Grey District, Greymouth

103 days ago

Are you using our 2021 Garden Diary?

Mei Leng Wong Reporter from NZ Gardener & Get Growing

Dear neighbours,

We're all working from home during this lockdown, not just to bring you your favourite gardening mag, but also our Garden Diary 2022! This is where we need your help: Show us how you've been using your 2021 Diary -- take photos of the pages, tell us what was most … View more
Dear neighbours,

We're all working from home during this lockdown, not just to bring you your favourite gardening mag, but also our Garden Diary 2022! This is where we need your help: Show us how you've been using your 2021 Diary -- take photos of the pages, tell us what was most useful, did you have enough space to write your notes, what have you scribbled on the pages? Did you clip your plant labels on them? Perhaps shoot a little video with your phone as you turn the pages. Your feedback will help us put together next year's diary.

Please email your comments and photos to mailbox@nzgardener.co.nz, by this Friday, Aug 27. The five most helpful readers will each receive a free copy of the 2022 diary.

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103 days ago

One to watch

Competenz

We love seeing our apprentices making waves in the industry.
Wade Peek was recently named Plastics Apprentice of the Year, is definitely one to watch. With two qualifications under his belt, he’s been earmarked as a future plastics industry leader.

He hopes to one day start his own … View more
We love seeing our apprentices making waves in the industry.
Wade Peek was recently named Plastics Apprentice of the Year, is definitely one to watch. With two qualifications under his belt, he’s been earmarked as a future plastics industry leader.

He hopes to one day start his own manufacturing business and says: "I really want to pass on what I have learnt to support apprentices in their training. I also want to be able to teach people outside of the plastics industry about what we do, as I truly believe we can't solve any of the really important environmental issues that surround plastic unless as many people as possible understand it."

If you are thinking of signing up for an apprenticeship, get in touch with us here

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106 days ago

Do you have a great rocket 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 rocket recipes, so send your best ones to mailbox@nzgardener.co.nz before Aug 31, 2021.

Every published recipe wins a copy of our special edition Homegrown Recipes.

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107 days ago

Digital Boost is here to help

Digital Boost

Lockdowns are tough for many in business, so let us share the load.

Whether it's setting up technology to keep your business running smoothly, or advice on working remotely.

Get in touch with us, we’d love to help.

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107 days ago

Nominate your Kiwibank New Zealander of the Year!

The Team from New Zealander of the Year Award | Ngā Tohu Pou Kōhure o Aotearoa

Kia ora West Coast neighbours!

We hope that you are safe and sound with your bubbles at home.

With two weeks to go until nominations close – it's time to lockdown your nomination for 2022 Kiwibank New Zealander of the Year. We're looking for that special person in this community –… View more
Kia ora West Coast neighbours!

We hope that you are safe and sound with your bubbles at home.

With two weeks to go until nominations close – it's time to lockdown your nomination for 2022 Kiwibank New Zealander of the Year. We're looking for that special person in this community – the one doing exceptional mahi to make the West Coast a better place.

Nominations close 31 August and only take 5 minutes.

Get in quick – www.nzawards.co.nz...

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107 days ago

Industry Skills Development Handbook

Competenz

Is this you?

You know building the skills and capability of your staff is vital, but it’s hard to know where to start or even where to turn for advice, so it keeps sliding down your to-do list.

Use this guidebook to develop your company’s capability and improve your bottom line.
Free download

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110 days ago

Set up for life: The ‘Tattooed Baker’

Competenz

"It was the absolute best decision. I was a fully qualified baker at the age of 21 and had no student debt. So while my high school peers were living a broke student life at university, I was debt-free and earning a good wage.”

Another great success story featuring Bex Savage, who … View more
"It was the absolute best decision. I was a fully qualified baker at the age of 21 and had no student debt. So while my high school peers were living a broke student life at university, I was debt-free and earning a good wage.”

Another great success story featuring Bex Savage, who discovered her passion for baking after embarking on a Competenz Craft Baking apprenticeship when she was 18​, an experience she says set her up for life.

Read the full story

Looking to get into an apprenticeship? Get in touch with us now

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109 days ago

Covid-19: What a move to alert level 4 means for New Zealand

Nicole Mathewson Reporter from The Press

All of New Zealand will move to alert level 4 at 11.59pm after a new community Covid-19 case emerged in Auckland.

