before your scheduled collection and you won’t be charged.

Terms and Conditions:
*Waste Management prices based on cost per collection. Council bin tag price based on Council recommend retail price for 140 Litre & 240 Litre bin tags. Accurate as of 17 September 2020.

Auckland Council bin tag service available in North Shore, West Auckland and Papakura.
Book yours today

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22 days ago

Sky Tower to fly white flags for mental health

Ripu Bhatia Reporter from Community News

Three white flags will fly from the very top of the Sky Tower this week, to raise awareness about mental health in the construction industry.

SkyCity spokesperson Arron Money said the construction industry has one of the highest rates of suicide in the commercial sector in New Zealand.

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Three white flags will fly from the very top of the Sky Tower this week, to raise awareness about mental health in the construction industry.

SkyCity spokesperson Arron Money said the construction industry has one of the highest rates of suicide in the commercial sector in New Zealand.

“Flying the flags from the top of the Sky Tower is our way of acknowledging the problem and empowering the industry to do something about it. The flags are a visual reminder for workers to stop and have the courage to ask a mate if they are alright,” he said.

Fly the Flag is a campaign created by Mates in Construction - an organisation established to combat the high rate of suicide among construction workers in New Zealand.

As a mark of respect for the families who have lost loved ones to suicide, the Sky Tower will also be lit as large ribbon with colours of orange and gold on September 10 to support World Suicide Prevention Day.

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22 days ago

Poll: Do you agree with Domino’s new ‘tip your driver’ feature?

Ripu Bhatia Reporter from Community News

Domino’s is under fire after adding a tipping feature to its online ordering system, with critics saying the pizza chain should “pay staff properly” instead of relying on customer generosity.

But Domino's says the system helps keep its workers safe and there is no obligation to tip.
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Domino’s is under fire after adding a tipping feature to its online ordering system, with critics saying the pizza chain should “pay staff properly” instead of relying on customer generosity.

But Domino's says the system helps keep its workers safe and there is no obligation to tip.

The new feature gives customers the option to pay a fixed amount or choose their own tip for their “delivery expert” before completing payment.

The move has been met with outrage on social media where some have said Domino’s should “pay staff properly instead”.

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Do you agree with Domino’s new ‘tip your driver’ feature?
  • 12.2% Yes
    12.2% Complete
  • 87.8% No
    87.8% Complete
1156 votes
13 days ago

Chef Des Harris joins NZSFW

New Zealand School of Food & Wine

We are delighted to welcome Chef Des Harris as culinary tutor to work alongside Chef Finn Gybel.
Des started his career in the kitchen of Wellington’s Logan Brown Restaurant with Al Brown and Steve Logan and moved to Auckland as executive chef of Clooney in 2006. In more recent years, Des has … View more
We are delighted to welcome Chef Des Harris as culinary tutor to work alongside Chef Finn Gybel.
Des started his career in the kitchen of Wellington’s Logan Brown Restaurant with Al Brown and Steve Logan and moved to Auckland as executive chef of Clooney in 2006. In more recent years, Des has been executive chef at the Hunting Lodge.

Here is Des with our diploma chefs and his first menu of Beef carpaccio with lemon thyme, black garlic mayo, pickled shallots, brown butter croutons

Goats cheese cappelletti with asparagus, Parmesan & brown butter

Sous Vide Lamb shoulder with Pumpkin molasses, Medjool date, puffed wheat & black olive

Chocolate sabayon tart with white chocolate yoghurt

27 days ago

Former Auckland mayoral candidate John Palino to stand for parliament

Ripu Bhatia Reporter from Community News

Hi neighbours,

John Palino has announced his intention to run in the 2020 general election despite not being in the country.

Palino, who is best known for his three unsuccessful campaigns for Auckland mayor, has signed on as a list candidate for the minor Tea Party.

But Palino is … View more
Hi neighbours,

John Palino has announced his intention to run in the 2020 general election despite not being in the country.

Palino, who is best known for his three unsuccessful campaigns for Auckland mayor, has signed on as a list candidate for the minor Tea Party.

But Palino is currently based in Florida, United States, after travelling to visit family at the end of last year and deeming it too dangerous to return due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

He says he will run his campaign from there and return if the Tea Party is “lucky and fortunate” to get enough votes.

