Russell Forest, Hikurangi

95 days ago

Thank you for making Father's Day special!

Julia de Ruiter from The Salvation Army NZ

Wow, over 360 Father's Day bundles have been donated by our amazing community of Foodbank Project donors! Your generosity helped make Father's Day special for Kiwi dads who are finding things tough at the moment- thank you.

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100 days ago

Cell tower proposed for sacred maunga - what are your thoughts?

The team Reporter from Whangarei Leader

Hi neighbours - Hapū are ready to occupy Whakarongorua Maunga in the Utakura Valley to stop cell phone tower construction.

Hapū member Mori Rapana says "the mountain designated for the tower was sacred and steeped in history", with ancestral bones buried there. He says that … View more
Hi neighbours - Hapū are ready to occupy Whakarongorua Maunga in the Utakura Valley to stop cell phone tower construction.

Hapū member Mori Rapana says "the mountain designated for the tower was sacred and steeped in history", with ancestral bones buried there. He says that "they're willing to fully occupy the land and get arrested so that it is left in all its glory for all generations to come".

What are your thoughts? Should another area be chosen for the cell phone tower? Is there enough being done to protect sacred sites?

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108 days ago

What do you think about the Northland district councils candidates?

The team Reporter from Whangarei Leader

Hi neighbours - Whangārei, Kaipara and Far North council candidates have now been revealed for the 2019 local body elections.

Some candidates are guaranteed a council seat, while others face dozens of opponents. Incumbent Mayor Sheryl Mai has put her hat in the ring for a third term, pledging to … View more
Hi neighbours - Whangārei, Kaipara and Far North council candidates have now been revealed for the 2019 local body elections.

Some candidates are guaranteed a council seat, while others face dozens of opponents. Incumbent Mayor Sheryl Mai has put her hat in the ring for a third term, pledging to continue to build a community that is "economically strong, vibrant, diverse, creative and healthy.

Click here to see a list of candidates and let us know your thoughts in the comments!

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106 days ago

Should prisoners be allowed to vote in the council elections?

The team Reporter from Whangarei Leader

Hi neighbours - prisoners have expressed that they want to be able to vote in both the general election and local body elections.

They say it would help them feel human and connected to the community, with former prisoner Awatea Mita saying the voting ban is "humiliating and … View more
Hi neighbours - prisoners have expressed that they want to be able to vote in both the general election and local body elections.

They say it would help them feel human and connected to the community, with former prisoner Awatea Mita saying the voting ban is "humiliating and dehumanising".

What do you think? Should prisoners be allowed to vote in the council elections? Read more here

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108 days ago

What do you think of our local educators?

Denise Piper Reporter from Whangarei Leader

He Puna Marama Trust have been turning around poor education statistics for Maori since starting in 2010 - now they are expanding into teaching IT to school leavers. What do you think? (Please put NFP if your comments are not for print)

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95 days ago

Light fittings

Andrea from Kerikeri District

Light fittings as in the photographs
Offers
Phone 09) 405-1178

Negotiable

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95 days ago

Rocker Sun Loungers 2

Andrea from Kerikeri District

2 rocking sun loungers
$70 each or $120 for the 2
Phone 09) 405-1178

Price: $70,120

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95 days ago

Glass top aluminium outside table

Andrea from Kerikeri District

Glass top table 1.5sq x 703cm high
$150 ono
Phone 09) 405-1178

Price: $150

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95 days ago

Mental Health + Well-Being - September 1st to 30th 🧠

The Team from Neighbourhood Support New Zealand

Did you know, 1 in 4 New Zealand adults will suffer from a mental disorder or distress at some point in their lives? When they do, let’s make sure they never have to go it alone. To create safer, more caring communities we need to not only look after ourselves but those around us as well.

For … View more
Did you know, 1 in 4 New Zealand adults will suffer from a mental disorder or distress at some point in their lives? When they do, let’s make sure they never have to go it alone. To create safer, more caring communities we need to not only look after ourselves but those around us as well.

For the month of September, we want to use our voice to raise awareness for mental health and well-being. Perhaps consider sharing a cuppa with someone you know who could use the support or challenge your family and friends to unplug from social media for the entire month to improve their well-being. If you or someone you know is going through a rough patch, don’t forget you can call or text 1737 anytime for FREE support from a trained counsellor.

Don’t forget, this month also coincides with World Suicide Prevention Day (September 10th) followed by Mental Health Awareness Week (23 - 29 September) and Mental Health Awareness Day on October 10th.

However you choose to take part, feel free to tag us in your posts + use the following hashtag so we can see how you’re cultivating better mental health for yourself or in your community this month:

#NSNZmentalhealth

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95 days ago

How are the measles immunisation rates where you live?

The Team Reporter from Stuff

Vaccine hesitancy – the reluctance or refusal to vaccinate despite the availability of vaccines – is now considered one of the top ten threats to global health.As the country wrestles with the worst measles outbreak in more than two decades, it has to be asked; what are we going to do about it?… View moreVaccine hesitancy – the reluctance or refusal to vaccinate despite the availability of vaccines – is now considered one of the top ten threats to global health.As the country wrestles with the worst measles outbreak in more than two decades, it has to be asked; what are we going to do about it?

Search for your suburb here to check the immunisation rates percentages in 2018.

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98 days ago

WOFs incorrectly passed - have you been affected?

