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2 days ago

Covid-19 Update: Covid-19: Kmart and vape store among new locations of interest linked to new case

Caryn Wilkinson Reporter from Community News

Hi Neighbours,

Here's an important Covid-19 update:

Georgia Forrester and George Block

A Kmart and a vape store in Auckland are the latest locations linked to the movements of a person who has tested positive for Covid-19.

The owner of the vape store, Dark Vapes, in East Tamaki, said the … View more
Hi Neighbours,

Here's an important Covid-19 update:

Georgia Forrester and George Block

A Kmart and a vape store in Auckland are the latest locations linked to the movements of a person who has tested positive for Covid-19.

The owner of the vape store, Dark Vapes, in East Tamaki, said the closure of his shop on Wednesday for deep cleaning, followed by his mandatory self-isolation, would be tough for his small business.

Three new community cases of Covid-19 in south Auckland were announced on Tuesday.

The first was a student at Papatoetoe High School, which the Ministry of Health announced earlier in the day. Two other cases – the student’s siblings, who are a teenager and an infant – were confirmed on Tuesday evening.

Kmart in Botany, in east Auckland, and Dark Vapes are among the places of interest visited by one of the cases, with further locations expected to be released on Wednesday.

Kmart Botany

The teenager reported as a new case on Tuesday night works at Kmart Botany.

They were at work on Friday, February 19 and Saturday, February 20, between 3.30pm and 10.30pm.

The store was closed on Tuesday night, and a thorough sanitisation of the store was being carried out, a Kmart spokesperson said.

Thirty-one Kmart staff have been identified as close contacts and are self-isolating, the ministry said.

Any members of the public who visited Kmart Botany at the times the student was working is considered a casual plus contact, and must self-isolate at home immediately.

Casual plus contacts are those who would have been considered casual contacts, but have been upgraded due to the risk of the more transmissible strains of the virus.

“If you are a casual plus contact, you are advised to immediately isolate at home and call Healthline on 0800 358 5453 for advice on isolation time frames and testing requirements,” the ministry said.

Dark Vapes

One of the two high school students announced as new cases on Tuesday also twice visited Dark Vapes in East Tamaki, on Friday and Saturday.

The owner, who did not want to be named, said the store would be closed on Wednesday for deep cleaning, and he would isolate at home for 14-days, as per Ministry of Health advice.

“It's going to be tough for the business.”

He said the store would be able to reopen after cleaning as another staff member was available to help run it.

The owner did not know the identity of the case who visited.

A Ministry of Health spokeswoman said she was not sure which of the cases visited the store.

The visits to the vape store took place on Friday, February 19 between 2.30pm and 4pm, and also Saturday, February 20, between 7pm and 8.30pm.

People who visited the store during these times are considered to be casual-plus contacts.

More locations are expected to be released by the ministry on its website.

1 day ago

What's your experience with pre-fabricated homes?

Kelly Dennett Reporter from Sunday Star Times

The Sunday Star-Times is looking into the rise of transportable/ kit-set/ pre fabricated homes. The upsides are build-efficiency, quality of design, and cost. The downsides appear to be land supply, red-tape with council and difficulty getting lending from banks. If you're willing to share … View moreThe Sunday Star-Times is looking into the rise of transportable/ kit-set/ pre fabricated homes. The upsides are build-efficiency, quality of design, and cost. The downsides appear to be land supply, red-tape with council and difficulty getting lending from banks. If you're willing to share your experience - good or bad - email kelly.dennett@stuff.co.nz, otherwise leave a comment. Is there an aspect of transportable housing you'd like us to enquire about for you?

1 day ago

We Say/You Say: Coastal Erosion

The Team from Neighbourly.co.nz

Hi Auckland,

How worried are you about coastal erosion in Auckland?

Auckland's shoreline could recede by 200m by 2130 if little to no action on climate change is taken.

The report, titled "Predicting Auckland's exposure to coastal instability and erosion", details the … View more
Hi Auckland,

How worried are you about coastal erosion in Auckland?

Auckland's shoreline could recede by 200m by 2130 if little to no action on climate change is taken.

The report, titled "Predicting Auckland's exposure to coastal instability and erosion", details the impacts this will have on communities the Auckland region.

Sea level rise is notoriously difficult for scientists to follow and this has meant coastal erosion rates have been difficult to predict.

New Zealand's sea levels have risen an average 1.67mm per year since 1989, but the Ministry of Environment says this will accelerate if little action is taken on climate change.

What do you think should be done about it? Share your thoughts below and don't forget to type NFP if you don't want your comments used in your local community newspaper.

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5 hours ago

Gazpacho by our Level 3 cooks

New Zealand School of Food & Wine

Gazpacho is the classic chilled soup of Spain. It combines ripe tomatoes with cucumber, red and green capsicum, Sherry vinegar and a pinch of chilli. Perfect for a hot, sunny day. Prepared by our Level 3 Foundation chefs.