New Zealand will initially spend three days at alert level 4, except for Auckland and the Coromandel, which will remain at level 4 for seven days at this stage.

What are the rules… View more
All of New Zealand will move to alert level 4 at 11.59pm after a new community Covid-19 case emerged in Auckland.

New Zealand will initially spend three days at alert level 4, except for Auckland and the Coromandel, which will remain at level 4 for seven days at this stage.

What are the rules at alert level 4?

Staying at home
People are asked to stay at home, unless they are undertaking essential travel to the supermarket or dairy, seeking necessary medical care or being tested for Covid-19, or to get physical exercise in their neighbourhood.

Unnecessary trips outdoors have spread the variant overseas, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said.

She advised people to wear a mask when leaving the house, and stay 2 metres away from others. “Stay local, do not congregate. Don't talk to your neighbours.”

Schools, workplaces and business

Businesses will be closed, except for essential services such as supermarkets, pharmacies, health clinics, petrol stations and lifeline utilities.

Only essential workers are permitted to go to work, others must work from home.

Schools and universities will shut down, and travel is severely limited.

Events and recreation
All gatherings are cancelled at alert level 4.

All public venues, including libraries, pools, leisure centres, gyms, early childcare centres, community venues and playgrounds are closed. Some public toilets will remain open.

Many large events have been canned.

Staying in your bubble
Once you go into a bubble you must stay in it, Ardern said.

If you are completely isolated, or you live alone, you can join a bubble with one other person.

Households are advised to nominate just one person to go shopping, and “always act like you have Covid-19”.

Travelling home
There is a grace period of 48 hours for people who are away from home to return home, if they cannot shelter safely in place. After this time, movement between regions will be restricted.

Covid-19 jabs
Covid-19 vaccinations will be suspended for 48 hours to ensure they can be carried out safely.

Read more here.

109 days ago

Covid-19: What a move to alert level 4 means for New Zealand

Nicole Mathewson Reporter from The Press

All of New Zealand will move to alert level 4 at 11.59pm after a new community Covid-19 case emerged in Auckland.

New Zealand will initially spend three days at alert level 4, except for Auckland and the Coromandel, which will remain at level 4 for seven days at this stage.

What are the rules… View more
All of New Zealand will move to alert level 4 at 11.59pm after a new community Covid-19 case emerged in Auckland.

New Zealand will initially spend three days at alert level 4, except for Auckland and the Coromandel, which will remain at level 4 for seven days at this stage.

What are the rules at alert level 4?

Staying at home
People are asked to stay at home, unless they are undertaking essential travel to the supermarket or dairy, seeking necessary medical care or being tested for Covid-19, or to get physical exercise in their neighbourhood.

Unnecessary trips outdoors have spread the variant overseas, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said.

She advised people to wear a mask when leaving the house, and stay 2 metres away from others. “Stay local, do not congregate. Don't talk to your neighbours.”

Schools, workplaces and business

Businesses will be closed, except for essential services such as supermarkets, pharmacies, health clinics, petrol stations and lifeline utilities.

Only essential workers are permitted to go to work, others must work from home.

Schools and universities will shut down, and travel is severely limited.

Events and recreation
All gatherings are cancelled at alert level 4.

All public venues, including libraries, pools, leisure centres, gyms, early childcare centres, community venues and playgrounds are closed. Some public toilets will remain open.

Many large events have been canned.

Staying in your bubble
Once you go into a bubble you must stay in it, Ardern said.

If you are completely isolated, or you live alone, you can join a bubble with one other person.

Households are advised to nominate just one person to go shopping, and “always act like you have Covid-19”.

Travelling home
There is a grace period of 48 hours for people who are away from home to return home, if they cannot shelter safely in place. After this time, movement between regions will be restricted.

Covid-19 jabs
Covid-19 vaccinations will be suspended for 48 hours to ensure they can be carried out safely.

Read more here.

109 days ago

New Zealand at Alert Level 4

The Team from Neighbourly.co.nz

UPDATE
August 18
1.16pm

The Prime Minister and the Director-General of Health are currently giving an update to the nation at the Beehive.

Here's what you need to know:
- Genome sequencing was undertaken last night and it has been confirmed that this is linked to the NSW outbreak.
- … View more
UPDATE
August 18
1.16pm

The Prime Minister and the Director-General of Health are currently giving an update to the nation at the Beehive.

