53 days ago

What should we learn from 107 days of Covid-19 lockdown?

Todd Niall Reporter from Community News

Kia ora neighbours, Who isn't keen to put 107 days of Covid-19 Alert Level 3 and 4 behind us? But there are some important lessons to remember as we move on. Read the story below?

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1 day ago

Sign up for The Antidote: 5 happy things to read about each day

The Team Reporter from Stuff

Hi neighbours,

We live in unusual times. It all gets a bit much some days. So we're bringing you a much-needed dose of positivity to remind you that there's inspiration, kindness and quirkiness out there too.

You can check out today's edition of The Antidote - which features a cute puppy, the UK's longest-married couple, and Stewart Island's "savage" New Year's Eve here. If you'd like the Antidote delivered direct to your inbox, sign up here.

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1 hour ago

What's On: Worm Farming Talk Whangaparaoa

Kowhai from Birkdale

This talk offers an introduction to composting with bokashi bins, worm farms. https://compostcollective.org.nz/events/worm-farming-talk-whangaparaoa/
Worm Farming Talk Whangaparaoa
  • Whangaparaoa Community Recycling Centre, Eco shop
4 hours ago

Poll: Should Penlink be a toll road?

Caroline Williams Reporter from Rodney Times

Kia ora neighbours. Waka Kotahi NZTA is now taking feedback on whether Penlink should be a toll road.

Construction on the highly anticipated highway is expected to begin this year, for completion by 2026.

If Waka Kotahi proceed with tolling the road, there could be different toll prices for peak and off-peak hours. The prices could vary between $1 to $4, with heavy freight paying more than light vehicles.

Three toll points on the road are being considered, meaning motorists will only have to pay for the parts they use. Those who don’t wish to pay the toll may still access free alternative routes.

Waka Kotahi national manager of infrastructure delivery Mark Kinvig​ said the toll would go towards maintaining the road to keep it “safe and resilient”.

“Variable tolling helps people make choices about when they travel, and therefore the toll price they pay. It will also reduce travel times on Penlink during peak hours,” Kinvig said.

What do you think about Penlink being tolled? Vote in our poll, share your thoughts in the comments below and make your submission to Waka Kotahi here: www.surveymonkey.com...

Read more about the proposal here: www.stuff.co.nz...

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Should Penlink be a toll road?
  • 23.5% Yes - Road maintenance is vital for keeping motorists safe
    23.5% Complete
  • 11.8% Yes - Tolling the road will help ease congestion
    11.8% Complete
  • 35.3% No - This is what my taxes are for
    35.3% Complete
  • 23.5% No - I won't use Penlink if I have to pay
    23.5% Complete
  • 5.9% Undecided - Tell us in the comments
    5.9% Complete
17 votes