43 days ago

Father and son graduate together

Competenz

Another great story!
Southland father and son, Robert and Bobby Baird have recently received their forestry qualifications, proving you are never too old to learn.

While Robert has practical experience gained during four decades in the bush, he says vocational training like the qualification he has just done is helping keep people safe.

Competenz assessor Neville Muir worked with Bairds throughout their training programme.

“Bobby is very driven to succeed and very organised. He’s also very keen to continue upskilling his crew and there are a lot of different certificates still to do,” he says.

While Bobby is his boss at work, Robert turns back into ‘dad’ at the end of the day. “I give him a hand during the day when he’s got a lot of work on. We have a great relationship and it’s a magic thing to be able to do to work with your son.”

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SPCA Pet of the Day: Meet Marge

Nicholas Boyack Reporter from Community News

Meet Marge, who was once a stray.

"I am a very talkative girl who is always up for a chat with my special human. I have a lot to say, especially when you pat me! I'm also very affectionate, with a particular affinity for head butts, pats, and being picked up. Being slow and steady in your interactions with me is really important, as I can get nervous and unsettled when approached too quickly or intensely.
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1 hour ago

Happy National Gardening Week! 👩‍🌾🍅

The Team from Neighbourhood Support New Zealand

This year Kiwis are being encouraged to grow-an-extra-row to share with neighbours, community pantries, food banks and other local food donation agencies.

Backyard and communal edible gardens not only provide healthy, sustainable and tasty kai, they also create greater food resiliency within our hapori.

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7 days ago

Teachers Who Refrain From Vaccination

Michael from Trentham

Some NZ teachers are refraining/ refusing to be vaccinated against Covid 19 and its current variants.

Would you want your children or grandchildren taught by a teacher who denies the vaccine is effective or warranted sufficiently for them to get jabbed twice in three weeks without the need for the Government to make it mandatory?

And this is despite the tremendous weight of evidence which supports Covid innoculation as the way forward for mankind and recognises the vulnerability of children to the Delta variant of the virus.

More than 700 children have died from Coronovirus in the USA alone.

As expected the NZ Government is gearing to make it compulsory for vaccinations in professions that deal with the public directly such as teachers, retirement home staff, hospital staff, front line workers etc.