Bader, Hamilton

14 hours ago

Is Hamilton a destination people want to fly into?

Nicola Brennan-Tupara Reporter from Waikato Times

Hi neighbours,
There's been a bit of talk about a newly elected councillor wanting to bring international flights back to Hamilton.
But an aviation commentator believes it's not likely to happen, claiming that "Hamilton is not a destination".
READ MORE here.
Do you agree that … View more
Hi neighbours,
There's been a bit of talk about a newly elected councillor wanting to bring international flights back to Hamilton.
But an aviation commentator believes it's not likely to happen, claiming that "Hamilton is not a destination".
READ MORE here.
Do you agree that Hamilton is not a destination city?

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25 minutes ago

This week's latest Blueprint

Hamilton Harcourts

View Hamilton Harcourts' latest interactive Blueprint.

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3 days ago

Just a thought

Dianne from Hamilton East

We are often told that every child must have caring loving, supportive parents.....in particular the mother is hailed as THAT parent. But more often than society would have us believe, some mothers find maternity stressful and lack the ability to bond and nurture, some are unable to show concern … View moreWe are often told that every child must have caring loving, supportive parents.....in particular the mother is hailed as THAT parent. But more often than society would have us believe, some mothers find maternity stressful and lack the ability to bond and nurture, some are unable to show concern empathy and love toward their child and the child misses that invaluable bond.
However, did you know that research, shows time and time again, that a child, a baby, a teen, needs JUST ONE AVAILABLE ADULT in its life to become its optimal best, emotionally, physically and mentally. It does not need to be a parent. So don't despair, YOU can become that person! Be it a grandparent, caregiver, teacher, extended family member. You can make a difference.

1 day ago

Baby sitting, lawn mowing, dog walking

Freya from Frankton

Feel free to contact me at any time

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13 days ago

WATCH: Rotterdam's floating cows: the future of farming?

The Team from Play Stuff

Hi Neighbours, could you imagine cows floating down the Waikato River?

These cows are floating on Europe's largest port, in another effort to make cattle farming more sustainable. The owners call it the world's first 'floating farm'. It's in Rotterdam and they want it to … View more
Hi Neighbours, could you imagine cows floating down the Waikato River?

These cows are floating on Europe's largest port, in another effort to make cattle farming more sustainable. The owners call it the world's first 'floating farm'. It's in Rotterdam and they want it to minimize waste and land use, and also bring food production closer to the city.

Play Now: play.stuff.co.nz...

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8 hours ago

Christmas Kindness

Helen from Riverlea

Hi I am asking for any Donations to help with familys at Christmas time, can Be Food, Nappies, Baby Formula, Toys, Clothes, In Great Clean Condition,,,,,, Furniture that I could do up and gift on, must be in exellent working condition,, Im Happy to sand re varnish or paint. Baby Cots … View moreHi I am asking for any Donations to help with familys at Christmas time, can Be Food, Nappies, Baby Formula, Toys, Clothes, In Great Clean Condition,,,,,, Furniture that I could do up and gift on, must be in exellent working condition,, Im Happy to sand re varnish or paint. Baby Cots Baby Furniture, im doing this as my Kindness in the Community to help share the hard ship in Familys. Doing up Furniture will be my Time and Enjoyment to Donate Thanks for any support

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10 hours ago

WEAVE Market 2019

Community Activator from Red Cross - Waikato Service Centre

This year's WEAVE Cultural Market will be on the 6th of December in Garden Place from 4pm till 8pm. Come along and enjoy ethnic food, crafts, cultural performances and other entertainments, celebrating the diversity of our former refugee and migrant communities.

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15 hours ago

YOU ARE INVITED TO DISCOVER PRINCESS CRUISING

The Travel Directors

Come and join us along with Princess Pete for refreshments and nibbles to discover Cruising with Princess and whats on offer.
Come along and be in to win 1 of 2 $100 travel vouchers!

WHEN?
Tuesday 29 October 2020 @ 6pm

WHERE?
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Come and join us along with Princess Pete for refreshments and nibbles to discover Cruising with Princess and whats on offer.
Come along and be in to win 1 of 2 $100 travel vouchers!

WHEN?
Tuesday 29 October 2020 @ 6pm

WHERE?

Shop 1, The Village Quarter,

34 Lake Road, Frankton

RSVP ESSENTIAL!

Call 07 847 1571 or email:

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1 day ago

Non-urgent patients asked to keep emergency department free

The team from Neighbourly.co.nz

Non-urgent patients are asked not to show up at Hamilton's emergency department unless they have a health emergency.

Waikato Hospital is so full that some non-urgent surgery is being postponed. People who are unwell but don't need to go to ED can visit their GP, local urgent care … View more
Non-urgent patients are asked not to show up at Hamilton's emergency department unless they have a health emergency.

