Hillcrest, Hamilton

3 hours ago

What do you think of the mayor's suggestion?

The Team Reporter from Hamilton Press

Hamilton’s mayor wants to cut a 19.9% rates increase proposed for next year - and she’d support selling some city council asset sales to help.

Paula Southgate said she wants to pull the increase back towards the originally proposed 16.3%, which would be challenging but could make a … View more
Hamilton’s mayor wants to cut a 19.9% rates increase proposed for next year - and she’d support selling some city council asset sales to help.

Paula Southgate said she wants to pull the increase back towards the originally proposed 16.3%, which would be challenging but could make a $100-a-year difference for the average Hamilton home.

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11 hours ago

Which transport projects would you pick?

Auckland Transport

Our transport plan for Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland is designed to make our city the best it can be.

There are a lot of projects to work on, but we can’t do them all at once. That’s why we need you to help us decide which projects are prioritised first.

Have your say with our 5 min surveyView more
Our transport plan for Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland is designed to make our city the best it can be.

There are a lot of projects to work on, but we can’t do them all at once. That’s why we need you to help us decide which projects are prioritised first.

Have your say with our 5 min survey here by 17 June 2024.

The plan is looking to make improvement to:
Travel choices for Aucklanders, including train, bus, ferry, car, cycle or on foot.
Road infrastructure conditions.
Road safety.
Support growth and economic productivity.
Environmental outcomes.

Looking forward to your feedback.
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11 hours ago

Glaucoma NZ free patient symposium

Glaucoma NZ

We look forward to welcoming you to the Glaucoma NZ Tauranga Patient Symposium, 10am on Saturday 8th of June at Tauranga’s Armitage Hotel and Conference Centre.

Ophthalmologist Dr Sam Kain and Optometrists, Alex Petty and Julia Walker will explain what glaucoma is, how it is diagnosed, the … View more
We look forward to welcoming you to the Glaucoma NZ Tauranga Patient Symposium, 10am on Saturday 8th of June at Tauranga’s Armitage Hotel and Conference Centre.

Ophthalmologist Dr Sam Kain and Optometrists, Alex Petty and Julia Walker will explain what glaucoma is, how it is diagnosed, the latest treatments and surgeries, and what you need to know about glaucoma eye drops.

Please click the link and complete the online form to register your attendance and to receive a reminder notice leading up to the event.
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11 hours ago

Celebrating heritage

NZ Lotto

Funds raised by Lotto New Zealand players fuels growth of Hakaru community hall

From joyous celebrations like weddings and birthdays, to solemn gatherings for farewells; Hakaru Community Hall stands as a testament to the enduring spirit of its community.

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Funds raised by Lotto New Zealand players fuels growth of Hakaru community hall

From joyous celebrations like weddings and birthdays, to solemn gatherings for farewells; Hakaru Community Hall stands as a testament to the enduring spirit of its community.

The hall has been the heart of Hakaru for nearly a century and recently underwent a refresh to meet the changing needs of the community with funding support from Te Puna Tahua Lottery Grants Board.

“The grant has been huge in helping us make improvements, including the installation of a new entrance and upgrading of some of our older amenities,” says Secretary Dennis Reeve.

Over the years, the Hall has witnessed generations come together in times of happiness and sorrow and symbolises more than just a space, it’s a bond that unites the Hakaru community.

The grant also recently helped the hall committee to expand its offerings from hosting dance, yoga, and pilates classes to providing a space for local musicians to practice.

With every step forward, Hakaru Hall is committed to fostering connection, culture, and community spirit for another century to come with the help of local grants.

This is just one of the incredible causes keeping our heritage alive, with 100% of Lotto New Zealand’s profits going back to support thousands of great causes all over Aotearoa. So, every time you play any Lotto New Zealand game, it’s a win for our communities.

Read more Local Grants recipient stories
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11 hours ago

The Building Guys

The Team from The Building Guys

Call us today! If you’re looking for a friendly family run business with over 35 years renovation experience then choose us.

