Horsham Downs, Hamilton

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12 hours ago

Police officer injured while stuck in fleeing car

The Team Reporter from Hamilton Press

A police officer who tried to stop a fleeing driver ended up stuck in the car with the offender - allegedly being hit - until they crashed.

An 18-year-old from Rotorua has been arrested after the Saturday night incident that began on Hamilton’s Norton Road, police said.

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21 hours ago

State Highway 2

Waka Kotahi NZ Transport

From Sunday 21 April, road reconstruction work will begin on State Highway 2, Chapel Street, Masterton through until early June, weather permitting.

Throughout the works, one side of the road will be closed a time, day and night, all week. Light vehicles will need to detour down Dixon Street, … View more
From Sunday 21 April, road reconstruction work will begin on State Highway 2, Chapel Street, Masterton through until early June, weather permitting.

Throughout the works, one side of the road will be closed a time, day and night, all week. Light vehicles will need to detour down Dixon Street, and heavy vehicles to detour at Ngaumutawa Road.
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5 days ago

Poll: Where is this mural in Manukau?

Manukau Heart of the South

"Pretty Piwakawaka playing in Pōhutukawa on Polka Dots" is a vibrant new mural on a chorus box in Manukau created by local artist Paula Green. Have you seen it? Click the Find out More button for the correct answer on Manukau: Heart of the South's facebook page. Find out more

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Where is this mural in Manukau?
  • 16% Manukau Supa Centa
    16% Complete
  • 48% Hayman Park
    48% Complete
  • 32% 19 Lambie Drive
    32% Complete
  • 4% on the Rainbow's End rollercoaster
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25 votes
21 hours ago

Poll: Could we live without public bins?

The Team from Neighbourly.co.nz

Many public rubbish bins are being removed by councils due to the large costs of regularly emptying them. Do you think we can adapt and live without them?

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

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Could we live without public bins?
  • 12.6% Yes
    12.6% Complete
  • 86.9% No
    86.9% Complete
  • 0.5% Other - I'll share below
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1003 votes
12 hours ago

Have you checked out the new skate-park?

Libby Totton Reporter from Hauraki Herald

After a years-long “David versus Goliath” battle between wealthy bach owners and local skaters, Tairua’s million dollar skate-park is finally open.

With state of the art facilities and skating bowl, the estimated $1.12 million development centred in the popular holiday destination was … View more
After a years-long “David versus Goliath” battle between wealthy bach owners and local skaters, Tairua’s million dollar skate-park is finally open.

With state of the art facilities and skating bowl, the estimated $1.12 million development centred in the popular holiday destination was opened on Monday, looking to fill a generational hole in the town with a recreational space for youth.

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12 hours ago

Got a farm? Ever thought it could be a heritage site?

Libby Totton Reporter from Piako Post

Sprawling paddocks and “torn-down-looking buildings” might not scream heritage site, but they could get a farm out the back of Matamata on the list.

Sanigar, in Turangaomoana, was farmed by three generations of the Huston family and is “directly associated with the transformation of New … View more
Sprawling paddocks and “torn-down-looking buildings” might not scream heritage site, but they could get a farm out the back of Matamata on the list.

Sanigar, in Turangaomoana, was farmed by three generations of the Huston family and is “directly associated with the transformation of New Zealand’s rural landscape in the twentieth century”, according to Heritage NZ.

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12 hours ago

Police officer injured while stuck in fleeing car

The Team Reporter from Hamilton Press

A police officer who tried to stop a fleeing driver ended up stuck in the car with the offender - allegedly being hit - until they crashed.

An 18-year-old from Rotorua has been arrested after the Saturday night incident that began on Hamilton’s Norton Road, police said.

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12 hours ago

How do you think the Supercars will go in their new Taupō location?

Libby Totton Reporter from Taupō Times

In less than a week the roar of V8 Supercars will reverberate around Taupō, more than a decade after they were seen on Hamilton streets.

While Hamiltonians initially embraced the event, cracks started to appear in the promoters’ plans even before the first green flag dropped, and it ended … View more
In less than a week the roar of V8 Supercars will reverberate around Taupō, more than a decade after they were seen on Hamilton streets.

While Hamiltonians initially embraced the event, cracks started to appear in the promoters’ plans even before the first green flag dropped, and it ended with a tarnished legacy and a big bill for ratepayers.

So can the Taupō event be a success and have we learned from past mistakes?

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12 hours ago

Got a farm? Ever thought it could be a heritage site?

Libby Totton Reporter from Matamata Chronicle

Sprawling paddocks and “torn-down-looking buildings” might not scream heritage site, but they could get a farm out the back of Matamata on the list.

