Broadlands, Broadlands

6 hours ago

Keep it up Aotearoa! 💕

The Team from Neighbourhood Support New Zealand

It's been heartwarming to hear stories from across the North Island of people taking others into their home and sharing a cup of tea together or fixing them a meal.

For the latest official updates:

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2 days ago

Buying by tender: Did you write a letter?

Kylie Klein Nixon Reporter from Homed

Hi folks,
My colleague Jo is writing a story about buying by tender, specifically, the new trend of writing letters to the vendor to explain why they should pick your offer over all the rest.
As the market gets harder and harder to break into, we've been hearing more and more about people … View more
Hi folks,
My colleague Jo is writing a story about buying by tender, specifically, the new trend of writing letters to the vendor to explain why they should pick your offer over all the rest.
As the market gets harder and harder to break into, we've been hearing more and more about people trying to make a personal connection with vendors to give their tender offers the edge. We've heard folks will include personal details about their family, why the love the house and what their plans for the property are.
Jo would love to talk to anyone who's written a letter like this to accompany a tender - perhaps it's you, perhaps a relative or friend - or from vendors who've received letters like this, accompanying a tender.
Perhaps you asked for such letters?
We'd love to hear more about that experience for you and how it shaped the way the sale went.
You can reach out to jo here (she'll be joining the Neighbourly neighbourhood soon!) or via our email: homed@stuff.co.nz.
Looking forward to hearing your stories.

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11 hours ago

*** THIS IS THE THIRD EARTHQUAKE THIS MORNING ***

The Team from Neighbourhood Support New Zealand

A Tsunami Warning has been issued following the M8.0 earthquake north-east of New Zealand near KERMADEC ISLANDS REGION.
People near coast from BAY OF ISLANDS to WHANGAREI including GREAT BARRIER ISLAND and from MATATA to TOLAGA BAY must MOVE IMMEDIATELY to nearest high ground, out of all tsunami … View more
A Tsunami Warning has been issued following the M8.0 earthquake north-east of New Zealand near KERMADEC ISLANDS REGION.
People near coast from BAY OF ISLANDS to WHANGAREI including GREAT BARRIER ISLAND and from MATATA to TOLAGA BAY must MOVE IMMEDIATELY to nearest high ground, out of all tsunami evacuation zones, or as far inland as possible. Evacuate these areas even if you did not feel the earthquake. DO NOT WAIT. A damaging tsunami is possible.

People in all other areas who felt a LONG or STRONG earthquake should MOVE IMMEDIATELY to the nearest high ground, out of tsunami evacuation zones, or as far inland as possible.

This evacuation advice overrides the current COVID-19 Alert Level requirements. Do not stay at home. MOVE IMMEDIATELY. Stay 2 metres away from others if you can and if it is safe to do so.

People evacuating should walk, run or cycle if possible to reduce chance of getting stuck in traffic. Do not return until all-clear is given by Civil Defence.

Go to www.civildefence.govt.nz... for the most up to date information.

PLEASE SHARE THIS INFO with friends, family, neighbours!

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20 hours ago

Got a gem next door?

The Team from Neighbourly.co.nz

Think of a neighbour that's done wonders in your neighbourhood, who's helped you out without you even asking them or who's dropped some homegrown goodies to you just because they can.

You thought of one yet? Now craft that thought into a nomination that could earn your neighbour … View more
Think of a neighbour that's done wonders in your neighbourhood, who's helped you out without you even asking them or who's dropped some homegrown goodies to you just because they can.

You thought of one yet? Now craft that thought into a nomination that could earn your neighbour recognition in all of Stuff's community papers nationwide - you could even score a bit of cash from us!

It's simple - Click the button below and nominate them on our Nice Neighbour nomination page now
Nominate Now!

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20 hours ago

From first arrivals to first encounters

Trust Tairāwhiti

Tairāwhiti is a welcoming place for new beginnings and new discoveries – the landing place of great Pacific navigators and the origins of Aotearoa New Zealand’s defining dual heritage.

Steeped in vibrant arts, rich history and authentic Māori culture, we invite you to discover the many … View more
Tairāwhiti is a welcoming place for new beginnings and new discoveries – the landing place of great Pacific navigators and the origins of Aotearoa New Zealand’s defining dual heritage.

