Russell Forest, Hikurangi

39 days ago

Get 6 months of power at cost

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42 days ago

A new approach to youth sport - What are your thoughts?

The team Reporter from Northern News

Hi neighbours - Sport NZ has announced a revamped approach to youth sport, saying the idea was to "bring the fun and development focus back to sport for all young people, helping to prevent them growing to dread sports as adults".

This comes after the acknowledgement that for kids, … View more
Hi neighbours - Sport NZ has announced a revamped approach to youth sport, saying the idea was to "bring the fun and development focus back to sport for all young people, helping to prevent them growing to dread sports as adults".

This comes after the acknowledgement that for kids, enjoyment is closely tied to how well they perform, something heavily influenced by parents and coaches.

What are your thoughts? Do you think this new approach will benefit our youngsters?

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42 days ago

A new approach to youth sport - What are your thoughts?

The team Reporter from Whangarei Leader

Hi neighbours - Sport NZ has announced a revamped approach to youth sport, saying the idea was to "bring the fun and development focus back to sport for all young people, helping to prevent them growing to dread sports as adults".

This comes after the acknowledgement that for kids, … View more
Hi neighbours - Sport NZ has announced a revamped approach to youth sport, saying the idea was to "bring the fun and development focus back to sport for all young people, helping to prevent them growing to dread sports as adults".

This comes after the acknowledgement that for kids, enjoyment is closely tied to how well they perform, something heavily influenced by parents and coaches.

What are your thoughts? Do you think this new approach will benefit our youngsters?

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39 days ago

Kairos Kerikeri Half Marathon training walk/run

Shirley from Kerikeri District

Just had a fabulous training walk/run this beautiful morning at the beautiful Rainbow Falls with some of the Kairos team entered into the Kerikeri Half Marathon on Sat 23 November. Join us to fundraise for affordable housing. Contact Shirley m: 021881568 e: chrishirley130@icloud.com

40 days ago

How do you talk to kids about news?

The Team Reporter from Stuff

Our complex and ever-changing world can be a difficult thing to explain to tamariki. To help, Stuff has launched KEA Kids News - a twice-weekly video bulletin of news by kids for kids.

Just like the smart and curious kea, our inquisitive kid reporters will peck through local, national and … View more
Our complex and ever-changing world can be a difficult thing to explain to tamariki. To help, Stuff has launched KEA Kids News - a twice-weekly video bulletin of news by kids for kids.

Just like the smart and curious kea, our inquisitive kid reporters will peck through local, national and international news to find stories and ask questions that connect with seven to 11-year-olds, to show them that truth is not only stranger than fiction but often a lot more interesting.
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42 days ago

FNDC Elections

Geoff from Russell

ania McInnes posted on The Paihia Noticeboard this morning, I imagine that she will post elsewhere. Here is my comment in anticipation.

A little over 5 years ago, the FNDC sponsored the Far North Resilient Communities Conference in Kaitaia. Here www.resilientcommunitiesfn.co.nz... is a link to it … View more
ania McInnes posted on The Paihia Noticeboard this morning, I imagine that she will post elsewhere. Here is my comment in anticipation.

