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4 days ago

Poll: Do you support the fine increase for using a mobile while driving from $80 to $150?

Caryn Wilkinson Reporter from Community News

Drivers have been captured on camera boldly using their phones while driving, to video call, text and make calls.

The footage, taken in Auckland, comes as the Government increased the cost of a fine for using a cellphone while driving from $80 to $150.

Over the course of a week, ahead of the fine… View more
Drivers have been captured on camera boldly using their phones while driving, to video call, text and make calls.

The footage, taken in Auckland, comes as the Government increased the cost of a fine for using a cellphone while driving from $80 to $150.

Over the course of a week, ahead of the fine increase, a Stuff visual journalist captured numerous people using their phones while driving, including a woman who appeared to be on a video call while passing through an intersection, a man speaking on the phone and numerous people texting or looking at their phone.

Last year, police issued more than 40,000 infringement notices for the offence.

A driver for Dingo Groundworx NZ was captured using their phone while driving a truck along Williamson Ave, in Ponsonby.

Owner Cameron Hadley told Stuff all employees were very aware they should not be using their phones while driving.

He said he would be raising the issue in a staff meeting.

AA road safety spokesman Dylan Thomsen told Stuff he wasn’t surprised to hear about the woman video calling while driving.

While AA supports the Government’s fine increase, Thomsen said it wasn’t going to solve the problem.

“People just can’t resist the temptation if they hear their phone go off ... it’s not something you do by accident.”

“A lot of people use their phone behind the wheel and don’t do other risky things.”

He hopes as there are further advancements in technology, phone companies can have default “do not disturb” modes that activate as soon as drivers start moving in their car.

“Until we change the mindset it will be hard with enforcement alone, people don’t appreciate the risks until it’s too late,” Thomsen said.

To see video footage, go here:

www.stuff.co.nz...

*Please put NFP if you do not want your comments used by Stuff.

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Do you support the fine increase for using a mobile while driving from $80 to $150?
  • 90.4% Yes
    90.4% Complete
  • 7.9% No
    7.9% Complete
  • 1.7% Unsure- it's too complex
    1.7% Complete
1608 votes
13 hours ago

Solar Flood Lights

The Team from Wee Jobs

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17 hours ago

Mother’s Day

The Team from Auckland Council

It’s Mother’s Day this Sunday. OurAuckland has some great ideas for things to do with your mother this weekend: bit.ly...

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19 hours ago

Tools to borrow from the Waiuku Tool Library

Chelsea Kitzen from Waiuku Community Workshop

Did you know you can borrow power tools through a membership with the Waiuku Tool Library?
We're offering the community a low cost and low waste way to repair and reuse your belongings. This is open to residents of the whole franklin region. Over 200 tools to borrow. Open Wednesdays 1 to 4pm … View more
Did you know you can borrow power tools through a membership with the Waiuku Tool Library?
We're offering the community a low cost and low waste way to repair and reuse your belongings. This is open to residents of the whole franklin region. Over 200 tools to borrow. Open Wednesdays 1 to 4pm at Waiuku Zero Waste. To find out more email toollibrary@waiukuzerowaste.co.nz.

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1 day ago

We Say/You Say: Queen Street

The Team from Community News

Kia ora Auckland,

Should Queen Street be car-free?

Major roading upgrades are set to get underway on Queen Street which the council says will improve pedestrian spaces.

The work is set to begin on Monday between Shortland and Customs streets, limiting traffic to a single lane each way and … View more
Kia ora Auckland,

Should Queen Street be car-free?

Major roading upgrades are set to get underway on Queen Street which the council says will improve pedestrian spaces.

The work is set to begin on Monday between Shortland and Customs streets, limiting traffic to a single lane each way and with bus priority in the evening peak.

Some have expressed their concerns for the project including a group of businesses and landlords calling itself Save Queen. The group applied for an interim injunction to halt the council's planned Queen St upgrade and a High Court Judge will decide whether to approve the injunction later today.

Should the upgrade go even further and ban passenger vehicles altogether? Let us know in the comments and don't forget to type NFP if you don't want your comment used in your local community paper.

