Maeroa, Hamilton

3 days ago

Should prisoners be allowed to vote in the council elections?

Kendra Stone Reporter from Waikato Times

Hi neighbours - prisoners have expressed that they want to be able to vote in both the general election and local body elections.

They say it would help them feel human and connected to the community, with former prisoner Awatea Mita saying the voting ban is "humiliating and … View more
Hi neighbours - prisoners have expressed that they want to be able to vote in both the general election and local body elections.

They say it would help them feel human and connected to the community, with former prisoner Awatea Mita saying the voting ban is "humiliating and dehumanising".

What do you think? Should prisoners be allowed to vote in the council elections? Read more here

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1 hour ago

FOOD RECALL: Swiss Deli meat products

The team from Neighbourly.co.nz

Have you been affected? Swiss Deli Ltd is recalling all batches and all dates of its own brand pre-cooked and ready-to-eat meat products as a lack of processing controls may result in the presence of Listeria monocytogenes. Two Pams Finest brand products are also included in this recall.

Package… View more
Have you been affected? Swiss Deli Ltd is recalling all batches and all dates of its own brand pre-cooked and ready-to-eat meat products as a lack of processing controls may result in the presence of Listeria monocytogenes. Two Pams Finest brand products are also included in this recall.

Package size and description: the products are sold in various-sized plastic packets and plastic bags over supermarket deli counters.

Distribution:
Supermarkets throughout the North Island.
Swiss Deli, 68–70 Greenmount Drive, East Tamaki, Auckland.
The products are also sold online through the Swiss Deli website.

Click here for consumer advice and to see a full list of the recalled items.

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14 days ago

Poll: SHOULD PRISONERS BE ALLOWED TO VOTE?

Rudi from Hamilton Lake

The Waitangi Tribunal is telling the government to urgently repeal a law preventing prisoners from voting so they can take part in the next election.

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SHOULD PRISONERS BE ALLOWED TO VOTE?
  • 72.7% No
    72.7% Complete
  • 24.1% Yes
    24.1% Complete
  • 2% Stopping them is racist
    2% Complete
  • 1.2% Not sure
    1.2% Complete
245 votes
19 hours ago

Angela Strange standing for Waikato Regional Council

Angela from Chartwell

Hi everyone, I am pleased to announce that I am standing in the upcoming Local Body Elections, representing the Hamilton Constituency for Waikato Regional Council.

The Waikato region is a great place to live, work, and raise a family. It’s important that growth is well-planned and sustainable, … View more
Hi everyone, I am pleased to announce that I am standing in the upcoming Local Body Elections, representing the Hamilton Constituency for Waikato Regional Council.

The Waikato region is a great place to live, work, and raise a family. It’s important that growth is well-planned and sustainable, with the health of our environment at its core.

I am committed to prudent financial management, ensuring smart investment in infrastructure, and providing core services cost-effectively.

We must ensure our transport network is balanced, efficient and accessible, providing a diverse range of options.

Water is an essential resource, requiring protection for future generations; the health of our waterways is an important component of this.

It’s important we value healthy air and soils, biosecurity and ecological restoration.

Environmental education develops the ability to think and act sustainably. I have been an active supporter of the Enviroschools programme over many years.

I represent hard work, integrity and loyalty, and am proud to be a part of a growing, vibrant region with a key role to play in New Zealand’s future.

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2 hours ago

What's On: Hamilton Anglers Club

Ray from Flagstaff

Our September meeting offers a fly tying demo and our guest speaker is Adam Daniel, Fish & Game (Auck./Waikato) with an update on local fisheries, visitors welcome. www.hac.org
Hamilton Anglers Club
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3 hours ago

What's On: Chartwell Writers Den

Susan from Chartwell

Meets fortnightly at Chartwell Library 5.30-7pm. Contact Susan 8533612 or Margaret 8559411. Next meeting 5th September.
Chartwell Writers Den
  • Chartwell Library
3 hours ago

It's World Iron Awareness Week!

Health 2000 Hamilton Central

Thousands of New Zealanders aren’t getting enough iron. Are you one of them?

