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6 hours ago

Dozens of fishermen reportedly breaking new whitebaiting rules at popular Canterbury site

Nicole Mathewson Reporter from Northern Outlook

Department of Conservation staff will be patrolling Canterbury’s whitebaiting hotspots amid reports some frequent fishermen are reluctant to follow the new rules.

In June, the then acting Conservation Minister Ayesha Verrall announced changes to whitebaiting regulations, which had last been … View more
Department of Conservation staff will be patrolling Canterbury’s whitebaiting hotspots amid reports some frequent fishermen are reluctant to follow the new rules.

In June, the then acting Conservation Minister Ayesha Verrall announced changes to whitebaiting regulations, which had last been reviewed in 1990.

The changes, to be phased in over three years, include a shorter season, new regulations and size limits on fishing gear – fixed nets a maximum of three metres long and 20m apart – and restrictions to fishing only in estuaries and near river mouths.

But one Canterbury whitebaiter, a regular around the Waimakariri River mouth who did not want to be named, said he saw upwards of a dozen rule-breakers in the area every day.

The biggest issue, he said, was people using oversized fishing gear – usually set-nets over six metres in length – although he had been told about others fishing past the 8pm limit.

The man said he had made multiple reports to the Department of Conservation (DOC), and had sent photos and car registration numbers, but little had been done in terms of enforcing the rules.

“The rules are in place for a reason ... If they’re doing it here, others are probably doing it elsewhere [too].”

DOC’s Mahaanui operations manager, Andy Thompson. said the new regulations were clear and readily available, and it was disappointing to hear some were not following them.

DOC is undertaking a series of compliance patrols, he said, which include weekends and early-mornings.

Rangers will focus on popular whitebaiting spots including the Waimakariri River mouth.

Thompson encouraged people to phone in if they saw others breaking the rules. All calls would be logged, he said, and used to identify potential problem spots for the next patrol.

When people are not complying, rangers can take either an educational or compliance approach. That could include a $400 fine – or up to $800 if that fine was appealed, or not paid.

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1 hour ago

Enjoy the good life

Ryman Healthcare Limited

Assisted living makes life easier, with housekeeping taken care of and a chef-prepared meal every day. It’s great for you, and reassuring for your family, because they know you’re being looked after. Best of all, it frees up more time to do the things you love!
Apartments are in the heart of … View more
Assisted living makes life easier, with housekeeping taken care of and a chef-prepared meal every day. It’s great for you, and reassuring for your family, because they know you’re being looked after. Best of all, it frees up more time to do the things you love!
Apartments are in the heart of the village, with easy access to everything the village has to offer.
The feeling of togetherness is the icing on the cake for residents, this is enhanced by a variety of outings, regular transport options and opportunities to join in with activities when you feel like it.
Learn more

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1 hour ago

Waikato Management School Alumni share their stories

University of Waikato

Luke Pharaoh, Funding Manager for Virgin StartUp in London, is passionate about empowering the next generation of entrepreneurs. "Waikato Management School instilled in me an insatiable curiosity and a way of entrepreneurs.

"Waikato Management School instilled in me an insatiable … View more
Luke Pharaoh, Funding Manager for Virgin StartUp in London, is passionate about empowering the next generation of entrepreneurs. "Waikato Management School instilled in me an insatiable curiosity and a way of entrepreneurs.

"Waikato Management School instilled in me an insatiable curiosity and a way of challenging conventional thinking which remains with me today," he says.

Watch his story and others here.
Find out more

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16 hours ago

How about your own pre-planted portable organic vegetable bed?

Mei Leng Wong Reporter from NZ Gardener & Get Growing

“Our portable bed provides a convenient and cost-effective way to access your own fresh produce within your own home,” says Charla Stretch, the CEO of Vitanic, the Young Enterprise Scheme (YES) company set up by five students from Tokoroa High School.

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1 day ago

Job matching service success

Competenz

Another success story!

Our free job matching service helped place Caitlyn in her dream job and gave her employer the apprentice he had been searching for. A win-win!

Competenz provided the details of the job, and I’m happy Big Ideas took me on, I always wanted to be a signwriter when I … View more
Another success story!

Our free job matching service helped place Caitlyn in her dream job and gave her employer the apprentice he had been searching for. A win-win!

Competenz provided the details of the job, and I’m happy Big Ideas took me on, I always wanted to be a signwriter when I left high school but never had the chance. But now I do"" says Caitlyn

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3 days ago

Local Likes: Canterbury's favourite local businesses celebrated

Jake Kenny Reporter from Community News

Happy Friday neighbours,

Do you have a favourite local business that you'd like to share with us?