We are based in East Auckland and have a team of good qualified people – Jade (the builder), Kelvin (the plumber), Chevi (the electrician) and Russell (the tiler) to … View more
Call us today! If you’re looking for a friendly family run business with over 35 years renovation experience then choose us.

We are based in East Auckland and have a team of good qualified people – Jade (the builder), Kelvin (the plumber), Chevi (the electrician) and Russell (the tiler) to do every job right. Our team follows industry guidelines on coronavirus safety procedures to keep your family protected.

Book online using the link below or call Lucy on 021 022 55 388 for a chat about your amazing renovation plans.

Be safe!
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11 hours ago

Stay dry under your Sanctuary Pergola.

Sanctuary Pergolas

As winter approaches, it's the perfect time to invest in a pergola for your outdoor space.

An pergola not only provides shelter from rain and wind but also creates a cozy, inviting atmosphere for gatherings. With the right setup, you can enjoy your patio or garden year-round, transforming … View more
As winter approaches, it's the perfect time to invest in a pergola for your outdoor space.

An pergola not only provides shelter from rain and wind but also creates a cozy, inviting atmosphere for gatherings. With the right setup, you can enjoy your patio or garden year-round, transforming it into a charming retreat even in colder months.

Protect your furniture, keep your outdoor area dry, and add a touch of elegance to your home with a stylish and functional pergola. Don't let the weather keep you inside—extend your living space with a pergola this winter!
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2 hours ago

Canterbury ratepayers face 17.9% rates hike

Nicole Mathewson Reporter from The Press

By David Hill, Local Democracy Reporter

Canterbury households are facing a lower than expected rates rise after the regional council found savings, including delaying some transport projects.

After two days of deliberations last week, Environment Canterbury pulled back its proposed average … View more
By David Hill, Local Democracy Reporter

Canterbury households are facing a lower than expected rates rise after the regional council found savings, including delaying some transport projects.

After two days of deliberations last week, Environment Canterbury pulled back its proposed average rates rise from 24.2% to 17.9%.

Acting chairperson Craig Pauling said there were some tense negotiations, but he was pleased with the outcome.

The councillors voted on 15 main resolutions, with several resulting in close division among the 16 councillors, he said.

‘‘Even though it was tense throughout, there was good support at the end and people felt there was some good give and take in the room,’’ Pauling said.

‘‘The feeling in the room was, ‘we have done all we could have’.’’

More than 1300 submissions were received on the draft long-term plan, with 153 making oral presentations during the hearings, which were held over four days.

‘‘We tested the water with some bold options in our consultation and the response demonstrated there were mixed views, with some saying we needed to deliver more, while others identified we could make savings or prioritise work,’’ Pauling said.

Savings were made by delaying some of the proposed public transport projects, including delaying work on a mass transit business case until year 2 and postponing bus route improvement work until year three.

‘‘It makes sense to delay this work so we have a better idea of where the Government and Waka Kotahi (NZ Transport Agency) are heading,’’ Pauling said.

‘‘Some councillors thought we should be more cautious, but if we don’t put it in the plan, we don’t get anything from Waka Kotahi.’’

About three-quarters of submissions supported the council increasing its spending on ‘‘river resilience’’, including flood protection, and pest and weed control.

The council is proposing to invest $25 million a year, over the next 10 years, to boost flood protection.

There was strong support for a district-wide rate for river resilience in Selwyn, and the council was considering similar options from the Ashley Rakahuri River and other rivers in South Canterbury.

Pauling said it would need support from the community, local councils and ultimately central Government.

‘‘Over the last five years we have been getting more and more requests for how we might move forward in addressing our rivers.

‘‘It is recognition that rivers are important to everybody.’’

He said river resilience was a national issue, as disruption to bridges on major routes could affect the whole country.

‘‘Room for rivers’’ was an important conversation and could be achieved by buying land, such as Environment Canterbury buying land beside the Ashburton River.

Another example was the Waimakariri District Council’s land purchase on Lineside Rd, beside the Cam Ruataniwha River.

