Te Puna, Tauranga

1 hour ago

Election 2020: Hauraki-Waikato candidates for local MP

The Team Reporter from Stuff

Hey neighbours,

In the lead up to the 2020 election, Stuff is keeping voters up to date with what’s happening in their electorate, through Neighbourly. Here’s what you need to know about the candidates in the running to be Hauraki-Waikato's MP.

At the October 17 election, New Zealanders… View more
Hey neighbours,

In the lead up to the 2020 election, Stuff is keeping voters up to date with what’s happening in their electorate, through Neighbourly. Here’s what you need to know about the candidates in the running to be Hauraki-Waikato's MP.

At the October 17 election, New Zealanders will have the opportunity to choose their regional spokesperson.

Through the Mixed Member Proportional (MMP) voting system, those enrolled can vote for the party they want as well as a local representative.

Why does my MP matter?

The person elected will be the voice for your region in Parliament. If you’re having trouble getting entitlements or dealing with Government departments, they can help. If your community needs funding for certain projects or activities, or there isn’t enough healthcare in the area, the elected MP can step in and help.  

To read more, click here.

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7 minutes ago

Plants for sale

Carol from Otumoetai

New this week
Red cabbage, lettuces, Escholtzia, sunflowers, borage, Liriope, Chrysanthemum, Chilean guava and many more.
$2 pot from 275 Otumoetai Road [close to Grange Road intersection]

Negotiable

1 hour ago

Marble wall light shade

Sissi from Gate Pa

3 shades available
Size: 20cm H x 21cm W x 11cm D
Weight: 1.5 kg each marble shade

One shade for $20 or 3 for $50

Price: $20

1 hour ago

Fiery red wall shelve unit

Sissi from Gate Pa

Size: 63cm W x 47cm H
Depth: 12cm deep top shelve (15cm depth from top shelve to wall)
8cm deep middle shelve
7cm deep lower shelve

Price: $45

1 hour ago

Kennel Art

Sissi from Gate Pa

Tiled dog kennel art with hook
7mm thick tiles
Size: 20cm W x 30cm H x 2cm D (total depth of tiles and backing)

Weight: 1,45kg

Price: $35

1 hour ago

Butterfly Stichophthalma Howqua Formosana

Sissi from Gate Pa

Female formosana
in wooden frame with standoff
Ventral view
Origin Taiwan

Size frame: 20cm W x 20cm H x 3cm D
Size butterfly: 10cm W
Perfect condition

Price: $25

1 hour ago

Copper plant pots

Sissi from Gate Pa

Genuine antique brass plant pot from the late 1970’s
Tri-legged with two side handles
Size: 20cm diameter opening

26cm total diameter (middle of pot)

28cm W measured handle to handle
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Genuine antique brass plant pot from the late 1970’s
Tri-legged with two side handles
Size: 20cm diameter opening

26cm total diameter (middle of pot)

28cm W measured handle to handle

26cm total Height

18cm H inside of pot

Buy one for $40 or all tree for $100

Price: $40

1 hour ago

Wooden stand with dowels

Sissi from Gate Pa

Pine wood with 5 removable dowels
For bracelets, ribbons, and more
Size: 19cm W x 65cm H x 11cm D on top and 21cm D at bottom

Price: $35

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4 hours ago

Bromeliad Display and Plant Sale

Lisa from Otumoetai

Matua Hall, Levers Rd, Saturday 7 November 8.am - 12.00 midday



This is a special display and sale of bromeliad plants by members of the Bay of Plenty Bromeliad Club. There will be a lovely display of these unique plants and information on bromeliad cultivation. This is a good opportunity… View more
Matua Hall, Levers Rd, Saturday 7 November 8.am - 12.00 midday



This is a special display and sale of bromeliad plants by members of the Bay of Plenty Bromeliad Club. There will be a lovely display of these unique plants and information on bromeliad cultivation. This is a good opportunity for people wishing to establish a collection of these special subtropical plants.
* Door spot prizes
* All Welcome
* Free entry
* Raffles

4 days ago

Why 2021 will be the year of the long weekend

The Team Reporter from Stuff

Hey neighbours,

Good news – 2021 is set to be the year of the long weekend.

Five out of 10 public holidays will be Mondayised (or Tuesdayised in one case) next year, which means if you work a standard Monday to Friday week, you can look forward to some extended breaks.

In fact, once … View more
Hey neighbours,

Good news – 2021 is set to be the year of the long weekend.

Five out of 10 public holidays will be Mondayised (or Tuesdayised in one case) next year, which means if you work a standard Monday to Friday week, you can look forward to some extended breaks.

In fact, once you’ve tacked on the weekends, you’ll end up getting a whopping 25 days off out of those 10 stat days, plus your region’s anniversary day.

To find out how to get the most out of your annual leave next year, click here.

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9 days ago

Dresser

Marie from Bethlehem

This dresser is actually Oak but I painted it and as you can see the varnish came through. We are on the move so I don't want it anymore. 660high x 965wide.

Price: $20

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3 days ago

New Season Stock out now!

