Te Kowhai, Hamilton

9 hours ago

Chiefs launch Givealittle page for Sean Wainui's whānau

The Team Reporter from Hamilton Press

The Chiefs are raising money for the family of former player Sean Wainui, who died in a car crash on Monday.

More than $84,000 was donated in the first five hours after the page was created.

Read more here or find the Givealittle page here.

5 days ago

damned if they do and damned if they don't.

Paul from Pukete

I have sat back and watched everyone rant about yesterday's NZ Government announcement regarding mandatory Covid-19 vaccinations for all adults working in the education section, early childhood education sector and healthcare and can't believe the language some are using and the abuse … View moreI have sat back and watched everyone rant about yesterday's NZ Government announcement regarding mandatory Covid-19 vaccinations for all adults working in the education section, early childhood education sector and healthcare and can't believe the language some are using and the abuse being levelled.
The Government has not taken your rights away to decide if you are vaccinated or not. You still have that CHOICE. What they have done is say if you work in these JOBS (education, early childhood centres, the health sector) you need to be vaccinated as you are working with a group of people in NZ who due to their age are not able to have the vaccination or are vulnerable due to ill health or old age.
They are trying to protect our children and elderly and the vulnerable.

If you don't want to have the vaccinations great that is your CHOICE. You aren't going to jail for it. You have the freedom to make that CHOICE What is affected is your ability to work in your CHOOSEN job. So CHOOSE not to have a vaccination and look for a job in another industry. It is your CHOICE.

We teach our children that CHOICES and ACTIONS have consequences but as soon as something like this happens I have been shocked at the number of adults throwing temper tantrums about “it’s not fair”.

I am not sure why everyone feels the need to abuse the government on Facebook when all they are trying to do is protect the majority of NZ.

Would you rather they sat back open the borders completely, remove all restrictions and watch NZers get sick and you not be able to access medical services for any illness apart from Covid because the hospitals and doctors are overrun.

The Government is damned if they do and damned if they don't.

The opposition are in favour of opening the country up and removing all restrictions. I respect your choice not to get the vaccine, I don't respect your choice to be on Facebook and throw abuse at a group of people trying to do their best in a situation we have not had to face previously.

Rant over

9 hours ago

Chiefs launch Givealittle page for Sean Wainui's whānau

The Team Reporter from Hamilton Press

The Chiefs are raising money for the family of former player Sean Wainui, who died in a car crash on Monday.

More than $84,000 was donated in the first five hours after the page was created.

Read more here or find the Givealittle page here.

1 day ago

Calling all creative minds today

Stuff

Entries are open for this year’s Sunday Star-Times short story awards.

The awards include open, emerging Māori and Pasifika writers, and under-25 years categories and will be judged by some of New Zealand’s best authors.

The winning story will be published in the Sunday Star-Times and … View more
Entries are open for this year’s Sunday Star-Times short story awards.

The awards include open, emerging Māori and Pasifika writers, and under-25 years categories and will be judged by some of New Zealand’s best authors.

The winning story will be published in the Sunday Star-Times and on Stuff. Entries close Friday 22 October.
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1 day ago

Here's a cool idea for communicating with your neighbours without technology or breaching alert level rules...

The Team from Neighbourhood Support New Zealand

Each household gets 3 pieces of coloured paper that can be displayed in a window or on a door that others can easily see.

- Green is for I'm OK

- Yellow is for needing help or a check-in

- Red is for an emergency

This is a safe and simple way let others know how you're doing while … View more
Each household gets 3 pieces of coloured paper that can be displayed in a window or on a door that others can easily see.

- Green is for I'm OK

- Yellow is for needing help or a check-in

- Red is for an emergency

This is a safe and simple way let others know how you're doing while also looking out for others in your community.

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1 day ago

Calling all creative minds today

Stuff

Entries are open for this year’s Sunday Star-Times short story awards.

The awards include open, emerging Māori and Pasifika writers, and under-25 years categories and will be judged by some of New Zealand’s best authors.

The winning story will be published in the Sunday Star-Times and … View more
Entries are open for this year’s Sunday Star-Times short story awards.

