45 days ago

How affordable is travel within NZ?

Lorna Thornber Reporter from Stuff Travel

Hi everyone, I'm Lorna, a Stuff travel reporter. We're doing a story on how affordable travel within NZ is. For those of you who have travelled within the country post-lockdown, we'd like to hear whether you've been able to find suitable flights, accommodation and activities within your budget. Do you think accommodation providers and tourism operators are doing enough to entice New Zealanders to explore their backyard? Please let us know in the comments below, your message may be used in our story.

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4 hours ago

Did you know it's time to get eggplants started?

Mei Leng Wong Reporter from NZ Gardener & Get Growing

In this week’s issue we say August is the ideal time to sow eggplants. Plus keep your guard up against cold weather, choose flowers to grow from seed, get a move on with chillies and capsicums, start sowing basil and trick coriander seedlings.

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6 hours ago

Updated: One confirmed, up to six possible cases of Covid-19 in Tokoroa

Stacey Reporter from Stuff

Hi neighbours,

Tokoroa has one confirmed and up to six probable cases of Covid-19.

South Waikato Mayor Jenny Shattock confirmed to Stuff that her council was advised at around 5.30pm on Thursday following a staff member potentially being linked with a known Auckland case.

“We were notified last night by the regional Civil Defence controller who had a phone call from the Ministry of Health,” she said.

However, a screenshot of an email from Shattock to South Waikato District councillors paints a grim picture for the small Waikato town. “Unfortunately we have a confirmed case of Covid in Tokoroa and a probable case plus five others have been tested as some of them are unwell,” the email said.

“At this stage, we have (name withdrawn) in isolation and the nurse who swabbed the patient plus a council staff member.”
A council source confirmed that the email was legitimate. Click here to read more.

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7 hours ago

Stolen set of bagpipes

Jenna from Te Awamutu

Yesterday our house was burgled. Amongst items taken were my set of bagpipes. These are no good to anyone else. They are made from African Blackwood and have brass coloured trims. The bag is bright red in colour, and has red woolen cords around the drones. Would very much like for these to be returned.