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2 days ago

A Glimpse into the Future. Food for thought

Paul from Pukete

A Glimpse into the Future.
In a recent interview, the Head of Daimler Benz (Mercedes Benz) said their competitors are no longer other car companies, but Tesla (obviously), and now, Google, Apple, Amazon 'et al' are……
Forbes says that people whose minds are stuck in 20th Century … View more
A Glimpse into the Future.
In a recent interview, the Head of Daimler Benz (Mercedes Benz) said their competitors are no longer other car companies, but Tesla (obviously), and now, Google, Apple, Amazon 'et al' are……
Forbes says that people whose minds are stuck in 20th Century thinking and believe that the world will resemble what it is in 2018, will become redundant, bankrupt and largely unemployable.
Software will disrupt most traditional industries in the next 5-10 years.
Uber is just a software tool, they don't own any cars, and are now the biggest taxi company in the world.
Airbnb is now the biggest hotel company in the world, although they don't own any properties.
Artificial Intelligence: Computers become exponentially better in
understanding the world. This year, a computer beat the best Go
player in the world, 10 years earlier than expected.
In the U.S., young lawyers already can't get jobs. Because of IBM Watson, you can get legal advice (so far for more or less basic stuff)within seconds, with 90% accuracy compared with 70% accuracy when done by humans.
So, if you study law, stop immediately. There will be 90% less
lawyers in the future, only specialists will remain.
Watson already helps nurses diagnosing cancer, 4 times more accurate than human nurses. Facebook now has a pattern recognition software that can recognise faces better than humans. In 2030, computers will become more intelligent than humans.
Autonomous cars: In 2019 the first self-driving cars will appear for
the public. Around 2020, the complete industry will start to be
disrupted. You don't want to own a car anymore. You will call a car with your phone, it will show up at your location and drive you toyour destination. You will not need to park it, you only pay for the driven distance and you can be productive while driving.
Our kids will never get a driver's license and will never own a car.It will change the cities, because we will need 90-95% less cars forthat. We can transform former parking spaces into parks.
1.2 million people die each year in car accidents worldwide. We now have one accident every 60,000 miles (100,000 km), with autonomous driving that will drop to one accident in 6 million miles (10 million km). That will save a million lives each year.
Most car companies will probably go bankrupt. Traditional car
companies are now trying the traditional approach to build a better car with an electric motor, while tech companies (Tesla, Apple, Google) take the revolutionary approach and build a computer on wheels. Many engineers from Volkswagen and Audi are completely terrified of Tesla. People who are part of the anti-Tesla brigade are unwittingly announcing to the world that they will soon be broke and are unable to comprehend the dramatic changes now happening in everything.
If you own a petrol car with a large engine, dump it now.
Auto Insurance companies will have massive trouble because without accidents, car insurance will become much cheaper Their car insurance business model will slowly disappear.
Real estate will change. Because if you can work while you commute,people will move further away to live in a more beautiful neighbourhood.
Electric cars will start to become mainstream about 2020. Cities will be less noisy because all new cars will run on electricity. Electricity will become incredibly cheap and clean: Solar production has been on an exponential curve for 30 years, and now you can now see the burgeoning impact.
In 2017, more solar energy was installed worldwide than fossil.
Energy companies are desperately trying to limit access to the grid to prevent competition from home solar installations, but that can't last. Technology will take care of that strategy.
With cheap electricity comes cheap and abundant water. Desalination of salt water now only needs 2 kwh per cubic meter (@ 0.25 cents). We don't have scarce water in most places, we only have scarce drinking water. Imagine what will be possible if anyone can have as much clean water as they want, for nearly no cost.
Health innovations: The Tricorder X price will be announced this
year. There are companies who will build a medical device (called the"Tricorder" from Star Trek) that works with your phone, which takes your retina scan, your blood sample, and you can breathe into it.It then analyses 54 biomarkers that will identify nearly any disease.
It will be cheap, so in a few years everyone on this planet will have access to world class medical analysis, nearly for free.
Goodbye,medical establishments.
3D printing: The price of the cheapest 3D printer came down from $18,000 to $400 within 10 years. In the same time, it became 100 times faster. All major shoe companies have already started 3D printing shoes.
Some common spare air plane parts are already 3D printed in remote airports. The space station now has a printer that eliminates the need for the large amount of spare parts they used to keep in the past.
At the end of this year, new smart phones will have 3D scanning
possibilities. You can then 3D scan your feet and print your perfect shoes at home.
In China, they already 3D printed and built a complete 6-storey office building. By 2027, 10% of everything that's being produced will be 3D
printed.
Business opportunities: If you think of a niche you want to go in,
ask yourself: "In the future, do you think we will have that?", and
if the answer is yes, how can you make that happen sooner?
If it doesn't work with your phone, forget the idea.
And any idea
designed for success in the 20th century is doomed to failure in the
21st century.
Work: 70-80% of jobs will disappear in the next 20 years. There will be a lot of new jobs, but it is not clear if there will be enough new jobs in such a small time.
Agriculture: There will be a $100 agricultural robot in the future.
Farmers in 3rd world countries can then become managers of their field instead of working all day on their fields.
Aeroponics will need much less water. The first Petri dish that
produced veal is now available and will be cheaper than cow produced veal in 2018. Right now, 30% of all agricultural surfaces is used for cows. Imagine if we don't need that space anymore.
There are several startups who will bring insect protein to the market shortly. It contains more protein than meat. It will be labelled as "alternative protein source" (because most people still reject the idea of eating insects).
There is an app called "moodies" which can already tell in which mood you're in. By 2020 there will be apps that can tell by your facial expressions, if you are lying. Imagine a political debate where it's being displayed when they're telling the truth and when they're not.
Bitcoin may even become the default reserve currency ... Of the world!
Longevity: Right now, the average life span increases by 3 months per year. Four years ago, the life span used to be 79 years, now it's 80 years. The increase itself is increasing and by 2036, there will be more than one year increase per year. So, we all might live for a long time, probably way more than 100.
Education: The cheapest smart phones are already at $10 in Africa and Asia. By 2020, 70% of all humans will own a smart phone.That means,everyone has the same access to world class education.
Every child can use Khan academy for everything a child needs tolearn at school in First World countries. There have already been releases of software in Indonesia and soon there will be releases in Arabic, Swahili, and Chinese this summer. I can see enormous potential if we give the English app for free, so that children in Africa andeverywhere else can become fluent in English. And that could happenwithin half a year.
People whose minds are stuck in 20th Century thinking and believe that the world will resemble what it is in 2018, will become redundant and largely unemployable.

