54 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

Are your school leavers struggling to find work?

Kelly Dennett Reporter from Sunday Star Times

The Sunday Star-Times is investigating unemployment in young people, particularly those who have just graduated high school or university and are struggling to find work, even part-time work, possibly because of Covid. If you or your child would be willing to speak to us please email warwick.rasmussen@stuff.co.nz.

8 hours ago

Red Cross Mistletoe Market and Upcycle Challenge

The Team from Red Cross - Hastings Service Centre

On Thursday the 26th of November the Red Cross are holding our annual Mistletoe Market at Toitoi from 2-8pm, this event will be a great place to start… and finish your Christmas shopping, all while supporting the New Zealand Red Cross. We will have local stallholders on site with their handmade items for sale and a number of other exciting activities such as donut decorating with Mamas Donuts and more.

This year we are also excited to be holding the Red Cross Upcycle Challenge, there are 3 different challenges each with a prize of $250 in the form of a prezzy card. These challenges are to encourage people to reuse, recycle and repurpose items found at our Red Cross Shops and Curtain Bank and let their creativity shine. The challenges are as follows..

* The HB Curtain Bank Challenge – Sponsored by Kathys Drapes by Design - Create a fashion item from a previously loved curtain.
* The Red Cross Retail Challenge – Sponsored by Tammy Jensen, Harcourts - Purchase an item from one of the Red Cross Shops and upcycle it.
* The Art Upcycle Challenge – Sponsored by The Red Cross Shop – Cadbury Road - Give old art new life by adding to the image or the frame.

The Challenges are all open now and close on Friday 20th November, they are open to any age and your can enter as many times as you want. The winner will be announced at the Mistletoe Market on the 26th of November.

For more information on the event please visit – www.redcross.org.nz... or please feel free to get in contact with me directly - amber.mcarthur@redcross.org.nz or call 027 236 0559

P.s If you are interested in being a stallholder at this event please feel free to get in touch as we do have some spaces available.

14 hours ago

Poll: Which NZ destination do you most want to travel to?

Stuff Travel

To celebrate the refreshed Stuff Travel website, enabling you to dream, plan and now book your next escape all in one place, we're giving away a $100 voucher.

To go into the draw to win simply vote below on which of the following destinations you're most likely to use your voucher on. Visit travel-booking.stuff.co.nz for inspiration and to view all the other destinations.
Explore now

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Which NZ destination do you most want to travel to?
  • 6.3% Auckland
    6.3% Complete
  • 17.5% Coromandel
    17.5% Complete
  • 9.5% Rotorua
    9.5% Complete
  • 5.3% Taupō
    5.3% Complete
  • 5.8% Wellington
    5.8% Complete
  • 16.9% Nelson Tasman
    16.9% Complete
  • 11.1% Marlborough
    11.1% Complete
  • 27.5% Central Otago/Lakes
    27.5% Complete
189 votes