Strowan, Christchurch

15 hours ago

Poll: Does the building consent process need to change?

The Team from Neighbourly.co.nz

We definitely need homes that are fit to live in but there are often frustrations when it comes to getting consent to modify your own home.
Do you think changes need made to the current process for building consent? Share your thoughts below.

Type 'Not For Print' if you wish your … View more
We definitely need homes that are fit to live in but there are often frustrations when it comes to getting consent to modify your own home.
Do you think changes need made to the current process for building consent? Share your thoughts below.

Type 'Not For Print' if you wish your comments to be excluded from the Conversations column of your local paper.

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Does the building consent process need to change?
  • 93% Yes
    93% Complete
  • 6.7% No
    6.7% Complete
  • 0.3% Other - I'll share below!
    0.3% Complete
342 votes
15 hours ago

Last chance for tickets!

Heart Foundation Lotteries

Don’t miss out! For only $15 a ticket, you could be in to win this brand-new, fully furnished Jennian home located in stunning Taupō, worth just over $1 million.

Featuring three bedrooms, two bathrooms and an open plan kitchen, living and dining area, this home is waiting to be lived in and … View more
Don’t miss out! For only $15 a ticket, you could be in to win this brand-new, fully furnished Jennian home located in stunning Taupō, worth just over $1 million.

Featuring three bedrooms, two bathrooms and an open plan kitchen, living and dining area, this home is waiting to be lived in and loved by its new owners.

Make this property your permanent residence, a holiday home, rent it or even sell it! Get your tickets today.
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15 hours ago

Bookfest: Giant Charity Book Sale

Heretaunga Bookfest Charitable Trust

Bookfest is back for the first weekend in May!

Come on down to Whirinaki Whare Taonga (formerly Expressions) for a huge selection of books in over 40 categories, as well as magazines, games, jigsaw puzzles, CD’s, DVD’s and vinyl records (no
audio or video tapes).

Come along and … View more
Bookfest is back for the first weekend in May!

Come on down to Whirinaki Whare Taonga (formerly Expressions) for a huge selection of books in over 40 categories, as well as magazines, games, jigsaw puzzles, CD’s, DVD’s and vinyl records (no
audio or video tapes).

Come along and make your pre-winter selections at this major event, there’s plenty to choose from!

Proceeds are for the benefit of the community in various ways.
Whirinaki Whare Taonga (formerly Expressions)
Sat 4th May 9am-5pm
Sun 5th May 9am-3pm
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15 hours ago

Bookfest: Giant Charity Book Sale

Heretaunga Bookfest Charitable Trust

Bookfest is back for the first weekend in May!

Come on down to Whirinaki Whare Taonga (formerly Expressions) for a huge selection of books in over 40 categories, as well as magazines, games, jigsaw puzzles, CD’s, DVD’s and vinyl records (no
audio or video tapes).

Come along and … View more
Bookfest is back for the first weekend in May!

Come on down to Whirinaki Whare Taonga (formerly Expressions) for a huge selection of books in over 40 categories, as well as magazines, games, jigsaw puzzles, CD’s, DVD’s and vinyl records (no
audio or video tapes).

Come along and make your pre-winter selections at this major event, there’s plenty to choose from!

Proceeds are for the benefit of the community in various ways.
Whirinaki Whare Taonga (formerly Expressions)
Sat 4th May 9am-5pm
Sun 5th May 9am-3pm
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15 hours ago

Need Dentures? We can help

Dyverse Dentures

Call now for free consultation

• Complete Denture
• Partial Denture
• Same day Denture relines and repairs
• Provide WINZ Quote and insurance claim.

Contact us at 09 634 4543.
12C Waddon Place, Māngere, Auckland 2022
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32 minutes ago

Suspicious E coli levels at Franz Josef

Nicole Mathewson Reporter from The Press

By local democracy reporter Brendon McMahon:

E coli found at the Waiho River in January appears to be linked to seepage near a controversial stopbank and the Franz Josef sewage ponds.

West Coast Regional Council environmental consent monitoring staff detected "a spike" in E coli … View more
By local democracy reporter Brendon McMahon:

E coli found at the Waiho River in January appears to be linked to seepage near a controversial stopbank and the Franz Josef sewage ponds.