As part of Neighbourly and Stuff’s ‘Local Likes’ campaign, Cantabrians are asked to nominate their favourite local businesses, and share what makes them so great.

Receiving multiple … View more
Happy Friday neighbours,

Do you have a favourite local business that you'd like to share with us?

As part of Neighbourly and Stuff’s ‘Local Likes’ campaign, Cantabrians are asked to nominate their favourite local businesses, and share what makes them so great.

Receiving multiple nominations, Bohemian Bakery in St Martin’s has proved an early frontrunner for Christchurch’s top local entity.

The bakery has been lauded for having “the best sourdough in the city” and “the most divine vegan pain au chocolat.” Their salty pretzels are also a crowd favourite, and the staff are always good for a laugh.

Do you have a place you'd like to add? Please let us know below.

Full story can also be read by clicking 'Read more' below.

Have a good weekend folks. Jake

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1 day ago

Digital Boost Live - App Launch

Digital Boost

Hi neighbours!

With daylight savings kicking in, we’ll have more hours in the day to make the most of our time outdoors.

So why not keep learning on the go! When you’re on your daily stroll or jog around the neighbourhood, it’s the perfect time to boost your digital knowledge with our … View more
Hi neighbours!

With daylight savings kicking in, we’ll have more hours in the day to make the most of our time outdoors.

So why not keep learning on the go! When you’re on your daily stroll or jog around the neighbourhood, it’s the perfect time to boost your digital knowledge with our brand new app - Digital Boost Live.

Our app has everything you need in the palm of your hand so you can keep learning from anywhere.

You'll remain logged in all the time and have access to exclusive podcasts with business and industry experts only available via our app. Notifications will keep you up to date with new content and competitions as soon as they land.

All our learning videos, downloadable summaries, cases studies, and Q&A sessions will still be there - perfect for small business owners looking for a practical way to keep learning while on the move.

Don't delay, download the app on the Apple App Store or Google Play and start learning today!

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1 day ago

Life Jacket for sale size Large

Dale from Swannanoa - Ohoka

RFD Mistral 402 / In-shore waters personal flotation device

Size large

Waist 100 cm

Body mass 40 kgs

In like new condition

Price: $60

1 day ago

Waders for sale

Dale from Swannanoa - Ohoka

Red Head bone/dry waders size 11 boot

Used once in very good condition.

$45

Pick up Swannanoa or Christchurch on a Wednesday

Price: $45

2 days ago

Beef, ordered from here

McDonald's

For delicious grass-raised beef New Zealand is the perfect combo. An ideal climate, lush pastures and innovative farming produces enough beef for Macca’s in New Zealand and around the world.

Our patties are 100% quality beef, and all that’s added is a dash of salt and pepper when cooked.
Find out more

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4 days ago

Reccomendations

Sarah from Hurunui District

Hi everyone,

Just wondering what primary school in rangiora is best? My daughter is turning 5 soon and just some opinions and reccomendations on what parents think

Thanks

4 days ago

It's that time of year again whānau...

The Team from Neighbourhood Support New Zealand

Make sure to update any manual clocks (don't forget about our older neighbours who might need a helping hand) and have a wonderful spring weekend!

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4 days ago

Textural tumblers

The Team from Resene ColorShop Rangiora

These artfully crafted vessels have heaps of uses. Simple, inexpensive and totally on-trend – the hardest thing will be deciding which to create first and which Resene colours to use.

Find out how to create your own.

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4 days ago

Your local is calling you...

The Team from Neighbourly.co.nz

Last year, we were absolutely overwhelmed with the Neighbourly community's response to our Local Likes campaign - so we want you to go in for round two!

This time we've got 50 chances for you to win a $100 voucher to go towards the business you've nominated. Head through and let … View more
Last year, we were absolutely overwhelmed with the Neighbourly community's response to our Local Likes campaign - so we want you to go in for round two!

This time we've got 50 chances for you to win a $100 voucher to go towards the business you've nominated. Head through and let everyone know why your favourite small business is worth supporting.
Nominate Now!

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5 days ago

The pigeon again it came in my home

Carol from Darfield

I posted about a pigeon that arrived walking over my lawn..was not afraid of dog nor me
Well further to this story..Left laundry door open whilst getting washing in ..lighting the fire ..
Spaniel dog by fire ...something in my peripheral vision... the pigeon quietly walking across the carpet … View more
I posted about a pigeon that arrived walking over my lawn..was not afraid of dog nor me
Well further to this story..Left laundry door open whilst getting washing in ..lighting the fire ..
Spaniel dog by fire ...something in my peripheral vision... the pigeon quietly walking across the carpet must be someone's pet. !!! Courtenay near Kirwee

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