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5 days ago

Are you struggling to find a rental or buy a home in Auckland?

Caryn Wilkinson Reporter from Community News

Hello everyone,

I was hoping to get in contact with someone from the Māori, Pasifika and Indian community who have either struggled to find a rental or buy a home.

The housing crisis has affected all three groups particularly badly, so if there's anyone who comes from these groups who is … View more
Hello everyone,

I was hoping to get in contact with someone from the Māori, Pasifika and Indian community who have either struggled to find a rental or buy a home.

The housing crisis has affected all three groups particularly badly, so if there's anyone who comes from these groups who is willing to talk please drop me a message: ged.cann@stuff.co.nz

Thanks,

Ged Cann
Senior Reporter
stuff.co.nz

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2 days ago

Poll: Do you think rising house prices in Auckland will hit a limit?

Caryn Wilkinson Reporter from Community News

Auckland houses are less affordable than those in all but three other cities from eight countries surveyed for the 2021 Demographia international housing affordability report.

It’s now more affordable to buy a house in San Francisco or London than in Auckland. A new report has ranked the Super … View more
Auckland houses are less affordable than those in all but three other cities from eight countries surveyed for the 2021 Demographia international housing affordability report.

It’s now more affordable to buy a house in San Francisco or London than in Auckland. A new report has ranked the Super City as the fourth least affordable housing market in the world.

The 2021 annual Demographia international housing affordability report, which is a scaled down version of previous years’ reports, looks at housing affordability in Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, Ireland, New Zealand, Singapore, UK and the US.

It ranks 92 major housing markets – with populations of more than one million – in eight countries based on the median multiple, which measures median house price divided by gross median household income.

According to the report, Auckland now has a “median multiple” of 10.0. That’s up from 8.6 last year when it was the equal sixth most unaffordable market with Toronto, and from 6.4 in 2010, just a decade ago.

Regions with house prices more than three times the median regional income are considered unaffordable, so Auckland’s median multiple makes it severely unaffordable.

Read more here:

www.stuff.co.nz...



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Do you think rising house prices in Auckland will hit a limit?
  • 24.2% Yes
    24.2% Complete
  • 52.1% No
    52.1% Complete
  • 23.7% Unsure- it's too complex
    23.7% Complete
384 votes
3 days ago

Who needs a plant doctor?

Mikaela Wilkes Reporter from Homed

Are your houseplants looking worse for wear? The experts at Kings Plant Barn would love to help. Send us your houseplant questions and problems to homed@stuff.co.nz, or leave them in the comments, for the houseplant doctor to diagnose. Pictures are encouraged.

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26 days ago

Let's talk fundraising!

The Team from Round the Bays

Auckland's biggest fun run is just around the corner and it's time to talk fundraising!

Choosing who to fundraise for can be hard so we've made it easy for you. Either choose a cause close to your heart or support our offical charity partner Auckland City Mission!

Head to our … View more
Auckland's biggest fun run is just around the corner and it's time to talk fundraising!

Choosing who to fundraise for can be hard so we've made it easy for you. Either choose a cause close to your heart or support our offical charity partner Auckland City Mission!

Head to our website to read more about Auckland City Mission or our other charity partners here www.roundthebays.co.nz...

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6 days ago

Covid-19 Update: Covid-19: Kmart and vape store among new locations of interest linked to new case

Caryn Wilkinson Reporter from Community News

Hi Neighbours,

Here's an important Covid-19 update:

Georgia Forrester and George Block

A Kmart and a vape store in Auckland are the latest locations linked to the movements of a person who has tested positive for Covid-19.

The owner of the vape store, Dark Vapes, in East Tamaki, said the … View more
Hi Neighbours,

Here's an important Covid-19 update:

Georgia Forrester and George Block

A Kmart and a vape store in Auckland are the latest locations linked to the movements of a person who has tested positive for Covid-19.

The owner of the vape store, Dark Vapes, in East Tamaki, said the closure of his shop on Wednesday for deep cleaning, followed by his mandatory self-isolation, would be tough for his small business.

Three new community cases of Covid-19 in south Auckland were announced on Tuesday.

The first was a student at Papatoetoe High School, which the Ministry of Health announced earlier in the day. Two other cases – the student’s siblings, who are a teenager and an infant – were confirmed on Tuesday evening.

Kmart in Botany, in east Auckland, and Dark Vapes are among the places of interest visited by one of the cases, with further locations expected to be released on Wednesday.

Kmart Botany

The teenager reported as a new case on Tuesday night works at Kmart Botany.

They were at work on Friday, February 19 and Saturday, February 20, between 3.30pm and 10.30pm.

The store was closed on Tuesday night, and a thorough sanitisation of the store was being carried out, a Kmart spokesperson said.