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4 days ago

Stay off my driveway it's not a public carpark

Emily from Nawton

I close my front gates when I finish work each day I seem to be getting some cheeky buggars who think it's ok to open up my big front gates in the afternoon and leave their cars parked on my driveway whislt they go and collect their kid from Nawton Primary School and blocking my entrance from… View moreI close my front gates when I finish work each day I seem to be getting some cheeky buggars who think it's ok to open up my big front gates in the afternoon and leave their cars parked on my driveway whislt they go and collect their kid from Nawton Primary School and blocking my entrance from getting in to my place and my neighbor's place I share my driveway with my neighbor, from now on I'll be contacting William Salvage tow trucks to remove them off my property, I should not have to padlock my front gate.

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1 day ago

Beerescourt Bowling Club

Diane from Nawton

Visitors and new members welcome. You just need flat soled shoes and we will loan you the bowls to play with. Our club is located at 68 Maeroa Road, behind the tennis courts. Come and try your hand at this friendly skillful sport. Lawn bowls provides social contact and constant but non-vigorous … View moreVisitors and new members welcome. You just need flat soled shoes and we will loan you the bowls to play with. Our club is located at 68 Maeroa Road, behind the tennis courts. Come and try your hand at this friendly skillful sport. Lawn bowls provides social contact and constant but non-vigorous exercise. Opening day 28th September. Club days are Tuesdays and Saturdays. Have a Go - Sundays - Arrive between 1pm and 1.30 pm. You can either pop in or give us a call - Gerald 847 0413 or Diane 847 4970.

