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Stuff Homed has launched the First Time Buyers’ Club, an email series to help you navigate the equal-parts exciting and terrifying process of buying your first… View more
Making it onto the first rung of the property ladder can be an incredibly rewarding journey – and Stuff is here to help you through.

Stuff Homed has launched the First Time Buyers’ Club, an email series to help you navigate the equal-parts exciting and terrifying process of buying your first ever home. When you join our six-week LearnStuff course, you’ll get an email every week giving you all the basics on what you need to know, who you need on your side, and what you need to do at each stage of the journey.

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2 days ago

What would you add to this list of budget-boosting crops?

Mei Leng Wong Reporter from NZ Gardener & Get Growing

Dear neighbours,

Have you grown these veges and fruits, and what's on your list of money savers and budget boosters?

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8 days ago

Support our Yuri Bear Project

Yvette Williams Retirement Village

Knitting needles are clicking across our villages and the wider community for the Yuri Bear project🐻❤️.

We’re aiming to knit 20,000 teddy bears for children displaced as a result of turmoil in their country.

We’ve been overwhelmed by the response so far, but 20,000 bears is no … View more
Knitting needles are clicking across our villages and the wider community for the Yuri Bear project🐻❤️.

We’re aiming to knit 20,000 teddy bears for children displaced as a result of turmoil in their country.

We’ve been overwhelmed by the response so far, but 20,000 bears is no small ask!

If you can knit, know someone who can or would like to find out how you can help, please click on the link below.

6 days ago

Love your compost? Pimp it up to win great prizes for your garden!

Mei Leng Wong Reporter from NZ Gardener & Get Growing

Dear neighbours,

To celebrate National Gardening Week (October 17-25), Yates have partnered with NZ Gardener to give away some fantastic prizes to some of the most inspirational compost builders in the country. Show us your compost setup, whether it’s tiny or huge, and the best looking compost … View more
Dear neighbours,

To celebrate National Gardening Week (October 17-25), Yates have partnered with NZ Gardener to give away some fantastic prizes to some of the most inspirational compost builders in the country. Show us your compost setup, whether it’s tiny or huge, and the best looking compost wins 1 of 9 Compost Kits (RRP $319 each).

So email through your best tip for successful compost and one photo of your composting setup to loveyourgarden@yates.co.nz by August 26, 2022 to be in to win.

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6 days ago

Proposal put forward to make developers in Queenstown and Wānaka pay for affordable housing

Nicole Mathewson Reporter from Otago News

The Queenstown Lakes District has taken the first step to force developers to contribute to community housing in an effort to combat an affordability crisis.

The region is already considered a leader in developing affordable housing within New Zealand after creating the Queenstown Lakes Community … View more
The Queenstown Lakes District has taken the first step to force developers to contribute to community housing in an effort to combat an affordability crisis.

The region is already considered a leader in developing affordable housing within New Zealand after creating the Queenstown Lakes Community Housing Trust in 2007.

Now the Queenstown Lakes District Council has become the first regional authority to propose a mandatory contribution on all housing developments under the district plan.

Under the proposal, known as “inclusionary zoning”, all residential subdivisions in urban areas would be required to contribute 5% of the estimated sales value of serviced lots or, for those with more than 20 lots, a 5% land contribution.

The 25 apartments are among the first of up to 4000 Housing Minister Megan Woods hopes will go through the $400m Progressive Home Ownership scheme.

Residential subdivisions in larger lifestyle blocks would contribute 1% and a contribution for units would be calculated according to floorspace.

Residential flats, social or affordable housing and retirement villages would be exempt.

During a council meeting to begin the process of including the provisions in the proposed district plan, mayor Jim Boult said housing affordability was the most difficult issue the council faced.

The proposal would go through a public submission process and likely be contested by developers in the Environment Court.

Proceeding with the plan was a “watershed development”, but the council should continue to look at other mechanisms to increase the supply of affordable housing, he said.

Economist Shamubeel Eaqub, who helped author the plan, said house prices in Queenstown increased by 40% in the last two years, in a house market that was already “extremely hot”.

Real Estate Institute of New Zealand figures released on Thursday showed the median house price in the district to be $1.2 million in July.

The council needed to increase housing supply and target housing towards people on lower incomes to ensure equitable supply, Eaqub said.

“The housing market is pretty broken whatever we do, so we need to pull on all the levers at the same time,” he said.

Councillor Quentin Smith said the average household income to house price ratio in the district was an “extraordinary” 17.2 to 1 – about 3.5 times higher than the New Zealand average.

“The average household earner in this district could never own the average house under the current model.

“This won’t be an easy process, but we need to try,” he said.

Cr Niamh Shaw said similar inclusionary zoning operated in London, Melbourne, Whistler and Aspen.

