76 days ago

What's your most memorable reunion?

Libby Wilson Reporter from Hamilton Press

These brothers hadn't seen each other for more than 50 years, but reunited in Huntly.

Raymond Brooks, 85, hopped on a plane to New Zealand to find his brother Melville, 75.

With a little help, he got there. Read more here.

What has been your most memorable reunion?

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2 days ago

At-Home Fire Safety Checklist

Fire and Emergency from Fire and Emergency New Zealand

With everyone staying home, it’s now more important than ever for everyone to be fire-safe. People can find information on our website - fireandemergency.nz...

We’re heading into winter, and with households self-isolating together, there’ll be more cooking at home, and more use of open fires, heaters, and dryers - all things which can increase fire risk.

New Zealanders can be confident that Fire and Emergency is well-prepared and ready to respond to emergencies as usual during the nationwide self- isolation period.

Please call 111 if you have a fire, we will ask you whether anyone at the address is self-isolating or has a confirmed case of COVID-19. Where this is the case, we already have necessary measures in place to ensure everyone’s safety including protective clothing, gloves, masks, safety glasses and mask.

1 hour ago

No visitors at Waikato DHB

Libby Wilson Reporter from Hamilton Press

You will probably have caught up with news that visitors are no longer allowed at Waikato hospitals. The policy took effect today and includes southern rural and Thames hospitals.

"We recognise how important the support of whānau and friends is for our patients. However, this is an extraordinary situation and a necessary precaution for the safety of our patients, staff and community," a Waikato DHB statement said.

There are some exceptions, detailed in this story.

2 hours ago

Dairy in Powells Rd closes today

Patrick from Fairview Downs

Sad to say, but the owner is concerned about the number of people who don't seem to be taking this situation seriously. Not obeying the one in one out rule, unsupervised children touching things on the shelves, (he then has to clean), and a general disregard for the gravity of his health and the health of the community. So he has chosen to close his business down.
I can't say I blame him, but if as a community, had we known of his concerns, perhaps we could have helped. No amount of signage seemed to be working so a physical presence at the door reminding people of the rules may have enabled him to remain open. Alas that is all in hindsight now. He did indicate a number of his colleagues in the industry would follow suit so perhaps we can preserve the local community dairy with a bit of dialogue with them and a reminder at the door, by those who can afford the time to help.