30 days ago

We Say/You Say: trans-Tasman bubble

Thomas Campbell Reporter from Kāpiti Observer

Hi Kāpiti!

After more than a year of closed borders, Australians and New Zealanders will soon be able to jet-hop between countries after the government announced that the trans-Tasman travel bubble is to be operational from April 19.

With quarantine-free travel now possible, are you more likely to head across the Tasman or travel domestically?

Fronting Australian media yesterday, Jacinda Ardern not only spoke of the excitement of families being able to be reunited, but also pitched New Zealand tourist activities to Australian viewers.

"If there is a hot spot in one of the states of Australia we may just act in the same way that another state would ... Just prepare that there may be disruptions, but what better place in the world to be stuck. Am I right?," she said.

The trans-Tasman bubble will operate on a three tier basis: Continue, Pause and Suspend. If there are a few cases in Australia linked to the border, quarantine-free travel will continue. Travel may be paused for 72 hours if there are rogue community cases and in the instance of a state or nationwide lockdown, travel will be suspended.

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9 hours ago

Tip Charges

Don from Paekakariki

Earlier this week I took a trailer load of domestic rubbish to the transfer station. Nothing toxic or requiring special handling, just timber offcuts, a couple of cartons of workroom rubbish, a couple of broken plastic chairs, a few bits of an old concrete path and so on.
I was charged $87.50 for the load!
This is just outrageous, our council should be encouraging people to dump responsibly not gouging us at the gate.
KCDC have completely abdicated their responsibility by contracting out rubbish collection and management to expensive and grossly inefficient contractors. We have 3 different trucks collecting rubbish in our street, one following the other. How can that be efficient?
KCDC couldn't organise a booze up in a brewery, bloody hopeless, and we pay them for their incompetence.

6 hours ago

SPCA Pet of the Day: Meet Captain John

Nicholas Boyack Reporter from Community News

Captain John was recently adopted by a family. Here is what they had to say.
"To the wonderful people at SPCA. On Tuesday, Captain John came home with us to his new furever home. Safe to say he has adjusted well and is loving his new life. He has discovered the confines of the kid’s bed.
He is completely calm with three kids and two dogs. Thank you for looking after him until he came to us."

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2 hours ago

Fresh Fish Open This Saturday

Waikanae Crab

Open this Saturday till 1pm
Snapper and Butterfish
Fresh Fish Pies and Fish Cakes and Chowders!!!
Have a great Mothers Day weekend 💛