653 days ago

Happy International day for Biological Diversity!

The Team from Department of Conservation

The International Day for Biological Diversity is a chance to further discuss the challenges that we, as a Department and a country will face in protecting the special biodiversity of Aotearoa. The theme of this year is “Our Biodiversity, Our Food, Our Health” aiming to leverage knowledge and spread awareness of the dependency of our food, nutrition and health on keeping our ecosystems safe and healthy.

New Zealand, while recognised as a hot spot for biological diversity is not immune from the threats created by human activity. In the last 800 years, humans and introduced pests have caused the extinction of 32% of indigenous land and freshwater bird species, 3 of 7 frog species and one bat species, among others. Still today several of our special species are threatened with extinction including the kiwi and tuatara.

Days like this are important as they keep these topics at the forefront of our minds, give us an opportunity to talk and learn more about what we can do to help sustain our biological diversity.

Visit www.doc.govt.nz/nature/biodiversity for some resources to learn more about biodiversity in New Zealand and head to www.cbd.int/idb for more information on what you can set up to celebrate the International Day for Biodiversity.
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16 hours ago

Buying by tender: Did you write a letter?

Kylie Klein Nixon Reporter from Homed

Hi folks,
My colleague Jo is writing a story about buying by tender, specifically, the new trend of writing letters to the vendor to explain why they should pick your offer over all the rest.
As the market gets harder and harder to break into, we've been hearing more and more about people trying to make a personal connection with vendors to give their tender offers the edge. We've heard folks will include personal details about their family, why the love the house and what their plans for the property are.
Jo would love to talk to anyone who's written a letter like this to accompany a tender - perhaps it's you, perhaps a relative or friend - or from vendors who've received letters like this, accompanying a tender.
Perhaps you asked for such letters?
We'd love to hear more about that experience for you and how it shaped the way the sale went.
You can reach out to jo here (she'll be joining the Neighbourly neighbourhood soon!) or via our email: homed@stuff.co.nz.
Looking forward to hearing your stories.

1 day ago

What's On: Waikanae Easter Market

Jane from Waikanae Beach

This always popular market is on Easter Saturday between 9am and 2pm. With 100+ stalls and entertainment, it's always great fun, so don't miss out!! Find us on FB: www.facebook.com/waikanaemarket.
Waikanae Easter Market
  • Mahara Place
5 hours ago


Gary from Waikanae

Great Community Market with stallholders showcasing a huge variety of quality items. Browse the stalls. pick up a bargain or a gift. Invite a friend or 2. Support local!
  • Waikanae Beach Community Hall