Westland District, Hokitika

19 hours ago

Hairdressing future? Grey District's first female mayor to mull it over

Nicole Mathewson Reporter from The Press

It is a "great privilege" to be the Grey District's first female mayor, Tania Gibson says. She'll have to make important decisions about her local hair salon now she is the district's new mayor.

Jamie Cleine, the new Buller District mayor, says there are positive issues … View more
It is a "great privilege" to be the Grey District's first female mayor, Tania Gibson says. She'll have to make important decisions about her local hair salon now she is the district's new mayor.

Jamie Cleine, the new Buller District mayor, says there are positive issues with the Government but also concerns about stewardship land and mining on conservation land, and what that means for a small population.

And Westland District mayor Bruce Smith thinks the Coast lurched to the right in the weekend's local body elections.

1 day ago

Poll: Will you be celebrating Halloween?

The team from Neighbourly.co.nz

Halloween is coming up on October 31, and there'll be lots of spooktacular-ly dressed trick or treaters around the neighbourhood!

Are you looking forward to seeing them? Will you be celebrating Halloween?

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Will you be celebrating Halloween?
  • 10.2% I love it - one of my favorite times of the year
    10.2% Complete
  • 2.2% I use it as an excuse to dress up!
    2.2% Complete
  • 21.8% Hate it - we shouldn't celebrate evil and darkness
    21.8% Complete
  • 37.4% It's a nuisance - I won't be answering the door on the night
    37.4% Complete
  • 28.3% It's just like any other day for me
    28.3% Complete
1357 votes
1 day ago

Win a double pass to the 2020 House Tours

The Team from NZ House & Garden House Tours

NZ House & Garden House Tours are coming to a region near you!
February and March 2020, we invite you to step inside the pages of one of New Zealand’s favourite magazines for a day of indulgence visiting exquisite homes and gardens, all in support of Breast Cancer Foundation NZ.

This … View more
NZ House & Garden House Tours are coming to a region near you!
February and March 2020, we invite you to step inside the pages of one of New Zealand’s favourite magazines for a day of indulgence visiting exquisite homes and gardens, all in support of Breast Cancer Foundation NZ.

This year we’re heading to five fabulous locations: Bay of Islands, Taupō, New Plymouth, Blenheim and Dunedin - which of these summer destinations would you love to head to?

Tell us your preferred destination and your favourite local hot-spot via this link to be in to win a double pass to the House Tour of your choice!

Entries close 24th October 2019.
Enter now

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2 days ago

Bruce Smith likely returning to Westland mayoralty

Nicole Mathewson Reporter from The Press

Controversial Westland District mayor Bruce Smith has squeaked back in, according to progress results based on 95 per cent of the vote.

He received 1009 votes, not far ahead of current deputy mayor Latham Martin's 924 (a difference of 85 votes).

With 200-odd votes yet to be counted, plus any… View more
Controversial Westland District mayor Bruce Smith has squeaked back in, according to progress results based on 95 per cent of the vote.

He received 1009 votes, not far ahead of current deputy mayor Latham Martin's 924 (a difference of 85 votes).

With 200-odd votes yet to be counted, plus any special votes, Smith, who is "in his 68th year" was on Saturday cautiously optimistic he'd retain the mayoralty, but said he had a plan B if he was ousted: whatever retirement activities took his fancy.

"With elections, nothing is ever certain."

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2 days ago

Win the ultimate ballet experience

The Team from Ryman Healthcare Limited

Ryman Healthcare together with the Royal New Zealand Ballet are offering you the chance to win a night at the world premiere of Hansel & Gretel in Wellington with all the trimmings including flights and accommodation.

Follow the breadcrumbs this Christmas, and venture into the dark, … View more
Ryman Healthcare together with the Royal New Zealand Ballet are offering you the chance to win a night at the world premiere of Hansel & Gretel in Wellington with all the trimmings including flights and accommodation.

Follow the breadcrumbs this Christmas, and venture into the dark, fantastical realm of Hansel & Gretel for an unforgettable evening at the ballet.

This world premiere brings together many of New Zealand’s creative talents to tell a timeless tale for audiences young and old.