Sanigar, in Turangaomoana, was farmed by three generations of the Huston family and is “directly associated with the transformation of New … View more
Sprawling paddocks and “torn-down-looking buildings” might not scream heritage site, but they could get a farm out the back of Matamata on the list.

Sanigar, in Turangaomoana, was farmed by three generations of the Huston family and is “directly associated with the transformation of New Zealand’s rural landscape in the twentieth century”, according to Heritage NZ.

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7 hours ago

Coast regional council flags more user pays

Nicole Mathewson Reporter from The Press

By local democracy reporter Brendon McMahon:

West Coast residents face more "user pay" services and a hefty hike in rates under the West Coast Regional Council's proposed long-term plan (LTP).

Chairperson Peter Haddock said the council knew the proposed increases will be … View more
By local democracy reporter Brendon McMahon:

West Coast residents face more "user pay" services and a hefty hike in rates under the West Coast Regional Council's proposed long-term plan (LTP).

Chairperson Peter Haddock said the council knew the proposed increases will be challenging for some.

"But if we don't make these changes now, we are just kicking the can down the road."

Ratepayers should brace for a range of rises in the LTP 2024-25, including a proposed 27% general rates increase, a 22.7% rise in the uniform annual general charge (UAG), and jumps in the targeted rates for individual flood rating districts.

The council is also proposing to increase user fees and charges.

"The fairest approach is for those who use our services should pay for them," Haddock said on April 11.

He said the council wants feedback on is how to pay for under-invested council systems and processes, while demand for services "keeps growing".

"We are unable to carry out basic functions and services to meet community expectations, particularly in the back office financial area. This is now starting to seriously affect all ratepayers," Haddock said.

Relying on debt to cover day-to-day operational costs was "not sustainable".

"We have a big programme of work ahead of us so we have tried to lessen and smooth the load by spreading the increase over several years where we can."

The council is consulting a total budget increase of 20.8% for 2024-25, partially funded by borrowing alongside its preferred 27% general rates increase.

The council proposed initially borrowing for some activities until it can return to a stage of paying of debt in the next few years, Haddock said.

The rates had been kept "artificially low" and council had "no option but to take this approach to catch up", he said.

The council believed the alternative 44% rates-alone funding option in 2024-25 would be "unacceptable" to residents.

Formal feedback is also being sought on the future of Predator Free Te Kinga, as its external funding by Predator-free 2050 is due to run out in 2026-27.

Haddock said Te Kinga was "a special project for the region" with gains in species protection, but it needed ratepayer finding to continue.

Other key proposals flagged in the LTP:
* Formal transfer of the ownership of the Grey Floodwall and the Havill Wall (Franz Josef) assets to the regional council -- in line with flood and erosion protection asset management on behalf of 23 rating districts as a core function of council.
* Increases to targeted rates and the UAG.

The UAG will increase from $155.69 in 2023-24 to $192.59 in 2024-25. This fixed charge per property does not discriminate on location or property type.

About 75% of West Coast properties received some benefit from the region's 23 rating districts flood protection assets.

Many needed investment and work to maintain them, "or to potentially increase their standard of protection which will drive targeted rate increases".

That includes a bump of more than 500% for Westport's rating district in the next three years.

Consultation runs from April 12 until May 10, with public hearings anticipated from May 20 before council adopts the plan in June.

The Consultation Document and supporting information can be viewed at www.wcrc.govt.nz....

Copies will also be available to view at the Westport, Greymouth and Hokitika libraries and the Reefton Service Centre from April 15.

3 days ago

The Golden Ass heading to Circa!

Circa Theatre

Michael Hurst brings a glorious dose of masterful storytelling to Circa Theatre with his latest show The Golden Ass from 20 April!

Coming at you full force via ancient Rome, this free-wheeling adaptation is laugh-out-loud funny and subversively philosophical.

The original, written almost … View more
Michael Hurst brings a glorious dose of masterful storytelling to Circa Theatre with his latest show The Golden Ass from 20 April!

Coming at you full force via ancient Rome, this free-wheeling adaptation is laugh-out-loud funny and subversively philosophical.

The original, written almost 2,000 years ago by Apuleius, is the only Latin novel to survive in its entirety. In this riotous adaptation Hurst takes his audience on a wild ride, bringing a fresh and funny take on this fantastical, hilarious and sometimes terrifying tale.

The Golden Ass is a tale of epic proportions, and a powerful plea for empathy in a world gone mad. 

“riveting, salacious and very funny.” – Stuff
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7 days ago

Are you a first home buyer?

