Glenholme, Rotorua

1 hour ago

Cambridge: The Kiwi town that could become the next big thing

Trupti Biradar Reporter from Stuff Travel

Cambridge is so much more than just a town you drive through. Click the link below for a few reasons to consider sticking around a bit. #backyourbackyard

34 minutes ago

Why do we love Linen?

Robert Anderson from Curtain Clean Rotorua

As we all known that Linen is a natural fibre. linen is one of the earliest natural plant fibres that have been used for more than 10,000 years.



Flax fibre is a rare natural fibre, accounting for only 1.5% of the total fibre. Due to its natural and ancient nobility and high quality, it is … View more
As we all known that Linen is a natural fibre. linen is one of the earliest natural plant fibres that have been used for more than 10,000 years.



Flax fibre is a rare natural fibre, accounting for only 1.5% of the total fibre. Due to its natural and ancient nobility and high quality, it is known as the fibre queen. It comes from the stems of the flax plant. linen fabric or weave is produced of fibre of the flax plant.


Why do people love linen fabric so much? Let's look at his benefits.
1. Its cultivation requires less pesticides and fertilisers
Flax, the source material for linen, is undemanding when not vulnerable to pests (compared to cotton). Useful animals like insects are not eradicated and cultivation is more environmentally friendly. Yay.

2. Linen does not require artificial watering
Flax is very adaptable. It simply takes what is there and normally does not require further artificial irrigation.

3. It can be cultivated locally
That means the linen is not shipped through half of the world to get processed in the factories. Rather, ways are short and direct.

4. It has a high yield
Flax has a high yield. That means, that in a specific area many plants can grow and be harvested.

5. Flax can be used in a crop rotation system
In contrast to monocultures, a crop rotation system is healthy and nutritional for the soil where it is planted and does also help insects to be able to feed from different plants.

6. Linen is diverse
Flax can not only be used for clothing. That means, that a high share of the whole plant can be used to produce a variety of goods. This prevents waste and helps different industries.

7. Linen is durable
The final fabric is durable and easy to take care of. When not too dirty, you can simply hang it outside and it will lose its smell quickly, just like wool does.

8. It has super nice properties on your skin
Linen has a special cooling effect and is therefore ideal for warm days. Also, it is strong, lightweight, and most importantly, durable, so you can use it for a long time!

9. Linen has history
The Egyptians used linen thousands of years ago (rich and poor Egyptians alike) and there is evidence that as long as 34,000 BC, people were using linen-like clothing.

10. Linen is biodegradable
Linen is compostable and will therefore not lie on landfills years and years after being disposed. It will either be composted or recycled if you dispose of it correctly.



If you own linen curtains - we can clean them! We take extra measures to prevent shrinking and they are pressed after cleaning so they stay hanging beautifully. See our website to book your curtains in. www.curtainclean.co.nz...

5 days ago

SuperSeniors Newsletter August 2020

The Team from Office for Seniors

Hi Neighbours!

Our August SuperSeniors Newsletter is out now, and it's filled with lots of handy information and opportunities for seniors.

This issue includes a story about the benefits of volunteering and how to get involved, as well as an update on the changes to NZ Super and … View more
Hi Neighbours!

Our August SuperSeniors Newsletter is out now, and it's filled with lots of handy information and opportunities for seniors.

This issue includes a story about the benefits of volunteering and how to get involved, as well as an update on the changes to NZ Super and Veteran's Pension.

Even if you aren't over 65 yourself, check it out and share it with the older people in your life.

Click here to read our August newsletter: bit.ly...
Or to subscribe to the newsletter follow this link: bit.ly...

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9 days ago

Looking 4

Lynn from Pukehangi - Mangakakahi

Does anyone have one of these for sale please.

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4 hours ago

Experience the difference

Bob Owens Retirement Village

Our guide gives you a glimpse into the lifestyle that a Ryman village offers. As well as guiding you through the retirement living and care options available.

Receive your free Experience the Difference guide.

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13 hours ago

SEWERAGE into Lake ROTORUA? Is this to be resumed when/ surely UNACCESSIBLE.

Gerard from Springfield - Tihiotonga

Mayor lives at Kawaka Point, very high above the lake.

SEWERAGE into Lake ROTORUA? Is this to be resumed when?? /// ???


surely UNACCESSIBLE.



