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2 hours ago

Ngongotaha Western Road detour delayed

Lynn Benfell from Progress Ngongotaha-Kokiri Ngongotaha Inc.

Progress Ngongotaha Inc has received the following for your information. For further details check online or 0800 number details below. Thank you.

Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency advises the planned detour for Ngongotaha bound traffic is delayed until Tuesday 11 May, weather permitting, due to … View more
Progress Ngongotaha Inc has received the following for your information. For further details check online or 0800 number details below. Thank you.

Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency advises the planned detour for Ngongotaha bound traffic is delayed until Tuesday 11 May, weather permitting, due to unsuitable weather conditions for sealing the new State Highway 5 slip lane.

Contractors have been working hard to get the slip lane road surface prepared so it could be sealed in time for the detour. The cooler weather has meant it's too damp to proceed and the surface needs to be left over the weekend before being sealed on Monday.

If it's still too damp on Monday, our contractors will lay a temporary seal to allow the detour to go ahead Tuesday and limit any more delays to the programme. If our contractors have to lay a temporary seal, they will go back when the weather is better suited for laying new road surface, possibly October.

In the meantime, our contractors are focused on Tuesday as the 'go live' day for the detour and we apologise for any confusion caused.

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Phone: 0800 4 HIGHWAYS 0800 44 44 49
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6 hours ago

Youth Week

The Team from Graeme Dingle Foundation Rotorua

Happy Youth week Aotearoa 💚

Youth Week celebrates young people's valuable contributions to their communities. Our vision is make Aotearoa the best place in the world to be young!

Find out more about what we do!

#dinglefoundation #youthweek #aotearoa #empoweringyouth #empoweringrangtahi … View more
Happy Youth week Aotearoa 💚

Youth Week celebrates young people's valuable contributions to their communities. Our vision is make Aotearoa the best place in the world to be young!

Find out more about what we do!

#dinglefoundation #youthweek #aotearoa #empoweringyouth #empoweringrangtahi #stars #careernavigator #projectk #overcomingobstacles

1 day ago

Great weather for drying curtains!

Robert Anderson from Curtain Clean Rotorua

The weather this week has been perfect for getting these curtains dry and back home nice and quickly!

3 days ago

Learn te reo Māori!

Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi

Te Pōkaitahi Reo

Meet Parminder Singh (Punjabi) who shares his journey with Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi:

“Studying in the Pōkaitahi Reo programme has allowed me to develop a totally beautiful and unique relationship with Māori communities. The learning has helped my work to bridge… View more
Te Pōkaitahi Reo

Meet Parminder Singh (Punjabi) who shares his journey with Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi:

“Studying in the Pōkaitahi Reo programme has allowed me to develop a totally beautiful and unique relationship with Māori communities. The learning has helped my work to bridge gaps between Māori and others in our multicultural communities. When I look back, I feel really proud. It’s a great feeling when I speak te reo Māori. It’s a privilege.”

Share in Parminder’s experience and enquire now for 2021. These programmes are tuition fee free!
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3 days ago

How to Maintain and Care for your Wallcoverings

Robert Anderson from Curtain Clean Rotorua

So, you’ve finally chosen that fabulous wallpaper to showcase your style but how do you best look after it to keep it looking fresh and clean?

Many a foreign object can flick onto the surface of the wallpapers in your home that can range from food to crayon to fly spray, the list goes on. … View more
So, you’ve finally chosen that fabulous wallpaper to showcase your style but how do you best look after it to keep it looking fresh and clean?

Many a foreign object can flick onto the surface of the wallpapers in your home that can range from food to crayon to fly spray, the list goes on. Like any textile, wallpapers do need a little bit of love every now and then, a regular wipe down with a clean cloth should keep dust and marks at bay however there are times when there may be the need for a more deeper clean.

To better understand how to care for your wallcoverings we need to first understand the different types of wallpaper on the market and their cleaning durability. The main three classifications are:

1. Washable: Coated papers (light weight vinyl) would fall under this category. A mild detergent and water can be used to occasionally wipe surface of wallcovering. Not suitable for high traffic areas due to light cleaning and inability to remove stains or contaminants without damage.

2. Scrubbable: Generally heavy vinyl’s, these types of wallcoverings are suited to higher traffic areas as they can withstand scrubbing to remove stains and dirt more effectively.

