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37 days ago

Whangaroa District Noticeboard Community Calendar

Marisa from Kerikeri District

Whangaroa District Noticeboard Community Calendar

$25 per calendar
Postage and packaging $18.80 plus $4 if you are rural

300mm x 600mm calendar. Wire bound with hole, printed on a 210gsm coated glossy card

Price: $25

37 days ago

Kia ora lovely people of Aotearoa!

The Team from Women's Refuge New Zealand

We are seeking to understand what people’s experiences have been of trying to find support for family violence in New Zealand.

If you've been impacted by family violence – including being harmed, causing harm, thinking about causing harm, or supporting others in these situations, … View more
We are seeking to understand what people’s experiences have been of trying to find support for family violence in New Zealand.

If you've been impacted by family violence – including being harmed, causing harm, thinking about causing harm, or supporting others in these situations, we'd love you to complete our anonymous survey and go into the draw to win one of three $50 Prezzy cards.

Your experiences will help us to assist others who are seeking support in the future, therefore we will be very grateful for your thoughts.

Ngā mihi nui.

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37 days ago

Will you paint it blue?

Resene

Over 3000 New Zealand men are diagnosed with Prostate Cancer each year. Paint it blue for our boys by buying a *blue* Resene testpot. We'll donate $1 to The Prostate Cancer Foundation of New Zealand with every blue 60ml testpot sold between 10-25 September 2019. It's that simple! Find out more

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37 days ago

How do you use the internet?

Stuff Fibre

The internet has become such an important part of our daily lives. It’s become how we communicate in our own communities and discover new ones.

But what do you actually use it for? For our second survey in Stuff Fibre’s Great Internet Survey we want to find out how New Zealanders are using … View more
The internet has become such an important part of our daily lives. It’s become how we communicate in our own communities and discover new ones.

But what do you actually use it for? For our second survey in Stuff Fibre’s Great Internet Survey we want to find out how New Zealanders are using the world wide web in their daily lives. Be in to WIN 1 of 4 $50 Prezzy cards for your participation!
Take the Survey

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38 days ago

Is your child's school in "screaming need" of support?

The team Reporter from Northern News

Hi neighbours - Northland primary schools have a "screaming need" for more support, a fellow principal says.

With alcohol, drug use and child abuse through many low socio-economic communities, … View more
Hi neighbours - Northland primary schools have a "screaming need" for more support, a fellow principal says.

With alcohol, drug use and child abuse through many low socio-economic communities, "teaching primary school children resilience is key to rising above statistics and preparing them to handle what's coming", says Hora Hora Primary School principal Pat Newman.

What do our children need? Is your child's school in "screaming need" of support?

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42 days ago

Is the new Northland rail line a worthwhile investment?

The team Reporter from Whangarei Leader

Hi neighbours - a $95 million investment in a 181km rail line between Whangārei and Swanson will stop the north Auckland Line from having to close in the near future.

KiwiRail Group Chief Executive Greg Miller says line improvements "would give more certainty for our customers and will make … View more
Hi neighbours - a $95 million investment in a 181km rail line between Whangārei and Swanson will stop the north Auckland Line from having to close in the near future.

KiwiRail Group Chief Executive Greg Miller says line improvements "would give more certainty for our customers and will make rail an option for Northland businesses and exporters to get their goods to market".

Is this a worthwhile investment? Do you think Northland businesses will benefit from this?

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44 days ago

Do women make good leaders?

Denise Piper Reporter from Whangarei Leader

It's 2019 but 91% of councils are still male-dominated. Here in Whangarei, our mayor and deputy mayor have had to overcome the stereotype that women don't make good leaders. What do you think? Do women make good leaders? (Please put NFP if your comments are not for publication)

38 days ago

Should The Block NZ be canned?

The team Reporter from Northern News

Hi neighbours - three of the four Block NZ teams went home empty handed, as their apartments failed to exceed the reserve or did not sell.

Winner, Lisa Ridout-Gordon, says "the win is really bittersweet", and that "it's sad because they won nothing and we all sat there … View more
Hi neighbours - three of the four Block NZ teams went home empty handed, as their apartments failed to exceed the reserve or did not sell.

Winner, Lisa Ridout-Gordon, says "the win is really bittersweet", and that "it's sad because they won nothing and we all sat there dreaming about what we would want to come away with and what we thought we deserved".

Did you watch the final episode? Do you think it's time for the show to be canned?

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39 days ago

Have you been lucky with the lotto?

The team Reporter from Whangarei Leader

Hi neighbours - a Whangārei man has won $1 million and $27,000 one week apart.

He said "he got such a fright that he scanned the barcode another few times to make sure he wasn't seeing anything". He got back in the car, found a quiet place to pull over and had a cup of tea from his… View more
Hi neighbours - a Whangārei man has won $1 million and $27,000 one week apart.

He said "he got such a fright that he scanned the barcode another few times to make sure he wasn't seeing anything". He got back in the car, found a quiet place to pull over and had a cup of tea from his flask before carrying on with work.