The Team Reporter from Stuff

Hello!
Are you a first home buyer? Is your mortgage going up and up with rising interest rates and you’re now struggling to make ends meet? Have you lost the ability to save any extra cash?

We’re reaching out from the Tova show, the flagship weekly politics podcast on Stuff, as we prepare… View more
Hello!
Are you a first home buyer? Is your mortgage going up and up with rising interest rates and you’re now struggling to make ends meet? Have you lost the ability to save any extra cash?

We’re reaching out from the Tova show, the flagship weekly politics podcast on Stuff, as we prepare a special episode on the interest rate crunch and how it’s affecting Kiwis - we’d love to hear your stories.

Please comment below if you would like to share your story, or email tova@stuff.co.nz. We give you our commitment to treat your experience with sensitivity and care.

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3 days ago

Crafty Cows Market !!!

Picklelicious NZ

Come and visit our Foodtruck for some South African Cuisine at the Crafty Cows Market on Sunday 14th April 10am - 1pm

✅Lamb 🍞Bunny Chow + carrot salad🥕
✅Lamb Curry & Rice + carrot salad
✅Vetkoek & Beef Curried Mince
✅Beans Bunny Chow + carrot salad

NB We serve our … View more
Come and visit our Foodtruck for some South African Cuisine at the Crafty Cows Market on Sunday 14th April 10am - 1pm

✅Lamb 🍞Bunny Chow + carrot salad🥕
✅Lamb Curry & Rice + carrot salad
✅Vetkoek & Beef Curried Mince
✅Beans Bunny Chow + carrot salad

NB We serve our Bunny Chows deconstructed on request .
Call or Text us on 027 6235000 for any preorders
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8 hours ago

Stop paying too much!

The Team from NZ Compare

The affordability of everyday items just keeps increasing!
If it’s not the petrol prices, it’s the cost of food, insurance or rates and let’s not get started on mortgage interest costs!

From our recent poll, it shows that over half of people are paying more than a 6% mortgage interest … View more
The affordability of everyday items just keeps increasing!
If it’s not the petrol prices, it’s the cost of food, insurance or rates and let’s not get started on mortgage interest costs!

From our recent poll, it shows that over half of people are paying more than a 6% mortgage interest rate. Home loan interest rates don't stay the same for long these days and it’s causing many households to feel stressed out.

Could you be saving thousands of dollars a year? If you don't check, you don't know. Get a FREE mortgage health check through Money Compare and find out. If you could save money, why wouldn’t you right?!

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4 days ago

Mates always talking footy?

Canterbury Rugby

At Canterbury Rugby, we’re putting our money where your mouth is!

Refer a friend that becomes a registered referee, and you’ll each score ONE HUNDRED BUCKS!

Head to the link below and start REF… erring your mates.

Because the game you love needs you and your mate!
Put them to the test

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12 hours ago

Building character with environment of care

The Team from Momentum Waikato

The Boys’ Brigade once had a much higher public profile, decades ago you would have routinely seen lads out and about in its military cadet-style uniform, but it is still going strong in the community, making a difference in boys’ lives.

The Boys Brigade Waikato Trust Fund at Momentum … View more
The Boys’ Brigade once had a much higher public profile, decades ago you would have routinely seen lads out and about in its military cadet-style uniform, but it is still going strong in the community, making a difference in boys’ lives.

The Boys Brigade Waikato Trust Fund at Momentum Waikato provides the Trust with income it uses to support the Brigade’s Waikato units.

Trust Treasurer Glenn Johnson says: “The parents that I am in contact with on a weekly basis consistently express their gratitude for what our leaders and the programmes do for their boys."

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5 days ago

"Finance Made Fun and Easy!"

The Team from Fraser ACE Adult Community Education

Fraser Adult Community Education's Accounting for Non-Accountants course is a game-changer for finance novices. Whether you're clueless about balance sheets or intimidated by income statements, this course has your back. Dive into the world of numbers without fear, as friendly instructors… View moreFraser Adult Community Education's Accounting for Non-Accountants course is a game-changer for finance novices. Whether you're clueless about balance sheets or intimidated by income statements, this course has your back. Dive into the world of numbers without fear, as friendly instructors simplify complex concepts into bite-sized pieces.
From budgeting basics to deciphering financial jargon, you'll gain practical skills applicable in both personal and professional spheres. No prior accounting knowledge required – just bring your curiosity and willingness to learn. Join this engaging journey and empower yourself with the financial know-how to navigate the money maze with confidence.
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12 hours ago

GARDEN GROUP

Peter from Rototuna North

Garden Group meets last Friday of every month at the All Saints Church hall, 191 Sandwich Road, St Andrews between 1.00 and 3.00pm

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5 days ago

Home and Garden Show 19 - 21April!

