Hamilton Lake, Hamilton

17 hours ago

Poll: Was the $19k Hamilton City Council team talk a good use of ratepayers' money?

Matt Bowen Reporter from Waikato Times

Morning neighbours,

Hamilton City Council staff have been treated to a $19k mass team talk at Claudelands Event Centre. It featured motivational speakers and a 25-minute acrobatic performance from circus company The Dust Palace.

Chief executive Richard Briggs defended the spend.

"Old school… View more
Morning neighbours,

Hamilton City Council staff have been treated to a $19k mass team talk at Claudelands Event Centre. It featured motivational speakers and a 25-minute acrobatic performance from circus company The Dust Palace.

Chief executive Richard Briggs defended the spend.

"Old school thinking is you don't spend any money on your staff and you expect them to just show up to work and go hard," he said after the event.

"New school thinking is you've got to give them some purpose for being here, and today was all about understanding that purpose and improving the wellbeing of the community."

What's your take on it? Read more here

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Was the $19k Hamilton City Council team talk a good use of ratepayers' money?
  • 36.6% Yes
    36.6% Complete
  • 55.2% No
    55.2% Complete
  • 8.2% I'm ambivalent
    8.2% Complete
134 votes
1 hour ago

Garage Sale - Houselot - Frankton/Dinsdale Saturday 19th October - 9am - 12pm.

Corey from Dinsdale

31a Primrose St, Frankton/Dinsdale

Clearing my mum's home as she is moving to Australia end of next week - Some furniture, clothing, kitchen appliances, kitchenware, blue mountain pottery, a great selection of potted plants and more.

Larger items available on trademe now (i.e. mum's … View more
31a Primrose St, Frankton/Dinsdale

Clearing my mum's home as she is moving to Australia end of next week - Some furniture, clothing, kitchen appliances, kitchenware, blue mountain pottery, a great selection of potted plants and more.

Larger items available on trademe now (i.e. mum's fridge + 'my other larger listings' can be purchased now via www.trademe.co.nz...)

See you on Saturday :)

Negotiable

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2 hours 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 way overdue one automatically thinks but hold on a minute ... let's not get excited too quickly here because;

It is common … 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 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.

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4 hours ago

Double Bed size headboards

Danny from Glenview

Double bed sized headboard. Very good condition as it has spent it entire life in a guest room and use very few times. We have purchased new set of furniture and no longer need this one. Pickup is in Pelorus Street Glenview PH 027 843 8161.

Price: $15

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4 days ago

Poll: WOULD YOU USE THE NEW AUCKLAND TRAIN?

Rudi from Hamilton Lake

TRANSPORT HUB TO PREPARE HAMILTON'S NORTHEAST FOR NEW TRAIN TO AND FROM AUCKLAND

CHRISTEL YARDLEY/STUFF
Passengers going from Hamilton to Auckland will stop at the Rotokauri Transport Hub (file photo).
Work on a new, northern transport hub for Hamilton will start before Christmas.
The $29 … View more
TRANSPORT HUB TO PREPARE HAMILTON'S NORTHEAST FOR NEW TRAIN TO AND FROM AUCKLAND

CHRISTEL YARDLEY/STUFF
Passengers going from Hamilton to Auckland will stop at the Rotokauri Transport Hub (file photo).
Work on a new, northern transport hub for Hamilton will start before Christmas.
The $29 million Rotokauri Transport Hub will include a bus interchange, a rail platform for Hamilton to Auckland passenger rail, and a pedestrian bridge over the railway to The Base.
Downer New Zealand Ltd has the contract to build the hub, a Hamilton City Council statement said.
It will give Hamiltonians more choice in how to get around the city, general manager development Chris Allen said.
The start-up rail service, due to start mid-2020, is a priority which came out of talks about the Hamilton to Auckland Corridor Plan, he said.
"Our contribution is to establish the new Rotokauri Transport Hub."
It's expected to take about 80 minutes to get from Rotokauri to Papakura on the train service, the statement said.
Once it's finished, the Rotokauri hub will include a park-and-ride facility for rail and bus passengers, including mobility spaces, electric vehicle charging spaces, drop-off and pick-up zones and taxi stands.
The total project cost to develop the hub, including land costs, design work and additional roading, is $29M, of which $18.5M is NZ Transport Agency subsidies.
KiwiRail will provide the Hamilton to Auckland passenger rail service, under a contract from Waikato Regional Council.
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WOULD YOU USE THE NEW AUCKLAND TRAIN?
  • 17.9% Only if the times suit me
    17.9% Complete
  • 7.9% Only if reliable
    7.9% Complete
  • 8.4% I will use it on weekends with my Gold Card
    8.4% Complete
  • 7.9% Don't ever go to Auckland
    7.9% Complete
  • 5.8% Don't care
    5.8% Complete
  • 49.5% Yes, I will use it
    49.5% Complete
  • 2.6% No
    2.6% Complete
190 votes
8 hours ago

What's On: Sound Healing concert

Maureen from Chartwell

Experience amazing vibrations with Symphonic Gong, Singing Bowls, & a host of indigenous instruments for relaxation of body, mind & spirit. Bookings essential. Details. phone Maureen 0276221878 07855955
Sound Healing concert
  • Sun Salute Yoga Center
7 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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15 hours ago

FOOD RECALL: Pak'n Save NZ Beef Mince

The team from Neighbourly.co.nz

Have you been affected? Pak’n Save Clarence Street is recalling a specific batch of its Pak’n Save brand NZ Beef Mince as the product may contain foreign matter (plastic).