Waikato Hospital is so full that some non-urgent surgery is being postponed. People who are unwell but don't need to go to ED can visit their GP, local urgent care centre, or call Healthline 0800 611 116.

Those who need immediate or urgent help should dial 111, or go straight to the Waikato Hospital Emergency Department.

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16 hours ago

Spare a thought/prayer

Dianne from Hamilton East

For our wonderful firefighters and other personal who are battling the Convention centre in Central Auckland.

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6 days ago

WAIKATO HOSPITAL - HERE WE GO AGAIN ... BUILDING FOR YESTERDAY

Lianne from Glenview

Today the Labour Government, the WDHB and other stakeholders announced that a new inpatient mental health unit is to be built on the Waikato Hospital campus. Hooray it's way overdue one automatically thinks but hold on a minute ... let's not get excited too quickly here because;

It is … View more
Today the Labour Government, the WDHB and other stakeholders announced that a new inpatient mental health unit is to be built on the Waikato Hospital campus. Hooray it's way overdue one automatically thinks but hold on a minute ... let's not get excited too quickly here because;

It is common knowledge 'up on the hill' that Jan White of the WDHB was told, if not warned, by the planners and contractors of the multi-million dollar Waikato Hospital upgrades that took place some years ago that the WDHB was building for yesterday ... meaning that by the time the works would be finished the capacity the WDHB was trying to improve on would be lagging behind the actual needs of our community. This has proven to be true. In fact, despite millions of dollars the Waikato Hospital A&E is now turning away more people than ever before, while the WDHB has been giving away vouchers to some of those who turn up at the A&E so that they can be seen by the Angelsea Clinic free of charge. (Just ask for this ... you won't be offered it ... a friend's daughter heard another woman doing this who was standing in front of her in a queue and did the same when she reached the counter and was told that she too would have to go to Angelsea Clinic). More referrals are being refused too, and, waiting lists grow longer and longer.

Then there is also the revised A&E registration process that is entirely lacking in respect, dignity and privacy ... gone is the private little hot water cylinder sized room (at least behind a closed door) where the sick were being triaged previously. Now you stand in front of the reception counter facing the glass behind which sits someone - not a nurse - who checks your vitals right there on the spot in front of everyone else. This is where you are expected to discuss very personal health related issues with everyone waiting to be seen overhearing every word you and the person triaging you is saying. What sort of planners, I'm wondering, would it take to not include at least a few triage rooms in an A&E space serving a large and growing community. Who of us could forget too the literal song-and-dance made at the opening of the new Waikato Hospital about the "light-filled atrium" and other huge open spaces ... meanwhile the sick are now not even given a teeny-weeny space to be triaged in a respectful, dignified and private way.

Then there is the relatively new overworked and stretched way beyond capacity Surgical Assessment Unit tucked away out of sight on the 8th floor of the Menzies Building. (Patients are shifted in and out of here so quickly, and so often, that to those who are fortunate enough to stay in one bedspace for any real length of time it resembles tide in tide out/ebb and flow). Another one of those smart Board ideas is this extension of the A&E ... invented as it was in the evolving game of 'cat and mouse' with government demands on the one hand and the WDHB trying to circumnavigate how much time they must see patients in or suffer the consequences on the other hand. (BTW --- land up here and you'll likely be sent home because there is 'no room at this inn' despite how much pain you're in ... I talk from personal experience and that of a close relative. In fact, the WORST health experience I have ever encountered at Waikato Hospital took place in this noisy and cramped space, and it left me so traumatized that I have still not - months on - been able to complete my warranted and justified complaint letter).

I worry as well that 'porkies' are being told because while today's Waikato Times says that there are 53 beds at the Henry Rongomau Bennett Centre, the following Ministry of Health website clearly states that there is a total of 97 beds at this facility;
www.health.govt.nz...

While Jacinda Ardern has claimed that the new unit will be "fit for purpose" I must question this statement given the history of the WDHB building for yesterday, our rapidly growing - no actually exploding -population in Hamilton and the Waikato region, and the government not having committed to the exact number of extra beds but instead estimating that between 10 and 20 will be built. Where is the forward planning here I'm asking? And doesn't this vagueness and uncertainty tell you that the 'powers that be' - both in government and at the WDHB - have no idea what future capacity needs are likely to be, and, that they are thumb-sucking once again? If, for instance, only 10 out of a possible 20 are ultimately built, we will land up up with half of what - I believe to be an extremely niggardly conservative estimate - will actually be needed not too far into the future. Add to this the fact that the estimated opening will be in 2023 - 4 years away - and even then it is highly probable that this will be delayed to around 2025. Remember also the Farmers Building that was touted to be occupied by the end of 2017 ... where are we now ... nearing the end of 2019 and still no move-in date has been decided. WHY AREN'T OUR MEDIA DOING THEIR JOBS AND ASKING THE 'HARD' QUESTIONS ON THIS SUBJECT AND DEMANDING ANSWERS?