A little over 5 years ago, the FNDC sponsored the Far North Resilient Communities Conference in Kaitaia. Here www.resilientcommunitiesfn.co.nz... is a link to it One of the MAIN topics discussed was a local community/alternative complementary currency. Here www.youtube.com... www.youtube.com... . are links to 2 of the videos on the subjectY ou will see, if you bother to watch them, that, in total, they are over 2 hours in length. There was VERY strong support expressed at the conference for a local currency. Subsequent to the conference my friend, Neil Thomas, and I did a presentation to the whole FNDC and also to all the community boards on the the subject. The mayor, surprisingly, turned up at the community boards presentation, admitted that he knew very little, if anything, about local currencies and said he would learn more about them.. THAT was over 5 years ago, I guess he was a slow learner. Moving right along , John Carter was invited to be the speaker at a Grey Power Kerikeri AGM but was, for some reason, unable to come and you came in his place. I asked you again about local community currency and, to coin a phrase "you blew me off." You say "It is my belief that to achieve true prosperity we need to work together in partnership. We need a unified voice which will come through listening, sharing knowledge and collaborating. We talk about working in partnership a lot. Let's actually do it" you also talk about "localism" maybe even about rates but you fail to say ANYTHING about how a local currency, (debt and usury free) MONEY of the PEOPLE, BY the PEOPLE, FOR the PEOPLE could/would be of HUGE benefit to the people of the Far North. There are already a number of local currencies in New Zealand, one very successful one is in Golden Bay, known as “HANDS,” www.community-exchange.org... there is another in the Wairarapa wais.org.nz... We even created our own Far North local currency, “The BEX” which could still be used. I do not expect you to get the mayor's job and I sincerely hope to see the departure of at least 1 more of those who are well past their “use by date.” I see a real opportunity for positive change in this election based on some of those standing in the Bay of Islands-Whangaroa ward and the icing on the cake, to me at least, will be a change from the “FPP” (First Past The Post System) to “STV,” (Single Transferable Vote System) in the 2022 election.

40 days ago

Here's an interesting fact for your Friday...

The Team from Neighbourhood Support New Zealand

New Zealand Police, and in particular 111, is increasingly contacted as the first port of call in a mental health crisis.

To make sure those who need help get it, in 2018 a dedicated helpline was established for those who are feeling overwhelmed, anxious and down. People can call or text … View more
New Zealand Police, and in particular 111, is increasingly contacted as the first port of call in a mental health crisis.

To make sure those who need help get it, in 2018 a dedicated helpline was established for those who are feeling overwhelmed, anxious and down. People can call or text ‘1737’ any time, day or night, to get FREE help from a trained mental health professional.

Please share so others in our community know about this life-saving helpline!

#NSNZmentalhealth #safercommunitiestogether

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40 days ago

Banishing the black dog in quest for black jerseys

The Team from Graeme Dingle Foundation

Warriors league star and Kiwi Can Leader Langi Veainu is on the cusp of becoming a dual international as a Black Fern.

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40 days ago

Is sewing "woman's work"?

Denise Piper Reporter from Northern News

Prisoners at the Northland Region Corrections Facility at Ngawha were suprised how rewarding learning sewing has been - initially considering it women's work. What is your experience? Are you a man who likes to sew - or does it as a job? Is this a good skill for our prisoners to learn? (Please… View morePrisoners at the Northland Region Corrections Facility at Ngawha were suprised how rewarding learning sewing has been - initially considering it women's work. What is your experience? Are you a man who likes to sew - or does it as a job? Is this a good skill for our prisoners to learn? (Please put NFP if your comments are not for publication.)

40 days ago

KAIROS Kerikeri Half Marathon training walk/run Sat 7 Sept

Shirley from Kerikeri District

Kairos Connection Trust is fundraising for affordable housing in Kerikeri and mid-Far North and we have a team entered for the Kerikeri Half Marathon. Tomorrow is a training walk/run meeting at 7.00am at the KK Stone Store Basin - all welcome! If you'd like to join the Kairos team text or PM… View moreKairos Connection Trust is fundraising for affordable housing in Kerikeri and mid-Far North and we have a team entered for the Kerikeri Half Marathon. Tomorrow is a training walk/run meeting at 7.00am at the KK Stone Store Basin - all welcome! If you'd like to join the Kairos team text or PM me on M: 021881568

41 days ago

Changing The Voting System

Geoff from Russell

Changing The Voting System
Greetings folks, I am back after my FOURTH Facebook account block. I don't know if it's the NUMBER of posts, the CONTENT of the posts, or a combination of both, but I certainly seem to succeed in getting up their noses.
Before getting back onto the subject, you … View more
Changing The Voting System
Greetings folks, I am back after my FOURTH Facebook account block. I don't know if it's the NUMBER of posts, the CONTENT of the posts, or a combination of both, but I certainly seem to succeed in getting up their noses.
Before getting back onto the subject, you may be interested to know that Facebook has just been fined SIX BILLION (US) DOLLARS and Google ONE HUNDRED AND THIRTY PLUS MILLION (US) DOLLARS!!! Shows how much Facebook must be making! Here x22report.com... , for those who may be interested, is edition 1961 of x22 report where you can hear the references to Facebook and Google.

