Beerescourt, Hamilton

1 day ago

Should prisoners be allowed to vote in the council elections?

Kendra Stone Reporter from Waikato Times

Hi neighbours - prisoners have expressed that they want to be able to vote in both the general election and local body elections.

They say it would help them feel human and connected to the community, with former prisoner Awatea Mita saying the voting ban is "humiliating and … View more
Hi neighbours - prisoners have expressed that they want to be able to vote in both the general election and local body elections.

They say it would help them feel human and connected to the community, with former prisoner Awatea Mita saying the voting ban is "humiliating and dehumanising".

What do you think? Should prisoners be allowed to vote in the council elections? Read more here

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1 day ago

Stay off my driveway it's not a public carpark

Emily from Nawton

I close my front gates when I finish work each day I seem to be getting some cheeky buggars who think it's ok to open up my big front gates in the afternoon and leave their cars parked on my driveway whislt they go and collect their kid from Nawton Primary School and blocking my entrance from… View moreI close my front gates when I finish work each day I seem to be getting some cheeky buggars who think it's ok to open up my big front gates in the afternoon and leave their cars parked on my driveway whislt they go and collect their kid from Nawton Primary School and blocking my entrance from getting in to my place and my neighbor's place I share my driveway with my neighbor, from now on I'll be contacting William Salvage tow trucks to remove them off my property, I should not have to padlock my front gate.

3 hours ago

A Glimpse into the Future. Food for thought

Paul from Pukete

A Glimpse into the Future.
In a recent interview, the Head of Daimler Benz (Mercedes Benz) said their competitors are no longer other car companies, but Tesla (obviously), and now, Google, Apple, Amazon 'et al' are……
Forbes says that people whose minds are stuck in 20th Century … View more
A Glimpse into the Future.
In a recent interview, the Head of Daimler Benz (Mercedes Benz) said their competitors are no longer other car companies, but Tesla (obviously), and now, Google, Apple, Amazon 'et al' are……
Forbes says that people whose minds are stuck in 20th Century thinking and believe that the world will resemble what it is in 2018, will become redundant, bankrupt and largely unemployable.
Software will disrupt most traditional industries in the next 5-10 years.
Uber is just a software tool, they don't own any cars, and are now the biggest taxi company in the world.
Airbnb is now the biggest hotel company in the world, although they don't own any properties.
Artificial Intelligence: Computers become exponentially better in
understanding the world. This year, a computer beat the best Go
player in the world, 10 years earlier than expected.
In the U.S., young lawyers already can't get jobs. Because of IBM Watson, you can get legal advice (so far for more or less basic stuff)within seconds, with 90% accuracy compared with 70% accuracy when done by humans.
So, if you study law, stop immediately. There will be 90% less
lawyers in the future, only specialists will remain.
Watson already helps nurses diagnosing cancer, 4 times more accurate than human nurses. Facebook now has a pattern recognition software that can recognise faces better than humans. In 2030, computers will become more intelligent than humans.
Autonomous cars: In 2019 the first self-driving cars will appear for
the public. Around 2020, the complete industry will start to be
disrupted. You don't want to own a car anymore. You will call a car with your phone, it will show up at your location and drive you toyour destination. You will not need to park it, you only pay for the driven distance and you can be productive while driving.
Our kids will never get a driver's license and will never own a car.It will change the cities, because we will need 90-95% less cars forthat. We can transform former parking spaces into parks.
1.2 million people die each year in car accidents worldwide. We now have one accident every 60,000 miles (100,000 km), with autonomous driving that will drop to one accident in 6 million miles (10 million km). That will save a million lives each year.
Most car companies will probably go bankrupt. Traditional car
companies are now trying the traditional approach to build a better car with an electric motor, while tech companies (Tesla, Apple, Google) take the revolutionary approach and build a computer on wheels. Many engineers from Volkswagen and Audi are completely terrified of Tesla. People who are part of the anti-Tesla brigade are unwittingly announcing to the world that they will soon be broke and are unable to comprehend the dramatic changes now happening in everything.
If you own a petrol car with a large engine, dump it now.