Community Housing Trust executive officer Julie Scott said the council had been negotiating a form of inclusionary zoning with developers for about 20 years.

The first deed was signed in 2003 with the Jacks Point developers and covered about 5% of the subdivision value. Of that, about $4m was used to buy land at Lake Hayes Estate and build 27 homes.

In Shotover Country it received enough land to build 44 homes.

Under the Housing Accords and Special Housing Areas Act developers were required to pay contributions of up to 12.5% in the district. The Act has since been repealed.

Inclusionary zoning was behind the trust’s success, Scott said.

“We are the envy of every other community housing provider in the country.”

The trust has helped 243 households into housing and had a waiting list of nearly 800 households.

It has developed 109 homes through inclusionary zoning and has 215 in the pipeline across the district – the majority achieved through inclusionary zoning.

The proposed plan change would formalise the process.

Kinloch resident John Glover told the council the zoning would be a tax and was “really quite perverse”.

“What you’re actually doing is taxing those who are actually providing housing.”

Business and tourism operators whose rapid growth in the district was a significant factor underlying the housing shortage should be part of the solution, he said.

Many ski fields were having their best year ever, but they were not being asked to pay under the policy.

He doubted the policy would fit within the scope of the Resource Management Act and said it would cost hundreds of thousands of ratepayer dollars to defend in courts.

Instead, the council should use the Rating Act to raise money and support the trust.

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6 days ago
6 days ago

Your whole retirement is our consideration

Ryman Healthcare Limited

With the 75+ population projected to double in 20 years’ time, it’s more important than ever to choose a retirement village that is equipped to support you when you’re fully independent as well as if you need care.

That’s why Ryman villages plan ahead by offering independent living in … View more
With the 75+ population projected to double in 20 years’ time, it’s more important than ever to choose a retirement village that is equipped to support you when you’re fully independent as well as if you need care.

That’s why Ryman villages plan ahead by offering independent living in apartments and townhouses, assisted living in serviced apartments, resthome care and, in most villages, hospital and specialist dementia care.

We offer a higher ratio of care in our villages so that if your needs change, you have priority access to our care centres.
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7 days ago

Female cat looking for a nice Tom

Simon from Central Otago District

Hi
Yes our overly friendly female purebred ragdoll cat (Yuki) has started to attact our local neighbours Tom moggy's. We'd like to expand her options beyound her local street crew of Ginger & Tabby.
If you (or know someone) with a purebred Tom (doesn't have to be a ragdoll) - … View more
Hi
Yes our overly friendly female purebred ragdoll cat (Yuki) has started to attact our local neighbours Tom moggy's. We'd like to expand her options beyound her local street crew of Ginger & Tabby.
If you (or know someone) with a purebred Tom (doesn't have to be a ragdoll) - who is still fully equiped! and
- would like a night of fun & wailing in a romantic garage setting (theirs or mine)
Yuki (photo below) would be delighted to hear from you

Free

7 days ago

New Year's festival Rhythm & Alps announces first lineup including Dope Lemon and Sampa the Great

Nicole Mathewson Reporter from Otago News

Australian acts Dope Lemon and rapper Sampa The Great are amongst a bill of about 40 artists heading to the South Island for the three-day Rhythm & Alps festival to bring in the new year.

Dance music favourite Andy C and Manchester DJ Bou​ will fly over from the UK with drum and bass DJ … View more
Australian acts Dope Lemon and rapper Sampa The Great are amongst a bill of about 40 artists heading to the South Island for the three-day Rhythm & Alps festival to bring in the new year.

Dance music favourite Andy C and Manchester DJ Bou​ will fly over from the UK with drum and bass DJ Harriet Jaxxon.

Acts from Brazil, Sweden and Germany are also scheduled to perform alongside homegrown talents including Concord Dawn, Flaxxies, Kora, and breakout Soundcloud rapper Lil Bubblegum.

“This year we have focused on a very diverse lineup and building probably the newest and most dynamic stage in the country,” festival organiser Alex Turnbull said.

The festival runs from December 29 to 31 at Cardrona Valley, Wānaka. A second lineup announcement is expected in late August. Tickets are available now.

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8 days ago

Did you start gardening in school?

Mei Leng Wong Reporter from NZ Gardener & Get Growing

Dear neighbours,

How many of you remember gardening in school? Hopefully, more students and teachers will be inspired by the great work being done at this amazing school.

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10 days ago

Do you have a great asparagus recipe?

Mei Leng Wong Reporter from NZ Gardener & Get Growing

Dear neighbours,

Every month, NZ Gardener runs a series of tested reader recipes using a seasonal crop. We are now on the hunt for asparagus recipes, so send your best ones to mailbox@nzgardener.co.nz before August 21, 2022.