‘‘By acquiring the land we can do something great for the community,’’ Pauling said.

Council staff will now finalise the long-term plan before it is audited by Audit New Zealand and adopted by councillors on June 26.

■ LDR is local body journalism co-funded by RNZ and NZ On Air.

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3 hours ago

'Tragic' head-on crash near Hamilton killed five people

Libby Totton Reporter from Waikato Times

The stretch of highway near Hamilton where five people died in a head-on crash late Tuesday afternoon re-opened about midnight.⁠

The two-vehicle crash is the deadliest since 2022. ⁠

It happened on State Highway 3 in Ōhaupō, halfway between Hamilton and Te Awamutu, at 4.44pm on … View more
The stretch of highway near Hamilton where five people died in a head-on crash late Tuesday afternoon re-opened about midnight.⁠

The two-vehicle crash is the deadliest since 2022. ⁠

It happened on State Highway 3 in Ōhaupō, halfway between Hamilton and Te Awamutu, at 4.44pm on Tuesday.

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3 hours ago

Did you know former councillor James Parlane?

Libby Totton Reporter from Cambridge Edition

Family and friends of a “morally courageous” ex-Waipā councillor are shocked and heartbroken by his sudden death in a car crash.

James Parlane was often misunderstood, says his sister Angela Parlane, and rubbed people the wrong way because “he just had no filter”.

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3 hours ago

What do you think of the mayor's suggestion?

The Team Reporter from Hamilton Press

Hamilton’s mayor wants to cut a 19.9% rates increase proposed for next year - and she’d support selling some city council asset sales to help.

Paula Southgate said she wants to pull the increase back towards the originally proposed 16.3%, which would be challenging but could make a … View more
Hamilton’s mayor wants to cut a 19.9% rates increase proposed for next year - and she’d support selling some city council asset sales to help.

Paula Southgate said she wants to pull the increase back towards the originally proposed 16.3%, which would be challenging but could make a $100-a-year difference for the average Hamilton home.

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1 day ago

Keep yourself protected against Covid

Ministry of Health

It might not be making quite so many headlines these days, but unfortunately, Covid is still here. If you’re 65 or over, taking care of yourself is just as important as ever.

The good news is, keeping up to date with the Covid vaccine can help protect you from serious illness. It’s free. And… View more
It might not be making quite so many headlines these days, but unfortunately, Covid is still here. If you’re 65 or over, taking care of yourself is just as important as ever.

The good news is, keeping up to date with the Covid vaccine can help protect you from serious illness. It’s free. And recommended for you and many others as long as you haven’t had the vaccine, or Covid, in the last 6 months.

To book your vaccination, or talk to your healthcare provider.
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2 days ago

Could the jury service process be improved?

The Team from Neighbourly.co.nz

Every year, thousands of New Zealanders are called up to serve as jurors in the High and District Courts, and it's an important way to contribute to your country.

But for some, jury service can be a huge disruption and a financial burden. Do you think changes could be made to our jury … View more
Every year, thousands of New Zealanders are called up to serve as jurors in the High and District Courts, and it's an important way to contribute to your country.

But for some, jury service can be a huge disruption and a financial burden. Do you think changes could be made to our jury service system to address these challenges?

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2 days ago

Get That Healthy Gut Feeling

Xtendlife

Hi neighbours – it's the team from Xtendlife!

Boost your digestive health and vitality with Xtendlife’s Healthy Gut Bundle. Featuring prebiotic-rich Kiwi-Klenz and premium Omega 3 / QH Premium CoQ10 fish oil, it provides your body with gut-friendly nutrients to foster beneficial … View more
Hi neighbours – it's the team from Xtendlife!

Boost your digestive health and vitality with Xtendlife’s Healthy Gut Bundle. Featuring prebiotic-rich Kiwi-Klenz and premium Omega 3 / QH Premium CoQ10 fish oil, it provides your body with gut-friendly nutrients to foster beneficial bacteria growth, enhance protein digestion, and reduce bloating and toxin accumulation. Visit our website to discover better digestion.