Have you ever been lucky with the lotto? What would you do if you won?

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39 days ago

Three-minute power te reo Māori lesson: Five words every Kiwi should know

Stacey Reporter from Stuff

Hi Neighbours,

You don't need to learn how to speak perfect, formal te reo Māori to help normalise the language of Aotearoa - you can do it one word at a time.

At the end of this three-minute power te reo Māori lesson you'll know five key words and how to use them.

On Friday our … View more
Hi Neighbours,

You don't need to learn how to speak perfect, formal te reo Māori to help normalise the language of Aotearoa - you can do it one word at a time.

At the end of this three-minute power te reo Māori lesson you'll know five key words and how to use them.

On Friday our tutor, Anton Matthews, will be live on Stuff at 12.30pm to answer any questions from this week's lessons.

For more lessons, click here

39 days ago

Have you been lucky with the lotto?

The team Reporter from Northern News

Hi neighbours - a Whangārei man has won $1 million and $27,000 one week apart.

He said "he got such a fright that he scanned the barcode another few times to make sure he wasn't seeing anything". He got back in the car, found a quiet place to pull over and had a cup of tea from … View more
Hi neighbours - a Whangārei man has won $1 million and $27,000 one week apart.

He said "he got such a fright that he scanned the barcode another few times to make sure he wasn't seeing anything". He got back in the car, found a quiet place to pull over and had a cup of tea from his flask before carrying on with work.

Have you ever been lucky with the lotto? What would you do if you won?

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48 days ago

Poll: Which challenges should Northland councils be focusing on?

The team Reporter from Whangarei Leader

Hi neighbours - Northland's four councils are facing a number of challenges.

What do you think is the most important challenge to focus on? Is there anything missing from the list? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

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Which challenges should Northland councils be focusing on?
  • 43.5% Economic growth vs environmental sustainability
    43.5% Complete
  • 2.9% Reducing inequalities
    2.9% Complete
  • 13% Climate change risks and mitigation
    13% Complete
  • 14.5% An ageing population
    14.5% Complete
  • 26.1% Protecting biodiversity, biosecurity and water
    26.1% Complete
69 votes
39 days ago

Courier delivery scam - Have you been affected?

The team from Neighbourly.co.nz

Kiwis are being warned to be vigilant with a new scam posing as a courier package alert to unsuspecting "customers".

People have received a text message saying there has been an attempt to deliver a parcel to the recipient's address. The scammers then direct them to a website … View more
Kiwis are being warned to be vigilant with a new scam posing as a courier package alert to unsuspecting "customers".

People have received a text message saying there has been an attempt to deliver a parcel to the recipient's address. The scammers then direct them to a website which asks for the tracking number they provided, and the payment of a $3.25 delivery fee. The scammers then have credit card and personal details.

Police advise to ignore the message and let family and friends know - especially the elderly and vulnerable. If you believe you're a target of a scam, report it to Netsafe's Orb immediately.

SOURCE: NZ Herald

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50 days ago

Meet the Candidates - Stand Up Comedy at its bes

Geoff from Russell

Meet the Candidates - Stand Up Comedy at its best
Well, we had our meeting and here, for what it's worth, is my take on it. We have, apparently, 15 candidates for the 4 council seats and 11 mayoral candidates. We had 5 council candidates and 5 mayoral candidates turn up, I guess that … View more
Meet the Candidates - Stand Up Comedy at its best
Well, we had our meeting and here, for what it's worth, is my take on it. We have, apparently, 15 candidates for the 4 council seats and 11 mayoral candidates. We had 5 council candidates and 5 mayoral candidates turn up, I guess that indicates the commitment of some, along with 3 for the Regional Council.
In my humble opinion, Jay Hepi and Dave Hookway were the most impressive. Harko Brown said something which caught my attention, in addition to his “tongue in cheek?” remark about returning the capital to Okiato. He suggested “toll roads” as a way to generate money to offset rates. I may be wrong, but I believe that “tolls” are “taxes” and “taxes” can only be imposed by central government. Comments invited.
We then had the 3 Regional Council candidates. Dover Samuels came up with an interesting idea. He suggested that rate rebates be given to the elderly I think it was. In typical politician style, he was pushing giving rates money away but didn't bother to say where the money would come from to replace the rates rebate. Another thing, why would he be going on about rates when it is the DISTRICT council and not the REGIONAL council that levies the rates? Comments invited
Finally, we had the council candidates. 5 out of 15! One thing at least, to which we can look forward, is that we will have at least 2 new councillors with departure of Dave Hookway and Tania McInnes. It will be very interesting to see who replaces them.
Readers may remember that I am trying to get the voting system changed from FPP (First Past The Post) to STV (Single Transferable Vote). I was given the opportunity to ask the questions basically, “Would candidates give an assurance, if elected, to support a change to STV? It appeared that Ann Court was the only one who did not put up her hand. I wonder why?
Could it be that she is concerned that with STV she just might lose her seat on the gravy train?

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