Auto Insurance companies will have massive trouble because without accidents, car insurance will become much cheaper Their car insurance business model will slowly disappear.
Real estate will change. Because if you can work while you commute,people will move further away to live in a more beautiful neighbourhood.
Electric cars will start to become mainstream about 2020. Cities will be less noisy because all new cars will run on electricity. Electricity will become incredibly cheap and clean: Solar production has been on an exponential curve for 30 years, and now you can now see the burgeoning impact.
In 2017, more solar energy was installed worldwide than fossil.
Energy companies are desperately trying to limit access to the grid to prevent competition from home solar installations, but that can't last. Technology will take care of that strategy.
With cheap electricity comes cheap and abundant water. Desalination of salt water now only needs 2 kwh per cubic meter (@ 0.25 cents). We don't have scarce water in most places, we only have scarce drinking water. Imagine what will be possible if anyone can have as much clean water as they want, for nearly no cost.
Health innovations: The Tricorder X price will be announced this
year. There are companies who will build a medical device (called the"Tricorder" from Star Trek) that works with your phone, which takes your retina scan, your blood sample, and you can breathe into it.It then analyses 54 biomarkers that will identify nearly any disease.
It will be cheap, so in a few years everyone on this planet will have access to world class medical analysis, nearly for free.
Goodbye,medical establishments.
3D printing: The price of the cheapest 3D printer came down from $18,000 to $400 within 10 years. In the same time, it became 100 times faster. All major shoe companies have already started 3D printing shoes.
Some common spare air plane parts are already 3D printed in remote airports. The space station now has a printer that eliminates the need for the large amount of spare parts they used to keep in the past.
At the end of this year, new smart phones will have 3D scanning
possibilities. You can then 3D scan your feet and print your perfect shoes at home.
In China, they already 3D printed and built a complete 6-storey office building. By 2027, 10% of everything that's being produced will be 3D
printed.
Business opportunities: If you think of a niche you want to go in,
ask yourself: "In the future, do you think we will have that?", and
if the answer is yes, how can you make that happen sooner?
If it doesn't work with your phone, forget the idea.
And any idea
designed for success in the 20th century is doomed to failure in the
21st century.
Work: 70-80% of jobs will disappear in the next 20 years. There will be a lot of new jobs, but it is not clear if there will be enough new jobs in such a small time.
Agriculture: There will be a $100 agricultural robot in the future.
Farmers in 3rd world countries can then become managers of their field instead of working all day on their fields.
Aeroponics will need much less water. The first Petri dish that
produced veal is now available and will be cheaper than cow produced veal in 2018. Right now, 30% of all agricultural surfaces is used for cows. Imagine if we don't need that space anymore.
There are several startups who will bring insect protein to the market shortly. It contains more protein than meat. It will be labelled as "alternative protein source" (because most people still reject the idea of eating insects).
There is an app called "moodies" which can already tell in which mood you're in. By 2020 there will be apps that can tell by your facial expressions, if you are lying. Imagine a political debate where it's being displayed when they're telling the truth and when they're not.
Bitcoin may even become the default reserve currency ... Of the world!
Longevity: Right now, the average life span increases by 3 months per year. Four years ago, the life span used to be 79 years, now it's 80 years. The increase itself is increasing and by 2036, there will be more than one year increase per year. So, we all might live for a long time, probably way more than 100.
Education: The cheapest smart phones are already at $10 in Africa and Asia. By 2020, 70% of all humans will own a smart phone.That means,everyone has the same access to world class education.
Every child can use Khan academy for everything a child needs tolearn at school in First World countries. There have already been releases of software in Indonesia and soon there will be releases in Arabic, Swahili, and Chinese this summer. I can see enormous potential if we give the English app for free, so that children in Africa andeverywhere else can become fluent in English. And that could happenwithin half a year.
People whose minds are stuck in 20th Century thinking and believe that the world will resemble what it is in 2018, will become redundant and largely unemployable.

