48 days ago

Dunedin council 'fleeced' Central Otago and Queenstown with $117m Aurora dividends

Nicole Mathewson Reporter from Queenstown News

Central Otago and Queenstown's mayors want the Dunedin City Council to stump up cash towards a $400 million electricity lines upgrade.

They say the city council is partly responsible for Aurora Energy's failure to upgrade and maintain its network because it received $177m in dividends from the company.

What do you think? Read the full story here and tell us your thoughts in the comments below.

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4 hours ago

South Island tourist towns without tourists

Nicole Mathewson Reporter from Queenstown News

Deserted South Island tourist hotspots are now "eerily quiet", peaceful – and sad.

Towns and cities all over New Zealand have come to a stand still during the Covid-19 lockdown with only essential service workers and those using the services permitted to travel.

In the always-busy tourist hotspots of Queenstown and Wanaka in Otago and Punakaikai on the West Coast, the transformation is resounding.

5 days 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.

19 hours ago

Broadcast kindness messages on TV with AM!

AMI Insurance

Right now, kindness is more important than ever. So we’re handing over our TV and social media ads to help send messages of kindness and thanks around New Zealand. Broadcast your message of kindness at KindCast.co.nz Find out more