The Taxpayers and Entrepreneurs Alliance formally registered earlier this year, and is running on a platform of support for business, opposition to capital gains taxes, opposition to recreational drugs, and embracing migration.

Palino was approached to stand by Tea Party co-leader John Hong, who ran alongside Palino in the Auckland race last year.

Do you think the fourth time is the charm for the once mayoral hopeful?

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14 days ago

Poll: Is Hamilton New Zealand's most beautiful city?

The Team Reporter from Stuff

Hamilton is up against current title holder Whanganui for this year’s most beautiful city award. The city has been the butt of jokes for years, but now boasts new laneways, public spaces that give access to and face the river, and plans for a theatre by 2022.
So you tell us - is Hamilton New … View more
Hamilton is up against current title holder Whanganui for this year’s most beautiful city award. The city has been the butt of jokes for years, but now boasts new laneways, public spaces that give access to and face the river, and plans for a theatre by 2022.
So you tell us - is Hamilton New Zealand's most beautiful city?
Read the full story here.

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Is Hamilton New Zealand's most beautiful city?
  • 50.3% Yes, Hamilton has really turned itself around.
    50.3% Complete
  • 49.7% No, Whanganui should be voted most beautiful city again this year.
    49.7% Complete
749 votes
14 days ago

Community Connects grants

The Team from Office for Seniors

Hi Neighbours!

Have you heard about our Community Connects grants?

The grants help fund projects that promote the inclusion and contribution of older people in community life, and support communities to prepare for an ageing population.

The fund makes one-off grants of up to $15,000. The grants … View more
Hi Neighbours!

Have you heard about our Community Connects grants?

The grants help fund projects that promote the inclusion and contribution of older people in community life, and support communities to prepare for an ageing population.

The fund makes one-off grants of up to $15,000. The grants are open to any New Zealand council, community organisation, or registered non-profit organisation. Applications for our current funding round close on 9 October.

Our last funding round was a huge success and helped fund a range of different projects across the country, that had focuses like reducing loneliness and social isolation of older people, developing an age-friendly community plan and supporting people with dementia.

With the right planning and support, we can create environments where older people are valued, connected and able to participate in their community.

If you have an age-friendly project you are interested in getting funding for click here bit.ly...
Or if would like to learn more about how your community can become more age-friendly click here bit.ly...

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13 days ago

Austar Insights - our new magazine

Ray White Titirangi

Introducing Austar Insights, our new quarterly magazine, in which we hope to share with you insights into our local communities - the people and the places that make them special to us 💛

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35 days ago

Native tree protest continues as man creates suspended platform

Melanie Earley Reporter from Western Leader

Hi neighbours, a man protesting against the removal of native trees in Avondale has created a suspended platform in the hopes police won’t be able to remove him.
Arborist Zane Wedding, is currently dangling below a puriri tree on Canal Road. Wedding said his new platform would make it harder for… View more
Hi neighbours, a man protesting against the removal of native trees in Avondale has created a suspended platform in the hopes police won’t be able to remove him.
Arborist Zane Wedding, is currently dangling below a puriri tree on Canal Road. Wedding said his new platform would make it harder for him to be removed than previous activists arrested during the 49-day occupation.

Do you support the occupation?

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22 days ago

Poll: Do you think Labour’s policy to slash paywave, credit card fees will help small businesses?

Ripu Bhatia Reporter from Community News

Labour is promising an end to expensive fees for things like paywave and card transactions.

The party wants to regulate Merchant Service Fees (MSF), which are high in New Zealand compared to other countries such as Australia.

These are fees charged by banks for services including card … View more
Labour is promising an end to expensive fees for things like paywave and card transactions.

The party wants to regulate Merchant Service Fees (MSF), which are high in New Zealand compared to other countries such as Australia.

These are fees charged by banks for services including card transactions and paywave, and force retailers to either absorb the hefty cost themselves, or pass it on to consumers.

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Do you think Labour’s policy to slash paywave, credit card fees will help small businesses?
  • 80.8% Yes
    80.8% Complete
  • 19.2% No
    19.2% Complete
915 votes
14 days ago

Let people build houses.

David from Glen Eden

Quote.The best thing governments can do is let people build houses, Collins said pointing to the situation in Christchurch. end. Well tell that to the thousands of people who were swindled out of millions of dollars of legitimate insurance assessments. NEARLY TEN YEARS AGO!!!

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