More messages from your neighbours
3 minutes ago

Join us for lunch and some new ideas

Jo Haywood Reporter from Homed

Hey neighbours, how are you finding life in lockdown? If you're looking for new ways to mix things up at home and in the garden, we can help!

Join us for a virtual lunch from 12.30 on Wednesday (8 April), when NZ House & Garden and NZ Gardener editors Naomi Larkin and Jo McCarroll will be live on Homed to answer your questions, share their expertise and chat about your latest projects.

From repurposing items you already have to create a stylish new interior, to getting a steer on what you can sow and grow in the garden right now, here's your chance to get help and advice from those in the know.

And if you've already finished some home and garden projects during lockdown, don't be shy... show us what you've done. We'd love to see them! Click here and get in early to submit your questions and join in the fun. You can also email photos of your projects to: homed@stuff.co.nz.

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4 hours ago

Checkpoint in Kopu

Kelley Tantau Reporter from Hauraki Herald

Two cops stationed at the bottom of the Kopu-Hikuai hill around 1.30pm on Tuesday. Not a roadblock, but a checkpoint to ensure "vehicle compliance". PHOTO: KELLEY TANTAU/STUFF

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8 days ago

Blatant disregard for staying off the water is risking lives

Denis from Thames

Waikato authorities are alarmed at the numbers of people flouting national direction by going out on the water in boats and other vessels.

Waikato Regional Council’s harbourmasters have reported seeing people in launches and yachts, some trailer boats and kayaks in waters off the region’s east and west coasts in recent days.

“Boat ramps remain open for the sole purpose of enabling commercial fishing vessels and boats like ours to go onto the water,” said Waikato Regional Council chief executive Vaughan Payne.

"They are not for recreational water users wanting to escape lockdown.”

Waikato Region Civil Defence and Emergency Management Group Controller Julian Snowball said the reasons people can leave their home have been made repeatedly clear.

“Don’t go where you might need rescuing. We need to make sure our emergency services are available to help those in the greatest need.

“We’re not trying to be killjoys. What we are trying to do is save lives, and this blatant disregard for others is putting themselves and others at risk,” Mr Snowball said.

“Stay at home. Only leave if you’re accessing an essential service, working in one, or exercising.