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21 hours ago

A BBQ and rugby kind of weekend?

The team Reporter from Matamata Chronicle

If you're hoping to fire up the barbie ahead of the rugby this weekend, you're in for some good weather!

The sun is expected to shine across most of the country on Saturday, with the warmest day being Sunday due to northwesterly winds.

What are your weekend plans? Will you be … View more
If you're hoping to fire up the barbie ahead of the rugby this weekend, you're in for some good weather!

The sun is expected to shine across most of the country on Saturday, with the warmest day being Sunday due to northwesterly winds.

What are your weekend plans? Will you be watching the first NZ game?

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7 hours ago

WATCH: Union

The Team from Play Stuff

Hi Neighbours with the Rugby World Cup kicking off this weekend watch this Play Stuff short doco.

Young Māori Jared James finds himself living in a self-imposed exile from his home in New Zealand. Struggling with cultural isolation in Japan, he tackles the challenges of an unfamiliar city … View more
Hi Neighbours with the Rugby World Cup kicking off this weekend watch this Play Stuff short doco.

Young Māori Jared James finds himself living in a self-imposed exile from his home in New Zealand. Struggling with cultural isolation in Japan, he tackles the challenges of an unfamiliar city using the universal language of rugby.
Watch now

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7 hours 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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1 day ago

WATCH: How Mr & Mrs Gock Saved the Kumara

The Team from Play Stuff

Play Stuff Short Doco: When New Zealand gave two young Chinese refugees citizenship in the 1940’s they found an unlikely way to return the gift – by saving the almighty kumara. Watch now

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13 hours ago

Roundabout

Paul Neighbourly Lead from Morrinsville

I have news that the Avenue road intersection will have its temporaty roundabout very soon. I along with Tim Vandermolen and the Morrinsville Chamber of Commerce have pressured for this to happen it finally looks like our hard work has paid off, now a few more NZTA project to get on with. No date … View moreI have news that the Avenue road intersection will have its temporaty roundabout very soon. I along with Tim Vandermolen and the Morrinsville Chamber of Commerce have pressured for this to happen it finally looks like our hard work has paid off, now a few more NZTA project to get on with. No date as of yet but soon enough. Funny enough the Mayor warned me not to upset NZTA because they might play hard ball, loos like hard ball from myself, Tim and the Maorrinsville Chamber of Commerce has paid off. Now that is real advocacy, if you want more of the same elect Ash Tanner as Mayor. He has also been very vocal and challenged NZTA.

21 hours ago

A BBQ and rugby kind of weekend?

The team Reporter from South Waikato News

If you're hoping to fire up the barbie ahead of the rugby this weekend, you're in for some good weather!

The sun is expected to shine across most of the country on Saturday, with the warmest day being Sunday due to northwesterly winds.

What are your weekend plans? Will you be watching … View more
If you're hoping to fire up the barbie ahead of the rugby this weekend, you're in for some good weather!

The sun is expected to shine across most of the country on Saturday, with the warmest day being Sunday due to northwesterly winds.

What are your weekend plans? Will you be watching the game?

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21 hours ago

Putaruru Touch

Mark from Putaruru

Keen to be involved in Putaruru Touch this season ? First playing night Thursday 3rd October 6pm - 7.30 . To enter a team or come along to join one please ring Killer 027 437 6958 . All Welcome

1 day ago

Mitsubishi car recalls - Are you affected?

The team from Neighbourly.co.nz

Mitsubishi Motors is recalling the following vehicles:

MITSUBISHI ASX, Model years 2011-2015
RISK: Wiper linkage ball joints could corrode and the linkage could jam or separate. The wipers would be inoperative in the worst case scenario.

MITSUBISHI I-CAR, LANCER, Various years 2003-2010
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Mitsubishi Motors is recalling the following vehicles:

MITSUBISHI ASX, Model years 2011-2015
RISK: Wiper linkage ball joints could corrode and the linkage could jam or separate. The wipers would be inoperative in the worst case scenario.

MITSUBISHI I-CAR, LANCER, Various years 2003-2010
RISK: The airbag inflator may operate incorrectly on deployment and cause shrapnel to enter the cabin resulting in occupant injury or death.

Make sure you contact your nearest Mitsubishi Motors dealer.

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1 day ago

What's On: Palestine ICC Investigator Lecture

Kate from Claudelands

Human Rights investigator and journalist Julie Webb-Pullman, just returned from Gaza, to speak on International Criminal Court (ICC) and situation in Palestine. Koha entry.
Palestine ICC Investigator Lecture
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17 days ago

Housing Costs

Paul Neighbourly Lead from Morrinsville

We wonder why our children cannot buy a house unless they hve very good jobs double incomes and help from their parents, Max Rashbrooke says We find that the wealth held by the richest 0.01% of the New Zealand population has risen from 6% of annual GDP in 1996 to more than 21% in 2015.
Read more … View more
We wonder why our children cannot buy a house unless they hve very good jobs double incomes and help from their parents, Max Rashbrooke says We find that the wealth held by the richest 0.01% of the New Zealand population has risen from 6% of annual GDP in 1996 to more than 21% in 2015.
Read more here www.goodsociety.nz....

