9 days ago

Friday Feathered Friend

Nicholas Boyack Reporter from Community News

Words and picture by Louise Thomas.

"I used to avoid posting photos where I had accidentally captured a nictitating membrane - I thought they looked like weird sausage-skin sideways eyelids. Then I read that they are amazing built-in bird goggles, so the bird can blink and still see, or even shutter their eyes in extreme conditions to protect their eyes while flying or diving. Apparently we used to have them too - the pink blob in the inner corner of our eyes is a vestigial membrane. I suppose we evolved out of needing them - still they might have been handy the other day when I was trying to take photos on the beach during a gale. Pūkeko/purple swamphen (Porphyrio melanotus) at Waimanu Lagoon."

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11 days ago

Is your broadband bill about to increase? Don't throw money away.

NZ Compare

Spark have recently announced a price increase of $3 - $5 a month for new and existing broadband customers and other providers seem likely to follow suit.

Information collated by our research team has found that tens of thousands of Kiwis are still missing out on hundreds of dollars of savings each year on their broadband bill, because they are failing to shop around for cheaper broadband plans.

We estimate that over 500,000 households would be able to pay less for their broadband each month but many consumers are unaware of the fact that they could be making these savings and people often don’t know where to start when looking for a change in broadband plan or provider.

This is where NZ Compare can help. Our websites are simple to use and if you need more help, our friendly, Auckland based, customer support centre can advise on the most suitable broadband plan for your needs and help talk you through the switch. With unlimited fibre broadband plans available for less than $60 a month why would you pay more?

Find out more at NZ Compare or call the team on 0508 226672

CORRECTION: This post has been amended to clarify that the price of fibre and copper broadband internet services will increase, and that the increase is between $3 and $5 a month, not only $5 a month on fibre broadband plans as previously posted. (Amended at 10.31am, June 23, 2022)

9 hours ago


Gary from Waikanae

WHERE:- Te Horo Community Hall, School Road, Te Horo

WHEN:- Sunday 3 July 2022 10:00am – 1:00pm

A truly friendly community country market where people gather to chat, browse, score a bargain, taste some goodies and enjoy a cup of tea or coffee with friends along with some yummy treats in our popup café.

There’s an impressive range of arts and crafts, natural skincare, produce, Junk For Joy - upcycled and repurposed furniture and homewares, Bernie's Barrows, Natural Health Supplements, Bric-a-Brac, books, plants, Olive Oil, Honey and lots lots more including Honey, Bird Feeders, Pottery, Knits, Preserves etc. etc.

And of course there is our Seasonal Surplus stall where you can drop off surplus fruit and veges from your garden for sale - we sell it on your behalf and donate our percentage to local causes. Everyone wins and nothing gets wasted!

A great country market where you will find cheerful smiles and a lovely bunch of really friendly and hugely talented stallholders.

All are very very welcome - just don’t forget your masks (unless exempt).

10 hours ago

Affordable Housing Entity for Kāpiti

Kapiti Coast District Council

The Kāpiti Coast District Council has been looking at how we can help more people access affordable housing in our district.

Read our proposal and have your say. Consultation closes 5pm 8 July 2022
Find out more