*Participants must be available to travel on Wednesday 6th November.
T&C’s apply.
Enter now

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4 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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5 days ago

Fun geocaching activity for family and friends

The Team from Ministry of Education

Looking for an outdoor activity to do with your family and friends? The Tuia Mātauranga GeoTour is a digital treasure hunt in local areas around Aotearoa NZ.

It’s on now, and if you’re keen on collectibles, there are badges and a limited edition GeoTour coin up for grabs. #TuiaMātauranga … View more
Looking for an outdoor activity to do with your family and friends? The Tuia Mātauranga GeoTour is a digital treasure hunt in local areas around Aotearoa NZ.

It’s on now, and if you’re keen on collectibles, there are badges and a limited edition GeoTour coin up for grabs. #TuiaMātauranga #Tuia250

6 days ago

How a café owner gave a homeless man a job...

AMI Insurance

Tom Reilly took a chance on a local homeless man, Matty Harris, and gave him a job in his cafe and art space in Titirangi. As a result, Matty has found a sense of purpose and rediscovered his passion for art. “Tom has taken me as I am and given me opportunities that no-one else would. It would be… View moreTom Reilly took a chance on a local homeless man, Matty Harris, and gave him a job in his cafe and art space in Titirangi. As a result, Matty has found a sense of purpose and rediscovered his passion for art. “Tom has taken me as I am and given me opportunities that no-one else would. It would be good if kindness like that was contagious.”

To read more about this inspiring act of kindness visit the AMI Hub.

#OurKindaKindness
Read more now

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8 days ago

Please help us to live a zero carbon emission life by bidding for our washing machine and picking it up

Arin from Springfield

We have decided to go zero carbon life and go living back to the basics by reducing our energy footprint. We start with selling our Washing machine.
If you want a washing machine in excellent condition for a cheap price, please bid here:
www.trademe.co.nz...

Negotiable

8 days ago

Poll: Should parents be fined if their children drop out of school?

The team from Neighbourly.co.nz

The National Party is considering a policy of fining parents $3000 if their children drop out of school and don't enter further education or training.

Simon Bridges says "The reality is if you're not in work, education or training, you're going to be languishing in a dole … View more
The National Party is considering a policy of fining parents $3000 if their children drop out of school and don't enter further education or training.

Simon Bridges says "The reality is if you're not in work, education or training, you're going to be languishing in a dole queue, and the evidence is potentially for a long time". Do you agree with this policy? Should parents be fined?

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Should parents be fined if their children drop out of school?
  • 35.6% Yes - they are responsible for their children
    35.6% Complete
  • 25.6% It's not fair to assume they'll end up in the dole queue
    25.6% Complete
  • 38.7% No - it's not the parents' choice
    38.7% Complete
1462 votes
10 days ago

Show Me Shorts Film Festival

The Team from Play Stuff

Hi Neighbours, Play Stuff is proud to present the Show Me Shorts Film Festival launching this weekend all over NZ.

Show Me Shorts exists to connect New Zealanders with short films and share New Zealand short films with the world.

Discover your local programme @ showmeshorts.co.nz

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11 days ago

Poll: Who will you vote for?

Kamala Hayman Reporter from The Press

With only one week to go until polls close, we are running a fresh survey of Neighbourly members on who should be the mayor of Christchurch. Vote below.

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Who will you vote for?
  • 1.6% Blair Anderson
    1.6% Complete
  • 4.7% J T Anderson
    4.7% Complete
  • 37.8% Lianne Dalziel
    37.8% Complete
  • 0% Jim Glass
    0% Complete
  • 2% Tubby Hansen
    2% Complete
  • 2% Robin MCarthy
    2% Complete
  • 0.8% Stephen McPaike
    0.8% Complete
  • 7.9% John Minto
    7.9% Complete
  • 39.4% Darryll Park
    39.4% Complete
  • 1.2% Sam Park
    1.2% Complete
  • 0.8% Adrian-Cosmin Schonborn
    0.8% Complete
  • 0.4% Peter Wakeman
    0.4% Complete
  • 1.6% Aaron White
    1.6% Complete
254 votes
11 days ago

Slumping West Coast road remains closed, with tourist train blocked

Nicole Mathewson Reporter from The Press

A slip near Greymouth has caused road and rail closures and raised concerns about a downturn in business.