Steeped in vibrant arts, rich history and authentic Māori culture, we invite you to discover the many stories Tairāwhiti has to tell.

The treasures of Tairāwhiti are ready for you to uncover.
Find out more

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2 days ago

Railway Sleepers

Robbie from Gisborne District

We are wanting old railway sleepers. Please contact us if you have any or know where to find them. Thanks

2 days ago

Pioneering Dementia Care

Bob Owens Retirement Village

Our village is a supportive and caring community with a focus on improving the lives of residents living with dementia.

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4 days ago

AC Baths’ leisure pool and slides to close temporarily for maintenance

Darren Petry from Taupo District Council

The AC Baths’ leisure pool and hydroslides will close for 10 days this month for essential maintenance to be carried out.

The pool is scheduled to close at 2pm on Sunday, March 21 and reopen on Tuesday, March 30 at 6am when the complex opens.

About a million litres of water will have to be … View more
The AC Baths’ leisure pool and hydroslides will close for 10 days this month for essential maintenance to be carried out.

The pool is scheduled to close at 2pm on Sunday, March 21 and reopen on Tuesday, March 30 at 6am when the complex opens.

About a million litres of water will have to be pumped out of the leisure pool to allow the first major maintenance and closure at the AC Baths since its refurbishment in 2013.

Business operations manager Scott Attenborough said the work would encompass replacing all the tiles around the bombing island and on the entry stairs, replacing disintegrating lining in the “water overflow” areas of the pool, the repair of pipes and valves and the cleaning and inspection of areas inaccessible when the pool is full.

He said two lanes of the outdoor 25m pool would be opened for public and leisure use from 10.30am to 3.30pm and from 6pm to closing each day during the closure to allow a space for leisure pool activity while avoiding peak outdoor 25m lane pool times.

“It’s unfortunate we need to shut the leisure pool for ten days to complete this work – but the silver lining is a refreshed, functional leisure pool at the end of it where everything is in working order,” he said. “The most visible result will be at the bombing island, where tiles are in a state of disrepair.”

The maintenance was originally scheduled for mid to late 2020, but emergency work on the indoor 25m pool took precedence last year so the leisure pool maintenance was moved to March of this year. The closure timing was to avoid school holidays and have the work completed when the weather was likely to be fairly dry.

The learn-to-swim pool, indoor and outdoor 25m pools and saunas would remain open. All aqua shallow classes normally held in the leisure pool from Monday March 22 to Monday March 29 had been cancelled and would resume Wednesday, March 31 as per the timetable. There would be no change to the aqua deep classes, which would be held as normal in the indoor 25m pool.

The maintenance has been planned and budgeted for in the Long-term Plan 2018-2028.

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7 days ago

Who needs a plant doctor?

Mikaela Wilkes Reporter from Homed

UPDATE: Thank you for all your questions. We're picking the best to send off to the houseplant doctor from Kings Plant Barn and the answers will be published in an article on Homed soon.

Are your houseplants looking worse for wear? The experts at Kings Plant Barn would love to help. Send us … View more
UPDATE: Thank you for all your questions. We're picking the best to send off to the houseplant doctor from Kings Plant Barn and the answers will be published in an article on Homed soon.

Are your houseplants looking worse for wear? The experts at Kings Plant Barn would love to help. Send us your houseplant questions and problems to homed@stuff.co.nz, or leave them in the comments, for the houseplant doctor to diagnose. Pictures are encouraged.

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3 days ago

Taupo Wellbeing Market 2021

Hinetaha from Taupo Central

If you have always wanted to find out more about improving your health with Natural therapies, remedies and products, then come along to the FREE COMMUNITY TAUPO WELLBEING MARKET 2021, 13-14 March, Taupo Great Lake Centre, 10am-4pm. FREE Natural Health checks & advice, free treatments, free … View moreIf you have always wanted to find out more about improving your health with Natural therapies, remedies and products, then come along to the FREE COMMUNITY TAUPO WELLBEING MARKET 2021, 13-14 March, Taupo Great Lake Centre, 10am-4pm. FREE Natural Health checks & advice, free treatments, free draws and samples. Healthy living and organics, vegan products, crystal jewellery, yoga and more .... lots of stalls to explore and enjoy!