In good health,
The Xtendlife Team
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1 day ago

Would you like a property somewhere like this?

Libby Totton Reporter from Waikato Times

A recent forced sale has freed up one of the last large hilltop swathes of Raglan for potential development.

Last Friday, 21 Upper Wainui Road, a property with two dwellings, 2.6 hectares of land and stunning coastal views, went under the hammer in a court-ordered sale, reaching a final price of… View more
A recent forced sale has freed up one of the last large hilltop swathes of Raglan for potential development.

Last Friday, 21 Upper Wainui Road, a property with two dwellings, 2.6 hectares of land and stunning coastal views, went under the hammer in a court-ordered sale, reaching a final price of $2,040,000.

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2 days ago

Do good in the dark times

Victim Support

The impact of crime, suicide, and traumatic events can be overwhelming, but as a Victim Support volunteer, you can help victims navigate their darkest moments. With your empathy and support, victims can feel empowered to take the next steps.

Our volunteers are everyday heroes who provide … View more
The impact of crime, suicide, and traumatic events can be overwhelming, but as a Victim Support volunteer, you can help victims navigate their darkest moments. With your empathy and support, victims can feel empowered to take the next steps.

Our volunteers are everyday heroes who provide essential guidance and a listening ear. You don’t need to be a professional; just bring your genuine self and a willingness to make a difference. Join our team and be the difference in someone's life today.

With heartfelt thanks,
The Victim Support Team
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1 day ago

Poll: Should Hamilton City Council shrink the number of councillors?

The Team Reporter from Hamilton Press

A political bunfight is brewing over moves to cut councillor numbers on Hamilton City Council.

Potential mayoral candidate Tim Macindoe, supported by four others, has asked Thursday’s meeting to agree to a representation report that covers replacing the current east-west split with one … View more
A political bunfight is brewing over moves to cut councillor numbers on Hamilton City Council.

Potential mayoral candidate Tim Macindoe, supported by four others, has asked Thursday’s meeting to agree to a representation report that covers replacing the current east-west split with one city-wide ward.

It also seeks consideration of cutting representative numbers from 15 - including 12 general councillors spread over two wards, two Māori ward representatives and the mayor - to 11.

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Should Hamilton City Council shrink the number of councillors?
  • 90.3% Yes
    90.3% Complete
  • 6.5% No
    6.5% Complete
  • 3.2% Not sure
    3.2% Complete
  • 0% Other - explain in the comments
    0% Complete
31 votes
2 days ago
11 hours ago

The riddles keep coming!

Riddles from The Neighbourly Riddler

A pair which you will cut and that begins and ends with ‘S’. Do you know what it is?

Do you think you know the answer to our daily riddle? Don't spoil it for your neighbours! Simply 'Like' this post and we'll post the answer in the comments below at 2pm.

Want to stop … View more
A pair which you will cut and that begins and ends with ‘S’. Do you know what it is?

Do you think you know the answer to our daily riddle? Don't spoil it for your neighbours! Simply 'Like' this post and we'll post the answer in the comments below at 2pm.

Want to stop seeing riddles in your newsfeed? No worries! Simply head here and click once on the Following button.

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2 days ago

Road Reconstruction Work

Waka Kotahi NZ Transport

From early June, road reconstruction work will begin on State Highway 2, High Street, Carterton until early July, weather permitting.

The works are between Rhodes Street and south of Andersons Line. Southbound vehicles will need to detour at Somerset Road, Carters Line and Park Road which adds a… View more
From early June, road reconstruction work will begin on State Highway 2, High Street, Carterton until early July, weather permitting.

The works are between Rhodes Street and south of Andersons Line. Southbound vehicles will need to detour at Somerset Road, Carters Line and Park Road which adds a significant amount of time to journeys. Northbound traffic can travel through High Street with speed limits in place. We encourage you to plan ahead to avoid delays.

This section of the road is in poor condition so it’s important for the safety of everyone who uses the road that this work is undertaken. The works will be unavoidably disruptive for the Carterton community and SH2 users in the Wairarapa.

