413 days ago

Preserving Life with Sound for our Community with Hearing Safety Education

Carolynne Riley from

We are a registered charity that has been operating in Hawke’s Bay for over 50 years offering
unbiased information, advice and support on hearing related issues as well as education on protection against noise induced hearing loss.

To educate our community that noise induced hearing loss is 100% preventable and provide them with
the knowledge they need to protect their hearing. To also be known as the first point of call for anyone in our community affected by hearing loss and seeking information, advice & support.

A recent study reported that 18.9% of the New Zealand population have a hearing loss. Research also suggests that hearing loss can more often than not be attributed to damage from noise rather than age. For children hearing loss can be detrimental to their education and their social development, for adults it can be isolating and embarrassing. We often hear that people with hearing loss feel unsupported and misunderstood, that is why we are here. Our goal is to offer early intervention for noise induced hearing loss, by equipping children, educators and parents with the knowledge they need to protect their hearing. We aim to see a reduction of noise induced hearing loss in future generations. Our programs are in high demand and we hear some fantastic feedback about how the recipients retain and utilise the information
they learn from the presentations and that they often share it with their family & friends.

For over 6 years now Hastings Hearing has employed a Hearing Educator to give free presentations to preschools, schools, educators, community groups and any other organisations interested in learning how to prevent noise induced hearing loss. These presentations are fun, interactive and memorable and are adjusted to be appropriate for the group it is being delivered too. Our presentations are a form of early intervention and equip participants with the knowledge they need to prevent this invisible disability from affecting them and their families. For the year 2018 our Hearing Educator delivered 142 presentations to local ELC's, Kindergartens, schools, tertiary groups, educators and community groups with a total of 2,234 participants. These figures have increased year on year since we started offering the programs.

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3 days ago

Handy hints - feel free to reply with your own hints

Julie Neighbourly Lead from Havelock North

I’m trying to get a feed set up to post handy hints on. The wonderful Neighbourly team as flat out at the moment and suggested I post here.

So here’s a couple.

Baking powder mix:
2 tbsp baking soda
2 tbsp cornflour
4 tbsp cream of tartar

It’s better (and cheaper) than the bought stuff. Use it the same as commercial baking powder.

500g plain flour (about 3 1/2 Cups)
1/2 tsp white sugar
1 1/2 tsp dry yeast (check the back of your fridge for a forgotten jar. It lasts forever there)
1 1/2 tsp salt
450 ml warm water (tap is fine)
Olive oil

Mix your dry ingredients together (preferably in a bowl)

Mix in the water (don’t worry about being gentle)
Rub oil all over, around and under the dough with your hands (think wet play dough)

Cover the bowl with glad wrap or a tea towel and leave to double in size (takes about as long as a movie, so go watch one)

Preheat the oven to 200C

Pour the sticky mess into an oiled and floured tray (a big one), or into an oiled and floured loaf tin (or whatever oven proof dish you like.

Just remember, the wiser it is, the flatter it will be, the less time it will take to cook.

Cook for 30-40 minutes. If you want a softer crust, put a dish of warm water in the oven to steam the dough. I like it crusty.

To check if it’s ready, lift if out of the dish (don’t use your hands, unless they’re made of asbestos), knock on the bottom, and listen for a “hello possums!” (or a hollow sound).

Enjoy. It will go a little dry if kept out, but it toasts like crumpets. Yum yum.

1 day ago

Our sweet pea seeds send out, April issue and Get Growing

Mei Leng Wong Reporter from NZ Gardener & Get Growing

Dear neighbours and NZ Gardener family,

Our April issue should be with our subscribers now and available in supermarkets and service stations (having been distributed prior to the lockdown restrictions). Whether or not it's on the stands yet is a bit patchy ... but then the incredibly brave and hard-working supermarket staff have quite a bit on their plate right now so I understand if there is a delay! Please, please, please everyone ... don't go out to buy it! Normally of course we love you buying NZ Gardener but right now it's far more important that you stay home and stay safe. (You can buy a copy with your online shopping though! That's safe and I think we are all in the market for something uplifting to read right now).

In this issue we offered to send out sweet pea seeds to any reader who sent us a SSAE. Just to reassure you, we will still send out sweet pea seeds to any reader who is keen to participate. We are just not quite sure when! Ignore the dates in the magazine of when you needed to send the envelope in by - that has been indefinitely extended. But we cannot wait to send you the seed and for those flowers to bloom as by then we will be well through this or even have it behind us. And keep letting us know what you are sowing and growing, send in pictures of your harvest, your flowers or what you are sharing.

We always love hearing from NZ Gardener readers but now when we are all staying apart that connection means more than you can imagine. Stay home, stay safe and stay in touch everyone. For the most updated gardening advice, subscribe to our digital e-zine Get Growing, which will be delivered to your inbox completely free.

5 hours ago

Fun Crafts During Lockdown

Clare from Saint Leonards

Here's a fun way to keep kids busy for a while, and also to make a display of family or friends at a stressful time.
You need:
1 large sheet of card
several sheets of paper
crayons, felt pens, or paint (or a mixture!)

On the cardboard, draw the outline of a peacock's body and legs - no tail. Keep it simple, and relatively small. You want most of the page for his tail.

On the sheets of paper, trace around hands - use as many family members and different size hands as possible. Left hands, right hands, big hands and little hands. You want as many hands as you want people on your 'tail', the more the better! Write the name of the person you want to remember on the hand, then colour it in. Be creative!

Cut out the hands, glue them to the sheet of cardboard to make the tail of the peacock.

Display it somewhere that you can all see and enjoy it :)

Post photos of your peacock on here so we can all see it :)