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38 days ago

$ave the GST. Hurry - ends soon!

Resene

Buy Resene Premium Paints, Wood Stains, Primers, Sealers, Wallpaper, Decorating Accessories and Cleaning Products and get the GST value (15% off the full retail price) off the normal price. Plus if you are a Resene cardholder, get an extra 5% off!

If you don’t have your Resene card yet, … View more
Buy Resene Premium Paints, Wood Stains, Primers, Sealers, Wallpaper, Decorating Accessories and Cleaning Products and get the GST value (15% off the full retail price) off the normal price. Plus if you are a Resene cardholder, get an extra 5% off!

If you don’t have your Resene card yet, sign up free online, or when you’re in store.

Hurry sale ends soon! Happy decorating!

*Discounts off the normal retail price at your local Resene owned ColorShop and participating reseller until 29 January 2020. Paint offers are also available at Mitre 10 MEGA and selected Mitre 10 stores. Excludes WallPrint, decals, Crown, trade and industrial products, PaintWise levy and account sales.
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38 days ago

We’re adjusting the electorate boundaries

Electoral Commission

We’re adjusting our electorate boundaries for the next two general elections.

By making sure each electorate has about the same number of people, we can give all New Zealanders equal representation in Parliament. It’s all balance.
If we move one of your electorate boundaries, you could … View more
We’re adjusting our electorate boundaries for the next two general elections.

By making sure each electorate has about the same number of people, we can give all New Zealanders equal representation in Parliament. It’s all balance.
If we move one of your electorate boundaries, you could end up in a different electorate to the one you’re in now – so we show you what we’re proposing before we make any changes and give you the opportunity to share your thoughts.

Have your say now at vote.nz
Learn more

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40 days ago

Sonographer strike expected to cause 'major disruption'

Hannah Martin Reporter from Auckland Stuff

Hi neighbours,

Sonographers are going on strike for 12 weeks across Auckland's three district health boards from Saturday, potentially impacting patient wait times.

Have you been affected by the strike action?

Please write 'NFP' if your comments are not for print.

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40 days ago

Now's the time for a clean out

The Team from Auckland Council

Every area of Auckland is allocated a week each year for an on-property inorganic collection. One collection of up to 1m3 of inorganic material is included in your property’s rates.

You can book a collection:
• Online at aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/inorganic
• Over the phone 09… View more
Every area of Auckland is allocated a week each year for an on-property inorganic collection. One collection of up to 1m3 of inorganic material is included in your property’s rates.

You can book a collection:
• Online at aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/inorganic
• Over the phone 09 301 0101
• Or visit one of our service centres

Once you’ve made a booking, you’ll be given a timeframe for when collections will happen in your area. You can book as early as you like and cancel if you no longer need the service. Book your inorganic collection today and help reduce waste going to landfill.
Book now

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41 days ago

Recipe: Fried Garlic Prawns with Mayo

New Zealand School of Food & Wine

Prawns are a fast and convenient choice of protein for the busy cook. Straight freezer, they can defrost quickly and be pan-seared to make a delicious dinner course.

Prawns can be confusing. Firstly, they are referred to as crustaceans and are also sold by size -shrimps are small and prawns are … View more
Prawns are a fast and convenient choice of protein for the busy cook. Straight freezer, they can defrost quickly and be pan-seared to make a delicious dinner course.

Prawns can be confusing. Firstly, they are referred to as crustaceans and are also sold by size -shrimps are small and prawns are larger. There are both freshwater and marine varieties. Most prawns are imported frozen into NZ although there is growing local supply. So when you see “fresh” prawns they have generally been defrosted. Fresh prawns in many cases appear green or grey and it is only when cooked, that the colour changes to what we recognise as “pink” prawns. If you buy prawns or scrimps that are pink, this means that they have been cooked.

Then, there are a series of questions to ask:
• Do you cook them in their shells or peel before cooking?
• Do you remove the head and just cook the tail?
• Do you remove the vein (intestinal tract) or black line that runs down the back?

You can use prawns for the same recipe whether they are peeled or deveined. Many people believe that cooking prawns with the shell will enhance the flavour of the broth and result in more succulent prawn meat. The downside is that they are a bit messier to eat. To peel the prawns, you just need to wriggle them a little and ease off the shell, piece by piece.

There is no big deal about cooking prawns with the head on – it is more a cultural thing about people not wanting to see the eyes! The head pulls off easily if you twist it. The tip of the tail can be removed in the same way.
The prawn is de-veined or has the intestinal tract removed as many consider it the prawn more attractive without the black line. It also removes the prawn's stomach waste so that you do not need to eat it! See below for the method.

Like all seafood, prawns should be eaten as soon as possible and not left in the refrigerator for days. If they smell off when you come to cook them, your only choice is to throw them out!

Fried in garlic and paired with home-made mayo showcases these crustaceans at their best.

Check out the full recipe on the link below.

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41 days ago

Beautify your workspaces

The Team from Resene ColorShop Henderson

Get organised with these handy storage ideas for the office or kids’ corner.

Create a colourful geometric-inspired space with your favourite Resene colours.

Make the most of this weekend with this easy step by step project idea from Resene.

Find out how to create this quick and easy project… View more
Get organised with these handy storage ideas for the office or kids’ corner.

Create a colourful geometric-inspired space with your favourite Resene colours.

Make the most of this weekend with this easy step by step project idea from Resene.