West Coast Regional Council environmental consent monitoring staff detected "a spike" in E coli discharge levels to the Westland District Council's wastewater treatment cells after the Waiho River shifted course in mid-January.

The finding was flagged in council's first quarterly compliance and enforcement report for 2024.

The river began running hard up against the Westland District Council's Havill Wall, in front of the wastewater treatment plan, following a storm in January.

That event saw the Waiho River's avulsion escalate into the separate Tatare Stream catchment to the north.

The Havill Wall was controversially built following a moderate flood event in April 2016 where the river overtopped a stopbank to the north of Franz Josef township. It flooded the now abandoned Scenic Hotel site and swamped the district council's current wastewater treatment site.

The council's quarterly compliance report said the E.coli discharge to the treatment plant's disposal cells was found during regular monitoring by staff.

"Surveillance of the site found an unusual stream of water emanating from below the site," the report said.

A council compliance officer took samples of the surface water below the site.

"This was found to be contaminated with E coli bacteria.

"At the time these samples were taken the Waiho River was pushing up against the Havill Wall outside of the wastewater treatment ponds," the report said.

Subsequent additional protection work by the district council to stop the river from cutting back up towards the ponds had covered over the water sample area.

"The area sampled is now under these works."

Further inquiries were ongoing "to pinpoint" the source of the contamination.

Westland District Council chief executive Simon Bastion on April 18 said his council had been advised by the regional council an area of ponding below the level of the oxidation ponds had been sampled and found to be positive for E coli.

"The level of E coli can fluctuate in any standing or flowing water body depending on natural contamination via wildlife or human interference factors," he said.

Both councils then visited the oxidation ponds.

"A very minor clear stream of river water was visible and flowing along the toe of the stopbank and ponding near the base of Maturation pond 1. This was believed to be the cause of the positive E coli sample."

Bastion said the district council was confident its sewerage treatment ponds at the site were not permeable or posed a risk to the river.

"The new primary and secondary oxidation ponds are lined with PE (Polyethylene) to ensure they do not leak. The oxidation ponds are fit for purpose and have operated satisfactorily since commissioning in 2020."

Bastion said the final effluent disposal cells for the site were located further away from the Waiho River and complied with their Resource Consent.

The council's iwi partner, Te Rūnanga o Makaawhio, were also approached by LDR.

Makaawhio chairperson Paul Madgwick said it was the first he had heard of the incident.

Madgwick said his expectation was that council would have informed the rūnunga about the finding in the spirit of their joint agreement.

The council not keeping them in the loop undermined the formal Mana Whakahono ā Rohe agreement between Makaawhio and the council, he said.

The agreement, first signed four years ago, sets out a working relationship where council and iwi work together on resource management issues.

Regional council chief executive Darryl Lew said the E coli initially found at the site had disappeared, following more tests.

"The recent sampling is clear. That doesn't mean to say we've cleared that line of inquiry," Lew said.

He believed Makaawhio had previously been briefed about the contamination but it was a case of nothing further emerging to keep them in the loop.

However, Lew said he would communicate further.

"We certainly informed the district council."

Escherichia coli (E coli) is a bacteria commonly found in the lower intestine of warm-blooded organisms. Some E coli strain can cause serious food poisoning.

6 hours ago

What would you like to see in Hamilton's hotel development?

Libby Totton Reporter from Waikato Times

The man behind plans for a new $120 million, 4-star hotel in Hamilton’s CBD says he wants to make a big contribution to the city.

“Hamilton to me is a city where I think I can make a difference,” Templeton Group founder Nigel McKenna said.

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16 minutes ago

Massive increase in rates

Nicholas Boyack Reporter from The Post

With rates set to rise annually by 20% for the next three years, we are looking for a Upper Hutt family to profile. We would need to use your name. Please email nicholas.boyack@stuff.co.nz

6 hours ago

Did you check out the Supercars?

Libby Totton Reporter from Taupō Times

A bit of wet weather couldn’t put a dampener on what was a massive Supercars weekend in Taupō.

Waikato Times visual journalist DJ Mills and reporter Matthew Martin captured some of the action.

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6 hours ago

What's your favourite design feature in your house?

The Team Reporter from Hamilton Press

One of the first freshly-built homes in a pocket of land in Flagstaff makes quite an entrance.

