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32 days ago

Meet the 2021 Ryman Healthcare Gardener of the Year finalist from Matakana

Mei Leng Wong Reporter from NZ Gardener & Get Growing

Trish Allen is giving away her garden harvest -- again! During the 2020 lockdown, she gave away over 140kg in fruit from her home orchard. This year, she didn’t have fruit to swap but her vegetable garden was packed with winter crops. “I had masses of broccoli, cauliflower, kale, silverbeet and… View moreTrish Allen is giving away her garden harvest -- again! During the 2020 lockdown, she gave away over 140kg in fruit from her home orchard. This year, she didn’t have fruit to swap but her vegetable garden was packed with winter crops. “I had masses of broccoli, cauliflower, kale, silverbeet and French sorrel. So I gave out a lot of parcels of those to anyone I knew who needed it.”

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32 days ago

Looking for paint/stain

Kahli from Brookfield

Hi Neighbours

Does anyone have any spare black outdoor wood paint for a deck or dark stain that they no longer need. Have a small deck that needs a touch up. looking to buy

32 days ago

Learn basic everyday digital skills

Kanorau Digital

Our short course will give you the skills to stay connected with your whānau and friends.

Learn how to get online safely and navigate websites and apps with confidence.

We’ll show you how to:

• send and check emails
• use tools to create, organise, and connect … View more
Our short course will give you the skills to stay connected with your whānau and friends.

Learn how to get online safely and navigate websites and apps with confidence.

We’ll show you how to:

• send and check emails
• use tools to create, organise, and connect with the digital world
• solve common problems using online resources
• explore day-to-day tasks such as online shopping and banking
• stay safe when you’re online
• online and face-to-face class options available

Free classes | Book now - 0800 526 672
Find out more

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33 days ago

Mobile Hairdresser Wanted

Pauline from Brookfield

Does anyone know of a mobile hairdresser in my area?

33 days ago

HARBOUR CITY LIONS - MONSTER BOOKSALE STARTS FRIDAY 5TH!

Margaret from Greerton - Parkvale

Starting this Friday 9am - 5pm
Saturday 9am - 5pm
Sunday 9am - 3pm
TAURANGA RACECOURSE, 1383 Cameron Road, Tauranga
CASH & EFTPOS available
Books spread over 2 large rooms to facilitate social distancing.
Wear your Masks please!
Bring your own bag for your books.
Proceeds to Local… View more
Starting this Friday 9am - 5pm
Saturday 9am - 5pm
Sunday 9am - 3pm
TAURANGA RACECOURSE, 1383 Cameron Road, Tauranga
CASH & EFTPOS available
Books spread over 2 large rooms to facilitate social distancing.
Wear your Masks please!
Bring your own bag for your books.
Proceeds to Local Charities.

33 days ago

Sagging sofa cushions – what’s the cause?

Owner from Curtain Clean BOP Ltd

“When selecting the fabric and style of a new lounge suite it is crucial to consider its future environment”

Picture this:
You purchased a brand-new couch this autumn. It has extra wide cushions on the seat. It’s sleek, it’s chic, it takes up one third of your lounge and most … View more
“When selecting the fabric and style of a new lounge suite it is crucial to consider its future environment”

Picture this:
You purchased a brand-new couch this autumn. It has extra wide cushions on the seat. It’s sleek, it’s chic, it takes up one third of your lounge and most importantly, you can melt into it on a Friday evening after work.

Fast forward to mid-spring. Sure, you passed all those cold winter’s nights watching movies with the family and you have spent more of the lockdown sitting down than you would like to admit, but now that it’s almost time to pop your bubble your brand-new couch is looking a little… dishevelled.

When selecting the fabric and style of a new lounge suite it is crucial to consider its future environment. To prevent your dream couch from becoming saggy and stretched on the seat cushion after prolonged use, or to remedy the situation, we’ve reached out to James Dunlop Textiles’ Auckland-based Upholstery Specialist, Robert Street, to provide insight into the problem and offer some solutions.

Why does the fabric on a newly upholstered sofa appear stretched and out of shape after only a few months of use?

There are several factors that could come into play here, let’s look at them one by one.

Firstly, it is rare for an upholstery fabric with a synthetic component to stretch as synthetic fibres are very stable. Natural fibres are generally stable but can ‘move’ over time depending on the weave. Twill weaves don’t move (think denim jeans) but basket weaves can move a little. Natural fibres such as cotton and linen can absorb the humidity in the air and ‘relax.’