Thirty-one Kmart staff have been identified as close contacts and are self-isolating, the ministry said.

Any members of the public who visited Kmart Botany at the times the student was working is considered a casual plus contact, and must self-isolate at home immediately.

Casual plus contacts are those who would have been considered casual contacts, but have been upgraded due to the risk of the more transmissible strains of the virus.

“If you are a casual plus contact, you are advised to immediately isolate at home and call Healthline on 0800 358 5453 for advice on isolation time frames and testing requirements,” the ministry said.

Dark Vapes

One of the two high school students announced as new cases on Tuesday also twice visited Dark Vapes in East Tamaki, on Friday and Saturday.

The owner, who did not want to be named, said the store would be closed on Wednesday for deep cleaning, and he would isolate at home for 14-days, as per Ministry of Health advice.

“It's going to be tough for the business.”

He said the store would be able to reopen after cleaning as another staff member was available to help run it.

The owner did not know the identity of the case who visited.

A Ministry of Health spokeswoman said she was not sure which of the cases visited the store.

The visits to the vape store took place on Friday, February 19 between 2.30pm and 4pm, and also Saturday, February 20, between 7pm and 8.30pm.

People who visited the store during these times are considered to be casual-plus contacts.

More locations are expected to be released by the ministry on its website.

22 hours ago

Thank you for your support

The Team from Round the Bays

Thank you for all the support from our amazing Round the Bays whānau.

We’re disappointed the event couldn’t go ahead due to the move to Alert Level 3 in Auckland. Our immediate priority is ensuring the safe pack down of the various event sites. We are looking at event options and will update … View more
Thank you for all the support from our amazing Round the Bays whānau.

We’re disappointed the event couldn’t go ahead due to the move to Alert Level 3 in Auckland. Our immediate priority is ensuring the safe pack down of the various event sites. We are looking at event options and will update everyone as soon as we can. Thank you for your patience.

Kia kaha neighbours 💙

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1 day ago

PORTS OF AUCKLAND ROUND THE BAYS EVENT IS NOT GOING AHEAD

The Team from Round the Bays

We’re sorry to let you know that the Ports of Auckland Round the Bays event is not going ahead due to the Ministry of Health’s move to Alert Level 3 in Auckland which comes into effect at 6am on Sunday, 28 February.

We know how much all our participants were looking forward to event day, but … View more
We’re sorry to let you know that the Ports of Auckland Round the Bays event is not going ahead due to the Ministry of Health’s move to Alert Level 3 in Auckland which comes into effect at 6am on Sunday, 28 February.

We know how much all our participants were looking forward to event day, but we respect the need to keep everyone safe and contain the spread of COVID-19.

We will communicate further details tomorrow (Sunday, 28 February) by email and on our website.

The Ports of Auckland Round the Bays team

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1 day ago

COVID-19 ALERT LEVEL UPDATE

The Team from New Zealand Police

From 6am tomorrow morning, Auckland will move to Alert Level 3 and the rest of New Zealand will move to Alert Level 2. The measures will remain in place for the next seven days.

More details available at www.covid19.govt.nz....

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1 day ago

Auckland is now at Alert Level 3

The Team from Neighbourly.co.nz

**UPDATED:** 1.23pm Sunday 28 February

The Prime Minister and the Director-General of Health are currently providing an update to media in the Beehive.

Ardern has confirmed that health authorities have found a possible person to person link for how Case M and N picked up Covid-19. This could … View more
**UPDATED:** 1.23pm Sunday 28 February

The Prime Minister and the Director-General of Health are currently providing an update to media in the Beehive.

Ardern has confirmed that health authorities have found a possible person to person link for how Case M and N picked up Covid-19. This could eliminate concern that there are other chains of transmission to identify.

Ashley Bloomfield asked people to keep an eye out for atypical symptoms
"This new variant of the virus, the B117, does seem to be presenting with symptoms that are not the typical respiratory symptoms," he said.

If you have muscle aches, do consider this might be a Covid-19 symptom.
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**UPDATED:** 12.54 Sunday 28 February

Auckland is now at Alert Level 3 and the rest of the country is at Alert Level 2 until at least March 6.

Auckland Contract tracing locations of interest include:
• City Fitness (20 and 26 February)
• Manukau Institute of Technology (MIT) Manukau Campus (22, 24, 25 February)
• Hunters Plaza (26 February)
• Burger King Highland Park (25 February)
• Your Health Pharmacy (23 February)
• Pak n Save Manukau (21 February)

For the latest locations of interest including times and dates please follow this link.

