Rural West Hastings, Hastings

1 day ago

What's your experience with pre-fabricated homes?

Kelly Dennett Reporter from Sunday Star Times

The Sunday Star-Times is looking into the rise of transportable/ kit-set/ pre fabricated homes. The upsides are build-efficiency, quality of design, and cost. The downsides appear to be land supply, red-tape with council and difficulty getting lending from banks. If you're willing to share … View moreThe Sunday Star-Times is looking into the rise of transportable/ kit-set/ pre fabricated homes. The upsides are build-efficiency, quality of design, and cost. The downsides appear to be land supply, red-tape with council and difficulty getting lending from banks. If you're willing to share your experience - good or bad - email kelly.dennett@stuff.co.nz, otherwise leave a comment. Is there an aspect of transportable housing you'd like us to enquire about for you?

11 hours ago

Wanted to buy - tidy couch. Must be cheap

Adele from Bridge Pa - Longlands

Looking for a tidy couch to buy, must be cheap.

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7 days ago

Lost cat

Eva from Bridge Pa - Longlands

It has been a year today that our Frida disappeared. It is heartbreaking. I can't give up searching and hoping that she will be found one day. Please keep an eye out for her!

She is grey/brown tabby and white, with white socks. She has a distinctive facial white marking and marking on her … View more
It has been a year today that our Frida disappeared. It is heartbreaking. I can't give up searching and hoping that she will be found one day. Please keep an eye out for her!

She is grey/brown tabby and white, with white socks. She has a distinctive facial white marking and marking on her nose. She has bicolor lips (one side black and the other pink). She is quite thin.She is 2 years-old, microchipped and dessexed.
She lives in Longlands but could be far from home.
$$$Reward for her return$$$
Many thanks for helping us finding her.

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11 days ago

Makes you wonder

Vincent from Flaxmere

Just bought some meat from pak n sav.

What do they do to make it look nice? I know places soak the meat in water to UP the weight and charge premium prices. But this red dye (?) Is a worry. It's meant to be topside steak, so good meat
But makes you wonder what is it really?

Really? @pak n … View more
Just bought some meat from pak n sav.

What do they do to make it look nice? I know places soak the meat in water to UP the weight and charge premium prices. But this red dye (?) Is a worry. It's meant to be topside steak, so good meat
But makes you wonder what is it really?

Really? @pak n sav????

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2 days ago

NZ Red Cross DWST Open Night - Thursday 25 March

The Team from Red Cross - Hastings Service Centre

New Zealand Red Cross is committed to assisting all people in Aotearoa before, during and after disasters. One of the ways we support the community is with DWST, our Disaster Welfare Support Teams. These teams are made up of highly committed, multi-skilled volunteers, they have a wide variety of … View moreNew Zealand Red Cross is committed to assisting all people in Aotearoa before, during and after disasters. One of the ways we support the community is with DWST, our Disaster Welfare Support Teams. These teams are made up of highly committed, multi-skilled volunteers, they have a wide variety of professional backgrounds and are trained to deliver essential services during and immediately after a disaster here and around the country.

Keen on finding out more about the Hawkes Bay DWST Team, we are holding an open night for potential new members - Thursday 25 February from 7-9pm at the Red Cross Hastings Service Centre - 823 Heretaunga Street West, Hastings.

There are some criteria to join the team, to find out more please visit - www.redcross.org.nz..., don't meet the criteria, never fear there are heaps of other volunteering opportunities on our website, so go check them out!

#NZRedCross #RC12 #Goodandready #Communityresilience #Hereforgood #disasterpreparedness #jointheteam

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14 days ago

Monster wasp nest

The Team from Wasp Wipeout

Well, after a (relatively) quiet couple of summers, the vespula wasps have come back big time in some locations! Auckland and the Waikato are reporting big numbers and you may have seen this story about the monster nest found just outside of Nelson. We're continuing our efforts to control the … View moreWell, after a (relatively) quiet couple of summers, the vespula wasps have come back big time in some locations! Auckland and the Waikato are reporting big numbers and you may have seen this story about the monster nest found just outside of Nelson. We're continuing our efforts to control the wasps through the Wasp Wipeout project, but did you know you can help as well? For information on how to help or DIY click here: bit.ly... You can also donate to the project here: givealittle.co.nz...

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5 days ago

Desperately Seeking a nice plumber!

