Russell Forest, Hikurangi

152 days ago

Rural Broadband free for 2 months

2Degrees

Northland, you’ll be off and racing with 2degrees speedy new Rural Broadband, and we want you to take it for a Test Drive on us, no strings attached. You’ll even get a free modem to trial.

If you stick around we’ll sweeten things up with a $200 joining credit on our 170GB … View more
Northland, you’ll be off and racing with 2degrees speedy new Rural Broadband, and we want you to take it for a Test Drive on us, no strings attached. You’ll even get a free modem to trial.

If you stick around we’ll sweeten things up with a $200 joining credit on our 170GB Rural Broadband Plans for your home or business. Just $85/month incl GST on a 12 month term.

Give our NZ based team a call on 0800 022 202.
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153 days ago

Log In Woes

Joe & Gaylene from Hikurangi Coastal

I don't know how others feel about the terrible service offered by out Government Departments but I am heartily sick and tired of trying to access the information 'on our website' for Real Me, My IRD, and My MSD. It amounts to a Government not interested in providing a service. The … View moreI don't know how others feel about the terrible service offered by out Government Departments but I am heartily sick and tired of trying to access the information 'on our website' for Real Me, My IRD, and My MSD. It amounts to a Government not interested in providing a service. The systems they have set up are ridiculously difficult to access and heaven help anyone taking more than two tries to log in. They will cite security reasons but really it is merely a farce = they would be much better off hiring more staff! Oh the joy when one eventually manages to speak to a real person! I am sick to death of it. I finally sorted out Real Me recently by waiting to speak to a 'real person'on thee phone the next day! No business could run this way, they would lose customers! It is time some data expert looked into the two strikes and your out for 15 mins at the very least. Now I have been shut out from My IRD in attempting to make a claim for donations! Couldn't even access through Real Me so where is the service? My rant for the day.

154 days ago

What do you think of this donation to R. Tucker Thompson?

Denise Piper Reporter from Northern News

Yamaha has donated a new outboard to R. Tucker Thompson after the youth sailing adventure trust was robbed in coronavirus level four lockdown. What do you think of the donation to - and the theft of - this important Northland charity?

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154 days ago

Culvert pipe wanted

Joe & Gaylene from Hikurangi Coastal

I'm looking for a small culvert pipe to put under metal soon to be laid in a gateway - cannot afford much and only has to be about 12'-13'long and smallish diameter. Hikurangi area preferably but will look at further afield.

155 days ago

Northpower crews ask for social distancing to continue

Alison Shrigley Reporter from Northern News

As New Zealand is now at Alert Level 3, crews are undertaking more work on the Northpower electricity network to ensure the lights stay on and to minimise the risk of any unplanned outages in the lead up to winter.

Crews are strictly following Covid-19 controls and safety remains a number one … View more
As New Zealand is now at Alert Level 3, crews are undertaking more work on the Northpower electricity network to ensure the lights stay on and to minimise the risk of any unplanned outages in the lead up to winter.

Crews are strictly following Covid-19 controls and safety remains a number one priority so if you come across Northpower crews working, please stay clear as they are safely inside their work bubbles.

Many Northpower staff are still working remotely from their homes and while Northpower’s offices and depots remain closed to visitors, staff are ready to help. In the event of a power outage in the Whangarei and Kaipara Districts please contact 0800 10 40 40. For other queries call the Northpower Customer Services Team on 0800 667 847.

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154 days ago

Quarry Arts Centre - OPEN for staff & artists ONLY

Alison Shrigley Reporter from Whangarei Leader

We are pleased to announce that after five quiet weeks the Quarry Arts Centre is re-occupied by staff and working studio artists, as of today. We have reopened in accordance with Alert Level-3 restrictions. Those that come onsite only do so if and when it is necessary to carry-out their work or … View moreWe are pleased to announce that after five quiet weeks the Quarry Arts Centre is re-occupied by staff and working studio artists, as of today. We have reopened in accordance with Alert Level-3 restrictions. Those that come onsite only do so if and when it is necessary to carry-out their work or business and only when government health guidelines can be properly followed.

