92 days ago

Have you ever missed the last ferry from an island in the Hauraki Gulf?

Kendall Hutt Reporter from Rodney Times

Hi neighbours. Have you ever missed the last ferry from an island in the Hauraki Gulf? How did you get back to the mainland - did the ferry come back, did the police boat or Coastguard get you, or did you have to pay for a water taxi? Fullers has said it has made less than 10 unscheduled sailings in the last three years to Rangitoto. If you have a tale to tell, you can contact me at kendall.hutt@stuff.co.nz. Thanks.

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1 minute ago

Round the Backyard 2021 - Virtually a fun-run

The Team from Round the Bays

We are excited to announce that Ports of Auckland Round the Bays 2021 is going virtual!

We are bringing you the first-ever Ports of Auckland Round the Backyard! It’s a way for us all to band together for NZ's largest fun-run while keeping safe in our own backyards.

Participants will have from 6am Friday 12 March to 9pm Sunday 14 March (NZDT) to complete their own 8.4km course in one session – all via a handy app!

There will be live leaderboards, an interactive course map, social sharing, and participant places and paces in real-time – so you can have a healthy rivalry between friends! And you can even claim a finisher’s medal.

If you have a participant registration to our 2021 event, you will be emailed all of the info on how to go virtual with us, or opt-out for a 50% refund of your entry.

If you didn’t sign-up for our physical event, you can now sign-up for the virtual one! $10 from every new entry will go towards our official 2021 charity partner Auckland City Mission.

The Round the Bays team are stoked to be able to bring you this virtual event, as it means anyone from around the country can now be involved!
So we hope you grab your whānau, lace up those shoes and get amongst it — be it in your own backyard, neighbourhood, or a nearby park! Just as long as you go the distance while keeping your social distance 💙 #roundthebackyard

Please head to our website for all the info on the virtual event: www.roundthebays.co.nz...

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1 day 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.

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2 days ago

Poll: With Auckland back in alert level 3 lockdown, are you becoming more complacent when it comes to following the rules?

Caryn Wilkinson Reporter from Community News

Kiwis may become complacent and start to ignore government guidance if lockdowns become more frequent, according to experts.

Auckland moved back into a week-long level 3 lockdown on Sunday after two fresh community cases of Covid-19 were discovered.

But University of Auckland associate professor Susanna Trnka​ says if people no longer feel a sense of urgency they will be less compelled to follow the rules.

"During the first lockdown it was understood that extraordinary times require extraordinary measures,” the social anthropologist said.

"But as it becomes lockdown two, three and four, the sense of the urgency has shifted and isn't so palpable."

Senior lecturer Sarah Cowie, who is an expert on psychology and behaviour, said it was "certainly a possibility" that people could become more complacent during recurring lockdowns.

“There's evidence from places overseas that have been flung in and out of lockdown that people do become a little bit more complacent the more you have,” she said.

“If we are doing things in line with level 3 and not seeing the benefits of that, it might feel discouraging."

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With Auckland back in alert level 3 lockdown, are you becoming more complacent when it comes to following the rules?
  • 16.4% Yes
    16.4% Complete
  • 32.7% No
    32.7% Complete
  • 50.9% I'm adhering strictly to government guidance.
    50.9% Complete
707 votes