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19 hours ago

Job

Davinder from Maeroa

Hi Neighbors,

Hard-working, outgoing, excellent communication and well-organized person looking to change my career. I have around 7 years customer service experience face to face and over the phone in a restaurant, bar, bank and event management company. I have bachelor degree in business … View more
Hi Neighbors,

Hard-working, outgoing, excellent communication and well-organized person looking to change my career. I have around 7 years customer service experience face to face and over the phone in a restaurant, bar, bank and event management company. I have bachelor degree in business management and finance. I have strong knowledge of accounts and management with entry level experience. Please pm me if anyone has any opportunity or know the job in Hamilton.

Thank You
Regards
Davinder

13 hours ago

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15 days ago

“my brother’s keeper”

Paul from Pukete

The archaic expression “my brother’s keeper” connotes taking responsibility for someone else’s actions – fronting up for the consequences of choices that other person made. There is an element of transferred culpability in the phrase. Well, I for one am not wearing it.
Let’s update the… View more
The archaic expression “my brother’s keeper” connotes taking responsibility for someone else’s actions – fronting up for the consequences of choices that other person made. There is an element of transferred culpability in the phrase. Well, I for one am not wearing it.
Let’s update the expression a bit. In the seminal case of Donoghue v Stevenson 1932, Lord Atkin elaborated on the notion of the ‘duty of care’. The duty of care makes us our “brother’s keeper” to a certain extent. It means acting with due consideration to avoid injuring others. Failure to exercise due care amounts to negligence, which makes us liable for any resultant injury. In international law, the duty of care arises in various situations including that of a sea captain upon encountering a distress call from a vessel in need of assistance. The captain who ignores such a call is failing in his/her duty of care as outlined in the Convention on the Law of the Sea. But it does not mean encouraging people to place their lives in peril at sea in the expectation of being picked up and being relocated in another, better country
Recall the furore in NZ over schools feeding kids because their parents can’t be bothered giving them breakfast or ensuring that they can have a decent lunch. And it’s all our fault, especially where those kids are members of a certain ethnic group, so we have to make it right. But why should I, as taxpayer, finance the culpable negligence of irresponsible parents towards the children they chose to bring into the world? What should be happening is action being taken against negligent parents. They are the ones in breach of the duty of care, not you and me.
I take my duty of care very seriously. I will exercise my democratic right to try to bring about laws that will hold people to account for the choices they make where those have an adverse impact on others, particularly their dependents. I will exert what political influence I have to try to make Western powers hold the governing elites of developing countries to account for the mismanagement and corruption they preside over that ruin the lives of so many of their citizens (see my article “Donald Trump’s new geopolitical designation”, Breaking Views 3 Feb 2018).
What my duty of care does not entail is relieving others of their duty of care, be they individuals or governments. Unless circumstances intervene that make it impossible for those in question to fulfil their duty of care, such as serious illness or armed insurrection respectively, I will not take on the role of their, or their dependents’, ‘keeper’.
Charity starts at home, and so does the duty of care. My duty of care does not entail compromising my national sovereignty by circumventing my country’s immigration laws and letting in hordes of illegal migrants to subsequently see them turning parts of my cities into ghettos and queue-jumping my own needy people for much-needed social services ,. I will be the ‘keeper’ of genuine refugees (i.e. those fleeing war or persecution) while they need asylum but I will send them back home once the threat that drove them out has subsided. As for the fake refugees – the majority of them – I will pack them straight back to where they came from. My duty of care stops at seeing them safely onto a home-bound ship or aircraft.
There are those who say that I lack compassion. I don’t agree. My compassion manifests itself through addressing the core problems rather than mealy-mouthing over those and sticking a band-aid over them while the underlying sores fester and spread.
Unless my ‘brother’ is totally inept and incapable of making rational choices, I am most certainly not his ‘keeper’. I have a duty of care towards him, but I will not accept the burden of his responsibility by taking on any liability arising from his freely made choices
.Barend Vlaardingerbroek: To what extent am I “my brother’s keeper”?
Do you agree

22 hours ago

Subscribe to our free ezine Get Growing!

Mei Leng Wong Reporter from NZ Gardener & Get Growing

In this week's issue of Get Growing we tell you to plant your spuds, dig in your cover crops, take your pick of the best dahlias, plant fruit trees and sow coriander. Plus check out our story on growing strawberries and our pick of the tastiest varieties.

Make your own cold frame so you can … View more
In this week's issue of Get Growing we tell you to plant your spuds, dig in your cover crops, take your pick of the best dahlias, plant fruit trees and sow coriander. Plus check out our story on growing strawberries and our pick of the tastiest varieties.

Make your own cold frame so you can get a jump-start on summer crops and enter to win cool prizes from Yates and Grosafe.

Delivered every Friday to your email inbox, Get Growing digital magazine offers seasonal gardening advice from the NZ Gardener magazine's team of experts. Each week we answer all your burning questions on raising fruit and veges and tell you the top tasks to do in your backyard this weekend. Subscribe here:

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1 day ago

What's On: Santa's Workshop

Brett from Hamilton East

Learn how to make wooden toys each Thursday in September on a keep one, leave one for the Salvation Army to give away basis. $30 fee. Phone Arie 0226744347
Santa's Workshop
  • Hamilton Men's Shed
1 day ago

❗ GIVEAWAY ❗

The Team from New Zealand Red Cross

Fun fact… it’s 537 steps up Baldwin Street in Dunedin – that means you’d have to walk up it almost 19 times to get 10,000 steps! Thanks to Hannah, our legendary Community Fundraising Coordinator for stepping up to the challenge.

We still have plenty of New Zealand Red Cross Cups to give … View more
Fun fact… it’s 537 steps up Baldwin Street in Dunedin – that means you’d have to walk up it almost 19 times to get 10,000 steps! Thanks to Hannah, our legendary Community Fundraising Coordinator for stepping up to the challenge.

We still have plenty of New Zealand Red Cross Cups to give away. All you need to do is sign up to Red Cross Journey, be one of the first 100 participants to raise $100 and we’ll send you a KeepCup!

Red Cross Journey is our annual fundraising step challenge - with a difference. Walk 10,000 steps a day for 21 days and learn about the journey of someone involved with Red Cross while raising funds to help people in need.

For more information or to make a donation, visit: www.redcrossjourney.org.nz...

Thank you for your support.