The grand, uncovered entranceway was inspired by Middle Eastern designs and adds extra privacy to the roadside home, according to builder Scott Cowley of Tuscany Designer Homes.

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1 day ago

A Whole New Lifestyle

Acacia Cove

CARE, COMMUNITY, AND CONNECTION
Acacia Cove, a country-style village situated on the beautiful Wattle Downs Peninsula has 31 weekly activities.

For those who appreciate the tranquility of an estuary setting Acacia Cove has it all, as well as its own restaurant, heated indoor pool, library, … View more
CARE, COMMUNITY, AND CONNECTION
Acacia Cove, a country-style village situated on the beautiful Wattle Downs Peninsula has 31 weekly activities.

For those who appreciate the tranquility of an estuary setting Acacia Cove has it all, as well as its own restaurant, heated indoor pool, library, bowling green and gym.

Whether you choose to live in a villa or one of our luxurious apartments, you’ll have the security of a 24 hour, fully monitored emergency call system built in.
If you’re aged 60 or over, value your independence but want greater security, come and have a look at the superb properties we have to offer.

Contact long time manager Bruce to book a visit today!
(09) 268 8522.
admin@ocaciacove.co.nz
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3 hours ago

Akeake, green and purple

Kelly from Bryndwr

Dodonaea viscosa, native busy tree. Can be kept trimmed for hedging, or grows to a 3m tree. Purple and green varietes available.

Price is per plant, 20 of each variety available at time of listing. Pickup in Bryndwr, payment by cash or bank transfer

Price: $8

1 day ago

Witness history in the making

Wellington Phoenix

Your Wellington Phoenix are playing their final regular season game on Saturday 27th April at Sky Stadium, in partnership with Layer3.

They’re calling on Wellingtonians to rally behind the team to cheer on the Nix to the top of the table! Help them make history as they chase the premiership … View more
Your Wellington Phoenix are playing their final regular season game on Saturday 27th April at Sky Stadium, in partnership with Layer3.

They’re calling on Wellingtonians to rally behind the team to cheer on the Nix to the top of the table! Help them make history as they chase the premiership title, so get your tickets now! Plus, kids go free.

Help them reach their goal of exceeding 21,000 fans in the stands to set a new all-time season attendance record.
Secure your seat!

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3 hours ago

Gossamer grass

Kelly from Bryndwr

Anemanthele lessoniana, 1L, ready to plant. Hardy native grass, excellent for mass planting. Very dry tolerant.

Price is per plant, 30 available at time of listing. Pickup in Bryndwr, payment by cash or bank transfer.

Price: $4

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3 days ago

Get painting with Resene plant-based paints!

Resene

Plant-based paints are made just like normal paint but everything in the tin comes from plants and minerals.

Plus they’re Eco Choice approved with low odour and easy water clean-up, so you can paint or stain your place with ease.

Available from Resene ColorShops.
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6 hours ago

Care you can count on

Margaret Stoddart Retirement Village

With the many friends she has made and the special bond she shares with her caregivers, the village has become an extension of Dora’s family.

Click to learn more about Dora’s experience at a Ryman village.

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4 days ago

Commemorate Anzac Day on 25 April

Auckland Council

Remember our servicemen and servicewomen past and present by attending an Anzac Day service on Thursday 25 April.

Visit for a full list of services across the region.
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7 hours ago

Lovely Bedroom chair

Penny from Papanui

Please message me if you are genuinely interested. Thankyou.
This lovely wee bedroom chair has been newly and beautifully reupholstered in a black and ivory mock houndstooth fabric with black velvet .


Measurements:
Floor to top of back : 77cm

Height of Seat from floor :33cm
Width of … View more
Please message me if you are genuinely interested. Thankyou.
This lovely wee bedroom chair has been newly and beautifully reupholstered in a black and ivory mock houndstooth fabric with black velvet .


Measurements:
Floor to top of back : 77cm

Height of Seat from floor :33cm
Width of Seat:50cm

Pick up only, pick up is in Papanui.

Negotiable

4 days ago

The mobile breast screen unit is coming to Otaki

Mid Central DHB

The dates for the Otaki site are Monday 29th of April- Wednesday 22nd of May 2024.

The site is located at Te Wānanga o Raukawa, 144 Tasman Road.

