36 days ago

Should the Government help Northland councils with water?

Denise Piper Reporter from Whangarei Leader

The NZ Defence Force has moved into Northland to help with the water crisis and the Government will pay $2m to secure water in the Far North. Meanwhile, Whangārei residents are now on water restrictions and bores could run dry. Do you think it is right for Central Government to step in and help? Or should councils, and ratepayers, be left to fend on their own?

More messages from your neighbours
1 hour ago

Spread facts, not fear

The Team from Neighbourly.co.nz

With COVID-19 classified as a pandemic, there has never been a more important time to be Neighbourly. To ensure everyone in our communities feels safe and supported, spread facts not fear. Regularly consult government sources and encourage others to do the same.

During this uncertain time, it’s fine to feel a little overwhelmed. To keep up to date with the latest developments and how you can do your bit, visit https://covid19.govt.nz/.
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2 days ago

Our sweet pea seeds send out, April issue and Get Growing

Mei Leng Wong Reporter from NZ Gardener & Get Growing

Dear neighbours and NZ Gardener family,

Our April issue should be with our subscribers now and available in supermarkets and service stations (having been distributed prior to the lockdown restrictions). Whether or not it's on the stands yet is a bit patchy ... but then the incredibly brave and hard-working supermarket staff have quite a bit on their plate right now so I understand if there is a delay! Please, please, please everyone ... don't go out to buy it! Normally of course we love you buying NZ Gardener but right now it's far more important that you stay home and stay safe. (You can buy a copy with your online shopping though! That's safe and I think we are all in the market for something uplifting to read right now).

In this issue we offered to send out sweet pea seeds to any reader who sent us a SSAE. Just to reassure you, we will still send out sweet pea seeds to any reader who is keen to participate. We are just not quite sure when! Ignore the dates in the magazine of when you needed to send the envelope in by - that has been indefinitely extended. But we cannot wait to send you the seed and for those flowers to bloom as by then we will be well through this or even have it behind us. And keep letting us know what you are sowing and growing, send in pictures of your harvest, your flowers or what you are sharing.

We always love hearing from NZ Gardener readers but now when we are all staying apart that connection means more than you can imagine. Stay home, stay safe and stay in touch everyone. For the most updated gardening advice, subscribe to our digital e-zine Get Growing, which will be delivered to your inbox completely free.

10 hours ago

Update on Stuff's Community Newspapers”

Geoff from Bay of Islands

A while ago I did a post about who owns the USA media and what the situation is here in New Zealand.I won't write the whole thing again but here are the links to the relevant sites (1) USA www.businessinsider.com.au... (2) New Zealand vjmpublishing.nz... The New Zealand link has a lot of other very interesting material
I am writing this one as a result of what I found in Neighbourly today, posted 2 days ago, namely “Update on Stuff's Community Newspapers”
Neighbourly Team

The government has advised that non-daily publications are not considered essential services under the news and media designation, while the country is in Covid-19 alert level 4.” I personally have long held the view that “non-daily publications”of the likes of “The Bay Comical,” “The Whangarei Misleader,” and others are “ not (considered) essential services under the news and media designation (or any other designation for that matter) while the country is in Covid-19 alert level 4. (or in any other state)” Then lo and behold, the following appeared in Neighbourly TODAY!

PublicSunday Star-Times 

Reporter from Sunday Star Times

In these unprecedented times, news media is classified as an essential service which means you can trust our journalism will continue to be produced, published and delivered. Sunday Star Times provides a vital and trusted source of truth and our journalists are working hard to ensure you remain informed as the situation evolves.

If you want to receive Sunday Star Times delivered to your home, you can visit Sunday Star-Times.

You can also sign up for Stuff’s Covid-19 newsletter here, so you get a daily update on the latest developments delivered straight to your email address.
The Team 
Tell our editorial team what’s going on in your community - please send an email to newstips@stuff.co.nz.Learn more

.Who has heard the old saying, When one door (The Bay Comical) closes, try to get in through a window(Sunday Star Times). Readers MAY be interested in knowing who owns STUFF, Neighbourly,The Bay Comical, Sunday Star Times and others.Have a read of the “ Update on Stuff's Community Newspapers” Now Neighbourly is owned by STUFF and one or the other owns all the publications listed. Stuff is a New Zealand news media website owned by Stuff Ltd, a subsidiary of Australian company Nine Entertainment Co. Moving right along, you MAY wonder “Who owns Nine Entertainembt Co.? Well here is explanation .www.smh.com.au... Yes, Nine Entertainment merged with Faikfact media.

So, to a cynical soul like me, the sudden appearance of Sunday Star Times, blowing its strumpet, is nothing more than an attempt by by STUFF's?Neighbourly's ? owners to replace at least some of their lost advertising revenue by flogging, or trying to flog, $49.40 ,3 month subscriptions to the Sunday Star Times. I wondered why, of all the publications owned, The Sunday Star Times got the nod, WELL, the Sunday Star Times APPEARS to be the only NATIONAL publication and so, theoretically at least, it should/could get the most subscribers.

In closing, I have to wonder how long this post will stay on Neighbourly before it is censored/removed despite the fact that it would be a breach of my rights to freedom of speech and freedom of expression. We really do live in an age of DISTraction (look over here, not over there) and DISinformation both of which, hopefully,are soon coming to an end with the demise of the Lamestreet, fake news media and the frational reserve scam banking system.