Karen from Otane

My kitchen tap has fallen on hard times.....
Is there a local plumber in the Otane area who could pop in & fix?? Monday or so is fine as I can still use it. Who can you suggest?

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6 days ago

Introducing.. Busy Lizzy Gardens

The Team from Neighbourly.co.nz

Meet Liz from Busy Lizzy Gardens. Liz runs one of our fantastic Premium Businesses who have used Neighbourly Premium as a platform to build a strong local presence within their community.

Find out how you can Grow your Business with Neighbourly Premium
Find out more

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6 days ago

Only one month to go until Neighbours Day Aotearoa 2021 kicks off!

The Team from Neighbourhood Support New Zealand

This year's event runs from March 20 - 30th with the theme being 'The Great Plant Swap' as an easy way for neighbourhoods to grow stronger together.

Here's some ideas for ways you could get involved:

• swap seeds with a neighbour
• gift a plant you've grown to… View more
This year's event runs from March 20 - 30th with the theme being 'The Great Plant Swap' as an easy way for neighbourhoods to grow stronger together.

Here's some ideas for ways you could get involved:

• swap seeds with a neighbour
• gift a plant you've grown to a neighbour
• take some flowers to a neighbour
• organise a produce swap
• share garden tips or recipes for food in season
• create community gardens or berm pollinator pathways
• host an inclusive garden-themed working bee
• a friendly neighbourhood BBQ with homegrown ingredients

The options are endless! At the end of the day, our shared aim is to help bring people together by encouraging intentional connection with our neighbours. Whether that be organising a street party, sharing a cuppa, or simply saying ‘Kia Ora!” to those who live around you, every action helps to create a safer and more connected New Zealand.

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11 days ago

Auckland to move to Alert Level 2, rest of New Zealand to move to Alert Level 1

The Team from Neighbourly.co.nz

UPDATE
17 February
4.53pm

The rest of New Zealand will return at Alert Level 1 at 11.59pm tonight. Jacinda Ardern and Ashley Bloomfield are currently providing an update to media at a post-cabinet press conference.

Here's what you need to know:
- New Zealand will return to Alert … View more
UPDATE
17 February
4.53pm

The rest of New Zealand will return at Alert Level 1 at 11.59pm tonight. Jacinda Ardern and Ashley Bloomfield are currently providing an update to media at a post-cabinet press conference.

Here's what you need to know:
- New Zealand will return to Alert Level 1 with Auckland moving to Alert Level 2.
- These restrictions will be reviewed February 22.
- There has been an additional 1 case confirmed, with the positive case a member of the same household bubble.
- New locations of interest have been loaded on the Ministry of Health website.
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UPDATE
16 February
1.09pm

There are no new community cases Ashley Bloomfield confirmed in a 1pm update today. There are no new cases in MIQ facilities.
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UPDATE
15 February
4.20pm

Jacinda Ardern and Ashley Bloomfield are currently providing an update to media at a post-cabinet press conference.

Here's what you need to know:
- The Prime Minister says there's a variety of scenarios on how the virus got into the community. To date, health officials are still attempting to establish the source of the outbreak.
- 42 people have been identified as close contacts.
- The first batch of Pfizer vaccines - 60,000 doses - arrived this morning on a Singapore Airlines flight.
- Vaccines will be offered to border and MIQ workers from this Saturday.
- This will be the largest vaccine programme in New Zealand's history, Jacinda Ardern says.
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UPDATE
February 15
1.36pm

The Ministry of Health has confirmed five new cases of Covid-19 in managed isolation. There are no new community cases.
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UPDATE
February 15
8.18am

The Ministry of Health has confirmed that the first two February cases are the highly infectious UK strain. There is no link to any MIQ infections.
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All regions outside Auckland have moved to Alert Level 2.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern addressed the nation at 7.00pm Sunday, announcing all regions excluding Auckland, will move to Alert Level 2 from 11.59pm tonight.

Here's what you need to know:
- Gatherings of more than 100 people are prohibited.
- Mask use is encouraged when it is difficult to maintain physical distancing.
- From 11.59pm tonight, travel to Auckland will no longer be possible with the heightened alert level - unless you are returning home.
- The full list of rules under Alert Level 2 can be found here.
- Here's the full list of locations of interest where the cases visited.

Neighbourly will update this message as further information comes to hand.

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9 days ago

Pams bacon pieces recalled

The Team from Neighbourly.co.nz

It has been revealed that aluminium pieces may be present in a Pams product.