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1 day ago

Good morning Neighbours

Bradley from Waiuku

Awesome Friday All

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1 day ago

What's On: 500 club amended

Barbara from Pukekohe

500 club every wed at Tuakau Cossie club !pm phone keith 0212972937
500 club amended
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1 day ago

What's On: 500 club amended

Barbara from Pukekohe

the 500 club meets every wednesday at 1pm at Tuakau cossie club phone Keith 0212972937
500 club amended
  • TUAKAU COSSIE CLUB
1 day ago

BPW Franklin Inc Dinner meeting May 26

Virginia Warren from BPW Franklin Inc

Date: 26th May 2021
Time: 6.30 for 7pm – generally over by 9.30pm
Venue: Pukekohe Cosmopolitan Club, Nelson St, Pukekohe.
Cost: $30 Prepayment is required, contact bpwfranklinsec@gmail.com for account number and please mention if you require a special diet.
Speaker : Alanna Howard… View more
Date: 26th May 2021
Time: 6.30 for 7pm – generally over by 9.30pm
Venue: Pukekohe Cosmopolitan Club, Nelson St, Pukekohe.
Cost: $30 Prepayment is required, contact bpwfranklinsec@gmail.com for account number and please mention if you require a special diet.
Speaker : Alanna Howard will be speaking on her role as a Victim Supporter. If you have an interest in this as a victim or as a potential supporter it is an evening not to be missed, you will also find good company.
Incidentally - the NZ Defence Force has become a corporate member of BPW NZ (as well as signing up to the Women's Empowerment Principles www.weps.org.nz...) so any member of the NZ Army, Navy or Air Force will be warmly welcomed to our meetings as a member. The cost is as listed above for all coming to the meeting.

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2 days ago

Make sure you diary this date - 8th of May

Papakura Business Association

Our third annual StreetFEST is back from 10 am to 2 pm!

There will be lots of community stalls, sustainable stalls, arts and crafts, sports clubs, emergency services, an amazing Mother’s Day raffle and family activities.

Live entertainment, bands, dancing and cultural performances from … View more
Our third annual StreetFEST is back from 10 am to 2 pm!

There will be lots of community stalls, sustainable stalls, arts and crafts, sports clubs, emergency services, an amazing Mother’s Day raffle and family activities.

Live entertainment, bands, dancing and cultural performances from local artists, schools and groups. With activities for the kids and adults, face painting, bouncy castle, clowns, the Kindergarten play truck and so much more, the kids are going to love this day.

Great deals and specials from our businesses in town. Located on the Great South Road and in Centre Court and into Broadway, it’s a free family fun day for you all to enjoy.

The rain save date is the 15th of May should the weather not be kind.

This event is put on by the Papakura Business Association in conjunction with the Papakura Local Board.
Find out more

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2 days ago

Learn te reo Māori!

Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi

Te Pōkaitahi Reo

Meet Parminder Singh (Punjabi) who shares his journey with Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi:

“Studying in the Pōkaitahi Reo programme has allowed me to develop a totally beautiful and unique relationship with Māori communities in Auckland. The learning has helped my … View more
Te Pōkaitahi Reo

Meet Parminder Singh (Punjabi) who shares his journey with Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi:

“Studying in the Pōkaitahi Reo programme has allowed me to develop a totally beautiful and unique relationship with Māori communities in Auckland. The learning has helped my work to bridge gaps between Māori and others in our multicultural communities. When I look back, I feel really proud. It’s a great feeling when I speak te reo Māori. It’s a privilege.”

Share in Parminder’s experience and enquire now for 2021. These programmes are tuition fee free!
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3 days ago

What's On: Franklin Historical Soc

Brien from Pukekohe

Public Meeting, Sat. 15th May, 1-30. Come and join us with your stories of days gone by, bring a friend Guest speaker, Raffles, and afternoon tea. Contact franklinhistsociety.com or 0211237960
Franklin Historical Soc
  • Old Council Rooms
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3 days ago

Ride on lawn mower wanted

Phil from Pukekohe

Ride on mower wanted. $2000-$3000. Franklin or papakura areas. Ph. Phil 09-2389816

Price: $20,003,000

3 days ago

Mother's Day is this weekend

Sunday Star Times

Are you still looking for the perfect Mother's Day treat?

From now until Mother's Day, subscribe to the Sunday Star-Times for 6 months and you will receive a free Antipodes skincare gift, valued at $115!

Follow the link, select the 6 month option and use the promo code … View more
Are you still looking for the perfect Mother's Day treat?

From now until Mother's Day, subscribe to the Sunday Star-Times for 6 months and you will receive a free Antipodes skincare gift, valued at $115!

Follow the link, select the 6 month option and use the promo code SSTMOTHERSDAY at the checkout to redeem.

Hurry! Offer ends Sunday. T&C's apply.
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