The team Reporter from Whangarei Leader

Hi neighbours - there is a possibility that 1840 vehicles passed by Jaco Jacobs, and his Whāngārei-based inspecting organisation JJ Automotive Services Ltd, could have been passed incorrectly.

Vehicle owners would be contacted by NZTA as soon as possible to advise them on recheck options.

Have … View more
Hi neighbours - there is a possibility that 1840 vehicles passed by Jaco Jacobs, and his Whāngārei-based inspecting organisation JJ Automotive Services Ltd, could have been passed incorrectly.

Vehicle owners would be contacted by NZTA as soon as possible to advise them on recheck options.

Have you been affected? Have you had experience with dodgy WOF testing in the past?

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96 days ago

Overcoming Obstacles

The Team from Graeme Dingle Foundation

🏉 Through school-based programmes like #KiwiCan, #Stars, and #ProjectK, we empower our youth to grow into the best versions of themselves.

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97 days ago

Loans built for small business

Prospa

Kurt Jacks from Auckland’s “The Rib House” discovered the missing ingredient in his recipe for success when he used a Prospa Small Business Loan to dish up the vital support he and his family needed to grow the business.

The simple, streamlined application process was just what he needed … View more
Kurt Jacks from Auckland’s “The Rib House” discovered the missing ingredient in his recipe for success when he used a Prospa Small Business Loan to dish up the vital support he and his family needed to grow the business.

The simple, streamlined application process was just what he needed as a time-strapped business owner – and the funds were immediately put to use on upgrades and kitchen renovations.
Find out more

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97 days ago

Harko Brown-Far North mayoral candidate and toll road advocate

Geoff from Russell

Harko Brown-Far North mayoral candidate and toll road advocate.

I recently became a member of the Moerewa Noticeboard on which Harko Brown posted his “manifesto?” I posted the following as a comment

I attended the "Meet the candidates" meeting in Paihia. You said something about … View more
Harko Brown-Far North mayoral candidate and toll road advocate.

I recently became a member of the Moerewa Noticeboard on which Harko Brown posted his “manifesto?” I posted the following as a comment

I attended the "Meet the candidates" meeting in Paihia. You said something about "creating toll roads in the far north to increase revenue." I can't remember if you said that the tolls would be paid only by tourists or if locals would also pay them. I will appreciate clarification. Another thing, as I understand it, a "toll" is a "tax" and taxes can be imposed on the people only by the national thieves in Wellington, the local thieves in Kaikohe do not have that power. Now, if that is the case, is your idea for "far north toll roads" a non starter?

I then came across his “manifesto” and found the bit about “toll roads” and other taxes, which you will see here. “We also need to get a healthier budget for our region through innovative income generation - for example, toll roads to get revenue from those 350 - 400 000 visitors who over-burden and thrash our infrastructure over summer. Also tax tourists $2 for every accommodation night, and $10 each to fly out of one of our airports. That revenue is sorely needed and should be spread evenly around our districts to actually start paving our 1 000km of loose metal roads, keep our infrastructure working and to take the burden off long suffering ratepayers (yes a rates freeze is necessary and well overdue)." I then, having the details of his idea(s) did a more detailed commen which you will see here “I see that your plan is for only tourists to pay the tolls. Who would decide who IS and who is NOT a tourist? As I said in my previous comment,"taxes can be imposed on the people only by the national thieves in Wellington, the local thieves in Kaikohe do not have that power. " That being the case, it would seem that not only is your toll roads idea a non starter but also your $2 for every accommodation night, and $10 each to fly out of one of our airports. I would also be interested to know why the cruise ship passengers have not been included for some kind of tax. There are 150,158 scheduled to come to Waitangi on 69 ships this season.Obviously not all of them come ashore, but a heck of a lot certainly do. The vast majority do not drive on the roads roads,although a few do rent cars, the vast majority go on tours either with Clarks or with the local operators. How would they be taxed since they don't drive, don't stay in motels and don't fly out of any airport? It is all very well for all the other commentors to give their blind support, but if you DO get elected, which I seriously doubt, and you can't do what you say you will do, I wonder how they will feel. Just a thought.

The sooner Di Maxwell's “ online facility is developed and is ready to roll, the better. It is a facebook page called Know Your Candidate As Karl Kurz from Russell said in a Neighbourly comment “ This will also be a very suitable measure to find out how seriously bold statements are really meant and can can be brought about, like far north toll roads, to name but one.

Here is Mr. Brown's reply. Kia ora Geoff, thx for your interest. Yes many people have told me it's refreshing to see genuine strategies and possibilities being expressed by a candidate. So thx again.

As for devising a possible policy for taking the heat off rate-payers, always the easy fall back / fall guys for council, I've been canvassing our residents on ideas to bring in much needed funding. How are your roads & footpaths, are you happy with them? Are you happy with our 1000 km of dusty, health-affecting metal roads?

As mayor I will use the legal avenue, not a difficult one, of submitting to agencies on issues of interest to council, should we agree as a United team that such measures are wanted.

Cruise ships already get pinged but we would look to increase that toll, same with tour operators.

Such measures work well in Akld, Tauranga, Rotorua & elsewhere, it's not rocket science.

I'm very approachable at our public meetings as you know so next time have a chat :)

Good on you for getting involved with these elections.

My reply With all due respect, you have not answered the questions





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