3. Spongeable: The most delicate of the three methods with wall coverings primarily used for decorative effect (uncoated). Best maintained by using a dry clean sponge/eraser or with a lightly dampened cloth and avoiding heavy water use.



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4 days ago

Mother's Day is this weekend

Sunday Star Times

Are you still looking for the perfect Mother's Day treat?

From now until Mother's Day, subscribe to the Sunday Star-Times for 6 months and you will receive a free Antipodes skincare gift, valued at $115!

Follow the link, select the 6 month option and use the promo code … View more
Are you still looking for the perfect Mother's Day treat?

From now until Mother's Day, subscribe to the Sunday Star-Times for 6 months and you will receive a free Antipodes skincare gift, valued at $115!

Follow the link, select the 6 month option and use the promo code SSTMOTHERSDAY at the checkout to redeem.

Hurry! Offer ends Sunday. T&C's apply.
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4 days ago

The benefits of taking breaks for learning and focus.

NumberWorks'nWords Rotorua

As parents and educators, we know that a heavy workload and commitments can be stressful, so taking breaks is an essential part of learning. At NumberWorks’nWords, we ensure that breaks are scheduled into each students’ session.

Check out the full blog to explore the benefits of taking … View more
As parents and educators, we know that a heavy workload and commitments can be stressful, so taking breaks is an essential part of learning. At NumberWorks’nWords, we ensure that breaks are scheduled into each students’ session.

Check out the full blog to explore the benefits of taking breaks for learning and focus!

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6 days ago

Chocolate

Valmae from Matamata

Just wanting to let people know that I am making handcrafted chocolates from my small factory here in Walton. I welcome any visitors who wish to pop in and see my range or make an inquiry, or I can be found at the Matamata market each month. Country Cottage Chocolate - info@ccchocolate.com

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5 days ago

Are you our next Houseplant Hero?

Mei Leng Wong Reporter from NZ Gardener & Get Growing

Have you got New Zealand‘s best collection of houseplants?
We’re searching for indoor plant obsessives who have created impressive urban jungles… and there’s some great prizes to be won!

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6 days ago

How to Fix a Carpet Dent from Heavy Furniture

Robert Anderson from Curtain Clean Rotorua

It’s a moment of horror – moving a piece of furniture and realizing what it’s done to the carpet. In fact, some people even refuse to move their furniture around because they don’t know how to get rid of the carpet dents that the heavy pieces have left. Luckily, there is a fix!

The only … View more
It’s a moment of horror – moving a piece of furniture and realizing what it’s done to the carpet. In fact, some people even refuse to move their furniture around because they don’t know how to get rid of the carpet dents that the heavy pieces have left. Luckily, there is a fix!

The only things you’ll need are ice cubes, and a vacuum or hairbrush.
1. Place an ice cube on the dent. If the dent is large or long, use extra ice cubes as needed
2. Allow the ice cubes to melt.
3. Once the ice cubes have melted, the carpet will fluff back up.
4. After the area has dried, vacuum over the dents or gently use a hairbrush to further fluff the carpet if needed.

Additional Tips:
Moving furniture a few inches at regular intervals can help prevent carpet dents from becoming severe. Every couple months, scoot the couch or other heavy items a couple inches to one side and fluff up the dents. If this is done, the dent can often be fluffed simply with your fingers; no water necessary.

Scraping a coin over the dent can also work to fluff it up if your fingers alone aren’t getting the pile back up.

Another method of fluffing the carpet is to use a spray mister to slightly wet the dent, then use a hair dryer on warm or cool air (holding it several inches away from the carpet) to dry the area while gently fluffing up the pile with your fingers or a hairbrush.

Another method of fluffing the carpet is to use steam. Hold a clothing or upholstery steamer several inches above the carpet and quickly blast the dent with steam. Let the dent cool, then use your fingers or a hairbrush to fluff it up. However, most carpets are nylon, and nylon can melt easily, so it’s best to test the steam on a small hidden area first, such as in the corner of a closet, to see how the carpet fibres react to the heat. Again, be sure to hold the steamer several inches away from the carpet when applying the steam.

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7 days ago

Breast Cancer Foundation NZ

Breast Cancer Foundation NZ

Come together for good with friends, whānau and workmates by hosting a Pink Ribbon Breakfast this May. You’ll be joining thousands of Kiwis around the country to raise vital funds for Breast Cancer Foundation NZ.