Jade Promotions

It’s all about idea’s, inspiration and exclusive show specials at the Taranaki Home and Garden Show on the 19th - 21st of April at TSB Stadium. Join the fun with our 2 for 1 Adult Entry Voucher

Enjoy over 130 exhibitors showcasing Kitchens, builders, renovators, pools and spas, flooring, … View more
It’s all about idea’s, inspiration and exclusive show specials at the Taranaki Home and Garden Show on the 19th - 21st of April at TSB Stadium. Join the fun with our 2 for 1 Adult Entry Voucher

Enjoy over 130 exhibitors showcasing Kitchens, builders, renovators, pools and spas, flooring, heating & cooling, Home Maintenance, lifestyle products, artisan goods and more. Make the most of exclusive Show specials, giveaways, expert advice plus check out exquisite paintings and captivating sculptures with The Collaboration Taranaki Art Show on the mezzanine floor!

Save the date in your diaries:19th to 21st of April

Fri & Sat 10 – 5, Sun 10 – 4
TSB Stadium, 1 Rogan Street, New Plymouth
Adults $5
Gold Card Friday $2.50
Under 16 free

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5 days ago

What do you think of this new cycleway?

The Team Reporter from Hamilton Press

People are being warned not to park on a newly built cycleway in west Hamilton if they don’t want to be fined.

Construction is underway on a revamped protected cycleway on Rifle Range Road to help link Dinsdale, Frankton to Maeroa and Forest Lake.

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5 days ago

Have your say

GWRC

The Long Term Plan is open for consultation and we want YOUR input.

We have two main topics we are consulting on. These are:

🚌Should Greater Wellington own the region's bus assets (depots and charging stations)?

Should Greater Wellington own 100% of CentrePort?

The … View more
The Long Term Plan is open for consultation and we want YOUR input.

We have two main topics we are consulting on. These are:

🚌Should Greater Wellington own the region's bus assets (depots and charging stations)?

Should Greater Wellington own 100% of CentrePort?

The region's buses are owned by private companies and operated on our behalf. We are proposing the ownership of buses, depots, and charging infrastructure to provide long-term security and future-proof facilities.

Currently we own 76.92% of the shares for CentrePort. We are proposing the purchase of the remaining 23.08% to establish 100% control of the shares. Full ownership means CentrePort will remain in public ownership and enable us to determine its future.

Do you agree or disagree with these proposals? Let us know your thoughts in the link below 👇
Click Here

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1 day ago

European ladies tour for 50 yrs and up

Edie Swney from The Travel Brokers - Edie Swney

Hi, wanted to organize for some time. I have created a lady's tour called Grand European with stops in Singapore along the way. May 2025. Solo or twin share. Great way to make new friends, lots of fun and laughter, I am sure.
If interested, please email me edie@thetravelbrokers.co.nz

Negotiable

10 days ago

What does your Denture need?

The Denture Man

Click on our website
Call Office 09 972 2545
Text Mobile 027 347 3246
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What does your Denture need?
  • 27.3% Clean
    27.3% Complete
  • 9.1% Repair
    9.1% Complete
  • 18.2% Reline
    18.2% Complete
  • 45.5% Replacement
    45.5% Complete
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2 days ago

What's On: Variations

Marilyn from Fairfield

Join Hamilton’s City Brass for an afternoon of quintessential brass band music. Cash only door sales: Adults $25, Seniors/Students: $20, Under 15: $10, Under 5: free (no eft-pos/credit cards).
Variations
  • Southwell School Performing Arts Centre
7 days ago

Art for Everyone Wellington!

GWRC

Wellington’s Newest & Largest Art Show at Tākina - Wellington Convention & Exhibition Centre, 19-21st April! Thousands of original quality artworks! Meet the artists who create the captivating works on show! Have a day out at The Wellington Art Show! $9 online, $12 door sales, $10 gold … View moreWellington’s Newest & Largest Art Show at Tākina - Wellington Convention & Exhibition Centre, 19-21st April! Thousands of original quality artworks! Meet the artists who create the captivating works on show! Have a day out at The Wellington Art Show! $9 online, $12 door sales, $10 gold card/student ID, 16 and under are free !

Show Days: Saturday 20th April 10am – 8pm, Sunday 21st April 10am – 5pm. Buy Wellington Tickets (New) – ART SHOW TICKETING

Our exclusive art experiences VIP Preview and Opening Night give you the best view of our artists’ thousands of artworks.