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1 day ago

Are you struggling to find a rental or buy a home in Auckland?

Caryn Wilkinson Reporter from Community News

Hello everyone,

I was hoping to get in contact with someone from the Māori, Pasifika and Indian community who have either struggled to find a rental or buy a home.

The housing crisis has affected all three groups particularly badly, so if there's anyone who comes from these groups who is … View more
Hello everyone,

I was hoping to get in contact with someone from the Māori, Pasifika and Indian community who have either struggled to find a rental or buy a home.

The housing crisis has affected all three groups particularly badly, so if there's anyone who comes from these groups who is willing to talk please drop me a message: ged.cann@stuff.co.nz

Thanks,

Ged Cann
Senior Reporter
stuff.co.nz

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2 days ago

Clear your calendars for RTB21!

The Team from Round the Bays

Hey Neighbours! Round the Bays 2021 is happening THIS SUNDAY and we hope you're excited!

Haven’t entered yet? Don’t worry you still have time! Secure your entry for 28 February so you can tick NZ’s largest fun run off your bucket list!

Head online to www.roundthebays.co.nz... to … View more
Hey Neighbours! Round the Bays 2021 is happening THIS SUNDAY and we hope you're excited!

Haven’t entered yet? Don’t worry you still have time! Secure your entry for 28 February so you can tick NZ’s largest fun run off your bucket list!

Head online to www.roundthebays.co.nz... to register and round up the crew for an awesome run/jog/walk along Auckland's beautiful coastline!

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1 day ago

Hi Neighbours!

Habitat for Humanity

Jay here from Habitat for Humanity, we are offering an awesome Home Repair and Renovation service to the public with the profits going to helping local families in housing need.

If you need your bathroom or kitchen upgrading or any other work around your home please get in touch with us.

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Jay here from Habitat for Humanity, we are offering an awesome Home Repair and Renovation service to the public with the profits going to helping local families in housing need.

If you need your bathroom or kitchen upgrading or any other work around your home please get in touch with us.

Habitat for Humanity is a housing charity that has been operating in New Zealand for over 25 years.

Renovating with Habitat is a way for you to invest in upgrading or repairing your own home for social good as all profit goes towards helping local Kiwi families in housing need.”

Jay Davies
Building and Development Manager
Find out more

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1 day ago

Sick of hiding your smile?

Dyverse Dentures

Hi neighbours,

Dyverse Denture clinic that specializes in replacing missing teeth. We also custom make high-impact sports mouth guards.

Dyverse Dentures offer great value and optimum benefits for your money. We are a small and friendly group of dental health providers consisting of one … View more
Hi neighbours,

Dyverse Denture clinic that specializes in replacing missing teeth. We also custom make high-impact sports mouth guards.

Dyverse Dentures offer great value and optimum benefits for your money. We are a small and friendly group of dental health providers consisting of one clinician and two technicians.

Our dedication, expertise and experience make our standard of treatment incomparable. At Dyverse Dentures, we have our own registered laboratory on-site and we can take care of all your denture requirements.

Service: Free Confidential Consultation, Fast turn around, Super Gold Card

Time to smile again
Find out more

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2 days ago

LED deck lighting

Aidan Foster from Transform Electrical

We provide expert advice on all LED lighting.

These deck lights are a perfect example of how lighting can transform a space into something beautiful.

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2 days ago

Sole and crayfish quenelles

New Zealand School of Food & Wine

Sole and crayfish quenelles with Sauce Nantua prepared by our Diploma Level 5 Cookery chefs This is  a complex classic dish with savoury umami flavours and creative presentation by the students.

3 days ago

Poll: Do you support making Matariki a public holiday?

Caryn Wilkinson Reporter from Community News

The Matariki cluster will send Aotearoa a new public holiday next year.

The actual date of Matariki will move but is expected to always fall on a Friday or Monday.

The first day off will be Friday June 24 in 2022.

Government advice suggests the new Matariki public holiday will cost businesses … View more
The Matariki cluster will send Aotearoa a new public holiday next year.

The actual date of Matariki will move but is expected to always fall on a Friday or Monday.

The first day off will be Friday June 24 in 2022.

Government advice suggests the new Matariki public holiday will cost businesses between $377 - $448 million.

But that advice does not include any potential economic benefits from the new public holiday, set to be introduced from next year.

The estimated cost has come under fire from ACT leader David Seymour who said the public holiday amounted to a tax on business.

Seymour suggested that the Government get rid of another public holiday to make way for Matariki.

Photo: STEPHEN CHADWICK

*Please put NFP if you do not want your comments used by Stuff.

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Do you support making Matariki a public holiday?
  • 59.5% Yes
    59.5% Complete
  • 36.4% No
    36.4% Complete
  • 4.1% Unsure
    4.1% Complete
827 votes
3 days ago

The stock you have waited for has arrived!