Access Information Act please

10 days ago

Favourite discoveries on NZ travels

Lorna Thornber Reporter from Stuff Travel

Hi everyone,
We'd be keen to hear about your discoveries on your recent travels around New Zealand. Were there any small towns, activities or attractions that surprised you, for better or for worse? Did you come across any lesser-know spots you think more Kiwis should check out? Which small … View more
Hi everyone,
We'd be keen to hear about your discoveries on your recent travels around New Zealand. Were there any small towns, activities or attractions that surprised you, for better or for worse? Did you come across any lesser-know spots you think more Kiwis should check out? Which small towns do you think deserve more visitors than they get? Please remember your comment may be included in an article unless you state that you don't want it to be. Cheers.

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14 hours ago

ELECTION CRITICAL ISSUE Rotorua Airport- Information Request- full financial statements incorporating RLC "shareholder fundinds

Gerard from Springfield - Tihiotonga

ELECTION CRITICAL ISSUE Rotorua Airport- Information Request- full financial statements incorporating RLC "shareholder fundinds



www.ombudsman.parliament.nz...




Rotorua Airport- Information Request- full financial statements incorporating RLC "shareholder fundinds

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14 hours ago

AIRNEWZLAND total bailouts over the years?

Gerard from Springfield - Tihiotonga

As I understand it, the government- us- owns 51.9% of the shares


Yet did not vote to provide refunds.


When we pay AIRNZ a bailout, how does add up over the years?

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As I understand it, the government- us- owns 51.9% of the shares


Yet did not vote to provide refunds.


When we pay AIRNZ a bailout, how does add up over the years?


51.9% is RIDICULOUS and FOOLISH.


We should refuse to pay

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14 hours ago

ROGER McLAY - what has he done to further and protect the quiet enjoyment of the ordinary ratepay?

Gerard from Springfield - Tihiotonga

www.nzherald.co.nz...


McClay offers no apologies for charity double dip
26 Aug, 2010 5:30am
4 minutes to read
Roger McClay was sentenced to 300 hours' community work on three representative fraud charges. Photo / Greg Bowker
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www.nzherald.co.nz...


McClay offers no apologies for charity double dip
26 Aug, 2010 5:30am
4 minutes to read
Roger McClay was sentenced to 300 hours' community work on three representative fraud charges. Photo / Greg Bowker
Roger McClay was sentenced to 300 hours' community work on three representative fraud charges. Photo / Greg Bowker
NZ Herald
By: Jared Savage, Jared Savage

Disgraced former Government minister Roger McClay has yet to apologise to the two cash-strapped charities he rorted in a $25,000 fraud.

Sentenced yesterday in the Auckland District Court to 300 hours of community work after admitting three fraud charges, McClay refused to speak to reporters to offer a public apology or explanation for his actions.

Last night, it emerged that the two charities he defrauded over two years - World Vision and Keep New Zealand Beautiful - have also not heard from him.

Last week, he repaid the $5460.70 in driving mileage he falsely claimed from World Vision, but a spokeswoman last night confirmed he had not said sorry to the charity.

"I'm sure our supporters would have appreciated [an apology]," she said.

McClay has also repaid the $6339.30 he falsely claimed from Keep New Zealand Beautiful.

Tony Rush, who replaced McClay as chairman, said the former MP had not spoken to the charity since pleading guilty last week.

But Mr Rush said he did not think an apology was important.

"We get too hung up on meaningless apologies," he said. "I have no reason to doubt the sincerity of his support in the past."

A "sense of entitlement" led to McClay's fall from grace, said the police officer who investigated the former minister over his $25,000 double-dipping rort of the charities and the public purse.

Detective Inspector Greg Cramer led the inquiry as police investigated for more than 12 months before laying 56 fraud charges in March.

McClay pleaded guilty to three representative charges in the Auckland District Court after Judge Jan Doogue indicated the 65-year-old would not go to jail.

Yesterday, Judge Doogue sentenced him to 300 hours of community work and urged him to pick up litter or clean graffiti.

She said that work would be appropriate given the goals of Keep New Zealand Beautiful, of which he had been the chairman.

His early admission of guilt, full reparation of $24,687.10 and career of public service were taken into account in sentencing, said Judge Doogue.

Speaking after the court hearing, Mr Cramer told the Herald the fraud convictions were "sad for a man who has had a distinguished career".

"This is a blemish on that career, at a time in his life when he should be able to look back with some pride on what he has achieved."

Mr Cramer said the frauds seemed to stem from a "sense of entitlement".

"It is such a shame that someone who has done so much good for society has felt the need to offend in this way."

Judge Doogue described the offending over nearly three years as "calculating" and said it was further aggravated by the respect in which McClay was held in the community.