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1 day ago

Podcast With Waikato Regional Council Candidate William Durning

Reece from Nawton

Hey everyone,

With the elections in full swing it seems the Hamilton elections are overshadowing the other important election the Waikato Regional Council. I sat down and chatted with candidate William Durning about the Waikato Regional Council as well as topics of interest. Give it a listen be … View more
Hey everyone,

With the elections in full swing it seems the Hamilton elections are overshadowing the other important election the Waikato Regional Council. I sat down and chatted with candidate William Durning about the Waikato Regional Council as well as topics of interest. Give it a listen be sure to use the timestamps!!

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1 day ago

Make a bold statement...

The Team from Resene ColorShop Te Rapa

Add personality to your floors with this simple diamond design creating using two Resene colours and a clear finish.

Perfect for your hallway or other smaller areas in your home that need brightening up.

Make the most of this weekend with this easy step by step project idea from Resene. Find … View more
Add personality to your floors with this simple diamond design creating using two Resene colours and a clear finish.

Perfect for your hallway or other smaller areas in your home that need brightening up.

Make the most of this weekend with this easy step by step project idea from Resene. Find out how to create this quick and easy project yourself

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2 days ago

Where are the best property deals?

Angela Quigan Reporter from Stuff

Hey neighbours,

The region (and city) you choose to invest in can drastically impact your future returns.

That's why, once you decide to invest in NZ's property market, your next step is to question which region you should park your money in.

To read more about where the best property … View more
Hey neighbours,

The region (and city) you choose to invest in can drastically impact your future returns.

That's why, once you decide to invest in NZ's property market, your next step is to question which region you should park your money in.

To read more about where the best property deals might be click here.

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1 day ago

AMI, sharing community kindness!

AMI Insurance - Head office

When a stranger’s beagle went missing in thick bush near Wellington, 39-year-old Whanganui carver Zane Hair volunteered to spend more than a week searching in cold and stormy weather, accompanied by his beloved 14-year-old bulldog Zeke.

After nine days, Benny the beagle was found alive and … View more
When a stranger’s beagle went missing in thick bush near Wellington, 39-year-old Whanganui carver Zane Hair volunteered to spend more than a week searching in cold and stormy weather, accompanied by his beloved 14-year-old bulldog Zeke.

After nine days, Benny the beagle was found alive and Zane formed a lasting friendship with Benny’s owner, Matt Newman-Hall. “What Zane did is incredible … I find it really amazing that someone was willing to go that far for a complete stranger,” he says.

To read more about this inspiring act of kindness visit the AMI Hub.

#OurKindaKindness
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1 day ago

Thousands of Kiwis given a helping hand

Julia de Ruiter from The Salvation Army NZ

We want to say a big thank you to everyone who supported Colgate-Palmolive's recent appeal! Thanks to the generosity of Colgate- Palmolive and Countdown shoppers, more than 10,000 toiletries and household cleaning items have been donated to Salvation Army foodbanks around the country.

Jono … View more
We want to say a big thank you to everyone who supported Colgate-Palmolive's recent appeal! Thanks to the generosity of Colgate- Palmolive and Countdown shoppers, more than 10,000 toiletries and household cleaning items have been donated to Salvation Army foodbanks around the country.

Jono Bell, Territorial Director of The Salvation Army’s Community Ministries says the items are essential to help people stay healthy in the winter period. These include personal and oral hygiene items, along with cleaning products for the home.

Colgate-Palmolive also donated $10,000 to The Salvation Army’s transitional housing programme in Porirua which helps vulnerable mothers and their children with housing and wrap around support.

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3 days ago

Does Hamilton need a $79.3m theatre?

The team Reporter from Hamilton Press

Hi neighbours - the theatre, set to be situated on Victoria Street, will be an "enabler for economic development", and will be shared with meeting rooms, a restaurant/cafe and five star hotel.

What do you think of this investment? Is it what Hamilton needs or should money be allocated … View more
Hi neighbours - the theatre, set to be situated on Victoria Street, will be an "enabler for economic development", and will be shared with meeting rooms, a restaurant/cafe and five star hotel.

What do you think of this investment? Is it what Hamilton needs or should money be allocated elsewhere first?
Read more here

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4 days ago

Does Hamilton need a $79.3m theatre?

Kendra Stone Reporter from Waikato Times

Hi neighbours - the theatre, set to be situated on Victoria Street, will be an "enabler for economic development", and will be shared with meeting rooms, a restaurant/cafe and five star hotel.

What do you think of this investment? Is it what Hamilton needs or should money be allocated … View more
Hi neighbours - the theatre, set to be situated on Victoria Street, will be an "enabler for economic development", and will be shared with meeting rooms, a restaurant/cafe and five star hotel.

What do you think of this investment? Is it what Hamilton needs or should money be allocated elsewhere first? Read more here

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