25 days ago

Neighbourly's Good News

Tk from Taradale

I’m teaching my nine year old daughter about kindness and looking out for people in our neighbourhood. She has a brother with autism super powers and life can be tough for her so I try to teach her about giving back to others as I know for me personally it makes me feel great inside.

We are often gifted things especially from our neighbours because people know how difficult things can be for our family at times. I often come home to find bags of things kindly placed on our doorstep.

I have a huge garden, as Garden therapy helps me so much with my family, is my calm happy place where I go when I’m feeling stressed. my daughter often heads off around our street weekly with deliveries of fresh produce and or preserves for our neighbours. We love to surprise them by leaving it in their mailbox or on their doorstep. We also both love to bake and we always take baking to our direct neighbours. This is great as I love to share baking with our neighbours and it saves me from eating it all up myself.

My sons deputy principal at the special school he attends lives down our street to. Since lockdown we do letterbox secret drops with each other. My kids love checking the mail five times a day to find secrets surprises from Ange she’s a beautiful soul.

Teaching my kids about looking out for others especially those who may be ill or elderly, kindness the greatest gift you can teach your kids

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1 day ago

Cattery recommendation

Tina from Tamatea

Hi, I am wondering if anyone can recommend a nice cattery. We have to book our cat in for 4 days in December. He has never been away from our home since birth (4 years) and really want to find a good place for him as he can be a little nervous. Any info would be most appreciated.

5 hours ago

Wanted a Plasterer

Joao from Hospital Hill

My name is João Cunha, I am a platerer/gib stopper and I am available to do a small job after work time.
My number is 0220290357, feel free to txt and schedule a visit.


6 hours ago

Jumping for Jute!

Robert Anderson from Curtain Clean Napier

Jute is a natural fibre with golden & silky shine, and hence nicknamed as The Golden Fibre.

Jute is one of the most versatile natural fibres that has been used in raw materials for packaging, textiles, non-textile, and agricultural sectors.

Jute is a vegetable plant whose fibres are dried in long strips, and it’s one of the cheapest natural materials available; together with cotton, it is one of the most frequently used.

The plants from which jute is obtained grow mainly in warm and humid regions, such as Bangladesh, China, and India.

Jute can be grown year-round and is harvested every six months. It can take decades to produce the same volume of wood fiber and it requires much larger tracts of land to cultivate.

The woody core of the jute plant, called hurd, has thousands of potential industrial and commercial uses. As an alternative to wood, hurd is capable of meeting most of the world’s demand for wood and wood products. Using hurd and jute fibres means that the level of deforestation to meet the current demand for paper and wood could be significantly decreased if they were used as an alternative.

Jute is 100% biodegradable (it degrades biologically in 1 to 2 years), low-energy recyclable, and can even be used as compost for the garden. It is clear in terms of reusability and recyclability that jute bags are one of the best options available nowadays.

Jute fibres are tougher and more resilient than paper made from wood pulp and can withstand prolonged exposure to water and weather. They can be reused many times and are thus very environmentally friendly.

The application of jute is a significant step in combating the use of different materials containing toxic wastes. Jute bags cut down the employment of plastic bags, which have now been effectively banned in many countries due to their harmful components. Jute seems to be one of the best alternatives to it.

We hope you enjoyed learning about Jute as much as we did, we would love to hear your comments!