If it is true that the mental health unit beds demand has risen by 72% in 9 years, imagine what the demand will be in the next 9 years, let alone by the time the new mental health unit is eventually opened.

Cost is another issue of concern. The Henry RangomaujBennett Centre was completed in 1999 - a mere 20 years ago as I recall without checking the facts - at the cost of $20 million. Now there is a budget of five times that - $100 million - which will irrefutably blow out to a much larger cost by the time the build is completed. Remember here that the Farmers build went from an original cost of $7.7 million to $14.7 million to "at least $23 million" ... with all of us being completely in the dark as to what the final cost is going to end up being.

Mr Murray described the Henry Rangomau Bennett Centre as being "sub-optimal" and said this was the case on the day it opened. I fear we are going down the very same path again with this new mental health unit.

Lastly, Jacinda Adern has referred to the Henry Rangomau Bennett Centre as "outdated" (obsolete in other words). But it was - again as far as I can recall - merely 20 years ago for goodness sake! So, are we to understand then - looking into the future - that all other WDHB buildings older than 20 years will be similarly rendered "outdated" and need replacing too when this benchmark is reached with them? Who, I'm asking, is going to pay for all of this and why are the WDHB and Ministry of Health not ensuring that whatever buildings are put up are not only designed for capacity way into the future, but, are capable of remaining 'fit for purpose', current and up-to-date.

This is the sort of stuff nightmares are made of in my humble but very concerned opinion.

3 days ago

Billion dollar 'sweet spot'

Matt Bowen Reporter from Waikato Times

Morning neighbours,

A number of significant infrastructure projects in and around Hamilton are aligning to deliver a massive boost to the city and region.

Hamilton East list MP Jamie Strange even predicted the city will overtake both Wellington and Christchurch to become the country's second… View more
Morning neighbours,

A number of significant infrastructure projects in and around Hamilton are aligning to deliver a massive boost to the city and region.

Hamilton East list MP Jamie Strange even predicted the city will overtake both Wellington and Christchurch to become the country's second biggest city in 30 years.

Dallas Fisher, chair of regional economic development agency Te Waka, said he knew of one major Waikato construction company that had 37 projects in the works.

The region is "ready to pop".

What's your view on all the development coming our way? How do you think it will affect your daily life? Read more here

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1 day ago

Ninebark Wine _ Physocarpus Opulifolius

Pat from Riverlea

Wine Ninebark features showy clusters of white flowers at the ends of the branches from late spring to early summer, which emerge from distinctive pink flower buds. Clusters of white flowers cover the plant in late spring, and these age to attractive red seed heads.Spring foliage emerges a sunny … View moreWine Ninebark features showy clusters of white flowers at the ends of the branches from late spring to early summer, which emerge from distinctive pink flower buds. Clusters of white flowers cover the plant in late spring, and these age to attractive red seed heads.Spring foliage emerges a sunny orange color and matures to burgundy. The serrated lobed leaves are highly ornamental and turn an outstanding scarlet in the fall. The peeling tan bark adds an interesting dimension to the landscape.
This disease-resistant shrub does best in full sun locations and cooler climates.
This shrub will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and can be pruned at anytime.

Price: $12

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1 day ago

Hosta - Shade Perennial

Pat from Riverlea

This hosta is consistently number one in the popularity polls and for good reason.
Forms a perfect mound of gold leaves with a wide blue-green margin.
There is a third lighter green color between the margin and center of the leaf that often streaks to the midrib.
Best color comes from siting this … View more
This hosta is consistently number one in the popularity polls and for good reason.
Forms a perfect mound of gold leaves with a wide blue-green margin.
There is a third lighter green color between the margin and center of the leaf that often streaks to the midrib.
Best color comes from siting this hosta in some bright morning sun. The leaf center will turn lime-green if sited in deep shade.
It will look good until the first frost in fall.
Graced with pale lavender flowers.

Price: $14

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1 day ago

Raspberry plants

Pat from Riverlea

Raspberry is high in total antioxidant and anti-inflammatory, may be able to decrease cancer cell number, and potential to improve management of obesity.

You are bidding for 1 potted ever-bearing raspberries plant which will produce fruits in early summer and and in late summer to early autumn … View more
Raspberry is high in total antioxidant and anti-inflammatory, may be able to decrease cancer cell number, and potential to improve management of obesity.

You are bidding for 1 potted ever-bearing raspberries plant which will produce fruits in early summer and and in late summer to early autumn from all new canes, self-fertile. They're best pollinated by bees.

Best grow in full sun but can take partial shade, rich (compost or aged manure) and well-drained soil, shelter from strong wind,

Plant it now, you will get fresh summer raspberries. All photos are taken from the raspberries in my backyard.

Price: $8

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