Package size and description: The product is sold in clear plastic trays of various weights.
Distribution: The product … View more
Have you been affected? Pak’n Save Clarence Street is recalling a specific batch of its Pak’n Save brand NZ Beef Mince as the product may contain foreign matter (plastic).

Package size and description: The product is sold in clear plastic trays of various weights.
Distribution: The product is only sold in Pak'n Save Clarence Street, Hamilton.

Click here for consumer advice.

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13 hours ago

What's On: Musical Concert - Ruby Lyon

Hannah from Silverdale

After a year of climbing the barricade on the Les Miserables UK Tour, Ruby Lyon returns to New Zealand for a one night only concert at the Meteor.
Musical Concert - Ruby Lyon
  • The Meteor Theatre
14 hours ago

LIT: 50 shades in trees is coming up shortly

Alison from Frankton

The Crochet Crew began in 2017 with 45 members sourced from Facebook and Neighbourly who knitted and crocheted a 10 metre by 2.7metre shade sail which hung in the tall pine trees at Hamilton Lake Domain for 5 months.
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Later that year, the Pavlova Tree was entered into the Trees at the Meteor,

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The Crochet Crew began in 2017 with 45 members sourced from Facebook and Neighbourly who knitted and crocheted a 10 metre by 2.7metre shade sail which hung in the tall pine trees at Hamilton Lake Domain for 5 months.
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Later that year, the Pavlova Tree was entered into the Trees at the Meteor,

This year, 7 of the group have crocheted and knitted 50 light shades from acrylic yarn to suspend in the trees in Garden Place during the Fringe Festival, 26 October - 9 November

The light shades will be illuminated at night, and will be for sale at the end of the festival.

www.facebook.com...
#mylocalnews

3 days ago

Council facilities to close tomorrow

The team from Neighbourly.co.nz

Hamilton City Council and its facilities will close tomorrow morning until 11am for an all-staff meeting.

This affects the following - Hamilton City Council, Hamilton City Libraries, Smart Space, Hamilton i-SITE Visitor Information Centre, Waikato Museum and ArtsPost.

Click here for a full … View more
Hamilton City Council and its facilities will close tomorrow morning until 11am for an all-staff meeting.

This affects the following - Hamilton City Council, Hamilton City Libraries, Smart Space, Hamilton i-SITE Visitor Information Centre, Waikato Museum and ArtsPost.

Click here for a full list of closures. Essential services will continue, including the council’s call centre (07 838 6699) for any urgent enquires.
SOURCE: Our Hamilton

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1 day ago

This week's latest Blueprint

Hamilton Harcourts

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2 days ago

Join the Beaurepaires Club Today!

Anna Smith from Beaurepaires Hamilton Anglesea Street

Hey Neighbours!

Want access to exclusive deals like this?

Join the Beaurepaires Club for free and not only will we update you on our promotions so you never miss a deal, but you’ll receive exclusive members only discounts, special Airpoints™ offers, monthly prize draws, Facebook competitions … View more
Hey Neighbours!

Want access to exclusive deals like this?

Join the Beaurepaires Club for free and not only will we update you on our promotions so you never miss a deal, but you’ll receive exclusive members only discounts, special Airpoints™ offers, monthly prize draws, Facebook competitions and more!

It couldn’t be easier join - just click READ MORE and visit the Beaurepaires Club page to join and view these deals. Your vehicle will thank you for it!

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3 days ago

Workers needed, Taylors Laundry, Waikato Hospital

Wendy from Hamilton Lake

We are looking for temp. casual, part time and full time staff in various areas of our Laundry and have day and night shifts available. If you're available and reliable - (or if you know someone who might be interested) - please contact WENDY on Ph 0274 810 747 to discuss this … View moreWe are looking for temp. casual, part time and full time staff in various areas of our Laundry and have day and night shifts available. If you're available and reliable - (or if you know someone who might be interested) - please contact WENDY on Ph 0274 810 747 to discuss this further. NOTE: Please enquire before Friday 25th October.

1 day ago

Empowering Children through Arts Therapy

Lynda Preest from Arts for Health Community Trust

CREATIVITY & RESILIENCE Workshops for children 7-8 yrs.
If your child finds it hard to concentrate, seems worried or unsettled, then this art therapy workshop might be for them. Learn how to feel more confident with our registered arts therapists in our new after school programme where your … View more
CREATIVITY & RESILIENCE Workshops for children 7-8 yrs.
If your child finds it hard to concentrate, seems worried or unsettled, then this art therapy workshop might be for them. Learn how to feel more confident with our registered arts therapists in our new after school programme where your child will have fun, meet new people and use the creative arts to build resilience. $50 for 5 weeks. This workshop is limited to 12 people to ensure that every person receives plenty of time with our 2 therapists. Contact office@artsforhealth.co.nz.
Cass Hendry Registered Arts Therapist (Clinical)

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