Waiheke Island, Waiheke Island

4 hours ago

Grow an extra row

Yates

While some Kiwis are enjoying home grown vegies, many are going without vegetables altogether.

This National Gardening Week we’re encouraging gardeners to grow-an-extra-row to share with neighbours, community pantries, food banks and other local food donation agencies.

To help get your … View more
While some Kiwis are enjoying home grown vegies, many are going without vegetables altogether.

This National Gardening Week we’re encouraging gardeners to grow-an-extra-row to share with neighbours, community pantries, food banks and other local food donation agencies.

To help get your extra row underway Yates is lending a helping hand.

Just register online HERE between 1st and 25th October to receive a FREE packet of Yates Vegie Seeds.

Once you’ve grown your vegies to share (or if you have spare now) please visit HERE to find a list of the organisations that would welcome your donation of fresh homegrown vegies.
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4 hours ago

Why should I update my will?​

Public Trust

Just like times change, so should your will – so it’s important to keep it up to date. ​

You’ve built a life around the things and people that matter most. An up-to-date will is the best way to protect your legacy and share it with the people you love. ​

If you last made… View more
Just like times change, so should your will – so it’s important to keep it up to date. ​

You’ve built a life around the things and people that matter most. An up-to-date will is the best way to protect your legacy and share it with the people you love. ​

If you last made a will back in the days of cassette tapes and telethons, it may be time for an update. ​
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6 hours ago

I'm sorry and apologize to the people who become emotional for my comments about them for their behavior and attitude towards me and my property - Qiubo (David) Su

Qiubo (David) from Half Moon Bay

Dear All,

(update –
a) I hardly drink alcohol at my own place, if not no-drinking at all, while I only drink some wine/beer when I participate in some Technology networking social events, however some of my neighbours close to my property spread rumors around that I drink a lot and am drunk.… View more
Dear All,

(update –
a) I hardly drink alcohol at my own place, if not no-drinking at all, while I only drink some wine/beer when I participate in some Technology networking social events, however some of my neighbours close to my property spread rumors around that I drink a lot and am drunk. They’re just nonsense, vexatious. I think they might drink a lot, and are very drunk
b) sometimes when I worked in my garden, some neighbours close to my property intended to approach me, but I ignored them, kept silent (silence is a virtue, a very popular oriental ancient saying), as their very poor attitude, behavior towards me and my property, so I don’t want to deal with them. however they spread rumors that I was deaf, couldn't listen to their voices. I have a mental problem, not sensitive to voices. I think they're insensitive, their mind is very slow. This isn’t my problem, while it is theirs
c) when I run outside or do exercise inside my garage, to release energy, to sweat, to keep me fit and healthy, to be relaxed, to make me from strength to strength, these neighbours spread rumors that I’m unhealthy, my body is cold, so I need to do exercise to warm up my body, they even say I take drugs (as a New Zealand citizen living in New Zealand for nearly 25 years, I have almost never seen a doctor or gone to hospital, no need to say taking drugs or taking medication, as I know this isn't a good approach to making people healthy and fit. However this doesn’t mean I can’t take medication, or am allergic to medication. When I was in my childhood, I was the same as most of the other Chinese children at that era, taking seasonal medication according to the doctors’ prescription, the remained light yellow color on my teeth now is the effect of taking tetracycline medication when in my childhood), which is nonsense and vexatious. When I do the lawn in my garden, I always wear clothes covering all my body, even in the very hot summer season, as the very powerful side discharge lawn mower can blow away the grass debris into the air when cutting the lengthy grass. However, these neighbours spread rumors that my body is cold, so I need to wear clothes to cover all my body to keep me warm in the garden. Anyone has common sense medical knowledge can tell they're ignorant
d) In recent months I have been working on the tasks listed in my website cloudtelephony.win hosted in the computer server at my home office. The other websites smartracksolutions.com, smartracksolutions.info and traceboard.co.nz are hosted at the same computer server also. I alone built this online hosting and web systems within 2 months in 2010, and then hardly touched it at all until a few months ago, starting to upgrade everything around it, to improve it to a much more modern, advanced level. However, these neighbours spread rumors that they have ever helped me with these tasks (nonsense, they don't have this skills and competence, I don't need any help from anyone of them, and there is no need to explain this further), while I have been working on the home DIY tasks to improve my property to sell to them. They’re nonsense, vexatious. My property has been in very good condition, and I don't need to and have no plan to work on it until I have done the tasks listed in my website cloudtelephony.win, and I have no plan to sell my property to anyone either)