As of today, we are able to take orders for ceramics supplies, for delivery or contactless pick-up from the carpark, provided the order and payment can be made in-advance. Also, ceramic works that need firing in our kiln can be dropped-off and collected by arrangement. We certainly hope this offers some relief to our community.

Please email admin@quarryarts.org with any enquiries and we will provide assistance.

It is especially pleasing to invite our resident artists to return to use their studios.

For professional artists this is a particularly challenging time. For many artists, their source of livelihood has disappeared, and their prospects are unclear. The Quarry Arts Centre team will continue working with our arts community to find ways to maintain a healthy flow of inspiration and exchange through uncertain times.

To our wider community of artists and enthusiasts, we invite you to reach out to each other and to us, so that we all have the greatest opportunity to reinvent what we create together. In times of crisis like these we are all called upon to make positive changes to how we get things done, as a community.

Unfortunately, we are not yet able to open to the public for casual visits and our ongoing schedule of workshops and exhibitions is still on-hold.

The annual Great Plate event will be going ahead! We’re working to keep it on schedule, in July, and we will keep you all updated. The Great Plate is an important fundraising event on the Quarry Arts Centre calendar with much ado and a great amount of fun had by all. We are so very grateful to our generous community of artists and supporters; ‘throwing’ or sculpting plates, painting, embellishing and donating them for a high-stakes online auction. This year’s event will be especially meaningful in these interesting times.

Thank you all for your ongoing interest in this arts community. Stay in touch.

Nga mihi
Quarry Arts Team

154 days ago

Need to save on power?

Electricity Authority

If COVID-19 means you’ve been using more power, or if it’s affected your income, talk to your power company to check you’re on the best plan.

Find more advice and support at the Electricity Authority’s website.

Talk, Check, see if you can save.
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155 days ago

Northpower crews ask for social distancing to continue

Alison Shrigley Reporter from Whangarei Leader

As New Zealand is now at Alert Level 3, crews are undertaking more work on the Northpower electricity network to ensure the lights stay on and to minimise the risk of any unplanned outages in the lead up to winter.

Crews are strictly following Covid-19 controls and safety remains a number one … View more
As New Zealand is now at Alert Level 3, crews are undertaking more work on the Northpower electricity network to ensure the lights stay on and to minimise the risk of any unplanned outages in the lead up to winter.

Crews are strictly following Covid-19 controls and safety remains a number one priority so if you come across Northpower crews working, please stay clear as they are safely inside their work bubbles.

Many Northpower staff are still working remotely from their homes and while Northpower’s offices and depots remain closed to visitors, staff are ready to help. In the event of a power outage in the Whangarei and Kaipara Districts please contact 0800 10 40 40. For other queries call the Northpower Customer Services Team on 0800 667 847.

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155 days ago

Northpower crews ask for social distancing to continue

Alison Shrigley Reporter from Northern News

As New Zealand is now at Alert Level 3, crews are undertaking more work on the Northpower electricity network to ensure the lights stay on and to minimise the risk of any unplanned outages in the lead up to winter.

Crews are strictly following Covid-19 controls and safety remains a number one … View more
As New Zealand is now at Alert Level 3, crews are undertaking more work on the Northpower electricity network to ensure the lights stay on and to minimise the risk of any unplanned outages in the lead up to winter.

Crews are strictly following Covid-19 controls and safety remains a number one priority so if you come across Northpower crews working, please stay clear as they are safely inside their work bubbles.

Many Northpower staff are still working remotely from their homes and while Northpower’s offices and depots remain closed to visitors, staff are ready to help. In the event of a power outage in the Whangarei and Kaipara Districts please contact 0800 10 40 40. For other queries call the Northpower Customer Services Team on 0800 667 847.

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155 days ago

Looking forward to your next copy of NZ Gardener?