VIP PREVIEW 5pm–7:30pm Friday 19th April, Opening Night 7:30pm-10:30pm Friday 19th April. Buy Wellington Tickets (New) – ART SHOW TICKETING
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5 days ago

Did you see the aftermath of this Dinsdale robbery?

The Team Reporter from Hamilton Press

Working a day shift, Umesh Kahanal never expected to use his emergency training when he started at Caltex Dinsdale nine months ago.

But luckily he remembered the lessons when robbers rushed into the petrol station on Tuesday at 1.15pm.

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7 days ago

State Highway 2

Waka Kotahi NZ Transport

From Sunday 21 April, road reconstruction work will begin on State Highway 2, Chapel Street, Masterton through until early June, weather permitting.

Throughout the works, one side of the road will be closed a time, day and night, all week. Light vehicles will need to detour down Dixon Street, … View more
From Sunday 21 April, road reconstruction work will begin on State Highway 2, Chapel Street, Masterton through until early June, weather permitting.

Throughout the works, one side of the road will be closed a time, day and night, all week. Light vehicles will need to detour down Dixon Street, and heavy vehicles to detour at Ngaumutawa Road.
Find out more

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4 days ago

Did you stay in any of your jobs for 25 years?

The Team Reporter from Hamilton Press

When Susan Hassall was young women did “teaching or nursing“.

Fortunately, she loved teaching. She’s now both sad and excited to retire after a quarter-century as Hamilton Boys’ High School headmaster.

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7 days ago

Time running out to nominate a local legend

Porirua City Council

Do you know someone who deserves to be honoured for the work they do in the community? Nominate them for a Porirua Civic Award!

Nominations for the awards close this week, Friday 12 April. Running in the city since 1993, they recognise people who have contributed to Porirua with their … View more
Do you know someone who deserves to be honoured for the work they do in the community? Nominate them for a Porirua Civic Award!

Nominations for the awards close this week, Friday 12 April. Running in the city since 1993, they recognise people who have contributed to Porirua with their leadership, inspiration or commitment, often behind the scenes and out of the public eye.

Porirua Mayor Anita Baker says our city is full of residents giving up their own time for their neighbourhood, suburb or the city as a whole. These awards are a way to put worthy recipients in lights – even if it’s just for one night.

Past recipients have been recognised for things like maintaining a walkway near their home, helping with elderly care, supporting their local church, and volunteering their time and energy with a sports group or club.

Search ‘civic awards’ on our website for a nomination form.
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9 days ago

Poll: Would you pay more to scrap card surcharges?

The Team from Neighbourly.co.nz

We are used to tapping our card to pay in stores, but we are now having to decide whether to swipe it, insert it or use paywave depending on credit card surcharges. It can all be a bit tiring!

Would you rather that a retailer's card surcharges were just built into the cost of the items … View more
We are used to tapping our card to pay in stores, but we are now having to decide whether to swipe it, insert it or use paywave depending on credit card surcharges. It can all be a bit tiring!

Would you rather that a retailer's card surcharges were just built into the cost of the items themselves? Share your thoughts below.

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

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Would you pay more to scrap card surcharges?
  • 16.6% Yes
    16.6% Complete
  • 80.8% No
    80.8% Complete
  • 2.6% Other - I'll share below
    2.6% Complete
2608 votes
7 days ago

Haven Falls Funeral Home Ki Rotorua

Haven Falls

Haven Falls are very blessed to be opening their new branch in Rotorua.

Located at 271 Old Taupo Road, Rotorua these facilities offer a large chapel, dining hall and extended off road parking.

We invite you at anytime to pop in and speak with one of our team members and have a look around … View more
Haven Falls are very blessed to be opening their new branch in Rotorua.

Located at 271 Old Taupo Road, Rotorua these facilities offer a large chapel, dining hall and extended off road parking.

We invite you at anytime to pop in and speak with one of our team members and have a look around the facilities offered.

We operate 24 hours 7 days a week.
0800 428366
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3 days ago

One day to go until our SPCA Adoption Open Day Saturday, 13 April

The Team from SPCA Hamilton - Centre & Op Shops

Ready to welcome a new furry friend into your family these school holidays?

We are reducing our adoption fees to make it easier than ever to find your perfect companion, just in time for winter. From 13-28 April, our fees are 25% off.

Visit us on our National Adoption Open Day on Saturday, 13… View more
Ready to welcome a new furry friend into your family these school holidays?

We are reducing our adoption fees to make it easier than ever to find your perfect companion, just in time for winter. From 13-28 April, our fees are 25% off.

Visit us on our National Adoption Open Day on Saturday, 13 April, or apply online for a private meet-and-greet.

With over 1,000 animals patiently waiting for adoption across the country you are sure to find your perfect match.

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