1) This is my apology and sorry to the people who should make apology to me also
since I started to develop my own ICT tech business and its products, and simultaneously operated a small property renting business in the same place, as always being independently without the help from anyone else, and managing my flatmates according to the property flatting agreement, this makes my flatmates and the other people, e.g. my neighbours and the other external people (I already mentioned about these people for many times before, so not repeating them here again) unhappy, anger, embarrassing, feeling bad about themselves, so they have been conspiring together to make troubles to me and to my property, spread rumors around to defame me and my property, for their collective advantages.
To communicate with the society, the public, to disclose their conducts, behaviors towards me and my property, I made comments about them, with some expressive phrases, words to vividly describe their behaviors and conducts, in a funny, joking, humorous way (the phrases and words are enclosed in double quotes), and this might make some of them even more embarrassing. I’m sorry and apologize if these expressions make them emotional.

2) I list the conducts, behaviors of these people, and the rumours spread about me by these people below, and I require these people to say sorry to me, to make an apology to me also. Thanks.
a) I was born and grew up in a very well educated family in Beijing, China, however some people (among the above mentioned people) have been conspiring together to spread rumors that I was from the countryside, from a poor family.
b) I have very good education in both China and in New Zealand, majoring in ICT technology engineering from the top universities in both countries, however these people spread rumors that I haven’t had university education in both countries.
c) I have a very good professional career background in both China and in New Zealand, however these people spread rumors that I haven’t worked in China, even haven’t in New Zealand either, and I illegally immigrated to New Zealand.
d) I have been a very good independent student in both China and in New Zealand, however these people spread rumors to the public that I wasn’t an independent good student at schools, while I copied assignments from my classmates.
e) My professional career background in China was the Electronics engineer, and was IT/Telco engineer in New Zealand, however these people spread rumors around that I’m not good at technology, while I’m from a farmer background, I was a salesperson when I was in China.
f) I have been a confident, competent and physically healthy and mentally tough individual, however these people spread rumors to the public that I’m not confident and unhealthy.
g) During the Covid-19 pandemic period, I have been in the 2nd to none isolation mode, have been keeping myself in great health condition, physically and mentally and have already done my 2 Covid-19 vaccination before 5th Oct., but these people have been spreading rumors to the public that I have virus, have flu, unhealthy, distressed and haven’t done Covid-19 vaccination yet.
h) My mother passed away in Oct. 2015, however these people don’t show empathy to me and my other family members, even worse they spread rumors around to insult me and my family members. These people are evil, insensitive and ruthless.
i) My property has been in very good condition, even in the very harsh windy rainstorm winter season, however these people conspired together to spread rumors around that my property was in poor quality condition, and had water leaking issues during the rainy winter season.
j) I have been independently working on my own for the tasks of developing my own ICT tech business and its products, for the home DIY handy-man tasks to maintain, improve and innovate my own property, however these people spread rumors that some of my flatmates, some of my neighbours and some other people had ever helped me with these tasks.
k) Whenever I do the garden work in my garden, prepare foods in my kitchen, do exercise in my garage, some of the neighbours close to my property can peek at me, mornitor me. This is illegal harassment behavior. I have no interest in any of them, never have any interaction with them, however they spread rumors that I’m interested in them. They even consider it a harassment to them when I work in my own garden and do exercise in my own garage. They’re nonsense, vexatious.

3) these people see me haven’t been working for others for years, and have been relying on the money I owned by myself to support myself, to develop my own Tech business and its products, and pay the mortgage of my own property purchased at 2006, so they conspire together with my flatmates, with my neighbours, to make troubles to me and to my property, spread rumors to the public to defame me and my property, to destroy my reputation and the reputation of my property renting business. This has a very negative impact to my personal life, to my career and business development, their ultimate goal is to make me have financial loss, make me difficult to find a suitable job matching my background, and end up of have to sell out my property, so they can have the chance to get it at a low price they expect. This is organized crime. According to New Zealand legislation, this is criminal behavior. Please have a check with the New Zealand legislation to understand that their behavior is criminal behavior, as they conspire together to make organized crime for the goal of money.
I'm sorry and apologize to these people if they become emotional for my comments about their behavior and attitude towards me and my property, and I deserve their apology to me also.