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13 days ago

Donate and put the smile on the faces of foster children

Aaron from Nawton

Donations of items are currently being collected. Your generosity is appreciated.

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1 day ago

Traditional Acupuncture (not dry needling)

Phyllis from Phyllis Acupuncture Clinic

Phyllis Acupuncture Clinic
ACC accreditated acupuncturist
Therapies provided for:
Frozen shoulder, Neck stiffness, Sciatica, Migraine, Hay fever, Knee, Back, Elbow and Wrist injuries, Pregnancy related issues.

Call Phyllis for an appointment
(M) 021 0588 785

Address: 99 Grandview Rd Nawton. … View more
Phyllis Acupuncture Clinic
ACC accreditated acupuncturist
Therapies provided for:
Frozen shoulder, Neck stiffness, Sciatica, Migraine, Hay fever, Knee, Back, Elbow and Wrist injuries, Pregnancy related issues.

Call Phyllis for an appointment
(M) 021 0588 785

Address: 99 Grandview Rd Nawton. Hamilton

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17 days ago

“my brother’s keeper”

Paul from Pukete

The archaic expression “my brother’s keeper” connotes taking responsibility for someone else’s actions – fronting up for the consequences of choices that other person made. There is an element of transferred culpability in the phrase. Well, I for one am not wearing it.
Let’s update the… View more
The archaic expression “my brother’s keeper” connotes taking responsibility for someone else’s actions – fronting up for the consequences of choices that other person made. There is an element of transferred culpability in the phrase. Well, I for one am not wearing it.
Let’s update the expression a bit. In the seminal case of Donoghue v Stevenson 1932, Lord Atkin elaborated on the notion of the ‘duty of care’. The duty of care makes us our “brother’s keeper” to a certain extent. It means acting with due consideration to avoid injuring others. Failure to exercise due care amounts to negligence, which makes us liable for any resultant injury. In international law, the duty of care arises in various situations including that of a sea captain upon encountering a distress call from a vessel in need of assistance. The captain who ignores such a call is failing in his/her duty of care as outlined in the Convention on the Law of the Sea. But it does not mean encouraging people to place their lives in peril at sea in the expectation of being picked up and being relocated in another, better country
Recall the furore in NZ over schools feeding kids because their parents can’t be bothered giving them breakfast or ensuring that they can have a decent lunch. And it’s all our fault, especially where those kids are members of a certain ethnic group, so we have to make it right. But why should I, as taxpayer, finance the culpable negligence of irresponsible parents towards the children they chose to bring into the world? What should be happening is action being taken against negligent parents. They are the ones in breach of the duty of care, not you and me.
I take my duty of care very seriously. I will exercise my democratic right to try to bring about laws that will hold people to account for the choices they make where those have an adverse impact on others, particularly their dependents. I will exert what political influence I have to try to make Western powers hold the governing elites of developing countries to account for the mismanagement and corruption they preside over that ruin the lives of so many of their citizens (see my article “Donald Trump’s new geopolitical designation”, Breaking Views 3 Feb 2018).
What my duty of care does not entail is relieving others of their duty of care, be they individuals or governments. Unless circumstances intervene that make it impossible for those in question to fulfil their duty of care, such as serious illness or armed insurrection respectively, I will not take on the role of their, or their dependents’, ‘keeper’.
Charity starts at home, and so does the duty of care. My duty of care does not entail compromising my national sovereignty by circumventing my country’s immigration laws and letting in hordes of illegal migrants to subsequently see them turning parts of my cities into ghettos and queue-jumping my own needy people for much-needed social services ,. I will be the ‘keeper’ of genuine refugees (i.e. those fleeing war or persecution) while they need asylum but I will send them back home once the threat that drove them out has subsided. As for the fake refugees – the majority of them – I will pack them straight back to where they came from. My duty of care stops at seeing them safely onto a home-bound ship or aircraft.
There are those who say that I lack compassion. I don’t agree. My compassion manifests itself through addressing the core problems rather than mealy-mouthing over those and sticking a band-aid over them while the underlying sores fester and spread.
Unless my ‘brother’ is totally inept and incapable of making rational choices, I am most certainly not his ‘keeper’. I have a duty of care towards him, but I will not accept the burden of his responsibility by taking on any liability arising from his freely made choices
.Barend Vlaardingerbroek: To what extent am I “my brother’s keeper”?
Do you agree

