Russell Forest, Hikurangi

99 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

100 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

100 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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105 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.

101 days ago

Do you encourage your children to speak te reo Māori?

Reporter 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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101 days ago

Are you a fan of Neighbourly? Want to help lead your community?

The Team from Neighbourly.co.nz

Neighbourly's purpose is to grow connections between neighbours, making each community around New Zealand a safe and happy place to live. We are currently on the lookout for Neighbourly members to become Neighbourly Leads in their own community.

Neighbourly Leads are people who enjoy using… View more
Neighbourly's purpose is to grow connections between neighbours, making each community around New Zealand a safe and happy place to live. We are currently on the lookout for Neighbourly members to become Neighbourly Leads in their own community.

Neighbourly Leads are people who enjoy using Neighbourly and feel passionate about their corner of this country. They help neighbours to connect positively on the site and are happy to point members in the right direction.

If this sounds like you, please consider becoming a Neighbourly Lead for your suburb alongside dozens of other keen locals around the country!

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102 days ago

Is your connection rugby ready?

Stuff Fibre

We’re less than a month away from kicking off, are you ready? Join Stuff Fibre on a 12 month plan and you’ll get the first 4 months at half price. Take up this offer and you’ll go in the draw to win 1 of 2 Panasonic TV worth $2499.99 RRP.

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102 days ago

New Website

Bear Hug Web Design

The very talented Petra Bulger runs Petra's Upholstery in Kerikeri, and has built up an awesome reputation for high quality workmanship and being a pleasure to deal with. Not only has Petra recently relocated to a fantatic new workshop and showroom at 360 Kerikeri Road, but she's also … View moreThe very talented Petra Bulger runs Petra's Upholstery in Kerikeri, and has built up an awesome reputation for high quality workmanship and being a pleasure to deal with. Not only has Petra recently relocated to a fantatic new workshop and showroom at 360 Kerikeri Road, but she's also asked Bear Hug to create a website for her business so clients can find her online. Check out the beautiful new site at www.petrasupholstery.co.nz....
For more examples of Bear Hug's work and the services we offer, visit www.bearhug.co.nz...

102 days ago

PESTWORX SPRING OFFER | 10% DISCOUNT

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102 days ago

Poll: Do you bother to vote in local body elections?

Sarah Reporter from Stuff

Local elections impact us all, but many of us don't take the time to make our voices heard.

In fact, only 38.5% of Aucklanders voted in the 2016 local body election.

To read more, click here.

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Do you bother to vote in local body elections?
  • 84.5% Yes, of course
    84.5% Complete
  • 15.5% No, I can't be bothered
    15.5% Complete
1628 votes
103 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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108 days ago

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

Reporter 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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116 days ago

What do you think about the Northland district councils candidates?

Reporter 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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114 days ago

Should prisoners be allowed to vote in the council elections?

Reporter 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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