Find out how to create this quick and easy project yourself

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42 days ago

Poll: Teens' behaviour using the internet

Kelly Dennett Reporter from Sunday Star Times

Hi Neighbours, we are looking into teenagers' internet habits and keen to hear your experiences of your children's use of the interweb. We'd like to know, has your teenager skipped meals in order to spend time on the internet?

Teens' behaviour using the internet
  • 41.5% Yes
    41.5% Complete
  • 54.6% No
    54.6% Complete
  • 3.9% I'm not sure
    3.9% Complete
972 votes
42 days ago

Cash for cars - get your wreck off the road!

The Team from AAA Auto Parts

Do you have a vehicle that is taking up space and becoming an eyesore? At AAA Auto Parts we dismantle and wreck cars. We will pay top cash whether your car is dead or alive!

* $300 - $3000 for small cars
* $700 - $10,000 for 4x4 utes, vans, 4WD, trucks and buses
* Same day removal
* Free … View more
Do you have a vehicle that is taking up space and becoming an eyesore? At AAA Auto Parts we dismantle and wreck cars. We will pay top cash whether your car is dead or alive!

* $300 - $3000 for small cars
* $700 - $10,000 for 4x4 utes, vans, 4WD, trucks and buses
* Same day removal
* Free quotes over the phone

We will beat any prices in the market by 10%.

Support your local business.
Give us a call on ** 0800 50 00 01 ** and we will be happy to have a chat.
Enquire now

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42 days ago

Share your favourite blueberry recipe - *Win

The Team from Blueberry Country Ltd.

How creative can you get with blueberries? From cakes, to smoothies, salads, glazes and more - Blueberry Country wants to know your favourite recipe!

Simply send us your recipe with an image of what you've made, and you'll go in the draw to win a $50 Briscoes voucher. Competition ends … View more
How creative can you get with blueberries? From cakes, to smoothies, salads, glazes and more - Blueberry Country wants to know your favourite recipe!

Simply send us your recipe with an image of what you've made, and you'll go in the draw to win a $50 Briscoes voucher. Competition ends on the February 12, with winners announced on February 14. Go in the draw.
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43 days ago

Setting up your food business

New Zealand School of Food & Wine

Looking for tips on how to start your own food business? From farmer’s market concepts to the food truck, mobile cafes to private dining clubs, pop – up restaurants, catering and more. Learn from Celia Hay and find out more.
Sat 29 Feb, Sun 01 March 2020 (4 Sessions)
9:00 am – 3:00 pm

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43 days ago

Want to make your community safer, more resilient and better connected in 2020? Become a Neighbourhood Supporter today! 🏠🧡

The Team from Neighbourhood Support New Zealand

When you join a Neighbourhood Support group you will:

• Have a great way to get to know the people that live around you.

• Receive emails and alerts that will keep you up-to-date with news from our community partners, including New Zealand Police, Fire and Emergency NZ and NZ Civil Defence.

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When you join a Neighbourhood Support group you will:

• Have a great way to get to know the people that live around you.

• Receive emails and alerts that will keep you up-to-date with news from our community partners, including New Zealand Police, Fire and Emergency NZ and NZ Civil Defence.

• Gain tips and resources to improve your household and neighbourhood safety.

• Learn how you can be better prepared for emergencies, and more.

Best of all - it’s FREE to join!

Click below to learn more and find your nearest group today...

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43 days ago

Time for a new future?

New Zealand Police

If you’re looking for a new job where you can make a difference in your community, a career with the New Zealand Police could be for you. We’re looking for people from a range of backgrounds, so the skills you already have could be just what you need to become a great cop.

Take the first … View more
If you’re looking for a new job where you can make a difference in your community, a career with the New Zealand Police could be for you. We’re looking for people from a range of backgrounds, so the skills you already have could be just what you need to become a great cop.

Take the first step at newcops.co.nz.
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50 days ago

Man who got laid off at Christmas holds 'I want full-time work' sign by roadside

The Team Reporter from Stuff

Hi neighbours,

Does anyone have a job for David Cowgill?

The unemployed 62-year-old,who was hired in a day after holding up a "I need a job" sign by a road is back, looking for work again after he was laid off at Christmas.

David was seen standing the whole day on Tuesday at the … View more
Hi neighbours,

Does anyone have a job for David Cowgill?

The unemployed 62-year-old,who was hired in a day after holding up a "I need a job" sign by a road is back, looking for work again after he was laid off at Christmas.

David was seen standing the whole day on Tuesday at the Kumeū roundabout in north-west Auckland holding a new sign "I want full-time work. Laid off Xmas".

To read more, click here.

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44 days ago

Better Later Life Strategy

The Team from Office for Seniors

Our strategy, Better Later Life – He Oranga Kaumātua 2019 to 2034, outlines five key areas for action to make New Zealand a great place to age.

To read the strategy and find out how we can make New Zealand a great place to age, click here ➡️ bit.ly...

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44 days ago

Are you building your own home or have you just finished? We're keen to hear from you

Kelly Dennett Reporter from Sunday Star Times

The Sunday Star-Times is investigating the rising number of consents made for home builds.

Perhaps you're a first-time home owner who has opted to build, rather than buy pre-existing, or maybe you're seasoned home owners who have taken the first step to create your own dream home.

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The Sunday Star-Times is investigating the rising number of consents made for home builds.

Perhaps you're a first-time home owner who has opted to build, rather than buy pre-existing, or maybe you're seasoned home owners who have taken the first step to create your own dream home.

We'd love to hear from you about the challenges involved in building, and why you've opted to take that route. Any interviewees would need to be willing to be identified and photographed in a news story.

Please email kelly.dennett@stuff.co.nz.

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