Just FYI.

Best regards,
Qiubo Su

1 day ago

Do police need to tighten the Auckland-Waikato border case cases rise?

Todd Niall Reporter from Community News

Kia ora neighbours, With Covid-19 daily cases in Auckland forecast to double, police won't say whether boundary controls have tightened since rural locals reported higher volumes of traffic on cross-boundary back roads. Read the story below:

1 day ago

Do police need to tighten the Auckland-Waikato border case cases rise?

Todd Niall Reporter from Community News

Kia ora neighbours, With Covid-19 daily cases in Auckland forecast to double, police won't say whether boundary controls have tightened since rural locals reported higher volumes of traffic on cross-boundary back roads. Read the story below:

9 days ago

Were you there? 1960s photo of Auckland Star employees restored

Ripu Bhatia Reporter from Auckland Stuff

A photograph capturing the staff at the Auckland Star in the 1960s has been discovered and restored.

Tony Lawson, 85, received the photograph from his friend Don Armitage, whose father Jack is pictured in the photograph.

“The photo came to me in a very poor condition,” he said.

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A photograph capturing the staff at the Auckland Star in the 1960s has been discovered and restored.

Tony Lawson, 85, received the photograph from his friend Don Armitage, whose father Jack is pictured in the photograph.

“The photo came to me in a very poor condition,” he said.

“However, my youngest daughter's close friend who is a graphic artist has done a few hours work on this and has come up with an amazing improvement.”

Lawson started working for the Auckland Star in 1964.

“In those days it was hot metal, as they called it, a line of type writers going like the clappers,” he said.

“The noise was something, it’s a wonder we’re all not stone bloody deaf. It was 1976 they were all gearing up to go into the computers.”

He estimates the photograph was taken in the 1960s.

Do you recognise anyone from this historic image?

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1 day ago

Kickstart your vegie patch

Yates

Join this supportive & fun online community, for local help to successfully grow your own vegies.

Yates are growing an online community of gardeners, and it’s free to join! Whether you’re just getting started, or an old hand – we can all do with help & support on the journey of … View more
Join this supportive & fun online community, for local help to successfully grow your own vegies.

Yates are growing an online community of gardeners, and it’s free to join! Whether you’re just getting started, or an old hand – we can all do with help & support on the journey of growing our own food.

Yates expert Sarah O’Neil will be on hand to help with problems too. Plus there are over $4000 worth of prizes up for grabs!
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1 day ago

Equifest is postponed to February 2022

Equifest

The equine world will be rearing to attend postponed equine festival Equifest, 4 – 6 February 2022. Join us for a celebration of Education, Competition, Shopping and Nightshows.

With more than 140 educational sessions, where else can you learn about all your favourite disciplines in one … View more
The equine world will be rearing to attend postponed equine festival Equifest, 4 – 6 February 2022. Join us for a celebration of Education, Competition, Shopping and Nightshows.

With more than 140 educational sessions, where else can you learn about all your favourite disciplines in one weekend?

So what are you waiting for? Grab your tickets and get ready to celebrate everything we love about horses!
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3 days ago

Poll: Have you witnessed violence/antisocial behaviour on public transport?

Ripu Bhatia Reporter from Auckland Stuff

Hi neighbours,

A new text service will make it easier to report incidents of violence and antisocial behaviour on buses and trains.

Mayor Phil Goff said a number of recent incidents have prompted Auckland Transport to launch the service in collaboration with Crime Stoppers NZ.

Passengers … View more
Hi neighbours,

A new text service will make it easier to report incidents of violence and antisocial behaviour on buses and trains.

Mayor Phil Goff said a number of recent incidents have prompted Auckland Transport to launch the service in collaboration with Crime Stoppers NZ.

Passengers who witness an incident of anti-social behaviour, tagging, crime or fare evasion can text details of the incident to 4030.

AT will then look into the issue and may deploy staff to investigate further.

Have you witnessed violence/antisocial behaviour on public transport?

If so, please share your experience!