You can host any time in May, and by taking part, you’ll be helping fund … View more
Come together for good with friends, whānau and workmates by hosting a Pink Ribbon Breakfast this May. You’ll be joining thousands of Kiwis around the country to raise vital funds for Breast Cancer Foundation NZ.

You can host any time in May, and by taking part, you’ll be helping fund ground-breaking work by some of our country’s top breast cancer researchers, educate people about breast health, and provide free support services for breast cancer patients and their families.

What are you waiting for! Sign up today.
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8 days ago

Looking for your next career path?

FICA

Take up a career in Forestry. We love our work!

If you are a great outdoors person, practical, or science-minded, love technology and enjoy working in a team then take a closer look at what the forestry industry can offer you.

Come and visit at any of these locations, we will be there with … View more
Take up a career in Forestry. We love our work!

If you are a great outdoors person, practical, or science-minded, love technology and enjoy working in a team then take a closer look at what the forestry industry can offer you.

Come and visit at any of these locations, we will be there with plenty to keep you busy and plenty of information for you to make the right decision to join our industry.

Rotorua Careers Expo: Rotorua Energy Events Centre - 10th & 11th May

For more information about a career in forestry check out our website here. To speak with a forestry representative then enquire on: office@fica.org.nz
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9 days ago

How to Look After Your Upholstery

Robert Anderson from Curtain Clean Rotorua

In this blog we discuss the most common upholstery problems that can arise in use. We will break each problem down, looking at what it is, the likely cause and recommended remedies and solutions to avoid future reoccurrence.

CROCKING:
What is it? Crocking is the term used to describe the … View more
In this blog we discuss the most common upholstery problems that can arise in use. We will break each problem down, looking at what it is, the likely cause and recommended remedies and solutions to avoid future reoccurrence.

CROCKING:
What is it? Crocking is the term used to describe the transfer of excess dye from one surface to another due to rubbing and friction. The issue is increased by certain atmospheric conditions such as humidity and temperature.

Likely cause: In a situation where the dye is transferring out of the upholstery fabric (for instance a red fabric is turning pink) it will usually be a result of either poor quality dyes used during textile manufacturing or that the dyes were not set correctly during the dyeing and finishing process. Crocking can also occur when dye is transferred from an outside source onto the upholstery fabric, for instance a pair of new jeans can transfer blue dye on to your sofa giving it a grubby appearance.

Remedy: The key thing to establish with crocking is whether the discolouration is due to dye transferring out of your upholstery fabric or on to it from an external source. If it is transferring out of the fabric then it is important to check that some substance e.g. a solvent based product, has not come into contact with the fabric and affected the dyes. If all of the above can be ruled out then a genuine fabric issue may be the cause and the fabric will need to be replaced from another batch or alternative fabric

FADING:
What is it? Discolouration or lightening of the dye in a fabric due to exposure to ultraviolet light. Constant exposure to high levels of direct ultraviolet light can also result in fibre degradation, causing the fabric fibres to become brittle, which may result in areas of breakage.

Likely Cause: It is important to note that no fabric is 100% colourfast (resistant to fading), however discolouration can generally be attributed to the use of poor-quality dyes during fabric manufacturing or due to constant direct exposure to ultraviolet light with inadequate protection. Ironically ultraviolet damage occurs more during the winter months when the sun is sitting lower in the sky and sunfilters/curtains are often left open during the day to increase light flow into a room.

Remedy: Once an upholstery fabric has faded there is nothing that can be done to reverse the issue other than recovering the affected piece of furniture. It is therefore very important that furniture is positioned to protect it from constant direct sunlight and of course the use of quality sun-filters and lined curtains at the window will help to reduce your furniture’s exposure to harmful UV light. Regular rotation of reversible cushions is advisable so that both fading and wear occur evenly. We also recommend rotating the placement of your furniture in relation to exposed windows for the same reason.



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10 days ago

Our Reach

The Team from Graeme Dingle Foundation Rotorua

So far, this year, we have reached 136 schools across Aotearoa and 5 schools in Rotorua empowering tamariki and rangatahi to overcome life's obstacles 💚

Wanting to know where our programmes are based? Take a look on our website today!

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