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Minimalist Design in Apartment Living

Minimalist Design in Apartment Living

Ryman’s Charles Upham Village resident Di gives her design tips on how she’s turned her space into a beautiful home.

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64 days ago

Holidayhouses.co.nz

Mike from Papanui

Be careful (or avoid) using this site if you're renting holiday accommodation. We used it to book a holiday home for four days.
The pictures looked ok, it had a couple good reviews (which we now suspect were provided by friends or family). They did say it was a new house and still a … View more
Be careful (or avoid) using this site if you're renting holiday accommodation. We used it to book a holiday home for four days.
The pictures looked ok, it had a couple good reviews (which we now suspect were provided by friends or family). They did say it was a new house and still a "work in progress" but we assumed that would mean there was some painting to be done, landscaping, or something of that nature. Instead, we arrived to find a construction site including a sign at the entry saying "Construction site, no unauthorised personnel".
Opened the front door and it was a bare concrete slab, with no floor coverings except for a few pieces of old carpet and underlay scattered about which was worse because the pieces were not secured so a trip hazard. Bare electrical wires were hanging from the ceiling and walls, only about half the living space was accessible because of building materials and various crap. In the bathroom off the master bedroom, the shower head was broken and they had used a cable tie to secure it and it pointed straight down. So unless you were a metre tall you couldn't use it. The other bathroom had an open shower, the shower head pointed straight at the wall switch plate, which was unsecured so an excellent opportunity for someone to electrocute themselves. The outside was worse.
Then to add insult to potential injury the place was filthy. The oven had baked on food all over the inside, food crumbs and baked on food on the hob, countertops and sink. The dishwasher was full of dirty dishes and the undercounter rubbish bin was full. The fridge and freezer were so full of their personal stuff we had trouble putting much of anything in either. And there were open containers of food in the freezer......
The owner "didn't understand what we were upset about as it is a lovely home". Refused to refund us so after looking for two days (it was Waitangi weekend) we found another place to move to. Owner refused to refund the two nights and when we spoke to holidayhouses.co.nz (owned by Trademe) they said "they do not get involved in disputes between owners and guests".
So we're now going to have to go to the Disputes Tribunal to try and get our money back, spoke to a lawyer he said it was a clear case of a breach of the Fair Trading Act.
So beware!

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64 days ago

Corokia

Kelly from Bryndwr

Native shrub, excellent for hedging. Approx 1m tall, just one available.
Pickup in Bryndwr, payment by cash or bank transfer

Price: $10

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64 days ago

Totora

Kelly from Bryndwr

Approx 1m tall, ready to plant. Just one available.

Pickup in Bryndwr, payment by cash or bank transfer.

Price: $12

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65 days ago

Have you got a family-favourite recipe for carrots?

Jo McCarroll Reporter from NZ Gardener & Get Growing

We're looking for delicious carrot recipes to feature in NZ Gardener's April issue. Send your family's favourite ways to eat this easy-to-grow vege crop to mailbox@nzgardener.co.nz by February 25, 2024. Every published recipe wins a copy of the April issue of NZ Gardener.

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65 days ago

$15,000 to welcome you home...

The Team from Ryman Healthcare

It could be our wonderful staff. Our vibrant communities. Our amazing amenities. Or just the peace of mind that our guaranteed fixed base weekly fee* brings. There are so many reasons to choose the Ryman lifestyle. We’d love to add one more reason to your list - $15,000 back for a limited time*.
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It could be our wonderful staff. Our vibrant communities. Our amazing amenities. Or just the peace of mind that our guaranteed fixed base weekly fee* brings. There are so many reasons to choose the Ryman lifestyle. We’d love to add one more reason to your list - $15,000 back for a limited time*.

If you sign up to one of our new home offers, you’ll get a $15,000 credit on settlement*.

There’s truly never been a better time to choose Ryman.

*Terms and conditions apply.
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70 days ago

Hoping You Can Help or Have One To Sell!!!