Furniture Now

We created Furniture Now to offer a different experience for furniture shopping - where you can order the latest on-trend furniture today, and have it in your home tomorrow without having to wait weeks and months for it to be delivered.

We have a huge range of bedroom, living, dining and lounge … View more
We created Furniture Now to offer a different experience for furniture shopping - where you can order the latest on-trend furniture today, and have it in your home tomorrow without having to wait weeks and months for it to be delivered.

We have a huge range of bedroom, living, dining and lounge furniture which is stylish, comfortable and affordable, so you’ll always find something that suits your tastes and expresses your individuality.
Shop now

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14 days ago

Monster wasp nest

The Team from Wasp Wipeout

Well, after a (relatively) quiet couple of summers, the vespula wasps have come back big time in some locations! Auckland and the Waikato are reporting big numbers and you may have seen this story about the monster nest found just outside of Nelson. We're continuing our efforts to control the … View moreWell, after a (relatively) quiet couple of summers, the vespula wasps have come back big time in some locations! Auckland and the Waikato are reporting big numbers and you may have seen this story about the monster nest found just outside of Nelson. We're continuing our efforts to control the wasps through the Wasp Wipeout project, but did you know you can help as well? For information on how to help or DIY click here: bit.ly... You can also donate to the project here: givealittle.co.nz...

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3 days ago

Back to Alert Level 1

Papakura Toyota

Good afternoon all

We are back at Alert Level 1 tomorrow (Tuesday). Botany Toyota, Bridgestone Botany, Manukau Toyota, Papakura Toyota, Bridgestone Takanini, and Pukekohe Toyota will continue to operate in line with all Ministry of Health guidelines. We highly recommend you scan in when visiting… View more
Good afternoon all

We are back at Alert Level 1 tomorrow (Tuesday). Botany Toyota, Bridgestone Botany, Manukau Toyota, Papakura Toyota, Bridgestone Takanini, and Pukekohe Toyota will continue to operate in line with all Ministry of Health guidelines. We highly recommend you scan in when visiting us, our QR codes are posted at all our doors.

Thank you and keep safe - we look forward to seeing you in store.

Darren Smart
CEO, Manukau Toyota Group

11 days ago

Auckland to move to Alert Level 1 tonight

The Team from Neighbourly.co.nz

UPDATE
February 22
3.13pm

Jacinda Ardern has announced that Auckland will move to Alert Level 1 tonight at 11.59pm.
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UPDATE
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UPDATE
February 22
3.13pm

Jacinda Ardern has announced that Auckland will move to Alert Level 1 tonight at 11.59pm.
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UPDATE
February 17
4.48pm

Auckland will be out of lockdown at 11.59pm tonight. Jacinda Ardern and Ashley Bloomfield are currently providing an update to media at a post-cabinet press conference.

Here's what you need to know:
- Auckland will drop down to Alert Level 2 at midnight tonight with the rest of the country moving to Alert Level 1.
- These restrictions will be reviewed February 22.
- There has been an additional 1 case confirmed, with the positive case a member of the same household bubble.
- New locations of interest have been loaded on the Ministry of Health website.
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UPDATE
February 16
1.08pm

There are no new community cases Ashley Bloomfield confirmed in a 1pm update today. There are no new cases in MIQ facilities.
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UPDATE
February 15
4.20pm

Jacinda Ardern and Ashley Bloomfield are currently providing an update to media at a post-cabinet press conference.

Here's what you need to know:
- The Prime Minister says there's a variety of scenarios on how the virus got into the community. To date, health officials are still attempting to establish the source of the outbreak.
- 42 people have been identified as close contacts.
- The first batch of Pfizer vaccines - 60,000 doses - arrived this morning on a Singapore Airlines flight.
- Vaccines will be offered to border and MIQ workers from this Saturday.
- This will be the largest vaccine programme in New Zealand's history, Jacinda Ardern says.
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UPDATE
February 15
1.34pm

The Ministry of Health has confirmed five new cases of Covid-19 in managed isolation. There are no new community cases.
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UPDATE
February 15
8.14am

The Ministry of Health has confirmed that the first two February cases are the highly infectious UK strain. There is no link to any MIQ infections.
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For the third time since the onset of the pandemic, Auckland is in lockdown.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern addressed the nation at 7.00pm Sunday, saying from 11.59pm tonight, Auckland will move to Alert Level 3 until at least 11.59pm Wednesday night.

The rest of the country will move to Alert Level 2.

Here's what you need to know:
- Stay home, in your bubbles if you are in Auckland. Gatherings with others outside this bubble are prohibited.
- A border will be established around Auckland, similar to the demarcations before.
- Essential services such as supermarkets and pharmacies will remain open.
- Aucklanders are asked to wear facial coverings when accessing essential services.
- Customer-facing businesses will need to move to non-contact methods of payment and collection.
- The full list of rules under Alert Level 3 can be found here.
- Here's the full list of locations of interest where the cases visited.

Neighbourly will be updating this message as further information comes to hand.

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