39 days ago

Otago Regional Council hits ratepayers with proposed 9 per cent rates rise

Nicole Reporter from Dunedin News

The Otago Regional Council is signalling a 9.1 per cent average rates increase, citing climate change as one of the main reasons.

Council chair Marian Hobbs said the province was experiencing the affects of climate change and the council's work to adapt – as well as deal with natural hazards, flood protection and river management – was "more important than ever".

People will be able to submit feedback on the council's 2020-21 annual plan between March 26 and April 24, with hearings to be held from May 21 to 26.

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1 hour ago

Meet our new (furry) friends - Pet Direct!

The Team from Neighbourly.co.nz

We are so happy to be welcoming an incredible new partner to Neighbourly - joining our long-term friends AMI, Resene and Ryman Healthcare.

Pet Direct are the new kids on the pet block and know the industry inside-out; they have over 350 dog years of animal experience within their team. Most importantly right now, they're still delivering all your essential items during the Covid-19 lockdown.

The Pet Direct team do things differently; firstly they ALL have pets of their own. They also personally hand-pick every product they stock; they have over 5,000 items that have been tried and tested (but mostly eaten). They ship daily, from their Auckland-based warehouse, straight to your doorstep (with free delivery over $29), and offer a best price guarantee.

Neighbours - our pets remain a constant source of love and comfort during unsettling times. So show them (and the team at Pet Direct) how special they are. To say thanks for the support (and for being a good neighbour during this tough time), they're offering you 10% off their already awesome prices. Just use the code NEIGHBOURLY10 at checkout.
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1 hour ago

Our retail store closed in the COVID-19

Blue Mountain Nurseries

This photo of our Blue Mountain Nurseries team was taken last week to advertise our SALE- it seems a lifetime ago- so much has changed. And yet some things have remained like the pleasure of gardening and being in nature during stressful times.

Our retail store closed in the COVID-19 shutdown just a few days before our eagerly awaited SALE! So for the first time ever, we are running our annual SALE both completely online and in the social isolation of the Hughes family bubble. The Hughes family have been helping people enjoy their garden since 1932 – as a family, we are strong as well as passionate about plants and we will get through this together.

You can now conveniently and safely shop online at our website and your beautiful garden and farm plants ordered from the SALE will be set aside for you until transport options become available.

Getting outside in the fresh air among plants and in the sunshine can soothe the body and mind and lower stress levels. We look forward to offering you a wonderful selection of beautiful plants at sale prices, from gorgeous garden plants, to farm planting selections. Keep safe, and look after one another. Kia Kaha.

Kind regards
Chris Hughes
General Manager Blue Mountain Nurseries
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5 days ago

Our sweet pea seeds send out, April issue and Get Growing

Mei Leng Wong Reporter from NZ Gardener & Get Growing

Dear neighbours and NZ Gardener family,

Our April issue should be with our subscribers now and available in supermarkets and service stations (having been distributed prior to the lockdown restrictions). Whether or not it's on the stands yet is a bit patchy ... but then the incredibly brave and hard-working supermarket staff have quite a bit on their plate right now so I understand if there is a delay! Please, please, please everyone ... don't go out to buy it! Normally of course we love you buying NZ Gardener but right now it's far more important that you stay home and stay safe. (You can buy a copy with your online shopping though! That's safe and I think we are all in the market for something uplifting to read right now).

In this issue we offered to send out sweet pea seeds to any reader who sent us a SSAE. Just to reassure you, we will still send out sweet pea seeds to any reader who is keen to participate. We are just not quite sure when! Ignore the dates in the magazine of when you needed to send the envelope in by - that has been indefinitely extended. But we cannot wait to send you the seed and for those flowers to bloom as by then we will be well through this or even have it behind us. And keep letting us know what you are sowing and growing, send in pictures of your harvest, your flowers or what you are sharing.

We always love hearing from NZ Gardener readers but now when we are all staying apart that connection means more than you can imagine. Stay home, stay safe and stay in touch everyone. For the most updated gardening advice, subscribe to our digital e-zine Get Growing, which will be delivered to your inbox completely free.

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