However, all of James Dunlop Textile’s fabrics undergo the seam slippage test, which is performed as part of the fabric’s evaluation and quality testing process, where any possible issues like the weave stretching are highlighted. Any fabrics with seam slippage test failures are identified and resolved before we manufacture a product for our range.

What is Seam Slippage?
Seam slippage is the separation of yarns in a fabric, usually along a sewn seam or join. Generally, the yarns don’t actually break, they just pull apart leaving an unsightly gap along the fabric join.

So what could be the cause?

With this in mind – we can eliminate fabric stretch as the issue here and look at what the likely cause could be.


1. Foam
Good quality foam loses 5-7% of its loft within the first 3 months of use – this may be a contributing factor here. Some furniture manufacturers use a pre-crushed foam (the Gucci of foams) which prevents this loft loss – while being more expensive, it is worth it as you really do get what you pay for in furniture.

2. The Design
There are two main types of couch designs – cushion seat and fixed seat.

Cushion Seat: The sides of a cushion seat pull upwards, and therefore do not need extra fabric as the cushion flexes to allow the fabric cover to release into the compressed foam in the centre, where you sit.


Fixed Seat: A fixed seat requires an allowance of extra fabric in the back of the base cushion. This extra fabric moves forward, compensating for the foam compressing when you sit on the couch. Once you stand, the foam lofts again and if the extra fabric does not move back to the base of the cushion fast enough it will be trapped, causing a ‘puddled’ saggy look.


Keep reading: www.curtainclean.co.nz...

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33 days ago

It’s Melbourne Cup Race Day!

The Team from Red Cross Shop Greerton

Come on down and get your new summer wardrobe and there are plenty of hats to choose from too. We also have some lovely brand new French pleated curtains in the store measuring 180 by 214 cm. $30 each - what a great price! And remember we are now open on Saturdays and Sunday.

33 days ago

Desk solid 175lx66wx75h ex condition.

Ian from Maungatapu

Desk chair included. Phone Ian 021 977 980

Price: $100

33 days ago

Meet Alexandria Lindsay, our 2021 Ryman Healthcare Gardener of the Year finalist from Waitara

Mei Leng Wong Reporter from NZ Gardener & Get Growing

Dear neighbours,

Alexandria Te Ripeka "Pearl" Lindsay (Te Āti Awa o Taranaki) started gardening to grow her own food -- and now she's growing food for her community too.

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33 days ago

Baby Gate For Sale

Pauline from Brookfield

120cm Across By 110cm Down

Price: $20

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34 days ago

There, they're and their!

NumberWorks'nWords Tauranga

There, they’re and their are the big trio of commonly confused words with all three of them pronounced the same.
- There means the opposite of here; “at that place.”
- They’re is a contraction of “they are” or “they were.”
- Their means “belongs to them.”

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34 days ago

Summer Job wanted

Oliver from Ohauiti

Hi Everybody. I am just reaching out to see if anyone knows of a summer job my son (17) can apply for. He is looking to gain his first work experience over the upcoming summer holidays. He is tall and strong and can handle physically demanding work. Suggestions or, even better, some contacts are … View moreHi Everybody. I am just reaching out to see if anyone knows of a summer job my son (17) can apply for. He is looking to gain his first work experience over the upcoming summer holidays. He is tall and strong and can handle physically demanding work. Suggestions or, even better, some contacts are most welcome. Thank you.

Negotiable

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34 days ago

Moving House?

Devan from Smart Express Tauranga

Make moving easy with Smart Express. We offer a wide range of services to suit every move.

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34 days ago

Meet our first finalist for the 2021 Ryman Healthcare Gardener of the Year

Mei Leng Wong Reporter from NZ Gardener & Get Growing

Dear neighbours,

Get to know Darfield gardener Bronwyn Adams-Hooper, who runs a horticulture programme for the 18- to 21-year-olds serving time in the youth unit at Christchurch Men’s Prison. With her help, they've been growing veges that win awards at their local A&P show.

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34 days ago

Meet Caitlin, a mechanical engineering apprentice and racing enthusiast.

Competenz

Caitlin chose a career path that works with her passion for building stock cars.
Find a job you actually like - this is your sign to embrace the fluro!

Click here for more info.

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