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2 days ago

Matamata-Piako mayor says 'sexism' is at play in local body election

Paul Neighbourly Lead from Morrinsville

Mayor Jan Barnes says that she is being plagued by sexism in this local body election, i.stuff.co.nz..... In this post I examine her statements,

Matamata-Piako’s mayor says her campaign to remain in the top job has been plagued by sexism this time around. This seems to be an accusation … View more
Mayor Jan Barnes says that she is being plagued by sexism in this local body election, i.stuff.co.nz..... In this post I examine her statements,

Matamata-Piako’s mayor says her campaign to remain in the top job has been plagued by sexism this time around. This seems to be an accusation levelled aginst her rival, I have never heard Councillor Tanner express any sexist views about Mayor Barnes, nor have I heard any complaints about Mayor Barnes that would remotely suggest sexism. Is it merely that Mayor Barnes has an opponent this time, what would be her complaint if it were a woman? Would she declare that it was jealously? Who knows.



But Barnes told Stuff this campaign had been different from her previous and claimed sexism was at play with numerous accusations, including that she is a bully, being levelled at her. I am unaware that being a bully is a gender based issue so I struggle to see how one can claim that sexism is provoking any claims about Mayor Barnes being a bully.
Not one to back down from a fight, Barnes admits in the past she has had a “ratchet and bust ” approach, but said the accusations were defaming her. Defamation is concerned with damage to your reputation by unjustifiable attack. There are number of defences to a defamation claim including honest opinion, truth, absolute and qualified privilege. I am unaware of any defamatory remarks having being made. I have been called many names, including a belly acher for complaining about the state of Matamata Piako Footpaths is this defamatory, not likely as it would be an honest opinion.
Barnes said she was absolutely over the “shenanigans”.
“I stand as a person and not as a woman…I have never experienced it [sexisim] until this last year. And you have to say is it because we have a woman Prime Minister, are people running scared of women? Once again I certainly have not heard any sexist remarks made about mayor barnes in terms of her ability to be a Mayor, I for one celebrate the fact we have a female prime minister, a female Governer General, a female head of the SIS, a female Chief Justice, I think that people should be appointed and elected on merit.
“I’m very fortunate to have my Christian faith, because I don’t think I could do this job without it. It’s very bruising at times and the digital media is very harmful, people are keyboard warriors, only a few, and it’s very sad that they can derail our youth and derail people that are isolated.”
Barnes said she will hear out people’s complains, but believes doing it behind the keyboard isn’t appropriate. Is Mayor Barnes now standing as a Christian? How do non Christian Mayors withstand the pressures of politics? Like Rugby, Politics is not tiddlywinks

Last week Barnes also had a knock to her campaign, with all her election signs having to be covered because they breached electoral rulings.
Barnes said the complaint related to some of her signs having a font 3mm-5mm, too small. Around 30-40 signs were covered, which all have since been uncovered with a sticker added over ‘Mayor’.
“They were put up straight away on August 12 and there’s been talk about how great they looked, then when the new signs got put up there was more talk and now since the sticker has been added there’s been even more talk, so it’s been great for my campaign.
Barnes said she was more than happy to change her signs to keep to the standard that is set for the district.
“Although my signs got the complaint council also found that a lot of the other candidate signs weren’t following the standard either, so watch this space, more signs will be moved around and fixed in the next few weeks.”
For the record, I complained about a number of signs, particularly signs being placed on State Highway reserves and font sizes being to small. I actually complained first about some of the candidates for Regional Council, it is of concern that someone who voted for the rules about placement of signs and font sizes was unable to comply with the rules that they had a hand in making. Council enforces bylaws when ratepayers are in breach of them, just recently a farmer planted trees that were less than 100mm from being compliant, the farmer was issued with a compliance notice, does Mayor Barnes think council rules and NZTA rules don’t apply to her?


The question is simply is Mayor Barnes feeling that she is likely to lose the election? I have heard plenty of statements made about Councillor Tanner, I don’t see him contacting the media about these. For the record I voted for Mayor Barnes when she was first elected on the basis of equity, I have learnt that voting for the best candidate is whom you should vote for. It is a shame that the way council meetings are set up that one really has to be relatively well off or be self employed to run for Council, it means the pool of candidates is not that diverse. That is to our disadvantage, Ralph Waldo Emerson said that A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines. A diversity of opinions around the table in Council should be seen as a good thing. Speaking the truth never wins a popularity contest.
Food for thought,
Paul Cronin Ex Morrinsville Ward Councillor Matamata Piako District council

1 day ago

SOLD

Peter Hulsdouw from Lugton's Real Estate - Cambridge

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1 day ago

Being Kiwi: Have you experienced racism?

Stacey Reporter from Stuff

New Zealand is renowned for being friendly and welcoming but is that true for everyone?

Stuff is asking readers to share their experiences of racism by taking part in this short survey.

Being Kiwi is a project looking at the experiences of life in New Zealand for people of all cultures. It calls… View more
New Zealand is renowned for being friendly and welcoming but is that true for everyone?

Stuff is asking readers to share their experiences of racism by taking part in this short survey.

Being Kiwi is a project looking at the experiences of life in New Zealand for people of all cultures. It calls for the collection of official statistics on hate crimes, looks at discrimination in our schools and takes a stroll through Auckland, now one of the most diverse cities in the world.

To take part in the survey, click here

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3 days ago

Colouring isn't just for kids! 🖍

The Team from Neighbourhood Support New Zealand

Mindful colouring has been proven to help reduce stress and anxiety and induce a meditative-like state in adults too.

Help scribble your worries away with this free community-inspired colouring sheet to give your brain a creative boost.

#NSNZmentalhealth

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3 days ago

What's On: School Holiday Fun @ Library

Heather from Morrinsville

Free for school-aged children, this week we will play string games, do cicada racing and make a collaborative korowai. Register at the library 07 881 9080.
School Holiday Fun @ Library
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