The Team from Red Cross Shop Greerton

Hi Neighbours,
Spring is here! Head down to your nearest Red Cross Shop and check out our new season stock!
We can't wait to see you!

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3 days ago

Do you get our free gardening ezine?

Mei Leng Wong Reporter from NZ Gardener & Get Growing

In this week’s issue we say avocados are the fruit we all long to grow. It’s time to plant salad greens in containers, inspire junior gardeners, turn lawns into new garden beds and repot and feed hippeastrums.

We list 10 trees to plant to attract birds to your garden for shelter and a … View more
In this week’s issue we say avocados are the fruit we all long to grow. It’s time to plant salad greens in containers, inspire junior gardeners, turn lawns into new garden beds and repot and feed hippeastrums.

We list 10 trees to plant to attract birds to your garden for shelter and a year-round food supply. Plus go in the draw for fertiliser and soil enhancer from Fodda and there’s another chance to win Mr Fothergill’s ultimate garden pack.

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

Are you having trouble heating or cooling your home?

The team from EnergySmart - Tauranga

Chances are your insulation is not performing optimally, it is a problem that is far more common than most people realise.

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3 days ago

Textile Testing - Seam Slippage

Owner from Curtain Clean BOP Ltd

Seam Slippage is one of four key topics (others include Abrasion Resistance, Pilling, and Colourfastness) that we are covering to provide some background as to how we test and why.

Test results provide us with critical information about textile’s durability and suitability for certain … View more
Seam Slippage is one of four key topics (others include Abrasion Resistance, Pilling, and Colourfastness) that we are covering to provide some background as to how we test and why.

Test results provide us with critical information about textile’s durability and suitability for certain applications. We externally test all James Dunlop and Mokum textiles in Melbourne at a highly reputable laboratory who are amongst the most conservative and stringent in the world, due to the extremely harsh environmental conditions we face here in Australia and New Zealand.

We have gathered a number of frequently asked questions relating to seam slippage, so we asked our Mokum Studio designers Stephanie Moffitt and Annie Moir to share their expert knowledge.

Seam slippage is another equally important upholstery test, can you explain what seam slippage actually means?
Seam slippage is the separation or pulling apart of yarns in a fabric usually along a sewn seam or join. More often than not, the yarns don’t actually break they just separate and leave an unsightly gap along the fabric join.

What are the most common causes for seam slippage?
Seam slippage may be the result of a poorly constructed textile and /or the use of defective yarns in the fabric. But more commonly it is due to an inadequate standard of upholstery manufacturing i.e. a display of insufficient seam allowance, a deficient number of stitches in the seam or failure to overlock raw edges during the upholstery process – or a combination of all three factors.
Seam slippage usually occurs on joins that are subjected to heavy load and pressure such as seat cushions and arm rests. Certain furniture styles put more stress on fabric seams such as tub chairs and furniture with a fixed back or seat cushions.

Can composition play a part in seam slippage?
Yes, it can, Linen for example is loved for being a smooth lustrous fibre, but this can make it more susceptible to seam slippage with heavy load. For some linen textiles we would recommend discussing the need for reinforcing upholstery seams with your upholstery manufacturer.

The note “reinforce upholstery seams” is sometimes listed on our sampling specifications – what does it actually mean? Should we assume the fabric is inferior quality?
Firstly, no it doesn’t infer inferior quality. If we’ve specified it as being suitable for upholstery then it is fit for purpose, but we recommend additional seam support for that particular textile.
“Reinforce upholstery seams” simply means using an additional safeguard by stitching a tape along the seam to prevent fraying in high load areas, such as the corner back cushions. Overlocking should be used for loose woven fabric and seated cushion seams.

What’s the remedy for seam slippage? Can you fix it once it starts?
It is difficult to repair seam slippage once it starts. In almost all instances of seam slippage, it will require the furniture to be recovered, or re upholstered. It’s important to ascertain the cause of the seam slippage. If the seam slippage can be identified as being a result of inadequate manufacturing, you’ll need to work with the upholsterer to ensure appropriate manufacturing techniques are being used, including reinforcing seams if required. If the seam slippage is clearly related to the fabric, the furniture would need to be recovered, either from a different batch (if it’s an isolated batch issue) or selecting an alternative fabric which is more suitable for that particular frame.

Can you explain how the seam slippage test is performed?

The test measures how resistant a fabric is to yarns opening/ slipping under pressure along a seam line. Two fabric swatches are sewn together with a standardised seam. The swatches are pulled apart with an equal and opposite force. The test is performed in both warp and weft directions. Any seam opening is then measured while the fabric swatches are being pulled apart. According to the Australian standard, a seam opening should be less than 6mm at maximum force. A lower result indicates a smaller opening and thus a better resistance against seam slippage.


Written by: jamesdunloptextiles.com...

3 days ago

What is double glazing?

RetroFit Double Glazing - Bay of Plenty

What is double glazing? We’ve put together some information that might help you with your research if you're considering getting retrofit double glazing click here to read. If you’re interested, we offer a free no obligation quote click here or call us on 0800 658 658.

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