His stealing undermined the public faith in the charities and jeopardised their ability to raise funds in the future, she said.

Over nearly three years, the five-term National Party MP charged World Vision and Keep New Zealand Beautiful $11,800 for travel costs when he had flown courtesy of the taxpayer.

He then claimed $12,887.10 from the Parliamentary Service with the 90 per cent travel discount he receives as an ex-MP, signing false declarations that the travel was for personal reasons.

McClay's lawyer, Guyon Foley, told the court his client was remorseful and that was shown by the early guilty pleas to defrauding Keep New Zealand Beautiful, World Vision and the Parliamentary Service.

He had borrowed money and repaid the almost $25,000 he fraudulently claimed.

Mr Foley said McClay had spent his life helping other people.

"His offending was baffling given the esteem he is held in the community and his good character," Mr Foley said.

McClay's actions would have a lasting effect on him and his family, Mr Foley said.

"He will feel the indelible stain of his convictions."

A statement from the Parliamentary Service referred to by Judge Doogue said McClay's breach of trust undermined a system that rewarded the public service of MPs.

His fraud had come when spending by MPs past and present was under intense media scrutiny, and had far-reaching consequences in eroding public faith.

McClay would lose his ex-MP travel entitlements - discounts on 12 domestic flights and one international - worth up to $30,000 a year.

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14 hours ago

A very special offer for NZ businesses…

The Team from Neighbourly.co.nz

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1 day ago

Bowel Cancer – You’re never too young

Bowel Cancer

Bowel cancer can strike at any age. Each year about 3,000 New Zealanders are diagnosed with the disease and more than 1,200 will die. That’s as many as breast and prostate cancer combined. But it is treatable – and beatable – if detected early enough. Check your symptoms

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3 days ago

Do you know what to plant in the garden right now?

Mei Leng Wong Reporter from NZ Gardener & Get Growing

This week’s issue we say there should be a parsley plant near every kitchen door. It’s time to harvest sprouting broccoli, compile your spring seed list, sow Florence fennel, choose tomatoes wisely and check germinating seedlings every day.

Follow this month’s guide to plants to sow and grow… View more
This week’s issue we say there should be a parsley plant near every kitchen door. It’s time to harvest sprouting broccoli, compile your spring seed list, sow Florence fennel, choose tomatoes wisely and check germinating seedlings every day.

Follow this month’s guide to plants to sow and grow and make a feeding station for native birds. Plus go in the draw for strawberry packs from Tui and copies of NZ Gardener’s August issue.

Delivered every Friday to your email inbox, Get Growing digital magazine offers seasonal gardening advice from the NZ Gardener magazine's team of experts. Each week we answer all your burning questions on raising fruit and veges and tell you the top tasks to do in your backyard this weekend. Subscribe here:

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3 days ago

Rotorua Youth Awards 2020

Alan from Rotorua Central

Energy Events Centre
Sun, Aug 23 2020, 5:00pm

Free limited tickets only from the Ticketmaster office at the EEC
Food and refreshments provided.

Dress theme: Black'n'White - prizes for best dressed.
13 categories, 39 finalists, 13 winners and $12,000 in cash and prizes

Our aim is to … View more
Energy Events Centre
Sun, Aug 23 2020, 5:00pm

Free limited tickets only from the Ticketmaster office at the EEC
Food and refreshments provided.

Dress theme: Black'n'White - prizes for best dressed.
13 categories, 39 finalists, 13 winners and $12,000 in cash and prizes

Our aim is to honour exceptional Rotorua youth (aged 15-24) to celebrate excellence and their achievements or service to the community.

The RYA will provide a platform of distinction to allow peer and community recognition with award finalists officially acknowledged at the RYA Celebration; a night of glamour and glitz, key note speakers and entertainment where young people are appreciated for their outstanding dedication in the community and their nominated category.

Awards General Criteria:
To be eligible, nominees must be aged between 15 and 24, currently live or have lived in the Rotorua District in the past 12 months.
Nominees must have:
Contributed significantly to their community/team/workplace
Demonstrated integrity, initiative and enthusiasm
Demonstrated the ability to motivate, engage and positively influence others
Demonstrated commitment, perseverance and leadership skills

3 days ago

Aluminium & Timber Retrofit double glazing

RetroFit Double Glazing - Bay of Plenty

If you’re thinking about retrofit double glazing, whether it is timber or aluminium we can retrofit both. Get your free measure and quote here and our local consultants can walk you through the process with a tailored solution to suit your home. Or call us on 0800 658 658.

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