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3 days ago

Mayor welcomes new date for IRONMAN event

Darren Petry from Taupo District Council

Taupō District Mayor David Trewavas has welcomed this afternoon’s announcement Nutri-Grain IRONMAN New Zealand has set March 27 as the new date for its 2021 event.

The announcement comes after Sunday’s move to alert level 2 in response to a growing number of COVID cases in Auckland, and the … View more
Taupō District Mayor David Trewavas has welcomed this afternoon’s announcement Nutri-Grain IRONMAN New Zealand has set March 27 as the new date for its 2021 event.

The announcement comes after Sunday’s move to alert level 2 in response to a growing number of COVID cases in Auckland, and the necessary decision to postpone the event from this Saturday, March 6 due to the 100-person cap on numbers.

Mr Trewavas said Nutri-Grain IRONMAN New Zealand held premiere status on the district’s event calendar and he praised the work of everyone involved to reach a postponement date quickly.

“I understand this was achieved with unwavering support from all corners of our community and in the true Nutri-Grain IRONMAN New Zealand spirit - anything is possible,” he said.

The event will only be held if the Government’s COVID-19 restrictions allow it.

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4 days ago

Peachey wants to pay it forward

Chris from Taupo Central

Taupō man Edward Peachey who has end stage kidney failure wants to pay forward his mobility scooter.
Currently in the process of raising funds to cover the lease and eventual purchase of a two-seater Kiwi Mobility Scooter, Peachey said he was opting for a larger model so he could help others out.
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Taupō man Edward Peachey who has end stage kidney failure wants to pay forward his mobility scooter.
Currently in the process of raising funds to cover the lease and eventual purchase of a two-seater Kiwi Mobility Scooter, Peachey said he was opting for a larger model so he could help others out.
“For example a grandmother getting prescriptions - could be a service I could provide,” he said.

“Helping little old ladies cross the road with groceries. I could give them a lift. I love doing things for people.

“The health system has looked after me and I want to pay it forward.”

Work and Income New Zealand has provided Peachey with a deposit and he is applying to various other agencies for grants.

He is also collecting donations via a social media page.

Peachey said he travelled to Hamilton three times a week for dialysis.

He had had various health complications arising from the renal disease but was determined “to get out and about and have that independence and freedom.

“I don’t want to stay in bed.”

While his son had offered to be a kidney donor, Peachey said he didn’t like the idea of reducing his son’s quality of life.

Last week Taupō Mayor David Trewavas, himself a kidney transplant recipient, assisted Peachey with some form filling for his grant applications.

“I know what it’s like,” said Trewavas. “Though sometimes donating is harder on the donor.”

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4 days ago

Celebrate Community - March 1st to 31st 🎂

The Team from Neighbourhood Support New Zealand

This month is all about bringing your community together and having a great time! We want March to be all about celebrating the connections we have while making new ones along the way. As we all know, what makes a neighbourhood great isn’t the houses and cars, gardens and streets - it’s the … View moreThis month is all about bringing your community together and having a great time! We want March to be all about celebrating the connections we have while making new ones along the way. As we all know, what makes a neighbourhood great isn’t the houses and cars, gardens and streets - it’s the people who share their presence and aroha with each other.

A wonderful way to take part is to participate in Neighbours Day Aotearoa which takes place from 20 - 30th March. This year’s theme is ‘The Great Plant Swap’ - as an easy way for our neighbourhoods to grow stronger together. If you’re hosting an event, make sure to register it on their website: neighboursday.org.nz/join-in

Show us how you’re celebrating community this month by tagging us in your social media posts or emailing us your photos, videos, or experiences to: info@neighbourhoodsupport.co.nz

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5 days ago

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By subscribing, you will also be supporting our journalists across the country who work tirelessly to ensure you remain informed as situations … View more
Save $30 off RPP when you subscribe to your local newspaper at mags4gifts.co.nz, and enjoy the convenience of safe delivery straight to your home.

By subscribing, you will also be supporting our journalists across the country who work tirelessly to ensure you remain informed as situations evolve.
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6 days ago

COVID-19 ALERT LEVEL UPDATE

The Team from New Zealand Police

From 6am tomorrow morning, Auckland will move to Alert Level 3 and the rest of New Zealand will move to Alert Level 2. The measures will remain in place for the next seven days.

More details available at www.covid19.govt.nz....

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