44 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.

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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2 days ago

Boulton Cup 2020

Kelley Tantau Reporter from Hauraki Herald

Some photos from this week's Boulton Cup match at Hauraki Plains Netball Centre in Ngatea. The results are:
1st: Paeroa College
2nd: Thames High School
3rd: Hauraki Plains College
4th: Mercury Bay Area School
5th: Katikati College
6th: Waihi College
7th equal: Matamata College and Te Aroha College

3 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 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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1 day ago

Crossing the Waihou at Thames Museum

Carolyn from Thames

Thames Museum’s display "Crossing the Waihou" is still on and is proving popular. The display features Ted Egan's fully working model of the Historic Kōpū Bridge swing span, along with photos, newspaper excerpts and a representation of the Hauraki Plains farmland which emphasises the role the bridge played in connecting Thames to the Plains and beyond. Another feature is the menu from the banquet that celebrated the bridge's opening on 11th May 1928. There is one surprising dish that we might not be so keen on today. I would love to hear from anyone who has ever eaten it.
Thames Museum, Corner Pollen and Cochrane Streets is open Friday to Wednesday, 10am to 3pm. Admission adult $5, child $2, family of 2 adults and school age children $10.