Jo McCarroll - NZ Gardener editor Reporter from NZ Gardener & Get Growing

I am (very) pleased to tell you that now that the country is in Level Three, the May issue of NZ Gardener will be sent to our printers, and the magazine will be on sale from May 7. And believe me the May issue is packed with the good stuff, with ideas of what you can sow, plant, pick and preserve … View moreI am (very) pleased to tell you that now that the country is in Level Three, the May issue of NZ Gardener will be sent to our printers, and the magazine will be on sale from May 7. And believe me the May issue is packed with the good stuff, with ideas of what you can sow, plant, pick and preserve to make the most of your garden right now, plus Lynda Hallinan reflects on 60 lessons for gardeners from the lockdown, a bumper gardening quiz, and you can visit a spectacular Taupō garden alive with birds, a whimsical wonderland in Glenorchy in full bloom and meet the clever and resourceful gardeners of the Chatham Islands... all without leaving your bubble. And thanks so much to everyone who has been in touch to offer their support to the NZ Gardener team, especially those who have subscribed or renewed or purchased a subscription as a gift (an NZ Gardener subscription is a great Mother's Day idea, just sayin'!) We are so grateful to you all, and it's your support that allows us to keep inspiring and informing gardeners from all around New Zealand as we have been doing now for more than 75 years. Please share this message with your gardening groups on social too. We’re looking forward to the many more years of celebrating the amazing gardens and gardeners of New Zealand that lie ahead.

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155 days ago

Check out In Honour: Northland veteran Ivan Grbich

Denise Piper Reporter from Whangarei Leader

Kaitaia veteran Ivan Grbich is one of about a dozen World War II veterans asked to share their stories for Stuff's In Honour feature. His memories of the war are still amazingly vivid.

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155 days ago

In Honour: Kaitaia veteran Ivan Grbich

Denise Piper Reporter from Northern News

Kaitaia veteran Ivan Grbich is one of about a dozen World War II veterans asked to share their stories for Stuff's In Honour feature. His memories of the war are still amazingly vivid.

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156 days ago

Need advice on a DIY fail or reno dilemma?

Jo Haywood Reporter from Homed

Hey neighbours, how's lockdown life treating you? If you've been trying to sort some long overdue DIY jobs around the home, with mixed results, help is at hand. 

Have you already had a DIY disaster you need to fix, or are you looking to do some home improvements but don't where … View more
Hey neighbours, how's lockdown life treating you? If you've been trying to sort some long overdue DIY jobs around the home, with mixed results, help is at hand. 

Have you already had a DIY disaster you need to fix, or are you looking to do some home improvements but don't where where to start? Email homed@stuff.co.nz to tell us all about it - including photos if you can - and we'll ask our experts for their advice on how you can fix things up, or where to start with your project. 

So whether you have a interiors design dilemma, a need for some home DIY know how, bigger plans for a reno you'd like an expert opinion on, or even a tough cleaning problem you want cleared up, we'll get you some answers. What are you waiting for? Email your questions and photos to homed@stuff.co.nz and we'll get back to you.

Please note: We are unable to recommend specific businesses or tradespeople to provide quotes etc.

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155 days ago

New Zealand is now at Alert Level 3

New Zealand Government

Alert Level 3 is a milestone in our struggle against COVID-19. We are all responsible for what happens next. Every contact we make is a chance for the virus to spread.

We could easily lose what we have gained. Our success, or failure, depends on the decisions that we’ll each make alone – … View more
Alert Level 3 is a milestone in our struggle against COVID-19. We are all responsible for what happens next. Every contact we make is a chance for the virus to spread.

We could easily lose what we have gained. Our success, or failure, depends on the decisions that we’ll each make alone – but which in turn – will affect all of us.

Two weeks then a review
• On 11 May, we will review our progress and decide if we can safely continue to step down restrictions, or if more measures are required to protect us all.
• So the decisions we each make now, matter. Because every interaction we have is an opportunity for the virus to spread.

Keeping safe at Alert Level 3
• At Alert Level 3, the best way to keep those around you safe, is by keeping your bubble small. Interact with as few people as possible. Less people equals less risk. And continue to stay at home whenever you can.
• We should each be making the minimal number of trips. Be sure to stay local, and only make necessary trips.
• And importantly, work and learn from home if you can.

Let’s do this
We’re a team of 5 million. Formidable. And we can do this.
So thank you New Zealand for making the right decisions, when it really counts.
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