37 days ago

Winter Art Deco festival

Denise from Marewa

Just when you thought you were safe, I bring you the Winter Art Deco festival. It's surprising how many don't know we actually have one but maybe because it's a lot smaller. People do come from Auckland and Australia for this one and if you have granny's fur coat stashed away, this is the time to bring it out. I'm already preparing my knitted outfit for the event. With the sudden cold snap on Sunday, it's time to consider knitting for the cooler months. The Sallies Shop on Carlyle Street has some great wool bargains if you are quick. My friends and I will be back at the knitting group at Wool N Things at the Onekawa shops every Saturday from 10-1.

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3 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.

1 day ago

Embarrassed by Whanau

Katika from Hospital Hill

Hi recently heard about the brawl between two rival gangs over chicken, at a local supermarket, I wasn't there so I can't comment? what I can comment about is the behavior at Packnsave that I witnessed by Maori that cut the line and then became angry and belligerent because they had been confronted. I was humiliated that of the thirty or so people waiting, that the only person to cause trouble was an ignorant gang-related Maori. I am a half cast Maori who has constantly fought to improve my peoples standing in the world. And I am ashamed of what I saw today.

3 hours ago

How considerate are your neighbours?

Jo Haywood Reporter from Homed

Hey neighbours, are you seeing and hearing a lot more of your neighbours during the lockdown? Has it helped you get to know them better - from an acceptable social distance - or is the noise of everyone being home together all the time getting to you?

Now more than ever it's up to all of us to try not to annoy our neighbours, and to be more tolerant ourselves, so here are some easy ways to do just that.

And if you're wondering what makes a good neighbour and what makes a bad one, check out the 12 most annoying neighbour types. How many have you lived next to?