We appreciate that roadworks are inconvenient for neighbours, and thank the community in advance for their patience while we complete these major works.
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1 day ago

Hamilton east Tuition Centre

Vidya from Hamilton East

Hey guys, (please View attached image also)

As a high school Math and Science teacher, I have realised the urgency of the matter of Math and Literacy struggles. I would like to offer support for our children who are the future. Hence I am starting a tuition centre at my home.

I intend to … View more
Hey guys, (please View attached image also)

As a high school Math and Science teacher, I have realised the urgency of the matter of Math and Literacy struggles. I would like to offer support for our children who are the future. Hence I am starting a tuition centre at my home.

I intend to charge the minimum while helping as many kids as possible get stronger in Math and Literacy.

If you want some tuition for your child or know someone who needs a teacher, please reach out.

Have a great day!

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4 days ago

A Whole New Lifestyle

Acacia Cove

Care, Community, And Connection

Acacia Cove, a country-style village situated on the beautiful Wattle Downs Peninsula has 31 weekly activities.

For those who appreciate the tranquility of an estuary setting Acacia Cove has it all, as well as its own restaurant, heated indoor pool, library, … View more
Care, Community, And Connection

Acacia Cove, a country-style village situated on the beautiful Wattle Downs Peninsula has 31 weekly activities.

For those who appreciate the tranquility of an estuary setting Acacia Cove has it all, as well as its own restaurant, heated indoor pool, library, bowling green and gym.

Whether you choose to live in a villa or one of our luxurious apartments, you’ll have the security of a 24 hour, fully monitored emergency call system built in.
If you’re aged 60 or over, value your independence but want greater security, come and have a look at the superb properties we have to offer.

Contact long time manager Bruce to book a visit today!
(09) 268 8522.
admin@ocaciacove.co.nz
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1 day ago

As voted by you New Zealand

Hilda Ross Retirement Village

Ryman is proud to be recognised as New Zealand’s Most Trusted Brand in Aged Care & Retirement Villages once again! So we want to say THANK YOU Aotearoa, for your continued trust and support. Together, we’ll continue building vibrant communities where everyone can thrive.

Here’s to 10 … View more
Ryman is proud to be recognised as New Zealand’s Most Trusted Brand in Aged Care & Retirement Villages once again! So we want to say THANK YOU Aotearoa, for your continued trust and support. Together, we’ll continue building vibrant communities where everyone can thrive.

Here’s to 10 more years of trust and excellence! #Ryman #MostTrusted #Community

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5 days ago

The Resene Wallpaper Sale is on!

Resene

Now is your chance to dress up your walls and save 25% off* the extensive range of Resene wallpapers available at your local Resene ColorShop! Patterned or bold, textured or neutral – there’s something to suit all tastes. Offer ends 17 June 2024.

* Discount off the normal retail price at … View more
Now is your chance to dress up your walls and save 25% off* the extensive range of Resene wallpapers available at your local Resene ColorShop! Patterned or bold, textured or neutral – there’s something to suit all tastes. Offer ends 17 June 2024.

* Discount off the normal retail price at Resene owned ColorShops and participating resellers. Excludes wall decals, WallPrint and clearance items. Not available in conjunction with any other offer.

View the full selection of wallpapers at your local Resene ColorShop and get a taste of some of the options online.
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9 days ago

Share your most delicious (but affordable!) go-to meal...

The Team from Neighbourly.co.nz

Winter is knocking at the door and the cost of living has already made itself at home. So let's help each other out by sharing your meal ideas that don't break the bank.

Comment below with your go-to meals that are delicious and affordable.

Type 'Not For Print' if you wish… View more
Winter is knocking at the door and the cost of living has already made itself at home. So let's help each other out by sharing your meal ideas that don't break the bank.

Comment below with your go-to meals that are delicious and affordable.

Type 'Not For Print' if you wish your comments to be excluded from the Conversations column of your local paper.

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