The awards include open, emerging Māori and Pasifika writers, and under-25 years categories and will be judged by some of New Zealand’s best authors.

The winning story will be published in the Sunday Star-Times and on Stuff. Entries close Friday 22 October.
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1 day ago

We Love swimming

Hilton Brown Swimming

And we can’t wait till we get back to doing what we do best – teaching swimming! We will reopen when the Government announces that it is safe to do so.

We help babies, children and adults feel confident in and around the water and are committed to providing a safe and healthy environment … View more
And we can’t wait till we get back to doing what we do best – teaching swimming! We will reopen when the Government announces that it is safe to do so.

We help babies, children and adults feel confident in and around the water and are committed to providing a safe and healthy environment for all.

Touch base with us today to book in for your Free trial lesson. We have locations in both Albany and Hobsonville. The Free Trial lesson is open to all new customers.
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2 days ago

Happy National Gardening Week! 👩‍🌾🍅

The Team from Neighbourhood Support New Zealand

This year Kiwis are being encouraged to grow-an-extra-row to share with neighbours, community pantries, food banks and other local food donation agencies.

Backyard and communal edible gardens not only provide healthy, sustainable and tasty kai, they also create greater food resiliency within our … View more
This year Kiwis are being encouraged to grow-an-extra-row to share with neighbours, community pantries, food banks and other local food donation agencies.

Backyard and communal edible gardens not only provide healthy, sustainable and tasty kai, they also create greater food resiliency within our hapori.

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5 days ago

Do police need to tighten the Auckland-Waikato border case cases rise?

Todd Niall Reporter from Community News

Kia ora neighbours, With Covid-19 daily cases in Auckland forecast to double, police won't say whether boundary controls have tightened since rural locals reported higher volumes of traffic on cross-boundary back roads. Read the story below:

3 days ago

How important is sustainability to you?

Stuff from Neighbourly Nz

Take the survey and be in to WIN a share of $2,500 worth of prizes - including a luxury escape in Hawke's Bay, New Zealand’s food and wine country – where a sustainable weekend away tastes absolutely delicious!

Plus, each entry will also go in the draw to win 1 of 5 $100 gift vouchersView more
Take the survey and be in to WIN a share of $2,500 worth of prizes - including a luxury escape in Hawke's Bay, New Zealand’s food and wine country – where a sustainable weekend away tastes absolutely delicious!

Plus, each entry will also go in the draw to win 1 of 5 $100 gift vouchers from the Restaurant Association of New Zealand.
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3 days ago

Looking for a job?

Competenz

Looking for a job and keen to get qualified? Our job board has new opportunities being listed regularly across our 37 sectors!

And good news, we have an exciting new function available – our CV builder. Now, anyone looking for an apprenticeship or job opportunity through Competenz can use our … View more
Looking for a job and keen to get qualified? Our job board has new opportunities being listed regularly across our 37 sectors!

And good news, we have an exciting new function available – our CV builder. Now, anyone looking for an apprenticeship or job opportunity through Competenz can use our CV Builder tool to create a professional CV with the right information to get the attention of employers.

Check out our CV builder here. Or keep an eye on our Job Board for new opportunities!
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4 days ago

Grow an extra row

Yates

While some Kiwis are enjoying home grown vegies, many are going without vegetables altogether.

This National Gardening Week we’re encouraging gardeners to grow-an-extra-row to share with neighbours, community pantries, food banks and other local food donation agencies.

To help get your … View more
While some Kiwis are enjoying home grown vegies, many are going without vegetables altogether.

This National Gardening Week we’re encouraging gardeners to grow-an-extra-row to share with neighbours, community pantries, food banks and other local food donation agencies.

To help get your extra row underway Yates is lending a helping hand.

Just register online HERE between 1st and 25th October to receive a FREE packet of Yates Vegie Seeds.

