38 days ago

Connect and play this Children's day

Oranga Tamariki

Want to show your child you love them? Take them to something exciting this Children's Day.

Children’s Day is on Sunday 1st of March and it's all about putting tamariki first. Find an event near you.
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1 day 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.

2 hours ago

COVID-19: Phone a friend who isn’t online

Lawrence Gullery Reporter from Cambridge Edition

Western Waikato Emergency Operating Centre controller David Simes says vulnerable people who are not online may be missing out on key information.
Many local newspapers have stopped publishing due to the new delivery restrictions for COVID-19 but information continues to be shared digitally, or via radio and tv stations.
Residents in Waipa, Otorohanga and Te Kuiti who can access latest information are being asked to share this with people who may not be set up or able to get information online otherwise.
“Some of our most vulnerable people may be missing out on key information such as how to get help or who to call for household goods or services,” Simes said.
“With the close of local community newspapers, we’re asking people to please share the latest information with people you know may not be able to get it by otherwise.”
Accurate information sharing is also key with Simes noting people who are keeping other informed to ensure that the information sharing is accurate.
“Civil defence messages are shared through local council social media pages and websites so we encourage you to follow their pages if you can.”
“Before sharing, make sure you’ve verified the information first. Check out the www.covid19.govt.nz... or www.health.govt.nz... websites.”
A Waikato Welfare Call Centre was set up yesterday for people to gain assistance with household goods and services. The number to phone is 0800 800 405.
Callers will go through a needs assessment and will be referred to the person’s local emergency operating centre who will be in touch to coordinate assistance.
People sharing information should abide by COVID-19 guidelines for physical distancing and are encouraged to phone to relay information where possible.

7 hours ago

Police call for neighbourly calm

Nicola Brennan-Tupara Reporter from Hamilton Press

Hi Neighbours,
The police are urging those with concerns or problems with their neighbours through the lockdown to report them using the 105 number.
The call comes after five people were arrested after a recent neighbourhood brawl in Hamilton street which involved a large group of people, with one showing symptoms of coronavirus.
A knife, shovel, hockey stick and baseball bat were reported to have been used in the fight.