Russell Forest, Hikurangi

107 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.
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107 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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107 days ago

Poll: Which challenges should Northland councils be focusing on?

Reporter Northern News

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?
  • 8.3% Economic growth vs environmental sustainability
    8.3% Complete
  • 25% Reducing inequalities
    25% Complete
  • 0% Climate change risks and mitigation
    0% Complete
  • 16.7% An ageing population
    16.7% Complete
  • 50% Protecting biodiversity, biosecurity and water
    50% Complete
12 votes
109 days ago

Poll: Government bans swimming with dolphins - is this the right move?

Reporter Whangarei Leader

Hi neighbours - tourists can no longer swim with Bottlenose dolphins in the Bay of Islands after research found people are "loving them too much and affecting their behaviour".

Have you swam with dolphins before? Is this ban the right move?

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Government bans swimming with dolphins - is this the right move?
  • 58.5% Absolutely - humans disrupt their natural behaviour
    58.5% Complete
  • 24.6% No - I think this ban is a real shame
    24.6% Complete
  • 16.9% There should just be more restrictions
    16.9% Complete
65 votes
108 days ago

Wishing everyone a safe, fun and kind #FathersDay weekend!

The Team from Neighbourhood Support New Zealand

To celebrate here's some of our fave cheesy dad jokes...


Q: What did the policeman say to his belly button?

A: You're under a vest!

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To celebrate here's some of our fave cheesy dad jokes...


Q: What did the policeman say to his belly button?

A: You're under a vest!


Q: How do you make a tissue dance?

A: Put a little boogey in it!


Q: Where do bees go to the toilet?

A: At the BP station!


#NSNZrandomactsofkindness

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109 days ago

Play Stuff is here!

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109 days ago

Poll: Government bans swimming with dolphins - is this the right move?

Reporter Northern News

Hi neighbours - tourists can no longer swim with Bottlenose dolphins in the Bay of Islands after research found people are "loving them too much and affecting their behaviour".

Have you swam with dolphins before? Is this ban the right move?

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Government bans swimming with dolphins - is this the right move?
  • 42.9% Absolutely - humans disrupt their natural behaviour
    42.9% Complete
  • 14.3% No - I think this ban is a real shame
    14.3% Complete
  • 42.9% There should just be more restrictions
    42.9% Complete
14 votes
109 days ago

New rules take effect for rental property market

Paul Reporter from Stuff

This week the Residential Tenancies Amendment Act 2019 took effect, bringing in a raft of changes for tenants and landlords.

Here's what it means for renters and landlords.

To read more, click here.

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109 days ago

$2.5 million for Kaumātua wellbeing - what should be a priority?

Reporter Northern News

Hi neighbours - better lives for the Kaumātua [elderly] of Aotearoa is the focus of a $2.5 million wellbeing project.

Two different projects will run with the first hoping to bring generations together, and the second focusing on high health and social needs. These projects will mix physical … View more
Hi neighbours - better lives for the Kaumātua [elderly] of Aotearoa is the focus of a $2.5 million wellbeing project.

Two different projects will run with the first hoping to bring generations together, and the second focusing on high health and social needs. These projects will mix physical exercise with Te Reo and the passing down of cultural knowledge.

What do you think should be a priority for Kaumātua? What do you think would be most beneficial for them?

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109 days ago

$2.5 million for Kaumātua wellbeing - what should be a priority?

Reporter Whangarei Leader

Hi neighbours - better lives for the Kaumātua [elderly] of Aotearoa is the focus of a $2.5 million wellbeing project.

Two different projects will run with the first hoping to bring generations together, and the second focusing on high health and social needs. These projects will mix physical … View more
Hi neighbours - better lives for the Kaumātua [elderly] of Aotearoa is the focus of a $2.5 million wellbeing project.

Two different projects will run with the first hoping to bring generations together, and the second focusing on high health and social needs. These projects will mix physical exercise with Te Reo and the passing down of cultural knowledge.

What do you think should be a priority for Kaumātua? What do you think would be most beneficial for them?

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110 days ago

What do you think of rāhui managing fishing at Mimiwhangata?

Denise Piper Reporter from Whangarei Leader

Ngātiwai Trust Board is introducing cultural management of Mimiwhangata Marine Park, north-east of Whangārei. What do you think? What would be best for the waters around Mimiwhangata? (Please put NFP if your comments are not for publication.)

110 days ago

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

Reporter Northern News

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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110 days ago

Poll: Should vaping ads be banned?

Sarah Reporter from Stuff

Tobacco companies are ramping up advertising for vaping products in what's being called a lolly scramble for customers, before new regulations come in.

Local e-cigarette businesses and anti-smoking groups say aggressive marketing campaigns are a bid to maximise sales before an expected … View more
Tobacco companies are ramping up advertising for vaping products in what's being called a lolly scramble for customers, before new regulations come in.

Local e-cigarette businesses and anti-smoking groups say aggressive marketing campaigns are a bid to maximise sales before an expected clampdown on how alternatives to smoking can be advertised.

To read more, click here.

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Should vaping ads be banned?
  • 87% Yes
    87% Complete
  • 13% No
    13% Complete
2049 votes
111 days ago

The dates for Neighbours Day Aotearoa 2020 have been announced! ❤️

The Team from Neighbourhood Support New Zealand

Looking forward to celebrating our wonderful communities across the country with all of you from 27 March to 5 of April.

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