Here's what you need to know:
- Genome sequencing was undertaken last night and it has been confirmed that this is linked to the NSW outbreak.
- There are no genomic matches to those cases at the border to this case.
- There are a further two cases to report in the community. ​
- From 11:59pm, it will be compulsory to wear masks when accessing essential services.
- From 8am tomorrow, the Covid-19 vaccination programme will resume.
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UPDATE
August 18
9.10am

- Four new cases have been identified, all genomically linked to the original case
- The original case has been confirmed as having the Delta variant
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New Zealand will move to a Level 4 lockdown after a community case was detected in Auckland.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern was joined by Ashley Bloomfield at a press conference, where she confirmed that Auckland and Coromandel would move to Alert Level 4 from 11.59pm for seven days, while the rest of the country will be under Level 4 conditions for three days.

It is unknown whether this case is that of the Delta variant. Bloomfield stated that genome sequencing will be completed by tomorrow morning.

There is currently 23 locations of interest, 10 in Auckland and 13 in Coromandel. Current locations of interest can be found here.

The case has no links to the border and interviews are currently being undertaken with the case to find any possible locations of interest and how they came to be in contact with Covid-19.

Here's what you need to know:
- A refresh on Level restrictions and what it means for you.
- Here are the locations of interest.
- If you have any flu-like symptoms, call the NZ Covid-19 Healthline on 0800 358 5453 or ring your GP.
- Find your closest Covid-19 testing location on the Healthpoint website
- Essential services such as supermarkets and pharmacies will remain open.

For more information, visit covid19.govt.nz.

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110 days ago

Young West Coaster Griffin Neame hailed after try assist on Cowboys debut

Nicole Mathewson Reporter from The Press

West Coasters are celebrating the debut of the rugby league region's first NRL player in three years after Griffin Neame's try-assist start for the Cowboys.

Neame, 20, won plaudits from North Queensland coach Todd Payten despite being on the losing side against the Wests Tigers on … View more
West Coasters are celebrating the debut of the rugby league region's first NRL player in three years after Griffin Neame's try-assist start for the Cowboys.

Neame, 20, won plaudits from North Queensland coach Todd Payten despite being on the losing side against the Wests Tigers on Saturday night.

The middle forward played 36 minutes off the interchange bench, reeling off 110m with the ball in hand and making 20 tackles.

He made two tackle breaks and collected his first try assist, delivering the final pass for 18-year-old fellow debutant Jeremiah Nanai to score in the 35th minute of a 24-16 defeat to the Tigers in Townsville.

Payten delivered some plaudits to Neame - the first West Coaster to play in the NRL since Slade Griffin's final game for the Newcastle Knights in 2018. Read more here.

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111 days ago

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138 days ago

Engineering apprenticeship available in Canterbury

Competenz

Hey Canterbury! We have a great apprenticeship opportunity for you - Pei Group are looking for a light fabrication apprentice to join their team.
You’ll be working alongside experience qualified team members to support you through your apprenticeship.
Apply today!

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112 days ago

Warm welcome to Digital Boost

Neighbourly

We're very excited to announce Digital Boost as our new Neighbourly partner.
Digital Boost is a free online learning platform providing tutorials on how to operate a business in today's digital world.

We truly believe in the support and tools they provide to help digitally upskill … View more
We're very excited to announce Digital Boost as our new Neighbourly partner.
Digital Boost is a free online learning platform providing tutorials on how to operate a business in today's digital world.

We truly believe in the support and tools they provide to help digitally upskill New Zealand SME businesses.

Please join us in welcoming Digital Boost and stay tuned for tips and tricks, online tutorials and other exciting content!
Learn more

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113 days ago

Popular ultra-marathon set to become annual event for West Coast

Nicole Mathewson Reporter from The Press

The successful Resilience Ultra run in Reefton last weekend is set to become an annual fixture in the West Coast town – with nearly twice as many contestants.

Inangahua Community Board chairman John Bougen told a meeting this week the popular event attracted 350 runners and their supporters, and… View more
The successful Resilience Ultra run in Reefton last weekend is set to become an annual fixture in the West Coast town – with nearly twice as many contestants.

Inangahua Community Board chairman John Bougen told a meeting this week the popular event attracted 350 runners and their supporters, and the feedback had been overwhelmingly positive.

"They didn't seem to mind the rain and the mud and the cool weather - they loved the challenge - they were a hardy bunch and very interesting people," Bougen said.

Read more here.

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