Canterbury authorities have dropped their goal of 20 million annual bus trips by 2020 as public transport use declines in Christchurch.
The service, run by regional council Environment Canterbury (ECan), is to be overhauled in a plan that will contribute to a planned 9.8 per cent rates increase – almost double what was previously forecast.
Read more here and tell us what you think of ECan's plan in the comments below.
Dear neighbours and NZ Gardener family,
Our April issue should be with our subscribers now and available in supermarkets and service stations (having been distributed prior to the lockdown restrictions). Whether or not it's on the stands yet is a bit patchy ... but then the incredibly brave and hard-working supermarket staff have quite a bit on their plate right now so I understand if there is a delay! Please, please, please everyone ... don't go out to buy it! Normally of course we love you buying NZ Gardener but right now it's far more important that you stay home and stay safe. (You can buy a copy with your online shopping though! That's safe and I think we are all in the market for something uplifting to read right now).
In this issue we offered to send out sweet pea seeds to any reader who sent us a SSAE. Just to reassure you, we will still send out sweet pea seeds to any reader who is keen to participate. We are just not quite sure when! Ignore the dates in the magazine of when you needed to send the envelope in by - that has been indefinitely extended. But we cannot wait to send you the seed and for those flowers to bloom as by then we will be well through this or even have it behind us. And keep letting us know what you are sowing and growing, send in pictures of your harvest, your flowers or what you are sharing.
We always love hearing from NZ Gardener readers but now when we are all staying apart that connection means more than you can imagine. Stay home, stay safe and stay in touch everyone. For the most updated gardening advice, subscribe to our digital e-zine Get Growing, which will be delivered to your inbox completely free.
The team at Kelly plumbing services wishes you all the best for what lies ahead.
We remain open at a limited capacity as urgent plumbing requirements are considered essential services
Please see detailed what services are deemed essential
If you have any enquires please do not hesitate to contact us
Please also note we have health and safety systems in place if you do require us for your essential work required - This cost must be passed on during this time
Essential Services Update
The COVID-19 Alert Level will become Level 4 on Wednesday 25 March at 11:59pm. This means that all businesses will be closed except for essential services and lifeline utilities.
For our industry, essential services means work related to critical infrastructure, or services immediately needed to maintain human health and safety at home/work.
Under this definition we may continue to perform all plumbing, gasfitting and drainlaying work that is associated with ensuring that the other essential services and critical infrastructure can keep operating.
A description of what is an essential service can be found on the Covid-19 website at this link: covid19.govt.nz...
For example, we can continue to provide our plumbing services to businesses associated with fast-moving consumer goods, food production or key public services. You can also carry out work associated with health services or emergency services.
We cannot, however, continue to provide services to businesses that do not appear on that list.
Under the definition we may also continue to provide plumbing services if they are immediately needed to maintain human health and safety at home/work.
Under this definition the services must:
1. Be needed to maintain human health and safety at home/work; and
2. This need must be immediate.
Examples of the type of work that would come under this definition include:
• The repair/replacement of hot water cylinders that have failed, as the hot water will be required for sanitation purposes.
• The unblocking and repair/replacement of sanitary waste pipes where there is an immediate threat to human health and safety.
• The repair/replacement of water pipes where there is an immediate threat to human health and safety.
• The repair/replacement of gas piping, fittings and appliances where there is an immediate threat to human health and safety.
Examples of things that would not be included in that definition are:
• The repair of minor leaks.
• The replacement of tap washers.
• Routine servicing.
• The replacement of sanitary fixtures that are working.
The emphasis is on essential repairs, not those that can wait for another day and pose no immediate threat to health and safety.
The lockdown is designed to increase our nation’s ability to fight and stamp out the COVID-19 virus. It is important that all of us play our part in respecting the lockdown if the disease is to be defeated.
Hi all I have a 11 page ( 1 car per page) coloring template I am happy to email out, you will need access to a printer to print off,
It is a big file ( 10mb)
PM me with email and i can email it out ( please be patient however as I am working as an essential worker so not always in-front of computer)