32 days ago

Is that a teahouse on Stewart Island?

Mei Leng Wong Reporter from NZ Gardener & Get Growing

Why yes it is, and it's also a man cave, a shed, and a builder/engineer's retirement project. Little wonder Allan Jones' quirky build is a runner-up in the 2021 Resene Shed of the Year competition run by NZ Gardener.

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1 day ago

We Say/You Say: MMP

Thomas Campbell Reporter from Whangārei Leader

Hi Whangārei,

Would you support the introduction of MMP to local body elections?

A former Labour minister has called on the government to implement MMP as the voting system for local body elections in a bid to 'fix' local government.

Peter Neilson, an economist, is a former Labour MP for Miramar, a Minister of Revenue, Works and Associate Minister of Finance. Neilson explains how MMP could have a positive impact on civic participation after data from Internal Affairs showed a decline in voter turnout.

Around four out of 10 New Zealanders on the electoral role turned out to vote in the last set of local elections. In comparison, around seven or eight out 10 voted in the general election last year.

Share your thoughts below and don't forget to type NFP if you don't want your comment featured in the Whangārei Leader.

13 hours ago

Bioluminesence at Tindalls Beach

Caroline Williams Reporter from Rodney Times

Kia ora neighbours, check out these cool photos of bioluminescence at Tindalls Beach from the weekend, courtesy of photographer Grant Birley (@chasing_horizonz_ on Instagram).

The algae behind the blue glow is known as Noctilucca scintillans, or 'sea sparkle'.

At night, the algae lets off an electric-blue glow as a result of its biological reaction to disturbance, as a means of protecting itself - similar to that of a squid squirting ink.

Click 'read more' to see my story from January.

16 hours ago

What's On: Grey Power AGM/General meeting

Simonne from Red Beach

All seniors invited to a meeting including a short AGM. Featured speaker Donna Taylor and involved grandmothers from Grandparents Parenting Grandchildren. Raffles and afternoon tea. Contact Simonne 027 212 8322
Grey Power AGM/General meeting
  • St John's Catholic Church hall