Mark & Rachael from Upper Riccarton

Hoping some one can help.I am wanting a replacement as you can see from my photos mine is filling apart.I am not sure what you would call this item.I have tried looking under lockable jewellery case and lockable cosmetic case on trade me but can't find anything.What would you call this … View moreHoping some one can help.I am wanting a replacement as you can see from my photos mine is filling apart.I am not sure what you would call this item.I have tried looking under lockable jewellery case and lockable cosmetic case on trade me but can't find anything.What would you call this item,what would you say this item is.Or do you have one of these you would sell to me..Many Thanks

67 days ago

Fisher & Paykel Top Loader Washing Machine, 12kg, UV Sanitise

Laura Jayne from Bryndwr

** ONLY REASON I'M SELLING IS BECAUSE IT IS TOO BIG AND I WOULD LIKE TO GET A SMALLER ONE **

*** YOU ARE ALSO WELCOME TO COME AND VIEW ***

Top Loader Washing Machine, 12kg, UV Sanitise

Auto-dose mode dispenses just the right amount of liquid detergent based on the size of your load
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** ONLY REASON I'M SELLING IS BECAUSE IT IS TOO BIG AND I WOULD LIKE TO GET A SMALLER ONE **

*** YOU ARE ALSO WELCOME TO COME AND VIEW ***

Top Loader Washing Machine, 12kg, UV Sanitise

Auto-dose mode dispenses just the right amount of liquid detergent based on the size of your load

Specialised UV Sanitise wash modifier to kill more than 99.99% of bacteria*

Auto load sensing uses just the right amount of water for best wash results

Impressive 4.5 star energy and 4 star water rating

Eco wash option reduces energy and water consumption for a more optimised wash

WIFI enabled so you can control, set and start the machine remotely from your phone

I got this washing machine delivered today and have only used it once so pretty much brand new, surplus to my needs as it is too big and I would like to get a smaller one

I have the receipt for the 2 year manufacturers warranty so will give that to you upon pick up

Normally worth $2299 brand new

$1500

** MY LOSS YOUR GAIN **

Pick-up: Bryndwr
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www.fisherpaykel.com...

Price: $1,500

67 days ago

Poll: What power issues have you faced?

The Team from NZ Compare

Hey neighbours! How has your power been treating you lately? Any sparks or stumbles in the past year?
Share the woes and let's brighten each other's day!

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What power issues have you faced?
  • 13.1% Power Outages
    13.1% Complete
  • 73% High Bills
    73% Complete
  • 2.9% Billing Errors
    2.9% Complete
  • 4.2% Voltage Fluctuations
    4.2% Complete
  • 6.8% Poor Customer Service
    6.8% Complete
382 votes
68 days ago

DO YOU NEED FREE LEGAL HELP?

The Team from Citizens Advice Christchurch Area

Community Law are back at the Hornby Community Centre, 8 Goulding Ave,
- every Wednesday from 1.30pm - 4.30pm. Walk in service and wait your turn.

Advice can be on tenancy issues, family violence, criminal charges, consumer and civil disputes.

If you cannot make that time they have an … View more
Community Law are back at the Hornby Community Centre, 8 Goulding Ave,
- every Wednesday from 1.30pm - 4.30pm. Walk in service and wait your turn.

Advice can be on tenancy issues, family violence, criminal charges, consumer and civil disputes.

If you cannot make that time they have an office in Christchurch and are also out in the community at other locations, but you will need an appointment. Give them a call on 03 366 6870 to book an appointment or email admin@canlaw.org.nz.

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68 days ago

Wedding Dress Sale - St Paul's Anglican Church, Papanui

Hank from Papanui

Not to be missed - Saturday 9 March - All new designer gown under $500, plus lots more. See poster attached.

Wedding poster.pdf Download View

68 days ago

Free flax

Kathleen from Upper Riccarton

Flax been cut back today of path way do heaps of flax to Gove away if any use for it I no people make stuff out of it so didn't want to just throw away

Free

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69 days ago

Port Hills fire: ‘We’re not out of the woods yet’

Nicole Mathewson Reporter from The Press

The Port Hills fire has burned across 630 hectares and spread inside the Christchurch Adventure Park’s boundaries overnight.

Eighty households were evacuated, the city’s mayor said, but Fire and Emergency New Zealand (Fenz) said no structures had been lost “thanks to the great efforts of … View more
The Port Hills fire has burned across 630 hectares and spread inside the Christchurch Adventure Park’s boundaries overnight.