Once you’ve grown your vegies to share (or if you have spare now) please visit HERE to find a list of the organisations that would welcome your donation of fresh homegrown vegies.
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4 days ago

Why should I update my will?​

Public Trust

Just like times change, so should your will – so it’s important to keep it up to date. ​

You’ve built a life around the things and people that matter most. An up-to-date will is the best way to protect your legacy and share it with the people you love. ​

If you last made… View more
Just like times change, so should your will – so it’s important to keep it up to date. ​

You’ve built a life around the things and people that matter most. An up-to-date will is the best way to protect your legacy and share it with the people you love. ​

If you last made a will back in the days of cassette tapes and telethons, it may be time for an update. ​
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4 days ago

Equity of effort"

Paul from Pukete

Equity of effort"
Māori are walking into a perfect storm made for them by the Government’s response , Māori have been left exposed advises John Tamihere chief executive of the Whānau Ora Commissioning Agency), an umbrella group for Māori health providers, including his own West … View more
Equity of effort"
Māori are walking into a perfect storm made for them by the Government’s response , Māori have been left exposed advises John Tamihere chief executive of the Whānau Ora Commissioning Agency), an umbrella group for Māori health providers, including his own West Auckland-based Waipareira Trust., saying the current situation was “deplorable” and “appalling”. the problems for Māori remained the same. “We were always going to have major problems because the Ministry of Health and DHBs refused to acknowledge we would require a different form of roll-out in Māori communities.”
Tamihere suggested Māori should have been invited to be vaccinated as opposed to a booking system that was a “lottery”.

Māori were not hesitant to get a vaccine, he said, but were distrustful of anything the Government advised, and in some low socio-economic areas people were struggling to put food on the table. Getting vaccinated was often the last thing on their mind, he said.

“To put it mildly, we hate Government agencies.”

Well john to put it mildly your comments are not helpful, they only serve to exacerbate the angst felt by other ,im a bit confused as you are striving to achieve "equity" but fail to appreciate it requires an "equity of effort" acting in the national interest

5 days ago

Kickstart your vegie patch

Yates

Join this supportive & fun online community, for local help to successfully grow your own vegies.

Yates are growing an online community of gardeners, and it’s free to join! Whether you’re just getting started, or an old hand – we can all do with help & support on the journey of … View more
Join this supportive & fun online community, for local help to successfully grow your own vegies.

Yates are growing an online community of gardeners, and it’s free to join! Whether you’re just getting started, or an old hand – we can all do with help & support on the journey of growing our own food.

Yates expert Sarah O’Neil will be on hand to help with problems too. Plus there are over $4000 worth of prizes up for grabs!
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6 days ago

Personal choice in a collective society

Paul from Pukete

Like it or not we all live in a collective society , even if we are off the grid,,,we survive via the contributions of others , be that through the use of tools whose construction or invention by predecessors allows for the use today, our mental , emotional and physical health flourishes through … View moreLike it or not we all live in a collective society , even if we are off the grid,,,we survive via the contributions of others , be that through the use of tools whose construction or invention by predecessors allows for the use today, our mental , emotional and physical health flourishes through the connections we have with those around us,,we collectively behave in a certain way for the greater good and the protection of ourselves , we even let a government mandated white line on our roads to dictate which side we travel on,,,I mean how dare they, tell us what direction we should travel and the side of the path we take,,,,,we are free men,...we are free to chose, ,,,the consequence of our choice, when it impacts on others, provides for their choice of response, that maybe detrimental to either or both sides. Whom is accountable for the consequence of individuals actions , and choices , it is the person whom makes them, in their free will,,,whom holds them to account,..do they themselves. If one chooses not to get a vaccine,, and then you catch covid, and die then you have died for your freedom, your rights, and your choice....if you choose not to get the vaccine,,,and choose to not isolate, and thus spread it, then what is the acceptable response for those at risk.
Currently it is to adhere to the request to stick to whatever level of lockdown deemed necessary on the advice of experts whose responses are based on science and history , the deaths of millions in previous pandemics , is a lesson learnt at great cost,,,,yet not understood ,,,,
The cabin analogy above, is relevant,,,,the occupant is free in his choice to sink the boat, those whom will drown are free to prevent that occurring, and the owners of the boat are free to refuse him further passage or sell him the cabin, to allow him in his ignorance of the consequence of his actions to continue does not ensure progress of the journey for all or of society ,,,,,education, history and knowledge serve to allow others to recognise cause and effect and ensure survival

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