52 days ago

Picked in the morning, on your plate for lunch

Mei Leng Wong Reporter from NZ Gardener & Get Growing

Dear neighbours,

Read about this Dunedin cafe where vegetables from the kitchen has been grown by the owner. The staples of pumpkins, beetroot, cabbage and carrots do well here, he says, with a wide variety of other crops including spring onions, kohlrabi, celery, fennel, kale, potatoes, silverbeet, leek, mint and herbs. Yummy!

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1 day ago

Poll: Should Penlink be a toll road?

Caroline Williams Reporter from Rodney Times

Kia ora neighbours. Waka Kotahi NZTA is now taking feedback on whether Penlink should be a toll road.

Construction on the highly anticipated highway is expected to begin this year, for completion by 2026.

If Waka Kotahi proceed with tolling the road, there could be different toll prices for peak and off-peak hours. The prices could vary between $1 to $4, with heavy freight paying more than light vehicles.

Three toll points on the road are being considered, meaning motorists will only have to pay for the parts they use. Those who don’t wish to pay the toll may still access free alternative routes.

Waka Kotahi national manager of infrastructure delivery Mark Kinvig​ said the toll would go towards maintaining the road to keep it “safe and resilient”.

“Variable tolling helps people make choices about when they travel, and therefore the toll price they pay. It will also reduce travel times on Penlink during peak hours,” Kinvig said.

What do you think about Penlink being tolled? Vote in our poll, share your thoughts in the comments below and make your submission to Waka Kotahi here: www.surveymonkey.com...

Read more about the proposal here: www.stuff.co.nz...

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Should Penlink be a toll road?
  • 19.7% Yes - Road maintenance is vital for keeping motorists safe
    19.7% Complete
  • 13.1% Yes - Tolling the road will help ease congestion
    13.1% Complete
  • 50.8% No - This is what my taxes are for
    50.8% Complete
  • 13.1% No - I won't use Penlink if I have to pay
    13.1% Complete
  • 3.3% Undecided - Tell us in the comments
    3.3% Complete
61 votes
9 days ago

Free fitness in Auckland Domain...

Sarah Moore from Froot Camp

If getting fit is on your 2022 'to do' list, join Froot Camp!

Froot Camp is a completely free bootcamp running in Auckland Domain - a great bunch of people who love to have a laugh while they sweat. We train three times a week and every session is different (so you'll never get bored).

Here's what you need to know:
- it's FREE! (Froot Camp = Free Bootcamp!)
- we train at 6pm on Tuesday and Thursday and 9am Saturday
- we meet at the back of the Museum
- all fitness levels are welcome
- all you need to bring is a good attitude and your water bottle

Questions? Ask below!

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17 hours ago

Eggs Benedict

New Zealand School of Food & Wine

Great results for the Eggs Benedict & Blueberry muffins assessment for the Foundation cooks. Eggs Benedict - a popular Kiwi breakfast or brunch dish, consisting of two halves of an English muffin, each topped with bacon, a poached egg, hollandaise sauce and garnished with chopped parsley.

It was originally popularised in New York City.