In a statement, the Ministry for Primary Industries advised that a specific batch of "Pams Bacon Pieces" should not be consumed due to the possible presence of the foreign matter.

So far, there have been no… View more
It has been revealed that aluminium pieces may be present in a Pams product.

In a statement, the Ministry for Primary Industries advised that a specific batch of "Pams Bacon Pieces" should not be consumed due to the possible presence of the foreign matter.

So far, there have been no reports of associated injuries but if consumers have any concerns about their health, they should contact health officials.

What you need to know:
- The product is sold in Pak'n Save, Four Square and New World stores throughout the country.
- The best before date is February 28 2021.
- The bacon pieces weigh 350g and are contained in a plastic wrapping.

Customers are asked to return the product to their retailer for a full refund. Further queries can be directed to Foodstuffs Own Brands Ltd on 0800 24 51 14

For further information on the recall please visit the New Zealand Food Safety Website.

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11 days ago

COVID-19 ALERT LEVEL UPDATE

The Team from New Zealand Police

From 11:59pm tonight, Auckland moves to Alert Level 3 and the rest of New Zealand moves to Alert Level 2. The measures will remain in place for three days until midnight Wednesday.

More information on the Alert Levels here: covid19.govt.nz...

For everything you need to know visit … View more
From 11:59pm tonight, Auckland moves to Alert Level 3 and the rest of New Zealand moves to Alert Level 2. The measures will remain in place for three days until midnight Wednesday.

More information on the Alert Levels here: covid19.govt.nz...

For everything you need to know visit www.covid19.govt.nz....

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13 days ago

Postal system

Vincent from Flaxmere

Since Covid we hear how the postal times from overseas is taking a lot longer. We are told that it's due to a lack of available transport.

I now dispute that hypothesis.

Latest example;

I ordered a product from th US. It's a tracked item so I can see when it left, how long in transit… View more
Since Covid we hear how the postal times from overseas is taking a lot longer. We are told that it's due to a lack of available transport.

I now dispute that hypothesis.

Latest example;

I ordered a product from th US. It's a tracked item so I can see when it left, how long in transit and when it arrives in NZ.
Well, it took 4 days from the US to NZ customs. It arrived in NZ customs on the 6th of February. It still hasn't arrived here yet.

To recap, 4 days from US to NZ. 6 days in NZ and still hasn't arrived.

🤔🤔

12 days ago

Tell us about a local business that makes your day?

Prospa

We all love a cheeky grin and a wave from our local grocer, or a toot from the delivery driver, or a coffee order that’s ready before we arrive. And especially over the last year, it’s been the small businesses in our communities that have almost made things seem ‘normal’. Well, it’s … View moreWe all love a cheeky grin and a wave from our local grocer, or a toot from the delivery driver, or a coffee order that’s ready before we arrive. And especially over the last year, it’s been the small businesses in our communities that have almost made things seem ‘normal’. Well, it’s payback time!

Give your favourite local business owner the recognition they deserve by nominating them in the 2021 Prospa Local Business Hero awards – and they could be up for some fantastic prizes (T&C’s apply).

Every nominated business receives a free 3-month premium listing on Neighbourly. The 11 Regional finalists get a $100 Prezzy® gift card for the business (and one for the nominator too) and a 12-month Premium Business listing on Neighbourly (valued at $399). The National winner receives $2,500 cash prize from Prospa, a $5,000 Stuff advertising package and a $2,500 Neighbourly package.

Nominate a business today and spread the word about your Prospa Local Business Hero.
Learn more

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12 days ago

Does the rest of NZ really dislike Auckland and Aucklanders?

Lorna Thornber Reporter from Stuff Travel

Hi everyone,
We're looking into how some common claims about NZ stack up and would be interested in your thoughts on whether Aucklanders really are disliked by Kiwis in other parts of the country. If you're an Aucklander, have you ever been made to feel bad about this on your travels? If … View more
Hi everyone,
We're looking into how some common claims about NZ stack up and would be interested in your thoughts on whether Aucklanders really are disliked by Kiwis in other parts of the country. If you're an Aucklander, have you ever been made to feel bad about this on your travels? If you're from elsewhere, what are your thoughts on Auckland and Aucklanders? As usual, please put 'NFP' in your comment if you don't want it included in an article. Looking forward to hearing your thoughts. Cheers.

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