OK, moving right along to “Changing The Voting System” I had a thought after the Paihia meeting. You may recall in my “report?” on the meeting, I mentioned that all the candidates, except for Ann Court, supported a move to STV. I was also able to contact Ruth Heta Ruth Heta for Councillor Bay of Islands - Whangaroa about STV and local currency, here is her reply “ Hi Goeff, unfortunately I was unable to attend the Paihia meeting I was mid flight at that time.
However there will be a Meet the Candidates afternoon on the 7th September @ 3pm - 5pm, Kaeo Memorial Hall. My phone number is 0211875508 if you would like to connect me directly.
As to the questions you have asked
(1) STV, it is my preference to recommend the transfer of current voting systems to STV

(2) Complementary currency
Yes. One of my Policies is to encourage economical resilience. I believe and support this system and I know that this type of currency is used in in other regions like the Wairarapa.

Hope this helps a wee bit in your understanding of where I stand, as your possible Candidate vote is Very important to me.”

So we now KNOW where she stands on, what I personally feel are, 2 very important subjects. Only downside to me was that Dover Samuels, nothing to do with FNDC election, managed to get in on one of the photos.

OK the idea. We MAY be able to get the system changed WITHOUT having to get the 5% of registered electors to sign forms by waiting until after the elections in October. The Local Electoral Act 2001 states in 27Local authority may resolve to change electoral systems

(1)Any local authority may, not later than 12 September in the year that is 2 years before the year in which the next triennial general election is to be held, resolve that the next 2 triennial general elections of the local authority and its local boards or community boards (if any), and any associated election, will be held using a specified electoral system other than that used for the previous triennial general election.

(2)A resolution under this section—

(a)takes effect, subject to paragraph (b), for the next 2 triennial general elections of the local authority and its local boards or community boards (if any), and any associated election; and

(b)continues in effect until either—

(i)a further resolution under this section takes effect; or

(ii)a poll of electors of the local authority held under section 33 takes effect.(1) Sums it up. We can, as soon after the elections as possible, make a presentaion to the new council to get them to change the system. The vote will show, as far as our ward councillors are concerned, whether they will put their VOTES where their MOUTHS were at the Paihia meeting.Obviously, there would be, at best,only 4 votes which should be guaranteed, also, hopefully, we will have a mayor who supports the change. I will try to find out where the candidates in the other wards stand on this.

Comments invited

41 days ago

KEA Kids News: What happens to all the illegal guns?

The Team Reporter from Stuff

This video bulletin is news for kids by kids. Help the young people you know understand our complicated world by watching KEA Kids News with them.
Find out more here.

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46 days ago

wanted sink unit, bench which could take a sink etc

Bruce from Hikurangi Coastal

I need three, one up to 980 mm long, one up to 1360 long and one up to 2.3m but could also be a right angle. preferable with a sink, either china or stainless. to be used for a lunchroom situation and a tidy looking sink in a bedroom type situation.

42 days ago

Do you encourage your children to speak te reo Māori?

The team Reporter from Whangarei Leader

Hi neighbours - Anton Matthews, father-of-two and owner of a bilingual restaurant, made a pact to himself that he would only speak to his children in te reo Māori until they got their drivers' licenses.

He says that … View more
Hi neighbours - Anton Matthews, father-of-two and owner of a bilingual restaurant, made a pact to himself that he would only speak to his children in te reo Māori until they got their drivers' licenses.

He says that "te reo Māori and Māori culture is part of what makes Aotearoa such a special place and we can't get enough of it".

Do you speak te reo Māori in your home? Do you encourage your children to speak it?

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