Eighty households were evacuated, the city’s mayor said, but Fire and Emergency New Zealand (Fenz) said no structures had been lost “thanks to the great efforts of our crews”.

The main fire was around Summit Rd. Firefighters had successfully put a fire break in around Worsleys Spur to Dyers Pass Rd, Mosby said.

Fenz was aware northwesterly winds were forecast to build from about lunchtime, so the focus on Thursday was to “hit the fire hard with the resources we have already“.

The fire broke out about 2.15pm on Wednesday - the anniversary of the devastating 2017 fire - and a local state of emergency remains in place.

Fenz said 80 firefighters were on the ground on Thursday, while in the air were 15 helicopters with monsoon buckets and two fixed wing aircraft focused on retardant drops.

A community meeting would be held for affected residents at Te Hāpua Halswell Centre at 11am.

Also on Thursday morning, two helicopters had been diverted to a vegetation fire burning through scrub in the View Hill area of North Canterbury, to would help six crews “who are mopping up, focusing on areas of unsafe terrain”, Fenz said.

A grass fire also threatened structures near Rolleston in Selwyn just before 9am on Thursday. Four Fenz trucks and one tanker responded and it was contained within an hour.

An evacuation centre had been set up at Halswell Library and Community Centre, and a second at the Lincoln community centre for people closer to Selwyn.

A community meeting would be held for affected residents at Te Hāpua Halswell Centre at 11am.

Late Wednesday, Fenz asked for help from the public as an investigation into the cause of the fire began.

Anyone with photographs or videos of the Port Hills taken between 1.45pm and 2.45pm (30 minutes before the fire was reported to 30 minutes after) Wednesday were asked to email them to PortHills2024Photos@fireandemergency.nz with their name and contact details, when the photo or footage was taken and where the photographer was.

69 days ago

Is your furry friend protected?

Southern Cross from Neighbourly Nz

The Pet Life.

It’s the life you share with your pet, and the life they share with you. We believe the pet life’s a life worth protecting.

Which is why we are dedicated to helping pets live longer, healthier and happier lives every day.

We’re proudly born and bred in New Zealand, and … View more
The Pet Life.

It’s the life you share with your pet, and the life they share with you. We believe the pet life’s a life worth protecting.

Which is why we are dedicated to helping pets live longer, healthier and happier lives every day.

We’re proudly born and bred in New Zealand, and are equally proud to partner with the NZ Veterinary Association and Pet Refuge. Just two ways we’re there to support the Pet Life community.

Protect the Pet Life.
Learn more now

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70 days ago

Residents told to evacuate as large fire engulfs Chch’s Port Hills

Nicole Mathewson Reporter from The Press

People in Christchurch’s Port Hills have been evacuated from their homes following a huge fire near the Christchurch Adventure Park on the anniversary of the devastating 2017 fires that killed a pilot and destroyed multiple homes.

Dozens of firefighters and multiple helicopters are battling … View more
People in Christchurch’s Port Hills have been evacuated from their homes following a huge fire near the Christchurch Adventure Park on the anniversary of the devastating 2017 fires that killed a pilot and destroyed multiple homes.

Dozens of firefighters and multiple helicopters are battling the major blaze, which has engulfed a large part of the hills in the south of the city.

The fire caused power to be temporarily lost to 40,000 homes in the east of the city, power company Orion said, and several traffic lights to be out.

Fire and Emergency New Zealand (Fenz) said at 4pm that 10 people had been evacuated with the help of police, and more evacuations were expected.

Anyone near the fire who felt unsafe may self-evacuate, but should stay with family and friends if possible, Fenz said.

Several of structures were under threat, with firefighters “completing structure protection”.

Health authorities have also issued a public health warning about the smoke.

A huge plume of white is billowing across the southern part of the city from the blaze, which broke out at about 2.15pm at the top of Worsleys Road in the Port Hills.

As of 3.50pm, 10 helicopters and 15 trucks and tankers were fighting the fire.

The Christchurch Adventure Park has been evacuated, which the company behind it said was standard procedure when a fire is nearby.

