55 days ago

Driveways driven away by new rule

The Team Reporter from Stuff

Hi neighbours,

A move to free up more land for new builds is likely to see fewer driveways and garages in modern housing, in a move some say could have New Zealand looking like Coronation Street.

Councils across the country must scrap planning rules that require car parks to be put down near new housing or business developments, under newly released housing guidelines.

The change comes as the Government looks to encourage development, in part by freeing up land held up by car parks, under its new National Policy Statement for urban development.

Property developer Phil Robinson said scrapping car park rules was a “big change”, but he was unsure if it was a “big win”.

What do you think of having more new builds in your area with fewer driveways and garages?

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1 day ago

Minimum wage, no help and on the ladder at 25: here's how they did it

Kylie Klein Nixon Reporter from Homed

I loved talking to Courtney Mason about how she and her husband ben bought their first home. It really offers a lot of hope for folks who might be looking at the property market and wondering what on earth is happening out there these days.
Courtney and Ben were tenacious and bold, and now they're living happily in their Hawke's Bay home.
Have a read and see how they did it, and while you're at it have a listen to our third episode of First Rung, the podcast for first home buyers for a little more inspiration.

2 hours ago

Did your family celebrate Halloween this year?

The Team from Neighbourly.co.nz

We saw some friendly ghosts and even some costumed pooches this year! We'd love for you to spread the joy further than your backyard by sharing a snap from your Halloween festivities below 🎃

3 hours ago

Thames Toastmasters - winners of the Area Contest!

Sally Grant from Thames Toastmasters

Hi everyone! We have some awesome news to share!

Thames Toastmasters did AMAZING at last night’s Area Speech Contest. A big congratulations to all the competitors and in particular to our very own who competed and gave it their all. In fact, all three of our Thames Toastmasters competitors placed so well, they all get to go through to the Division level contest on November 21! Wowee! Here are the results from our Thames competitors:

Table Topics Contest: First place Kara-Leah Grant 🥇💐 who artfully answered the question ‘If you had your life again what would you do differently’
Humorous Speech Contest: First place Alison Choppin 🥇💐 with her fabulous speech titled ‘Bubbles’ and second place Sally Grant 💐 with her speech titled ‘Is timing everything?’

We are in awe of you and can’t wait to cheer you all on in the Division contest!

If you want to know more about Toastmasters, come along to one of our meetings as a guest and see what it’s all about. We are all learning, just like you 👏🏻

🏠 Our next meeting is a joint meeting with Whitianga Toastmasters on Zoom, on Tuesday 3rd November at 6:15pm (for 6:30pm start). We’ll be posting the zoom link on the day of the meeting here on our Facebook/Instagram pages. Let us know if you have questions, we’d love to hear from you! ☀️ Love, the Thames Toastmasters crew (027 296 8585)