Click here to book an appointment or call us at 0800 270 200.
Book Now

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3 days ago

Greeting customers costs nothing

Kay from Papanui

I went to New World Bishopdale this am. Deli dept. the young person just looked at me at the counter, no acknowledgement at all. I asked what I wanted and couldn’t resisting saying, how’s your day going? Staff need training like at Mitre 10. Acknowledge the customer!! Hello, what … View moreI went to New World Bishopdale this am. Deli dept. the young person just looked at me at the counter, no acknowledgement at all. I asked what I wanted and couldn’t resisting saying, how’s your day going? Staff need training like at Mitre 10. Acknowledge the customer!! Hello, what can I help you with today and smile? Not a lot to ask but younger people seem to lack basic greeting manners. Have you found this? Maybe I’m just expecting too much!!

4 days ago

Mates always talking footy?

Canterbury Rugby

At Canterbury Rugby, we’re putting our money where your mouth is!

Refer a friend that becomes a registered referee, and you’ll each score ONE HUNDRED BUCKS!

Head to the link below and start REF… erring your mates.

Because the game you love needs you and your mate!
Put them to the test

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21 hours ago

Boating related items.

Charlotte from St Albans

Please ask for pricing upon interest.
Pickup St Albans.
Char-0224705271
-Life jackets - adult & infant x6
-Safety line
-Rise and fall outboard motor brackets x2

Price: $9,999

4 days ago

School Holidays Approaching!

Novotel Ellerslie

Looking for the a family getaway these upcoming holidays? Look no further than the Novotel Auckland Ellerslie.

Located in a fantastic location in Auckland, Novotel Ellerslie offers everything you need for a great family vacation/staycation. From spacious and comfortable accommodations to … View more
Looking for the a family getaway these upcoming holidays? Look no further than the Novotel Auckland Ellerslie.

Located in a fantastic location in Auckland, Novotel Ellerslie offers everything you need for a great family vacation/staycation. From spacious and comfortable accommodations to fantastic amenities, you can count on it being a memorable experience for everyone.

With so much to explore in Auckland, you can dive into all the adventures awaiting you. Whether it's exploring the vibrant city, enjoying delicious local cuisine, or simply relaxing in the hotel there's something for everyone to enjoy.

Plus, with Novotel's commitment to safety and cleanliness, you can relax and enjoy your holiday with peace of mind.

So pack your bags and join us for an incredible family holiday at Novotel Auckland Ellerslie!
Book your stay now

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21 hours ago

Tips to help dogs & puppies settle into their new home

Kylee Kelly from Inspiring Dogs

Thinking of adopting a dog or puppy from a rescue centre? Exciting! Here are a few tips on how we can help them settle into their new home.

Sharing your life with a rescue dog is a truly wonderful and rewarding experience. I wish you and your new loyal sidekick so much happiness together 💜

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Thinking of adopting a dog or puppy from a rescue centre? Exciting! Here are a few tips on how we can help them settle into their new home.

Sharing your life with a rescue dog is a truly wonderful and rewarding experience. I wish you and your new loyal sidekick so much happiness together 💜

www.inspiringdogs.co.nz...

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5 days ago

Minimalist Design in Apartment Living

The Team from Ryman Healthcare

Ryman’s Charles Upham Retirement Village resident Di is a former fashion designer, artist and self-confessed shoe hoarder who travels, still paints and has stamped her eclectic minimalist style on her apartment.

She gives us her top 3 design tips on how she’s turned her space into a … View more
Ryman’s Charles Upham Retirement Village resident Di is a former fashion designer, artist and self-confessed shoe hoarder who travels, still paints and has stamped her eclectic minimalist style on her apartment.

She gives us her top 3 design tips on how she’s turned her space into a beautiful home.
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4 days ago

Kiwirail land rental

Jenny from Redwood

We pay KiwiRail a rental fee for the lease of a strip of land alongside the railway line. We use the land for vegetable gardening. However we have just received a letter doubling the rental fee plus a charge to draw up the new lease. Has anyone else been effected by this? KiwiRail do nothing with … View moreWe pay KiwiRail a rental fee for the lease of a strip of land alongside the railway line. We use the land for vegetable gardening. However we have just received a letter doubling the rental fee plus a charge to draw up the new lease. Has anyone else been effected by this? KiwiRail do nothing with the land on the other side of the fence and the grass grows lank.