Adventure Park spokesperson Juliet Calder said the fire started outside the park.

As soon as the park was alerted to the fire at 2.15pm, it began following instructions from Fenz, including evacuating the park. “It’s not in our park itself,” she said.

An emergency notification from Fenz has been sent to residents along the Port Hills as the large fire rages near Westmorland.

Just before 4pm, residents in the neighbouring suburb of Cashmere Hills, 1.5km away, were sent an emergency alert stating “a wildfire is burning ... evacuate the area immediately”.

The warning urged residents of Worsleys Rd and Worselys Spur to evacuate now because of the vegetation fire.

An evacuation centre has been set up at Halswell Library and Community Centre.

The billowing dark smoke could be seen high in the sky above the hills, the orange glow of flames visible from the central city.

“A fire has been reported in the area of Worsley Rd on the Port Hills and we have appliances responding,” the Fenz spokesperson said.

“Please stay away from this area to allow our crews to work on containing this fire.

It is as yet unclear how the fire started. The fire risk in the area is considered “very high”, according to Niwa and Fenz.

Helicopters could be seen scooping up water using monsoon buckets and flying above the smoke.

Local Cashmere resident Joachim Murdie said he saw 10 fire trucks drive past his house towards the fire “coming from each direction”.

He joined a large group of cars lined up on Worlseys Rd of residents and curious people watching the large smoke fill the sky.

Murdie cycles regularly at the Adventure Park and said the tracks are “incredibly dry” at the moment.

“It’s just straw up there really … anything like a cigarette put could set it on fire.”

One Worsleys Rd resident, who didn’t want to be named, said the fire appeared to be burning further up the hill from her property, past the dead end at the end of the street.

“We’re packing up just in case we have to be evacuated.”

There were three or four helicopters circling the area, she said, and numerous audible sirens. For now, smoke was blowing away from her property.

The resident’s house was spared in the Port Hills fires of 2017, she said, although some neighbours weren’t so lucky.

“It’s just life,” she said. “You just do it.”

Brianna Moody watched the fire burn for close to an hour. She said “it was growing at a massive rate” and getting scarily close to residents’ houses.

Port Hills resident Tracey Menzies sat patiently at a police cordon, worrying about her house on the hill from which her family had evacuated.

Her son was home when the fire broke out, so he grabbed the dog and fled.

The blaze is a reminder of the Port Hills fire their family experienced seven years ago, but Menzies said she had faith in fire crews.

“The fire brigade are onto it, it’s got so much bigger so much quicker than the last one, but they know what they’re doing,” she said.

“When we arrived it was a quarter of the size of what it is now, it’s moving so quickly and the black and white clouds are just crazy,” she said.

Te Whatu Ora National Public Health Service has issued a public health warning.

“Those who are sensitive to smoke - such as those with heart or lung conditions, pregnant people, young children and the elderly - may experience symptoms like coughing, shortness of breath or eye, nose and throat irritation,” it said.

People affected by the smoke should close windows and doors and reduce outdoor exercise. Those concerned about their health can call Healthline on 0800 611 116.

It was 24C in Christchurch when the blaze broke out, with wind gusts of up to 33kph. Temperatures were forecast to rise to 29C later on Wednesday.

Canterbury District, which includes areas north of the Rakaia River, is under total fire ban until further notice.

No open-air fires are allowed and all fire permits are suspended since a prohibited fire season came into place.

Dry weather is expected to continue for the next two months.

It is seven years since a major fire burned through 1600 hectares of land in 2017, claiming nine homes and damaging five others.

War hero and celebrated pilot Steve Askin, 38, died while fighting the blazes. The Eurocopter AS350-BA helicopter he was flying crashed near Sugarloaf on February 14.

It took 66 days before the fire was declared fully extinguished.

The fires were the first large-scale blazes on the edge of a major urban area in New Zealand.

The two fires started February 13, 2017 and then merged, producing as much energy as four atom bombs.

70 days ago

Ōtukaikino Memorial Service

Manager from Lamb & Hayward

We invite you and your family to remember loved ones at our annual Memorial Service to be held at Ōtukaikino - Living Memorial, 985 Main North Road, Belfast on Sunday 25 February at 2pm.

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