39 days 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.

Follow our guide to spring soil preparation and nominate a gardening hero for Ryman Healthcare Gardener of the Year. Plus go in the draw for $35 vouchers from Awapuni Nurseries and sensational new peace lilies from Gellert’s.

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4 days ago

Boozed parents dropping off children at school prompts liquor store backlash

Nicole Mathewson Reporter from Northern Outlook

Nearly 100 submissions were received by the Hurunui District Licensing Committee ahead of a three-day hearing to decide whether Thirsty Liquor will be allowed to operate in the main street of Amberley.

Amberley School principal Simon Green told the hearing his decile 7 school was vulnerable and he could see the effects of alcohol on the community from a very real perspective.

“We have increasing instances of parents who are under the influence of alcohol when they drop off and collect their children from school,” he said.

“We have even had drunk parents fighting and verbally abusing each other outside the school gate.’’

Read more here. We will post an update on the committee's decision once it has been made.

10 hours ago

THOMAS AND FRIENDS holiday activity

Arthur from Rangiora

Again, the NORTH CANTERBURY MODEL RAILWAY CLUB Inc will have the club rooms at 13 BLAKE STREET RANGIORA open during the school holidays from 28th September to 11th October so children can come and drive / operate THOMAS AND FRIENDS on our big model railway layout. It will be only 50 cents for a 4 minute run.
We will be open from 9.30 am to 3 pm daily.

11 hours ago

What's On: 6km Butterfly Fun Run

Lisa from Strowan

Come along to the Groynes Reserve on 11th October for the Miscarriage Matters NZ Butterfly Fun Run in conjunction with Baby Loss Awareness Week. All proceeds to Miscarriage Matters NZ.
6km Butterfly Fun Run
  • The Groynes Reserve