Every published recipe wins a copy of our special edition Vegetable … View more
Dear neighbours,

Every month, NZ Gardener runs a series of tested reader recipes using a seasonal crop. We are now on the hunt for asparagus recipes, so send your best ones to mailbox@nzgardener.co.nz before August 21, 2022.

Every published recipe wins a copy of our special edition Vegetable Growing Made Easy.

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10 days ago

Subscribe to Stuff's First Time Buyer's Club

Stuff

Making it onto the first rung of the property ladder can be an incredibly rewarding journey – and Stuff is here to help you through.

Stuff Homed has launched the First Time Buyers’ Club, an email series to help you navigate the equal-parts exciting and terrifying process of buying your first… View more
Making it onto the first rung of the property ladder can be an incredibly rewarding journey – and Stuff is here to help you through.

Stuff Homed has launched the First Time Buyers’ Club, an email series to help you navigate the equal-parts exciting and terrifying process of buying your first ever home. When you join our six-week LearnStuff course, you’ll get an email every week giving you all the basics on what you need to know, who you need on your side, and what you need to do at each stage of the journey.

We can’t make the houses any cheaper, but we can guide you through the process, share some tips from the experts, and help you avoid some of the trips and traps.

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13 days ago

Aged terracotta pot

The Team from Resene ColorShop Queenstown

It’s easy to age a brand new terracotta pot using Karen Walker Chalk Colour and Vintage Wax from Resene.
Find out how to create your own.

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13 days ago

The local elections are coming up!

Orange Guy from Electoral Commission

The countdown is on! Make sure you’re enrolled and your details are up to date by 12 August to make voting in the local elections easy.

Visit vote.nz or call 0800 36 76 56 to find out more.
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14 days ago

Former TV and film producer launches NZ's first e-bike festival

Nicole Mathewson Reporter from Otago News

From reporter Debbie Jamieson:

Having created some of New Zealand’s most successful television shows and films Dave Gibson’s latest production is Cyclorama, New Zealand’s first e-bike festival.

Gibson spent four years as chief executive of the New Zealand Film Commission before moving to … View more
From reporter Debbie Jamieson:

Having created some of New Zealand’s most successful television shows and films Dave Gibson’s latest production is Cyclorama, New Zealand’s first e-bike festival.

Gibson spent four years as chief executive of the New Zealand Film Commission before moving to rural Queenstown to join his partner and take up e-biking.

“It only takes me 15 minutes to get to Arrowtown and you can go to people’s places for dinner, and you’re not even sweating,” he said.

While enthusiastically researching his new pastime on the internet he came across an-e-bike festival in Verbier, Switzerland, and another in Flachau, Austria.

“They are these high mountain, winter resort-type places and this has suddenly become the summer thing to do.”

The similarities with Queenstown were obvious.

“This is a really great place for it. I thought that if I didn’t do it someone else would.”

The area is increasingly becoming known for its cycle trail offerings with hundreds of kilometres of off-road trails, mountainbike events and tours available.

A recent report commissioned by businessman Rod Drury – another local biking enthusiast – found biking in the region could become almost 50% of the size of the ski visitor economy by 2026.

Gibson, who created and ran Gibson Group producing films such as The Silent One and television programmes including Public Eye, The Strip, Duggan and The Insider’s Guide to Happiness. pulled together a team of event professionals and e-bike enthusiasts to create Cyclorama.

The inaugural festival, which is having a delayed launch after being scuppered by Covid-19 regulations last year, is scheduled for Labour Weekend in October. It includes six separate events, all non-competitive, and with a focus on fun.

Most are self-guiding and include enjoying the most of the region’s wine and food offerings.

The Tour de Gourmet is a progressive degustation-style ride in the Wakatipu Basin, the Hop Trail visits craft breweries, and Peddling Pinot includes lunch with renowned Gibbston winemaker Grant Taylor.

The Ginology trail includes gin tasting, and blending your own gin at a taxidermist studio.

If participants don’t feel as in control of their e-bike as they should afterwards, there is an option to be picked up and returned to Arrowtown, for a small charge.

Other rides include a bird-watching tour around Lake Hayes and a “Ride to the Sky” with local e-MTB guide Shay Muddle up Mt Rosa, one of his favourite and hard to access rides.

Gibson anticipated hundreds would book for the rides and hoped many more would visit the e-biking hub on Arrowtown’s Butler’s Green, which would include bike retailers, free tips and tricks sessions, a bike doctor, bike jumps, coffee and food.

“You spend a day on a bike in nice surroundings with a bunch of people and have some nice food and a glass of something, and have a good time.

“That’s the vibe.”

There would be no requirement to wear lycra and people of all ages were already booking their spot, he said.

And while those with regular bikes were welcome, the festival was intended for people with e-bikes, he said.

The large and growing number of trails in the region meant there was plenty of scope for the festival to continue to evolve in the future.

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