Have you witnessed violence/antisocial behaviour on public transport?
  • 51.5% Yes
    51.5% Complete
  • 48.5% No
    48.5% Complete
163 votes
1 day ago

Hobson Bay Adventure

New Zealand School of Food & Wine

Running along the coastline, shielded from the Waitemata by Tamaki Drive, lies the Hobson Bay Walkway. This urban adventure can be joined at a number of access points; from Shore Road and also via flights of steps that lead down to the bay from a series of Parnell streets. Some parts of the walkway… View moreRunning along the coastline, shielded from the Waitemata by Tamaki Drive, lies the Hobson Bay Walkway. This urban adventure can be joined at a number of access points; from Shore Road and also via flights of steps that lead down to the bay from a series of Parnell streets. Some parts of the walkway are tidal and require manoeuvring over sand and stones, silty mud or under low hanging bows of pōhutukawa. Other parts are approached over a series of formed paths and built-up wooden boardwalks.

I have been fortunate, through this extended lockdown, to have time to observe the walkway in more detail and am captivated by this natural world at our doorstep.

1 day ago

Acer's Story

The Team from Graeme Dingle Foundation

Acer Ah Chee-Wilson got into to trouble and made some bad decisions in his younger years. He hated school and wanted to drop out at age 14. A shy anti-social boy who kept to himself was then introduced to Project K.

"The person I used to be is in the past. The mischief, the bad man. I’ve … View more
Acer Ah Chee-Wilson got into to trouble and made some bad decisions in his younger years. He hated school and wanted to drop out at age 14. A shy anti-social boy who kept to himself was then introduced to Project K.

"The person I used to be is in the past. The mischief, the bad man. I’ve looked further into the future to where I want to be and who I’m going to be."

Read Acer's full story through the link below.

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1 day ago

What's On: Composting Zoom Workshop Epsom

Kowhai from Birkdale

This free online course offers an introduction to composting basics – bokashi, worm farming and cold composting. https://compostcollective.org.nz/events/composting-workshop-epsom-2/
Composting Zoom Workshop Epsom
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13 days ago

Poll: Should Waiheke break free free from Auckland's Covid restrictions?

Josephine Franks Reporter from Central Leader

Kia ora neighbours, Waiheke's local board are making a bid for freedom, saying the island should join the rest of the country at level 2, with a border to keep city-dwellers out. What do you make of the suggestion?

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Should Waiheke break free free from Auckland's Covid restrictions?
  • 59.8% Waiheke should follow the same rules as Auckland
    59.8% Complete
  • 40.2% Waiheke should move to level 2, as long as there are no community cases
    40.2% Complete
174 votes
2 days ago

The Impacts of Climate Change on Insurance costs

Climate Insights

Our homes can be our greatest investment and protecting our homes against climate change has become more important than ever.

Our changing climate poses risks to our natural and built environments. Swiss Re in a global analysis of insurance risk said to “expect climate risks to raise global … View more
Our homes can be our greatest investment and protecting our homes against climate change has become more important than ever.

Our changing climate poses risks to our natural and built environments. Swiss Re in a global analysis of insurance risk said to “expect climate risks to raise global property premiums by 33-41% between 2020 and 2040”. The potential increase was deemed a direct consequence of our changing climate.

Our Climate Insights property report provides easily understood information on change to risks for your current or a future property. The report includes robust and actionable information for residential property owners, tenants and investors to enhance their property’s climate resilience.
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3 days ago

Covid-19: The top 10 questions people are asking Healthline, answered

Caroline Williams Reporter from Auckland Stuff

Kia ora neighbours. The Covid-19 Vaccination Healthline is a free service for anyone who has questions about the Covid-19 vaccine or who needs help booking theirs.

Andrew Slater, chief executive of Whakarongorau Aotearoa, which runs Healthline, said the advice given is in line with the latest … View more
Kia ora neighbours. The Covid-19 Vaccination Healthline is a free service for anyone who has questions about the Covid-19 vaccine or who needs help booking theirs.

Andrew Slater, chief executive of Whakarongorau Aotearoa, which runs Healthline, said the advice given is in line with the latest guidelines from the Ministry of Health and Immunisation Advisory Centre, and is supported by a clinical governance group.

Slater urged people not to sit on questions stopping them from getting vaccinated, adding that the service is presented with all kinds of curly questions.

“Ask us anything. We won’t judge. You can be anonymous when you call.”

Click 'read more' for the top 10 questions people are asking Healthline, answered by clinical director Dr Ruth Large and other experts spoken to by Stuff.

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