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3 days ago

Job

Davinder from Maeroa

Hi Neighbors,

Hard-working, outgoing, excellent communication and well-organized person looking to change my career. I have around 7 years customer service experience face to face and over the phone in a restaurant, bar, bank and event management company. I have bachelor degree in business … View more
Hi Neighbors,

Hard-working, outgoing, excellent communication and well-organized person looking to change my career. I have around 7 years customer service experience face to face and over the phone in a restaurant, bar, bank and event management company. I have bachelor degree in business management and finance. I have strong knowledge of accounts and management with entry level experience. Please pm me if anyone has any opportunity or know the job in Hamilton.

Thank You
Regards
Davinder

3 days ago

E-SCOOTERS BEING ROLLED OUT TODAY IN HAMILTON

Rudi from Hamilton Lake

HAMILTON - E-SCOOTERS ON OUR STREETS AS OF TODAY

#E-scooters for hire will arrive in Hamilton as part of a six-month trial approved by Hamilton City Council at the Growth and Infrastructure Committee Meeting on 18 June 2019.
Lime scooters will be the first operator to have a presence in the city … View more
HAMILTON - E-SCOOTERS ON OUR STREETS AS OF TODAY

#E-scooters for hire will arrive in Hamilton as part of a six-month trial approved by Hamilton City Council at the Growth and Infrastructure Committee Meeting on 18 June 2019.
Lime scooters will be the first operator to have a presence in the city and will operate under a public places permit for six months. The Council expects to receive formal applications from other operators over the coming weeks and months.
Lime has e-scooters in more than 100 cities across the world including both Auckland and Christchurch. They will introduce a total of 600 e-scooters for hire in Hamilton during the trial period. Around 200 of these will be arriving in Hamilton this Friday 23 August with the remaining e-scooters anticipated to arrive next week.
The e-scooters will be able to be ridden throughout the city but will be focused on the central city, Hamilton East, Hillcrest and Hamilton Lake areas. They can be ridden on footpaths and roads and will feature geofencing which automatically reduces speeds in certain areas to make it safer for users and pedestrians. These areas include the central city entertainment and dining precinct, Garden Place and Centre Place and the speeds will be limited to 15kmh. There will also be low speed zones along the Waikato River.
“Safety is our number one priority and we’ll be working closely with Lime and any other providers coming to the city to monitor compliance and ensure the code of practice is upheld.
There will also be a dedicated e-scooter parking zone at Hamilton Gardens. However, the devices will not be able to be ridden within the grounds of the Gardens, over the boardwalk section around Lake Rotoroa (Hamilton Lake Domain) or at Waiwhakareke Natural Heritage Park.
According to the operator’s terms and conditions, anyone aged 18 or older can use the e-scooters and users will be able to find and unlock them using an app on their phone. The e-scooters are dockless, which means they can be left anywhere safe within the city. A team of local “juicers” will be recruited by Lime to retrieve, charge and deploy the e-scooters each day.
The Council’s General Manager for Infrastructure Operations, Eeva-Liisa Wright says: “This initiative is about providing alternatives to cars for people making short trips around our city, honouring our commitment to being energy efficient and building stronger connections between key destinations.
“At the end of the six-month trial we will be in a good position to determine how many e-scooters will fit in the Hamilton market, the optimum number of providers and the areas of operation, including restricted areas.
“Safety is our number one priority and we’ll be working closely with Lime and any other providers coming to the city to monitor compliance and ensure the code of practice is upheld.
“We’ll also be delivering a city-wide education campaign over the coming weeks to compliment the user training provided at the time of hire.”

www.hamiltonratepayers.com...

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