48 days ago

Houseplants looking sick? The plant doctor answers your questions

Mikaela Wilkes Reporter from Homed

Hi neighbours,
Thank you to everyone who submitted questions about their sickly plant babies. Houseplants might be fashionable, but they can be tricky to get right. Whether it’s the wrong light, too much or too little water, or a pesky draft, it doesn’t take much for your prize peace lily to turn yellow or an infestation of bugs to set in.

We put some of your houseplant questions to the plant doctors from Kings Plant Barn to diagnose. Find their answers here.

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7 hours ago

What is this all about?

Lee from Glenview

At the web link below you will see that the Western Australia Government has issued an Instrument of Authorisation under the Public Health Act 2016 (WA) "to Supply or Administer a Poison [SARS-COV-2 (COVID-19) VACCINE – Australian Defence Force] (No.2) 2021." Also that appearing under the aforementioned words there is a sub-heading which reads; "Guidance: An authorisation by the Chief Health Office under the s. 197 and s.198 Public Health Act 2016 (WA) to authorise relevant Australian Defence Force employees to supply and administer the COVID-19 Vaccine."


Opening the .pdf file at the abovementioned link - which I am also providing below - one reads that Dr Andrew Robertson, Chief Health Officer (WA), acting pursuant to sections 197 and 198 of the Public Health Act 2016 (WA), was - on 5 March 2021 - given power for the purposes of emergency management during a public health state of emergency to authorise a person to supply or administer a poison ..." etc.with reference to the COVID vaccine and the Australian Defence Force.

8 hours ago

Your Big Mac, ordered from here.


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New Zealand is one of McDonald’s top ten beef-producing markets and it’s such a hit with the rest of the world that a significant percentage of NZ’s beef exports are to international McDonald’s markets.

We partner with many Kiwi farmers who produce our beef, including Whangara Farms which was the first beef farm outside of Europe to be invited to the McDonald’s Flagship Farmers programme.

ANZCO Foods, based in the small Taranaki town of Waitara, are responsible for making our 100% beef patties. About 90% of the staff at the Waitara plant are locals and they manage to produce around half a million patties each day.

Our quality beef cuts are minced and that’s it. No additives or fillers, just mince that is formed in patties, before they’re flash-frozen and sent to restaurants.
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10 hours ago

Closure of Brooklyn Road affecting neighbours and Five Cross Roads intersection

Lee from Glenview

Please refer to my original message at: www.neighbourly.co.nz...

I have tonight received an e-mail from the HCC which reads as follows -

"Further to your email received on Tuesday 20 April 2021 requesting information relating to the meeting held at The Grandstand, Claudelands on 19 April 2021, please find our response below.

Request (1)
Provide copy or copies of the public notices that notified all residents and ratepayers of Hamilton of the abovementioned meeting in relation to a proposal to close one of the five roads leading into the "Five Cross Roads" intersection (being Brooklyn Road).

Response (1)
The meeting was not a scheduled engagement with the wider community – it was held in response to correspondence received since 7 April 2021, from some residents in the Brooklyn Road area. Notification of this meeting was made via the generic email (Appendix 1) sent to individuals who had made direct contact relating to the Five Cross Roads intersection with Hamilton City Council or AECOM between 7 April and 19 April 2021.
Please be aware, information that has been redacted has been done in accordance with LGOIMA Section 7(2)(a) – To protect the privacy of the natural persons."

Copies of the correspondence referred to above are attached.

So here again is proof that our council is not engaging widely with Hamilton ratepayers and residents as I believe it is obligated to do. Rather, it is secretly pushing through significant decisions that will have an effect on a large number of people. (I believe this is happening - not only with the Five Cross Roads intersection and Brooklyn Road project but also many others like it around Hamilton underway right now - because the Hamilton City Council know that putting out their unilateral decisions through "public consultation" would result in an outcry).

Is it acceptable to the readers of this message that the Hamilton City Council is using our hard-earned money to make changes to our city WITHOUT ENGAGING US? From my view point this absolutely stinks!

And, is this how the $55 million allocated to “providing more safer routes for biking, scooting and skating” is being spent ... without ratepayers having any say in where the money goes?

Appendix 1 - Invitation.PDF Download View