168 days ago

What do you think of Paihia's friendly robot waiter?

Denise Piper Reporter from The Bay Chronicle

Green's Thai Cuisine is using a BellaBot robot to help its human staff. The robot acts like a glorified runner between the kitchen and tables, helping to ease staff shortages. It means wait staff can spend an average of 11 to 12 minutes longer at each table, owner Vikas Sharma​ said. What do you think of the robot?

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16 days ago

Is your broadband bill about to increase? Don't throw money away.

NZ Compare

Spark have recently announced a price increase of $3 - $5 a month for new and existing broadband customers and other providers seem likely to follow suit.

Information collated by our research team has found that tens of thousands of Kiwis are still missing out on hundreds of dollars of savings each year on their broadband bill, because they are failing to shop around for cheaper broadband plans.

We estimate that over 500,000 households would be able to pay less for their broadband each month but many consumers are unaware of the fact that they could be making these savings and people often don’t know where to start when looking for a change in broadband plan or provider.

This is where NZ Compare can help. Our websites are simple to use and if you need more help, our friendly, Auckland based, customer support centre can advise on the most suitable broadband plan for your needs and help talk you through the switch. With unlimited fibre broadband plans available for less than $60 a month why would you pay more?

Find out more at NZ Compare or call the team on 0508 226672

CORRECTION: This post has been amended to clarify that the price of fibre and copper broadband internet services will increase, and that the increase is between $3 and $5 a month, not only $5 a month on fibre broadband plans as previously posted. (Amended at 10.31am, June 23, 2022)

18 hours ago

What will you do in the Matariki Pēwhairangi Festival?

Denise Piper Reporter from The Bay Chronicle

The Bay's Matariki Pēwhairangi Festival has been a huge success so far, and there is still plenty more events to come, including school holiday events.
Will you watch the Morph Puppet Festival, which runs today until Monday, including the Matariki-themed Shadow Worlds at The Turner Centre on Saturday?
Or will you be more interested in Rob Mokaraka's thought-provoking one man show, SHOT BRO: Confessions of a Depressed Bullet, at The Duke of Marlborough, on Thursday, July 14?
Those keen to brave the cold water could win a share of $1000 win the
Manu Masters at Russell Wharf on Saturday, July 16.
Foodies will love the Tohunga Tumau: Puanga Matariki Dinner, also on July 16 – a culinary experience hosted at the iconic Duke of Marlborough Hotel, featuring an all-star line-up of Māori master chefs and music is from the legendary HERBS.
Waitangi Treaty Grounds have the Star Waka School Holiday Programme and exhibition running July 11 to 22, so there is plenty for all.
(Image credit: Mark Russell)

18 hours ago

Do you want to have a say on what happens in your neighbourhood?

Denise Piper Reporter from The Bay Chronicle

Voting for the local body elections - including Far North District and Northland Regional councils - will be held this year in Spring. But just 87% of eligible voters in Far North are enrolled, with those aged 18 to 24 having the lowest rate. The Electoral Commission says everyone aged over 18 should've received an enrolment update pack by now. If you haven't, or you need to update your details, go to vote.nz or call 0800-36-76-56.