The active slip between Greymouth and Stillwater at Omoto has been moving since mid August but heavy rain on Thursday forced the closure of a section of State Highway 7, the main road linking … View more
A slip near Greymouth has caused road and rail closures and raised concerns about a downturn in business.

The active slip between Greymouth and Stillwater at Omoto has been moving since mid August but heavy rain on Thursday forced the closure of a section of State Highway 7, the main road linking Reefton and Greymouth, and the rail line until at least Tuesday.

KiwiRail has been stopping the TranzAlpine at Arthur's Pass and offering buses for people wanting to continue on to the West Coast.

11 days ago

Get your voting papers in on ‘Vote Day’ - Saturday 5 October

Daniel Webster from Local Government New Zealand

Local Government New Zealand is urging people to post their voting papers on Vote Day – Saturday 5 October 2019.

All voting papers must be returned to the relevant council by midday on Saturday 12 October, and voters need to factor in the time it will take the papers to get through the postal … View more
Local Government New Zealand is urging people to post their voting papers on Vote Day – Saturday 5 October 2019.

All voting papers must be returned to the relevant council by midday on Saturday 12 October, and voters need to factor in the time it will take the papers to get through the postal system.

New Zealand Post advises that the Standard Post delivery target is up to 3 working days for nationwide delivery, while delivery to and from rural areas may take longer. However, these targets are guides only, and are not guaranteed – delivery may take longer.

Visit www.nzpost.co.nz... to find your nearest post box or office. To get more information on your local candidates, visit policylocal.nz and local council websites for both information and meet the candidate schedules.

“Some of the main reasons people give for not voting are they forgot, ran out of time or were too busy,” says LGNZ Chief Executive Malcolm Alexander.

“So to make sure people give themselves the best chance to have their say we are encouraging people to vote early on what we’ve dubbed Vote Day. Fill out your papers during the week and then to pop them in the paid envelope and into the nearest post box on Saturday 5 October.”

“Voting papers have to arrive at council offices by midday Saturday 12 October, so sending them in on Vote Day gives them plenty of time to get through the postal system.”

Mr Alexander says it is important New Zealanders participate in the selection of the people who will make decisions that affect most people’s lives on a daily basis.

“Local government shapes the place that you live. It’s the pavements you walk on, the roads where you drive, the water you drink, shower in and swim in, your parks, libraries and swimming pools where you take the kids,” Mr Alexander says.

“There’s been a lot of robust public conversation around climate change, the housing crisis, the quality of our water and our transport options, and now is the time to turn that conversation into a vote that influences your local leadership.”

“Voters can still post their papers after 5 October, but there is no harm in doing it earlier,” Mr Alexander says.

Eligible voters who didn’t enrol before 16 August won’t receive their papers in the mail, but can make a special vote by visiting their local council offices, or by contacting their Council Electoral Officer.

What: ‘Vote Day’
When: Saturday 5 October 2019
Why: Make sure you have your say by voting early
How: Visit www.nzpost.co.nz... to find your nearest post box or office. To get more information on your local candidates, visit policylocal.nz and local council websites for both information and meet the candidate schedules.

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11 days ago

Cape Reinga to Bluff

The Team from Graeme Dingle Foundation

The amazing Marian Campbell and friend Kay Garland have taken off on their journey along the Te Araroa trail from Cape Reinga to Bluff.

She's raising funds for the youth in our programmes and we'll keep you updated throughout her journey.

Thank you for inspiring us and showing young … View more
The amazing Marian Campbell and friend Kay Garland have taken off on their journey along the Te Araroa trail from Cape Reinga to Bluff.

She's raising funds for the youth in our programmes and we'll keep you updated throughout her journey.

Thank you for inspiring us and showing young people across Aotearoa that what they have inside is greater than any obstacle.

Kia kaha Marian and Kay!

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