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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:

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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
1685 votes
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Petition to reduce places that sell tobacco

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We want to encourage our communities to support the Cancer Society’s petition requesting legislation that significantly reduces the number of places that can sell tobacco. Tobacco is the most harmful consumer product in history. It kills about 13 New Zealanders every day. Yet tobacco can be sold … View moreWe want to encourage our communities to support the Cancer Society’s petition requesting legislation that significantly reduces the number of places that can sell tobacco. Tobacco is the most harmful consumer product in history. It kills about 13 New Zealanders every day. Yet tobacco can be sold anywhere and by anyone. Even though it’s an R18 product, it’s sold with everyday grocery items in over 6,000 places where children often go. Significantly reducing the number of places selling tobacco will prevent people from starting smoking in the first place, support people to quit, and help reach our goal to make Aotearoa Smokefree by 2025. Please consider signing this very important petition: tinyurl.com...

If you would like help to quit smoking, please contact our Living Smokefree Service, Phone: 0800 569 568, Email: smokefree@middlemore.co.nz

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Mother’s Day

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Go Healthy for Good, TODAY at 5pm.

Freeview Channel 27 and Sky Channel 204

Live stream: … View more
Alcoholism can cause more damage and pain than any other influence on the family unit. The impact of the abuse or the addiction affects each member of the family long-term. Is there help? [PG]

Go Healthy for Good, TODAY at 5pm.

Freeview Channel 27 and Sky Channel 204

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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

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3 days ago

Make sure you diary this date - 8th of May

Papakura Business Association

Our third annual StreetFEST is back from 10 am to 2 pm!

There will be lots of community stalls, sustainable stalls, arts and crafts, sports clubs, emergency services, an amazing Mother’s Day raffle and family activities.

Live entertainment, bands, dancing and cultural performances from … View more
Our third annual StreetFEST is back from 10 am to 2 pm!

There will be lots of community stalls, sustainable stalls, arts and crafts, sports clubs, emergency services, an amazing Mother’s Day raffle and family activities.

Live entertainment, bands, dancing and cultural performances from local artists, schools and groups. With activities for the kids and adults, face painting, bouncy castle, clowns, the Kindergarten play truck and so much more, the kids are going to love this day.

Great deals and specials from our businesses in town. Located on the Great South Road and in Centre Court and into Broadway, it’s a free family fun day for you all to enjoy.

The rain save date is the 15th of May should the weather not be kind.

This event is put on by the Papakura Business Association in conjunction with the Papakura Local Board.
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3 days ago

Learn te reo Māori!

Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi

Te Pōkaitahi Reo

Meet Parminder Singh (Punjabi) who shares his journey with Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi:

“Studying in the Pōkaitahi Reo programme has allowed me to develop a totally beautiful and unique relationship with Māori communities in Auckland. The learning has helped my … View more
Te Pōkaitahi Reo

Meet Parminder Singh (Punjabi) who shares his journey with Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi:

“Studying in the Pōkaitahi Reo programme has allowed me to develop a totally beautiful and unique relationship with Māori communities in Auckland. The learning has helped my work to bridge gaps between Māori and others in our multicultural communities. When I look back, I feel really proud. It’s a great feeling when I speak te reo Māori. It’s a privilege.”

Share in Parminder’s experience and enquire now for 2021. These programmes are tuition fee free!
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4 days ago

Hot Dogs

New Zealand School of Food & Wine

A New York street food classic prepared by our Diploma Chefs. Our own succulent Chorizo sausages served in a soft bread with pickled and crispy onions, cucumbers, mayonnaise and garnished with bean sprouts.

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3 days ago

What's On: Probus Club Of Mangere Bridge

Lynley from Mangere

Active retirees are invited to come along for morning tea, fun, friendship and interesting speaker. Meets 10am, Friday 28th May, Bridge Park Bowling Club, 27A Taylor Road, Mangere Bridge.Enjoy
Probus Club Of Mangere Bridge
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