Here's what you need to know:
- Case M, the latest Covid-19 case, is a 21-year-old male, the older sibling of a Papatoetoe High School student.
- If you have symptoms of concern, call the NZ Covid-19 Healthline on 0800 358 5453 or call your GP.
- Find your closest Covid-19 testing location on the Healthpoint website
- Stay home, in your bubbles if you are in Auckland. Gatherings with others outside this bubble are prohibited.
- If you go outside your home maintain physical distancing of 2 metres, or 1 metre in controlled environments where you know the others present.
- Travel in and out of Auckland is for essential travel only. A border will be established around Auckland, similar to the demarcations before.
- Essential services such as supermarkets and pharmacies will remain open.
- Aucklanders are asked to wear facial coverings when accessing essential services.
- Customer-facing businesses will need to move to non-contact methods of payment and collection.
- See the full list of guidelines under Alert Level 3 and Alert Level 2
- Keep up-to-date with the latest by following the Stuff live blog

Neighbourly will be updating this message as further information comes to hand.

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5 days ago

We Say/You Say: Coastal Erosion

The Team from Neighbourly.co.nz

Hi Auckland,

How worried are you about coastal erosion in Auckland?

Auckland's shoreline could recede by 200m by 2130 if little to no action on climate change is taken.

The report, titled "Predicting Auckland's exposure to coastal instability and erosion", details the … View more
Hi Auckland,

How worried are you about coastal erosion in Auckland?

Auckland's shoreline could recede by 200m by 2130 if little to no action on climate change is taken.

The report, titled "Predicting Auckland's exposure to coastal instability and erosion", details the impacts this will have on communities the Auckland region.

Sea level rise is notoriously difficult for scientists to follow and this has meant coastal erosion rates have been difficult to predict.

New Zealand's sea levels have risen an average 1.67mm per year since 1989, but the Ministry of Environment says this will accelerate if little action is taken on climate change.

What do you think should be done about it? Share your thoughts below and don't forget to type NFP if you don't want your comments used in your local community newspaper.

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2 days ago

WIN tickets to Auckland Arts Festival 2021

Auckland Arts Festival

Auckland Arts Festival/Te Ahurei Toi o Tāmaki (AAF) 2021 kicks off in a fortnight, offering a jampacked programme for you and your whānau to enjoy.

Happening between 4 and 21 March, AAF 2021 features a 100% Aotearoa selection of more than 70 multi-art shows and events at theatres, galleries … View more
Auckland Arts Festival/Te Ahurei Toi o Tāmaki (AAF) 2021 kicks off in a fortnight, offering a jampacked programme for you and your whānau to enjoy.

Happening between 4 and 21 March, AAF 2021 features a 100% Aotearoa selection of more than 70 multi-art shows and events at theatres, galleries and unique indoor and outdoor venues across Tāmaki Makaurau.

Paying homage to the overarching 2021 theme of Aroha, shows on offer include everything from dance to theatre, live music to comedy, visual and digital art, talks and debate, community participation projects and more.

Among those tipped to be crowd pleasers this year are Che-Fu and the Krates at Auckland Town Hall for the 20-year anniversary of their album Navigator.

The APO will perform the soundtrack to E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial while the film screens at Kiri Te Kanawa Theatre at Aotea Centre and Michael Hurst will appear in a version of Jack and the Beanstalk playing the role of Jack's mum.

10 double passes to giveaway, simply LIKE or THANK this post to be in the draw to WIN a great experience of the Auckland Art Festival/ Te Ahurei Toi o Tāmaki performances. T&Cs apply.
Find out more

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2 days ago

Tell us about a local business that makes your day?

Prospa

With the craziness of last year behind us, it’s time to 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.

As NZ’s business lending specialists, we at … View more
With the craziness of last year behind us, it’s time to 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.

As NZ’s business lending specialists, we at Prospa love seeing small businesses reach their goals with a faster, easier approach to business loans. And we’re proud to be back sponsoring the 2021 Prospa Local Business Hero awards.
Nominate now

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3 days ago

10-year Budget 2021-2031 webinar events

The Team from Auckland Council

If you would like the opportunity to ask questions about the 10-year Budget 2021-2031 with your councillor and local board, we have a range of webinars available 👇
akhaveyoursay.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz...

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3 days ago

Family desperately in need

Kirsten from Warkworth

Since my sisters passing to an extremely aggressive cancer that took her from us late last year in just 7 months from date of diagnosis my families financial situation has gotten to a dire state.
I am asking for any help people can give.
My family is extremely grateful for any help we can get … View more
Since my sisters passing to an extremely aggressive cancer that took her from us late last year in just 7 months from date of diagnosis my families financial situation has gotten to a dire state.
I am asking for any help people can give.
My family is extremely grateful for any help we can get during this extremely tough time where I wish all we had on our minds was grieving such a terrible loss.

givealittle.co.nz...

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