6 days ago

Greenpark Village & Terence Kennedy House

Greenview Park Village

Live life blissfully in a safe community where we provide comfort, security and freedom.

Greenview Park boasts a panoramic view of the Glengarry ridgeline and is set amidst tranquil, landscaped gardens. With indoor and outdoor facilities as well as planned group activities, you’ll find it easy… View more
Live life blissfully in a safe community where we provide comfort, security and freedom.

Greenview Park boasts a panoramic view of the Glengarry ridgeline and is set amidst tranquil, landscaped gardens. With indoor and outdoor facilities as well as planned group activities, you’ll find it easy to make friends! Here at Greenview Park Village, we’ve created a homely environment designed with you in mind.

With a total of 72 homes on-site, we have 15 apartments, 16 one-bedroom homes, and 41 two-bedroom villas, all including optional services. Terence Kennedy House is our on-site hospital providing holistic care to residents.
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1 day ago

This week's prize draw!

The Team from Neighbourly.co.nz

Winners of the $100 Farmers vouchers in this week's Neighbourly prize draw are:

Gustavo Silva from Auckland Central

Mary Halliday from Port Waikato

Emily Taylor from Rolleston

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Winners of the $100 Farmers vouchers in this week's Neighbourly prize draw are:

Gustavo Silva from Auckland Central

Mary Halliday from Port Waikato

Emily Taylor from Rolleston

Neil Morrison from Invercargill

Get in touch with our Neighbourly Helpdesk team before the 30th of April to claim your prize by heading here.

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6 days ago

Anzac Day

Anzac Day

There are opportunities across the motu for the public to come together to mark Anzac Day this year.

National Anzac Day events include the Dawn Service at 6.00am and the National Commemorative Service at 11.00am (both at Pukeahu National War Memorial Park, Wellington), and the Atatürk Memorial … View more
There are opportunities across the motu for the public to come together to mark Anzac Day this year.

National Anzac Day events include the Dawn Service at 6.00am and the National Commemorative Service at 11.00am (both at Pukeahu National War Memorial Park, Wellington), and the Atatürk Memorial Service at 2.30pm in Strathmore, Wellington. The Dawn Service and National Commemorative Service will be broadcast live by TVNZ 1 and RNZ National.

For those wanting to join the Anzac Day parade at the Dawn Service, veterans are asked to assemble on Tasman Street by 5.30am.

The Atatürk Memorial Service in Strathmore will include a wreath-laying ceremony. A shuttle service will be running from Bowes Crescent carpark to the memorial site for anyone who may require assistance accessing the site.

For more information about Anzac Day, visit the Manatū Taonga Ministry for Culture and Heritage website or see the Pukeahu National War Memorial Park Facebook page.

To find out about events in your local community, visit the Royal New Zealand Returned and Services’ Association’s website or get in touch with your local council.
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3 days ago

Do you own these items?

The Team from Canterbury Police

Police have located the below items believed to have been stolen on or before December 2022 and we are looking to reunite them with their owner/s.

If you own these items and are able to prove ownership (i.e. a photo, description, document or Police report) we would like to hear from you.

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Police have located the below items believed to have been stolen on or before December 2022 and we are looking to reunite them with their owner/s.

If you own these items and are able to prove ownership (i.e. a photo, description, document or Police report) we would like to hear from you.

You can contact Police by calling 105 or going online to www.police.govt.nz... using ‘Update Report’ and referencing file number: 221031/8794.

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6 days ago

Transform your home this Autumn

Grahams Painters

Elevate Your Home Inside & Out with Graham's team of professional Painters
Pensioner Discounts Available.

Refresh with House Washing, Water Blasting, Decking, Wallpapering, Cedar Weatherboards, & Roof Painting.

Contact today:
564 9202 or 021 193 9492
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Elevate Your Home Inside & Out with Graham's team of professional Painters
Pensioner Discounts Available.

Refresh with House Washing, Water Blasting, Decking, Wallpapering, Cedar Weatherboards, & Roof Painting.

Contact today:
564 9202 or 021 193 9492
grahamspaintersnz@gmail.com
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4 days ago

Cloth Nappies.

Philippa from Redwood

Hi. Does anyone have any cloth nappies they don't need anymore - would be appreciated!

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