Russell Forest, Hikurangi

136 days ago

Courier delivery scam - Have you been affected?

Neighbourly.co.nz

Kiwis are being warned to be vigilant with a new scam posing as a courier package alert to unsuspecting "customers".

People have received a text message saying there has been an attempt to deliver a parcel to the recipient's address. The scammers then direct them to a website … View more
Kiwis are being warned to be vigilant with a new scam posing as a courier package alert to unsuspecting "customers".

People have received a text message saying there has been an attempt to deliver a parcel to the recipient's address. The scammers then direct them to a website which asks for the tracking number they provided, and the payment of a $3.25 delivery fee. The scammers then have credit card and personal details.

Police advise to ignore the message and let family and friends know - especially the elderly and vulnerable. If you believe you're a target of a scam, report it to Netsafe's Orb immediately.

SOURCE: NZ Herald

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147 days ago

Meet the Candidates - Stand Up Comedy at its bes

Geoff from Russell

Meet the Candidates - Stand Up Comedy at its best
Well, we had our meeting and here, for what it's worth, is my take on it. We have, apparently, 15 candidates for the 4 council seats and 11 mayoral candidates. We had 5 council candidates and 5 mayoral candidates turn up, I guess that … View more
Meet the Candidates - Stand Up Comedy at its best
Well, we had our meeting and here, for what it's worth, is my take on it. We have, apparently, 15 candidates for the 4 council seats and 11 mayoral candidates. We had 5 council candidates and 5 mayoral candidates turn up, I guess that indicates the commitment of some, along with 3 for the Regional Council.
In my humble opinion, Jay Hepi and Dave Hookway were the most impressive. Harko Brown said something which caught my attention, in addition to his “tongue in cheek?” remark about returning the capital to Okiato. He suggested “toll roads” as a way to generate money to offset rates. I may be wrong, but I believe that “tolls” are “taxes” and “taxes” can only be imposed by central government. Comments invited.
We then had the 3 Regional Council candidates. Dover Samuels came up with an interesting idea. He suggested that rate rebates be given to the elderly I think it was. In typical politician style, he was pushing giving rates money away but didn't bother to say where the money would come from to replace the rates rebate. Another thing, why would he be going on about rates when it is the DISTRICT council and not the REGIONAL council that levies the rates? Comments invited
Finally, we had the council candidates. 5 out of 15! One thing at least, to which we can look forward, is that we will have at least 2 new councillors with departure of Dave Hookway and Tania McInnes. It will be very interesting to see who replaces them.
Readers may remember that I am trying to get the voting system changed from FPP (First Past The Post) to STV (Single Transferable Vote). I was given the opportunity to ask the questions basically, “Would candidates give an assurance, if elected, to support a change to STV? It appeared that Ann Court was the only one who did not put up her hand. I wonder why?
Could it be that she is concerned that with STV she just might lose her seat on the gravy train?

136 days ago

Neighbourhood Support is proud to support Te Wiki o te Reo Māori which kicks off today!

The Team from Neighbourhood Support New Zealand

To celebrate here are 3 words you can use in your next kōrero about mental health + well-being. 🗣🧡

#NSNZmentalhealth #TeWikioTeReoMāori #KiaKahaTeReoMāori

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137 days ago

Marian’s Walk will Inspire Youth to Take On the Challenge of Life

The Team from Graeme Dingle Foundation

For Marian Campbell, walking the length of New Zealand is a way of both inspiring young people to find a pathway in life, and paying homage to the people who have inspired her.

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139 days ago

Is the new Northland rail line a worthwhile investment?

Reporter Northern News

Hi neighbours - a $95 million investment in a 181km rail line between Whangārei and Swanson will stop the north Auckland Line from having to close in the near future.

KiwiRail Group Chief Executive Greg Miller says line improvements "would give more certainty for our customers and will … View more
Hi neighbours - a $95 million investment in a 181km rail line between Whangārei and Swanson will stop the north Auckland Line from having to close in the near future.

KiwiRail Group Chief Executive Greg Miller says line improvements "would give more certainty for our customers and will make rail an option for Northland businesses and exporters to get their goods to market".

Is this a worthwhile investment? Do you think Northland businesses will benefit from this?

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138 days ago

Do you love puzzles?

The Team Reporter from Stuff

We have just launched our newest print product. You can now receive a monthly puzzle book packed with over 200 unique puzzles and delivered to your home each month! 100% New Zealand made and owned, just like your newspaper. Find out more

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138 days ago

Get 6 months of power at cost

energyclubnz

How much money could you be saving on your winter energy bill? Get rid of that uncertainty by calling our friendly team for a no-obligation bill comparison on 0800 339 101 from Monday to Friday.

If this sounds good to you, we're offering Neighbourly members 6 months of power at cost, no … View more
How much money could you be saving on your winter energy bill? Get rid of that uncertainty by calling our friendly team for a no-obligation bill comparison on 0800 339 101 from Monday to Friday.

If this sounds good to you, we're offering Neighbourly members 6 months of power at cost, no club fees, just your power! We’ll even throw in a 6-month subscription to NZ House & Garden Magazine. Call us from Monday to Friday and don’t forget to mention the promo code: Neighbourly.
0800 339 101

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141 days ago

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

Reporter 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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141 days ago

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

Reporter 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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138 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

139 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.
Find out more

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139 days ago

Peppertree Luxury Accommodation FOR SALE!

New Zealand Sotheby's International Realty

This boutique hotel offers a new owner the opportunity to combine a healthy and diverse lifestyle with an interesting and profitable business which naturally scales down during winter, allowing for a holiday.

Each of the five beautifully appointed suites has been subtly themed, providing … View more
This boutique hotel offers a new owner the opportunity to combine a healthy and diverse lifestyle with an interesting and profitable business which naturally scales down during winter, allowing for a holiday.

Each of the five beautifully appointed suites has been subtly themed, providing individual charm as well as comfort. In the heart of the lodge is a spacious, recently renovated farmhouse kitchen enjoying garden and orchard views. A large woodburner with wetback heats the water for a series of radiators around the house, ensuring year-round warmth.

Organically managed, the four-hectare property provides the ability to live from the land with honey, fruit trees, berry patches, vegetable gardens, olives and grazing for sheep, cattle and horses. The small Chardonnay vineyard with a careful selection of clones produces a succulent house wine thoroughly enjoyed by guests from all around the world.

A range of useful ancillary sheds and buildings offers space for projects, hobbies, storage and accommodation for staff. Other facilities on the property include a petanque court, croquet lawn and small gymnasium overlooking the swimming pool.

This extraordinarily diverse and unique lifestyle is ideally located on State Highway One, less than a five-minute drive from central Blenheim and 15 minutes from numerous winery cellar doors, restaurants and the airport.

Offers from $2,500,000 plus GST (if any)
Find out more

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141 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.

139 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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